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Sep. 24, 2012 10:31 am 
Updated: Sep. 28, 2012 10:02 am
When I moved to the US, I was very disappointed to not be able to find freshly cut meat. Everything was frozen! In Bangladesh, and most places in India as well, meat is cut and sold fresh-you would rarely find frozen meat, and if you do-it is not going to be of good quality. You can actually… MORE
Nayeem and Rubaiyata selling chickens on streets of Dhaka
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Chickens being sold
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meat shop selling beaf
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Freshly cut beef chunks
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Sep. 17, 2012 6:41 am 
Updated: Sep. 24, 2012 9:53 am
Wow, it is somewhat puzzling to me that I am in Pune, Maharashtra, India…puzzling because at times I feel like I am in Bangladesh, but at the same time I would feel very disconnected from the places around me. If you look at the roads, trees and other physical stuff, it would be hard to… MORE
 
 
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Aug. 27, 2012 7:47 am 
Updated: Aug. 27, 2012 8:36 am
Hello everyone, a belated Eid Mubarak! This was the week of Eid, the wonderful holiday cherished by Muslims all over the world after a whole month of fasting in Ramadan.  Eid means fun, in every possible way. This was my first Eid in two years, so I was eagerly waiting for it. The night before… MORE
coconut laddoos I made for Eid
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Mom's famous shemai-this is a dry version of the shemai, known as Jorda Shemai or Dom Shemai.
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Firnee-a milk based dessert that mom always cooks for Eid.
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Kachchi Biryani cooked by mom.
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Aug. 13, 2012 8:52 am 
Updated: Aug. 15, 2012 4:18 am
The rest of the fuchka and chotpoti pictures readers! MORE
The fuchka-chotpoti van.
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A plate full of sweet, sour and spicy fuchkas. Sorry for the bad photo quality though!
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Aug. 13, 2012 8:42 am 
Updated: Aug. 31, 2012 1:37 pm
I came across a street vendor selling a really cool snack: kashondi peyara-which is guava slices dipped in this mustard kind of sauce. In Bangladesh, people eat out a lot, especially from the streets. The guavas are cut right in front of you and mixed in the sauce and served on paper cut cones. MORE
Ahmad, the jhalmuri seller in my neighborhood bazar. He sells each jhalmuri for Tk. 5.
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Aloo Dal Bhorta (Potato-Lentil mash)-one of the main ingredients for jhal muri
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Chickpea gravy with mustard sauce and spices-another ingredient for the jhal muri
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Mix and mix all the ingredients and serve in a paper cone! Jhalmuri is ready :)
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Jul. 30, 2012 11:54 am 
Updated: Jul. 30, 2012 7:13 pm
Hello! Ramadan Kareem! It is Ramadan now, the most holy month of the year for Muslims all over the world. I found this pretty cool public Facebook album that has some nice photos, especially of people breaking their fast and eating the special meal, known as "Iftar". Enjoy the photos! More… MORE
 
 
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Jul. 30, 2012 9:34 am 
Rest of the photos! (Final part) MORE
Another shot of the basic utensils..
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A last shot of basic utensils-from left-peera, patil and frying pan.
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From right: Wooden spoons used for cooking: belunee, daboor, dal ghutni, khunti and daboor 2.
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Jul. 30, 2012 9:24 am 
Updated: Aug. 3, 2012 11:04 am
This blog post is a continuation of my previous blog post-it has got the rest of the photos... MORE
The coconut that is about to be cracked open so that the coconut water can be collected in a glass.
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A coconut being grated with a coconut grater or a "narikel kurani".
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Grated coconut being collected on the grater and a tray.
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Freshly collected coconut water and grated coconut :)
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Jul. 30, 2012 8:53 am 
Updated: Jul. 30, 2012 1:14 pm
Cooking food is a magical process to me-there are so many endless opportunities to create so many different kinds of food from a few ingredients. Then you taste the food and you smile-that is also a magical process to me. It is just so interesting that a few lifeless ingredients become so… MORE
A typical Bengali kitchen
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A kolosh
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A spice rack
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A "bothi" with some leafy vegetables
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Jul. 20, 2012 12:50 pm 
Updated: Jul. 23, 2012 3:13 am
Bengali cuisine would be incomplete without the use of super spicy green chilies. I found the calm and relaxed nature of Abdul Mannan, a green chili and lemon seller to be quite intriguing. He was enjoying his small cone of "jhal muri"( a very common street snack) and sitting by his wonderful… MORE
Abdul Mannan
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Green chilies
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Lemons
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BengaliFoodie

Home Town
Dhaka, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Member Since
Jun. 2010

Cooking Level
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Cooking Interests
Frying, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Indian

Hobbies
Scrapbooking, Boating, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Painting/Drawing

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About Me
A 1000 characters to describe me-sounds daunting! I think I am very serious about life, but at times I have my silly moments. I am different with different people, so it is kind of difficult for me to pinpoint and say, I am this and that. In essence, I love eating, feeling the spices and sauces in my mouth. A spoonful of food is a little piece of heaven for me. I love watching food cook, especially when you can smell the spices and the warm steam comes off. I want to travel a lot, and talk with people and listen to their stories. I think the human potential is our greatest asset, we can learn so much by learning about each others' stories. So that's a little about me, and if you want to know more about me, then follow me here on Allrecipes!
My favorite things to cook
I love cooking lentil grain soup because I love its thick gravy. Its the best when you add in a mixture of lentils and some dry chillies. I also like marinading and frying chicken.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Bengali Desserts ( Pitha and Firni): Patishapta Pitha, Bhapa Pitha and Shujir Firni Dry Fish ( Shutki) Bhortha ( kind of like potato mash, but you can make the mash out of practically ANYTHING-including fish, meat and vegetables)
My cooking triumphs
Bhorta Chicken Curry
My cooking tragedies
Chocolate cake :( SIGH- I will have to try again AND again. Shrimp curry-the shrimps overcooked and I messed up the spices.
 
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