Foods and Food Habits Letter

06 April 2020
Savar, Dhaka.

Dear Ming Tan,
How are you? I hope that you are doing well. In your last letter, you wanted to know about the food and food habits of Bangladesh. We have different kinds of food habits than that of yours. We, the Bangladeshis, usually have three meals a day breakfast, lunch, and dinner. In our breakfast, we like to have ‘ Paratha’ a layered flatbread made with flour salt, ghee, and water, or ‘Ruti’ with curry or ‘dal’ (pulses) following by a cup of tea. For lunch and dinner, we have rice with fish, or meat curry, ‘dal’ (pulses). It is told that we are “mache bate Bangalee” that you may translate as ‘ fish and rice is what makes a Bangalee.’ Our rivers and fonds abound with fish. Besides, rice is our staple food. We also like ‘Bharta” a highly fried mixture of mashed vegetables such as potato, eggplant, tomato, onion, bitter melon with rice. What is more, we like spice in our food. On some special occasions such as anniversary, birthday, we would like to have ‘Briyani’ a kind of rice dish where chicken, or Lamb, or fish is cooked with exotic spices, ‘morog polao’ and ‘ khichuri’. We are also sweets and dessert lovers. Some traditional desserts are ‘Misti Doi’ (sweet yogurt), ‘Doi Chira’, ‘Falooda’, ‘Rasmalai’, ‘Golabjomun’ and ‘Pithas’ made from flour.

No more day. I am also interested to know about food and food habits in your country. Bye for now.

Your Nadia

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