There are many dishes what most Bengali people loved a lot a few decades ago in Bengal. But nowadays many urban living young people forgot those delicious dishes. It might happen due to a busy lifestyle and some people have already developed a practice to have spicy restaurant made food so regularly. They do not have time to spend time to cook those dishes what need extra effort and special tricks. They are so many such traditional dishes what are still regularly prepared at many households in villages but not in cities. What are those dishes? Can you name any?
Here are a few Bengali traditional dishes what I think most urban living young people have forgotten.
“Tui to dumurer phool hoye geli” – It is a popular phrase Bengali people use when somebody meets another person after a long period. Flower (phool) of Indian fig (dumur) are located inside the dumur. So flowers are not visible from outside. But when you cut those, then you will notice those flowers. There is a popular dumur based dish in Bengali cuisine and that is dumurer dalna. Most of us heard about this curry. But the preparation of this dish needs extra effort & time because cleaning & processing of raw dumur (Indian fig) is a tricky task. That is why it is hardly prepared at any urban kitchen in Bengal.
Many urban living young people forgot this awesome Bengali dish named mochar ghonto. This mochar ghonto also needs extra effort to cook because the cleaning & cutting of mocha needs special skill & extra time. Mocha or banana blossom takes a lot of time to be cleaned for making mochar ghonto. But most young people lead a busy lifestyle with work, outing or chatting with family or friends and a lot of other activities. They prefer to eat spicy & delicious food at restaurants.
It is “Ashwin e raadhe aar kartick e khay:. Did not understand? Okay, it is a traditional Bengali prepared with lentils & various other seasonal vegetables. This dish is normally prepared once a year. That too on the last day of Ashwin month and eat that garur dal on the first day of next month that is Kartick month. Most people do not cook anything else on the day except garur dal & rice. It is healthy & delicious too.
Kathal bichi bhorta
Kathal mean jackfruit. Its seeds or nuts are used to make various delicious dishes. Kathal bichi bhorta is one of such dishes which totally based on jackfruit nuts. I love this food a lot. It is often prepared at Bengali Bengali household’s kitchen in villages.
It is called as dal but no lentil is used to make it. This dish is prepared with taro roots or gathi kochu (in Bengali) or arbi (in Hindi). It is a healthy but forgotten dish in cities. Did you ever try it? How often do you eat this if you are living in urban areas? Please share your opinion by leaving a comment below.