10 Tasty Bangladeshi Dishes You Should Try

10 Tasty Bangladeshi Dishes You Should Try

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Bangladesh has a food culture all its own, with dishes from hundreds of years of history that are unlike any others in the world. These 10 dishes are some of the tastiest and most interesting you’ll find in Bangladesh, each with their own special place in the country’s food history, and their own unique flavors that every Bangladeshi would insist you try at least once. If you’re new to Bangladeshi cuisine, these are 10 dishes that should be at the top of your list! (Note: To see photos and recipes for each dish, click on the name of the dish.)


1) Chora

Chora is a yummy dish. Chora or chura (Bengali: চুরা) is made of fish (freshwater varieties like Rohu, Koi, Labeo and others or salt water varieties like Meghe), fried in mustard oil or ghee. One of its specialities lies in not using any spice other than mustard oil and onion to flavour it. Fried fresh Mustard leaves (known as Saag) are also eaten with Chura. Sometimes it can be accompanied by lentils.


2) Macher Jhol

Macher Jhol is a fish curry with vegetables, made from carp and other fish. The ingredients of Macher Jhol are tomato, cucumber, onion, garlic and spices. It is best to eat Macher Jhol with rice and a side salad. Some people also like to add lime juice or black salt on it for taste. If you want to know how to make Macher Jhol then keep reading...


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Matcher Jhol is a fish based Bengali curry made of mackerel, mustard oil and tomato paste. It can be served with rice or green vegetables as a side dish. মাছের ঝোল ব্যবহৃ: Mackerel contains omega-3 fatty acids that provide significant health benefits for your heart and other organs.


3) Patishapta

A popular sweet and savory treat, patishaptas are a must-try for first-time Bangladeshi foodies. Comprised of layers of roti, veggies and spices, these dishes are a great example of how simple and tasty traditional Bangladeshi cooking can be. Traditionally served at breakfast or as an appetizer to share with friends, a patishapta is something you definitely want to order if you come across it on a menu. Some good options include Kalo Gopal (potato patishaptas) and Aalu Bhorta (potato, eggplant and cauliflower patties). (See also Samosas)


4) Halim



Bangladesh’s national dish, biryani is a rice dish cooked with meat and vegetables. It comes in many varieties, depending on where it's made. Here are ten of our favorite dishes from around Bangladesh to help you start a little taste-tour: Bheja Rol-Ful : Chunks of goat or lamb are cooked with potato and green beans, as well as green chilies for some extra spice. It’s a spicy but delicious dish that goes great with flatbread. Chicken Curry : Chicken curry is one of the most popular dishes in Bangladesh. The main ingredients—chicken, onion, garlic, ginger—are all fried before being simmered to tenderness in a sauce flavored with turmeric, cumin and chili powder.


5) Shorshe Ilish

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Shorshe Ilish is a popular fish curry made with Hilsa. Shorshe means garlic and Ilish means Hilsa, one of Bangladesh's favorite fishes. The red color of shorshe ilish comes from chili powder, while ghee adds to its flavor. Some like their ilish deep fried before it is cooked in sauce; others steam or poach it first. Chunks of onion are common in shorshe ilish, but diced tomatoes make an appearance as well. Ripe banana can also be added to shorshe ilish just before serving. Although fish lovers tend to be drawn to such flavorful dishes as Shorshe Ilish, there are plenty of other ways that Bangladeshis enjoy their food.


6) Mishti Doi



Mishti doi is a delicious sweet yogurt drink, popular in both Bangladesh and India. It’s made by boiling milk and then adding sugar and mixing in a small amount of yoghurt. This process helps to thicken it naturally, but some people prefer to add corn starch for extra thickening power. The end result is typically much thinner than a dessert-style yogurt drink; rather it’s thicker than regular milk but thin enough that you can drink it with a straw or spoon if you like. If you’re looking for an easy way to add some variety to your breakfast routine (or if you just want to try something tasty), we highly recommend giving mishti doi a try!


7) Momo

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This delicious snack is a staple in Bangladesh and you can find it at many different roadside stands. Momo consists of a vegetable or meat-filled dough which is fried, steamed, or baked. These are an excellent source of protein, as well as carbohydrates and fibers. They are best accompanied by hot sauce or with a garlic yogurt dip. Momos can be consumed for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or even as a late night snack! With so many options available for momos and so many ways to prepare them; they are sure to become one of your favorite dishes in no time!


8) Dalma



This delicious stew is popular in Bangladesh, India and Pakistan. It’s easy to make at home and makes for a great lunch or dinner option. Make sure you use plenty of ghee (clarified butter) or oil while cooking. This will give your dalma that rich and delicious taste as well as keep it nice and moist. Topped with cucumber, onions, tomatoes, cilantro and plenty of freshly ground pepper, your mouth will thank you! The best part about dalma is that it’s so inexpensive to make! The most important ingredient is time - slow cooking does wonders!


9) Dalchini Jhola



Many cultures have their own version of chicken noodle soup, but few are as exotic (or tasty) as Dalchini Jhola. It’s made with curry leaves, black pepper, ginger and garlic. This delectable concoction is usually paired with steamed rice to make a complete meal. If you’re feeling adventurous or would like to learn more about Bangladeshi food and culture, try out some Dalchini Jhola on your next visit to Bangladesh!


10) Bhetki Kichuri

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Bhetki Kichuri is a typical Bangladeshi dish which mainly consists of rice, dal, potatoes and fish. This delectable dish is rich in nutrition and can provide your body with high doses of vitamins and minerals. It is not only popular among people in Bangladesh but is also loved by many all over the world. In Bangladesh, it’s common to eat bhetki kichuri on Eid-ul-Fitr as it symbolizes prosperity. And if you are planning to have Bhetki Kichuri outside Bangladesh, then make sure you visit one of these restaurants in London or New York City!

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