BANGLADESHI CUSINE IS WORLD FAMOUS (Note that most Indian restaurants in Britain are actually Bangladeshi restaurants run by people from Sylhet in the northern region of this country). The local dishes are exotic and are very cheap in terms of international standards.
The wide variety of curries, cooked with fresh spices, are a gourmet's delight. Meats (beef, mutton and chicken) coocked in gravy, fried or grilled in the Mughal tradition offer mouth-watering dishes while seafood and fresh water fish line up a stunning display of culinary art.
Fish-lovers should not miss fresh lobsters and king prawns, smoked ‘hilsa', fresh fried ‘bhetki'. Moreover, the Bengali offering of vegetables in a multitude of styles is another speciality. Rice and naan bread are the usual accompanying items with these tantalizing dishes. Traditional desserts are offered in the form of a deletctable array of Bengali sweets, puddings and yghurt. At the same time, western food is also available in all the major hotels and most of the big restaurants in cities.
Bangladesh is a tropical country. Its land, its climate and the heavy rainfall are suitable for the growth of various kinds various kinds of fruits. Many kinds of fruits grow in different seasons all over the country.
Kinds and sizes: Bangladesh grows a lot of typical fruits all the season fruits are of different kinds, colors, sizes and taste. Some are big and some are small. Some taste sweet and some sour.
Mango: Mango is the king of fruite in Bangladesh. There are many kinds of mangoes. They are Langra, Fazli, gopalbhog, mohonbhog etc. mango grows in plenty in Rajshahi, Dinajpur and Bogra.
Jackfruits : It is the biggest fruit in our country. It is delicious and sweet. It grows largely in Chittagong, Sylhet and in the highland of Dhaka, Narsingdi and maymensingh. It is our national fruit.
The banana: Banana is another popular fruit. It grows everywhere in our country all the year round. It is sweet and beautiful, champa, sabri, amritsagar etc are famous bananas.
The Coconut: It is a common fruit in Bangladesh. It grows everywhere but in plenty in Khulna, Barisal and Patuakhali. Its water is a sweet drink. It's kernel is a tasty food.
Orange, papaw, palm: The orange is juicy and tasteful fruit. It is good for liver. The palm is also a well-known good fruit. The papaw is alsoa good fruit.
Other fruit: There are many other in Bangladesh. The pineapple is a good fruit of rainy season. It is full of sweet juice . The lichi is another small and sweet fruit. Among other fruit black berries dates, melons, guava wood-apples and plums are sour fruits.
Sour fruits: There are some fruits that laste sour. The tarmarind, the kamranga and the lemon are sour fruits.
Fruits are useful in many ways. Fruits meet up our demands for different vitamins. Many families in Bangladesh earn a lot by growing and selling different kinds of fruits. And That fruits are good food our health.
Cha-freshly-grown tea from the Sylhet tea gardens offer the most ancient drink in the world. Traditionally served as a steaming hot milky sweet drink available everywhere, tea is also served as a light liquor or with lime, Iced tea is also a coolly refreshing drink for hot summer days. Lassi- plain yoghurt blended with milk, sugar and ice offers another cool refreshing drink.
Daber pani (Coconut water) – a slightly sweet water extracted from inside the hollow of the green coconut fruit is a unique drink, safe and at the same time tasty and refreshing. Brand soft drinks such as Pepsi, coca-cola, fanta, 7-up, mirinda, sun-crest, uro-cola, virgin and sprite are available in big hotels and selected restaurants with licenced bars
Misti Doi- sweetened yoghurt, Halua – a common dessert ranging from egg halua to carrot, sooji or wheat cream, almond, pistachio, nuts and so on. Sandesh – a milk based dessert, one of the best available, Zorda- sweetened saffron rice with nuts. Firni – traditional rice flour cooked in milk, sugar and flavouring. Rasgolla and Kalogam – two popular milk based desserts and made with sugar, flour and ghee. Rosmalai – soft sweets in thick , milk, pitha – a generic term for local rice-based cakes or pastries (steamed of fried or coocked in milk) including specific varieties such as chitoi, dhupi, takti, andsha, puli, bhapa, pua and bibi khana.