1.Bhaja: Deep-fried veggies or even non-veg items like deep-fried fish fall under this category. At the most one can use a thin water-based batter to fry during cooking as a coating but crumb-coated items usually are not considered.
2.Bhapa: Bhapa or steamed dishes are vegetables or non-veg items (especially, varieties of fish and shrimps) marinated with choices of freshly ground spices and delicately steamed.
3.Bhate: Probably the healthiest possible version of Bengali food. For bhate, choices of vegetables together or even separately are boiled, smashed, and added with a hint of mustard oil, salt to taste, and a reasonable amount of chopped onions and green chilies. Aloo bhate the commonest of all the dishes is made several times by putting potato inside the rice pot and cooked together.
4.Chhenchki: Apart from being an easy-to-cook and good-to-eat recipe, It is usually done with dices of any single vegetable, but mixed combinations can also be used. Chhenchki is a recipe that welcomes even the peels of the vegetables with open arms. Potatoes, squash, pumpkin, gourd, bitter gourd, or just a few vegetables that can be used to make it. The most common seasoning used for this style is black Cumin, however, even the use of paanch-phoron masala.
Highlight OF BENGALI CUISINE :
1.The staple food of Bengal is rice and fish dishes. The fishes ordinarily utilized in this food incorporates Hilsa (Ilish), Carp (Rui), Dried fish (shootki), Indian butterfish (pabda), Clown blade fish (Chitol maach), Mango fish (Topsey), Sea Bass (Bhetki), Prawns/Shrimps (Golda chingri/kucho chingri), Catfish (Tangra/Magur), Perch (koi), Katla and so on. Gently matured rice is likewise eaten as breakfast by typical Bengali people and agrarian networks (panta bhat).
2. The central vehicle of cooking is mustard oil. An unmistakable flavor is granted to the fish dishes by searing them in mustard oil, before cooking them in the sauce. Mustard glue is additionally normally utilized for the readiness of flavors.
3. Fish is additionally steamed by the Bengalis (e.g, Bhapa Ilish ). The most favored type of meat in Bengal is sheep or goat meat. Khashi (emasculated goat) or Kochi pantha (kid goat), is likewise normal.
4. Unique flavors like
I) panch phoron – a mix of Cumin seeds (jeera), Fennel seeds (mouri), mustard seeds (sorse), Methi seeds, and onion seeds (kalonjee). At some point, Celery seeds (radhuni) additionally turns into a piece of the panch phoron.
(ii) Radhuni (ajmod) spice
(iii) Poppy seeds (posto) are widely utilized in the food.
5. The garam masala comprised of Cloves (laung), Cinnamon (dalchini), Nutmeg (Jaiphal), Mace (Javitri), little and huge cardamom (Elichi), and so on
6. Bengalis additionally eat blossoms like those of bokphooL (HERON FLOWER), pumpkin, banana, water reeds(Phragmites australis, delicate drumsticks, and strips of potato or pumpkin.
7. A lunch comprises of Rice, Bhaja (arranged seared things including vegetables and fish), Leafy vegetable – Saag (palong saag, Pui saag, Lal saag, and so on), Sukto, Various dals (lentil) like Moong, Masoor, Beuli, Arhar, Cholar dal, and so forth, trailed by various Vegetarian arrangements, Fish and Meat (Chicken or Mutton) arrangements. This is trailed by the Chutney and papad lastly the desserts of which there are unending mouth-watering assortments like Rosogolla, Sandesh, Misti doi, Rabri, Mihidana, Sitabhog, Rajbhog, Kamalabhog, Kalakad, and so on.
8. Roti, Paratha, Luchi are likewise normal in Bengali cuisine.
9. The regular snacks of Bengalis is “Jhal moori” different sorts of Telebhaja (Chops – vegetable, egg, and so forth, Beguni, Peyazi), kachudi, singhada, egg move, chicken roll, puckha (puffed smaller than normal loaded down with squashed potato and plunged in tamarind water), nimkis (maida mixture rice with dark onion seeds molded into triangles and pan-fried), chanachur ( namkeen), and so on.
10. Sweet Dishes mirror the extraordinary culinary mastery of the state and the assortment is one of the biggest in the worldwide culinary exhibition. The most well-known ones incorporate Rosogolla, Sandesh (Narompak – delicate or korapak – hard), Misti doi, Rabri, Mihidana, Sitabhog, Rajbhog, Kamalabhog, Kalakad, Chum mate, Jolbhora, ladycanny/ladykini, Chaler payash, Chenar payash, darbesh, Malpoa, shor bhaja, langcha, and so on The two essential elements of Bengali desserts are sugar and milk. The milk is thickened either by reducing it down to make a thick fluid called khoa, or by turning sour it with lemon juice or yogurt to deliver curds, called channa. Sugar isn’t the solitary fixing with which the pleasantness is granted in the desserts, different jaggery(gur) which incorporates patali gur, khejur gur (date jaggery), and so forth The fundamental body of the desserts is for the most part made of coconut, until seeds, rice, rice flour, refined flour, and so on separated from Chenna.
