10 Dishes from West Bengal That’ll Make You Say ‘Khub Bhalo’

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Stop reading and get one of these already!

Rabindra Sangeet, oh so yummy Rasgullas, people sitting in their balconies, and reading away some form of literature while the smell of fried fresh lingers in the air. That is what comes up when we think about Bengal, right? But more than fish, there are other dishes that would give your taste buds a roller coaster ride! Take a look at them.

Shukto

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This authentic Bengali dish which is usually served as the first course of a meal is a healthy combination of tender brinjals, sweet potatoes, bitter gourd, crunchy drumsticks, and bori. The speciality is that it has a thick mixture which comes from freshly grounded spices and milk.

Mutton Biryani

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The aroma of desi ghee loaded with rich masalas which will make you ask for more is just what you need in a Mutton Biryani recipe and in this Bengali dish, you will find it. The dish is prepared using juicy and tender pieces of mutton cooked in rice and tava. A next level taste arises when spices are sautéed, giving off rich flavour.

Aloo Potol Posto

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The quick and easy dish is a must try. It only takes light preparation to make Aloo Potol Posto involving thick poppy seeds with coconut puree, red and green chillies accentuating the taste, hinting a hot and rich taste. The dish is the combination of two strong elements, that is tangy and fiery. What more do you need?

Ilish Begun

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There is this fish called Hilsa fish which is cooked in mustard oil leaving behind a tingly flavour. So, when you eat this, you will taste a rush of tanginess, Nigella seeds, chillies, ginger paste and lots of love for food.

This dish is an exception because it is crunchy on the outside and juicy on the inside. I don’t know about you, but I am getting this ASAP!

Bhapaa Aloo

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The name is quite intriguing, and more than that, it is the amalgamation of some amazing local flavours of Panch Phoron, Coconut Paste and Mustard Oil which is loved by all the Bengalis. It is both simple and tasty.

Chingri Malai Curry

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Chingri refers to river prawns which are loved by all. It is cooked in hot spices and then blended in the milk of coconut giving out a creamy flavour.

Bengali Lamb Curry

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If you are looking for some good tangy and spicy food then this is it. The dish includes lamb marinated in yogurt, and cooked in rich mustard oil complimented with mustard seeds, almonds and to add the sweet lasting flavour in the end, castor sugar is also mixed. You should have it once in your life.

Baingan Bhaja

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This one is my personal favourite. My mom used to make this for me whenever my mood was off. The vegetable is cooked on tava loaded with spicy masalas like ginger paste, red chilli powder, garam masala, etc. And, of course, cooked in mustard oil.

Patishapta

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This Bengali Dessert resembles crepes, but the only difference is that it is supplemented with mouthwatering coconut and jaggery fillings.

Sandesh

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Be it chenna to fresh cottage cheese, Sandesh remains one of the most enjoyed sweet dishes of all times. If you find yourself in Bengal, you must try this!

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