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Oh hey meat lovers! 
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 smell the rawness of the meat and get the best meat piece you want. I really missed that in the US...

So when I was home this past summer, I went around the meat bazaars around my neighborhood and took some snaps. 

The first couple of photos of two teenage boys, Nayeem and Rubaiyat, who sell chickens-like live chickens, all tied up together and held upside down. It must be really scary for the chickens, but that's how things are back home though! Nayeem and Rubaiyat dropped out of school to start working and fend for themselves. This is the story of most children and young teenagers in Bangladesh...

The next photos are of a meat shop. The meat is cut in big chunks and hung from a string rope. The meat seller got really excited when he saw me with my camera. So there are a couple of shots as well.

My favorite is the photo of the cow in the truck. I took the photo while waiting in a traffic signal. This is how most cows and goats are transferred here...

I just thought it would be interesting to share some aspects of how meat is sold and distributed in this part of the world. I hope you enjoy knowing how meat is prepared before it is cooked into delicious tikyas, kababs and curries.

Enjoy reading and exploring!
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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a cow being transferred within Dhaka...
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Sep. 24, 2012 11:29 am
This is awesome - thanks for sharing!
Sep. 28, 2012 10:02 am
It used to be like that here in the U.S. in the 1950's. More stringent health regulations will not allow meat to sit in the open air unrefrigerated which attracts flies and creates faster spoilage of meat. My bet is that as India further develops, these type of practices will become more regulated and gradually disappear.
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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!
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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.
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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)
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Bhorta Chicken Curry
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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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