Popular Bengali Delicacies
1.KEEMER DOI BORA
keema doi bora is non veg sevoury-sweet preperation. it is similar to normal dahi voda but only difference is keema doi bora made with mincemeat which makes it a nonveg dish.
Luchi or puri is made with refined flour and is serves with potato curry.
Jhal muri or bhel is a popular snack eaten by most Bengali people.
Kathi rolls is a wrap veg or nonvegetarian both it a popular street dish of Bengal, Kolkata it is also called Frankie.
Daab Chingri, also called Chingri Daab is a Bengali dish, cooked and served in a green coconut.
A wide array of mild, sometimes bitter, milky curries is served for lunch just after shaak (greens) and before dal (lentils). It opens up the palate for the oncoming spicier courses.
Dhoka is a lentil cake made
from two kinds of dal. It’s a mix of chana dal and a little paste of dried white peas. The dals are ground and made into a paste and then steamed in a boiler. It is then cooked in an onion and tomato gravy.
This is lightly fried parwal (gourd) in a curd-based gravy. Spiced with whole garam masala this is light on the palate but a burst of flavors.
If you have heard about Kolkata summers, you may have heard about ‘lau ghonto’ too. It’s a light dish made from bottle gourd and fried lentil dumplings. Often, grated coconut is added to liven things up a tad more. It’s sweet and salty,
It’s a dry curry made from banana flowers and potatoes. Add a sprinkling of ghee on top. It is dry
curry served with hot steamed rice.
Dhonepata Bata is a traditional Bengali recipe that is prepared in every Bong house during winters when Coriander leaves are easily available. It is a super palatable dish with extraordinary flavor. In this preparation, the paste of Coriander leaves, green Chillies, and Garlic are cooked with
Onions and Tomato. It is mostly served with Steamed Rice.
An urad dal stuffed poori made out of whole wheat flour normally had with aloo dom.
13. ALOO POSTO
Aloo posto is a simple curry made from poppy seed paste and potatoes with green chilies, mustard oil, and kalonji as the dominant flavoring elements.
Cooking Equipments Of Bengali Cuisine
Hari: hari is a cooking pot used to cook curry, rice and so on.
KHUNTI: khunti mean spatula
Chakni: chakni mean sieve
THALA: thala mean plate used to serve food
GHUTNI: ghutni or hand masher use gravies and it also use to separate ghee ( clarified butter) from milk.
HAMAL DISTA: hamal dista or Mortar and pestle used to mash spices.
SHEEL NORA: sheel nora is made out of stone used to crush spices, chatni, and so on.
DHENKI: dhenki is traditional Bengali equipment used to mill rice, wheat, and so on.
BONTI: bonti is a blade used to cut usually use to cut meat, fish, and vegetables.
UNIQUENESS OF BENGALI CUISINE
Plentiful land accommodates a bountiful
table. The nature and assortment of dishes found in Bengali
cooking are exceptional even in India. Fish cookery is one of its better-known
highlights and recognizes it from the cooking of the landlocked locales.
Bengal’s innumerable waterways, lakes furthermore, lakes abound with numerous
sorts of freshwater fish that intently look like catfish, bass, shad, or on the
other hand mullet. Bengalis get ready to fish innumerable steamed or braised,
or stewed with greens or different vegetables and with sauces that are
mustard-based or thickened with poppy seeds. You won’t discover these sorts of
fish dishes somewhere else in India. Bengalis likewise dominate in the cooking
of vegetables. They set up an assortment of inventive dishes utilizing the
numerous sorts of vegetables that develop here all year. They can make
ambrosial doles out of the frequently dismissed strips, stalks, and leaves of
vegetables. They use eco-friendly strategies, for example, steaming fish or
vegetables in a little covered bowl settled at the highest point of the rice
cooker. Kitchen The utilization of flavors for both fish and vegetable dishes
is very broad and incorporates numerous mixes not found in different pieces of
India. Models are the onion-seasoned kalonji seeds furthermore. The trump card
of Bengali cooking is panch phoron (includes cumin, fennel, fenugreek,
kalonji or nigella, and dark mustard).
Famous Celebrations in Bengali
Durga Puja is one celebration that is praised excellently around
there. Diwali is additionally celebrated excellently in the state. Other
celebrations like Kali Puja, Bhai Dhuj, eid-ul-fitr , Sivaratri, Lakshmi puja are likewise
essential for the way of life of West Bengal.