It’s raining outside, and I have just been back from home, Bengal, the best place on earth for a foodie. You can probably guess how I feel right now!
When I say that I nearly stuffed myself to death with food, believe me, I am not exaggerating. What with trying to make my numerous grandmas and aunts and my mum happy, I hogged like a pig, because “aha, okhane toh bangali ranna pabi na!”.
And despite being a hardcore non-vegetarian, each time home, I eat more Bengali vegetarian dishes than non-veg, courtesy the old-timey ladies in my life. And since I’m feeling generous, let me share some of those vegetarian gems that come from the mine that is a Bengali ‘ranna-ghor’.
1. Shukto, because we start our food with the beautiful bitter
This bitter-sweet dish is made with common veggies like papaya, carrots, but bitter-gourd steals the show. Try it out, you won’t regret. Here is a recipe.
2. Naksha bori (designed and sundried lentils fried) bhaja
Shada bhaat with sona mooger daal, gondhoraaj lebu, and this baby. I can’t even.
Or call it daal poori if you must, but it can beat all kinds of bread any day. Here is arecipe for you.
4. And some chhoto aloor dum
They may be baby potatoes, but the dish is super rich in taste. It’s not hard to make, so go try cooking it.
5. Mishti polao, that beats all kinds of rice preparations any day
Heaven on earth, this sweet pulao dish. Here’s a recipe.
6. With dhokar dalna (curry made of fried chana daal patties) maybe