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Serving Bangla bites

Posted by Osman on June 27, 2007

| Wednesday, April 13, 2005 The TelegraphServing Bangla bites
 
 
 
(From top) Bangladeshi culinary experts Saukat and Nahid Osman at Sonargaon; Pictures by Rashbehari Das

Flavours from across the eastern borders have wafted into the Sonargaon with the ongoing Bangladeshi food festival. Under the able guidance of culinary experts Saukat and Nahid Osman, authentic Bangladeshi recipes have been cooked up to celebrate Poila Baisakh with a 10-day food fiesta, ending April 17.

?Poila Baisakh is celebrated on a grand scale in Bangladesh. Starting at 5 am, the streets fill up and everyone is out to have a good time through song and dance, and especially food. Without the specially-cooked Ilish, no festival can ever be complete,? said Nahid.

?Cooking, eating and drinking are my passions. My mother and mother-in-law are excellent cooks. In fact, when I got married, my mother was rather worried that I might starve. Though my wife started her culinary journey as a novice, today she?s a better cook than both of them!? added Saukat.

Nahid?s first official culinary visit to India was for a Bengali cooking show at the Hilton Hotel in Mumbai. ?The response was tremendous, with people queuing up to take tips. One of the people who used our recipes was Tarla Dalal,? she said.

Speaking on the differences in Bangla and Bengali cooking, she explained how posto (poppy seeds) is very popular in Calcutta, while in Bangladesh it?s sesame seeds.

With an extensive menu laid out for the festival, one can start with a Bhorhani (whisked yoghurt spiced with ginger, mustard and other spices) or Matha (whisked yoghurt diluted with water and seasoned). The Aalu Cheese Chop, Golda Chingri Chita Bhaji (shrimps cooked with red chilli paste and garlic) and Ilish Tikka (hilsa meatballs) are good options.

Progressing to the main course, the Enchor (green jackfruit cooked in garam masala and ghee), Lebu dal (masur dal with paneer and lemon rind) and Potol Dolma Jhol (pointed gourd stuffed with spicy paneer) are sure to appeal to vegetarians.

For fish and meat lovers, the Dhakaiya Golda (river prawn cooked in hot masala), Chital Khari (meat extracted from the hump of the chital fish) and Shorshe Mangsho (mutton cooked with yoghurt, mustard paste, green chilli, salt and garlic) are must-tries. A number of interesting vegetarian and non-vegetarian thalis are also available.

To round off the meal on a sweet note, one can choose from the Gur Payesh (pounded aromatic rice cooked with date molasses and thickened milk), Dudh Puya (rice cake cooked with milk solids, honey and milk) and Zarda Shemai (vermicelli cooked in ghee and garam masala).

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Urban-Art Bangladesh Tour

Posted by Osman on June 17, 2007

syndicated from Mohammed’s blog

http://aerosolarabic.wordpress.com 

UK based charity organisation, Muslim Aid is embarking on an exciting tour of Bangladesh, following their success of the tour with Jermaine Jackson of the region.

Muslim Aid will be supporting the acclaimed UK-based artist, Mohammed a.k.a Aerosol Arabic, in taking his groundbreaking style of urban graffiti art, with Islamic script, to the streets of Bangladesh.

British urban artist, Mohammed Ali, will be touring Bangladesh and taking his unique fusion of graffiti-art to a whole new world by spray painting his spiritual -urban-art murals in three cities across the country.

He will be visiting Muslim Aid beneficiaries, and working with orphans, the needy and the poverty stricken urban youth of Bangladesh, in creating the unique “spiritual murals” across the cities, Dhaka, Sylhet and Chittagong in well known districts of each city. He will also deliver seminars speaking about his art to the people of Bangladesh.

The tour will take place between August 10th- 20th beginning in the capital city of Dhaka. Venues will be announced on the website: http://www.aerosolarabic.com/bangladeshtour

In the midst of all the difficulty and plight experienced by Muslim Aid beneficiaries, the aim is to uplift the spirit in the poorer parts of Bangladesh, where people will be given the unique opportunity to create art through the aerosol can, guided by Mohammed. Read the rest of this entry »

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