Nowadays a few traditional veg dishes are lost from the dining table of urban living Bengali people. But those vegetarian dishes were very popular in most Bengali households. Nowadays the influence of various other cuisines & restaurant made spicy food made the presence of such awesome dishes faded away from the Bengali cuisine. But I think most village living Bengali people definitely tried these dishes. Many of those villagers also having traditional Bengali dishes regularly. It is because, villages are blessed with greenery, farmland full of vegetables or a backyard for homegrown food. People living in the village are also very hard-workers, so they can make those tricky veg dishes at home very often.
Here is the list of such 5 vegetarian dishes what I believe most village living true Bengali definitely tried.
What do you say? Are you a true Bengali who is living in a village?
What do you want to say? Let’s see the list.
The first dish that comes in my mind is fulkopi pata bata. Nobody wants its leaves when they buy it from the market. Particularly in the urban area, the vegetable vendor even do not ask customers, they simply tear its leaves before they give it to the customers. But it is used to make very traditional & delicious fulkopi pata bata. Yes, it is a popular leaf paste curry. Most people living in the village definitely tried it several times. Is this not true?
This is another popular rural food. Do you know dumur? It is also known as Indian fig. It is a common tree available everywhere in the rural Bengal. Just visit any village in West Bengal, you will definitely see a few such tree. Though it is very easy to make dumurer dalna. But processing & cleaning those dumur is not an easy task. It takes time & dedication. But people living in villages often make it at home after harvesting fresh dumur from the neighborhood.
It is a traditional Bengali dish. It is a dry curry or you can say it just a stir fry. Mulo means radish. So the main ingredient of this item is radish. Many people did not try it. But if you are living in village then you are definitely familiar with such traditional Bengali dishes.
Everybody knows about bhetki paturi. But did you ever try sheem paturi? Sheem means hyacinth beans. Paturi word comes from pata or leaf in Bengali. This Bengali traditional dish is prepared in banana leaf, that is why it is called as sheem paturi. Villagers can often make it because almost every house owner has a banana tree in his/her backyard in every village of West Bengal.
It is a popular curry in West Bengal as well as Bangladesh. Though it is called dal, but no dal (lentils) is in this dish. Actually it is a taro root based thick curry. Fresh taro root or gathi kochu is very easily available at backyard garden in villages. The preparation of this dal curry is little bit tricky & demands hard extra effort. So hardworking villages definitely eat this gathi kochur dal so often during the season.