Asian Food Primer: Bengali Food

Updated August 5, 2020 | Infoplease Staff
by David Johnson

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Muslim Bangladesh shares many culinary habits with Bengali and even northern India, but Muslims do not eat pork. Bangladesh has also been influenced by the Spice Islands to the east.

Common ingredients:


lamb, seafood, beef, chicken, vegetables, rice, lentils, spices

Popular dishes:

curried fish or meat; kebabs; lentil soup, potatoes with gravy; basmati rice; cheese; sweet deserts made from milk

More Information:

map of Bangladesh

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