Here’s a quick and easy way to get your veggies in these cold months using seasonal produced. An Indian style vegetable stir fry, or bhaji, using butternut squash, red cabbage and spinach. It is cooked in just a little bit of oil with sliced onions and a little bit of garlic and flavoured with the famous Bengali 5 Spice. Panch Phoron, or Bengali 5 Spice is a whole spice blend of fenugreek seed, black sesame seeds, whole cumin, mustard seed and fennel seed. Serve with rice for a perfect vegan meal for Meatless Monday, on enjoy a bowl on its own for a no carb meal.
Shutki: the notorious dish of the Bengal. A rich and pungent stock is made using dried fish which is then used to flavour a fish curry using a variety of vegetables. In this recipe I used eddo (mukki) and the shoots of the eddo plant (lota). As there is no oil in this curry, it is not as heavy as other Bangladeshi dishes, and the addition of the famous Bengali Naga chilli provides a unique fragrance and punch of heat. Naga in English, is known as the Ghost Pepper, apparently the hottest pepper in the world! For those who love this dish, there is nothing that comes close to it and thankfully for you guys, I just so happen to one of those people.
If you are someone who just can’t get enough of pumpkin flavoured desserts I have just the thing for you today: pumpkin pie samosas. Yes, the American classic meets the Indian classic. A cinnamon and cardamom spiced sweet pumpkin filling in crispy and flaky pastry. The filling is ridiculously easy to prepare and instead of the usual fiddly spring roll pastry, I have a simple homemade pastry that saves time.
You know what really gets my goat? When I hear a lot of younger Bengalis these days defiantly declare a profuse dislike of fish. It is sadly a common complaint that plagues many of those in my generation. In case you haven’t figured out by now, I loove fish! As I’ve mentioned a few times before, it is the huge diversity of fish dishes that makes Bangladeshi food distinctly stand out from its South Asian counterparts.