Bangladesh is a small country in the east of Indian situated on the Bay of Bengal. Its three rivers, Padma, Meghna, and Jamuna, flourish in the country. It has lush green landscapes and many waterways. Its Sundarban forests are home to the royal Bengal tiger. Bangladesh has the world’s largest river delta. Along with its beautiful sceneries, Bangladesh has a vibrant and delicate cuisine. There are a variety of dishes that are specific to this country. We present you with the list of most authentic Bangladeshi delicacies that should be enjoyed at least once.
1. Bhuna Khichuri
This is a trendy dish in Bangladesh. Bhuna khichuri is moong dal khichuri cooked with gobindobhog chaal (Small grain rice) and shona moong dal (split yellow lentils). Spices and onions are also added. It is dry and more like pulao in texture.
2. Morog Polao
It is a very popular Bangladeshi polao (rice) recipe. It is mainly made with cock and not chicken. Spices play a significant role in this dish. It is cooked with basmati rice. Dry fruits are also added to it. It is a very delicious dish.
Jhalmuri is a famous Street snack of Bangladesh. It is made with puffed rice. Vegetables like onion, cucumber, tomato etc., are added along with spices that give it a rich taste. Lemon juice is added to it. It is a straightforward recipe that can be made quickly.
Charchari or Chorchori is a unique Char-flavored mixed vegetable dish. It is trendy in Bangladesh. Veggies like potatoes, cauliflower, beans, and peas are added to it. Many spices are also added to give it an authentic and rich taste. It is served with rice or roti.
Shemai is a trendy and traditional sweet dish of Bangladesh made with vermicelli. The vermicelli is roasted in butter for the rich golden color and cooked in milk and sugar. Dry fruits are also added to enhance its taste.
6. Panta Ilish
Panta Ilish is a Bangladeshi recipe that consists of Panta Bhat (rice) and Ilish fry (fish). The rice is cooked simply. Before frying, the fish is marinated in a mix of salt, red chili, and turmeric powder. It is garnished with onions and red chilies and served with Panta Bhat.
7. Shorshe Ilish
Shorshe ilish is a signature and a trendy dish in Bangladeshi cuisine. In this recipe, the hilsa fish slices are cooked in the paste with a lot of green chilies, and Nigella seeds. Mustard oil is drizzled over it. It is served with hot steaming rice.
Haleem is a trendy dish in Bangladesh. It is a mixed lentil soup cooked with meat, rice, wheat, and lentils. Herbs are also added to it. The meat and grains are cooked separately and mixed. It is served hot with sliced of ginger, lemon, and mint leaves.
9. Doi Chira
Doi Chira is a traditional Bangladeshi recipe. In this, chira or flattened rice is soaked in water for several hours. Then it is mixed with yogurt, sugar, banana, and other fruits. It is refrigerated and served with fruits.
10. Masoor Dal
Masoor dal is a very popular dish in Bangladesh. It is made using panch phoran, a mix of several spices. Masoor dal is first cooked and then it is fried with oil and other spices which is called a Tarka. This gives it a super delicious taste. Veggies are also added and mustard seeds are a must. It is served with rice.
11. Mughlai Paratha
Mughlai Paratha is a very popular street dish in Bangladesh. It is a pan-fried flatbread stuffed with eggs and chilies. This is flavored with turmeric. A few other vegetables can also be added. It is served hot.
12. Kacchi Biryani
Kacchi Biryani is a popular dish in Bangladesh. It is traditionally cooked in a clay oven, and the cooking pot is sealed with dough. All the ingredients such as meat, rice, spices, and veggies are combined and cooked together. The seal is opened only when the biryani is ready to be served. It is served with chutney or kebab.
13. Chingri Malai Curry
Chingri Malai curry is the Bangladeshi dish of Prawn curry. Prawns are cooked with spices and coconut milk to obtain a thick creamy curry. It is a delicious recipe. Ghee and garam masala are added on top when it is served, along with cooked rice.
Pitha is a famous rice cake dish in Bangladesh. It is a kind of pancake or fritter. It is made with sugar, coconut, and oil. There is a large variety of pitha available in Bangladesh. Some are even made from vegetables and meat. It is a delicious food dish.
15. Aloor Chops
Aloor Chops are the fried potato cutlet popular in Bangladesh. It is a vegan dish, soft on the inside and crispy on the outside. Onion and garlic are also added to give it the flavor. It is served hot along with chutney and tea.
16. Dhakai Paratha
Dhakai Paratha is a traditional delicacy of Bangladesh. It is a layered paratha/flatbread. It is made with all-purpose flour. It can be pan-fried or deep-fried. It is served with dal or ras malai.
Luchi is a deep-fried white bread famous in Bangladesh. It is made from all-purpose flour and deep-fried in ghee or vegetable oil. The dough is made into small balls and flattened into circles that are deep-fried. It is served with cooked vegetables.
18. Grilled Chicken With Naan Roti
Grilled chicken is a popular dish in Bangladesh. It can be found in almost all restaurants. The naan is a little sweet and tastes best when eaten along with grilled chicken which is spicy. It is served with cucumber salad, mayonnaise, and yogurt.
19. Seekh Kebab
Seekh Kebab is a famous dish all over Bangladesh. It is made with minced meat and spices, cooked on a skewer in a barbecue grill or Tandoor. Onions and a lot of spices play a significant role in preparing this. It is served with salad or naan/paratha.
20. Kala Bhuna
Kala Bhuna is a traditional recipe made from beef, and its blackish color signifies it. Cumin and mustard oil give it an authentic taste. The black color is obtained from slow cooking. It is a delicious meal served with Paratha or rice.