10 Blissful Sweet Dishes Straight Out Of The Bengali Kitchen


You don’t really get any additional point for admitting that only Bengalis know how to ‘properly’ eat sweet dishes in India. I mean come on, it is a fact universally acknowledged!

Bengal has a rich heritage of sweet dishes, and not all of them come from the professional kitchens of renowned sweet shops. These 9 delicious dessert dishes actually come out from the kitchens of regular Bengal households.

1. Plastic chutney

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Made with green papaya, this beautiful dessert has nothing plastic-ey about it except the look. Here is a recipe.

2. Patishapta

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The Bengali equivalent of pancakes that are 1000 times more delicious! Here is a recipe.

3. Malpoa

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I’m sorry, words fail me while trying to describe this gorgeousness. Please try it for yourself.

4. Nolen gurer payesh (rice pudding made with jaggery)

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Happy birthday to you  [in case you didn’t get the joke, ask your Bong friend]. Here’s a recipe.

5. Mishti doi

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Meals are generally incomplete without this sweet yogurt. Here is a recipe.

6. Narkel naru

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This laddu is how you make use of coconuts. Making them requires some work, but the end result is totally worth it!

7. Dudhpuli

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Because Bengali winter is cold and full of dudhpuli. Here’s a recipe if you want to make it.

8. Rosogollar payesh

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When two of the best Bengali desserts, payesh and rosogolla, join together, you know the creation is something out of this world. Here is a recipe.

9.Taler bora (Sugar Palm Fritters)

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This seasonal fried dessert is literally to die for. Here is a recipe you might try.

10. Tomato aamsotto chutney

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Tomato chutney is a pretty common dessert. But the moment aamshotto (dried mango pulp) joins the party, the dish becomes something ethereal. Here is a recipe.

“I wasn’t going to have dessert, but it was right there, all gooey and sweet. It’s like sex. I mean, when it’s right there, what are you supposed to do?” – J.D. Robb

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