Bangladeshi cooking gets a rare turn in the spotlight this month as Namaaste Kitchen and Salaam Namaste take their pioneering ‘Regional Food Festival’ beyond India for the first time.
Sabir Karim, chef patron of Camden’s Namaaste Kitchen and Bloomsbury’s Salaam Namaste, comments, “We have British-Bangladeshi restaurants to thank for introducing the nation’s favourite dish – chicken tikka masala – as well as the fiery hot vindaloo and madras curry to the UK. It’s a remarkable story; how from 20 restaurants back in 1946, there are now 12,500 British-Bangladeshi restaurants and a curry industry that turns over £4 billion a year. In spite of all that, the food of Bangladesh isn’t actually so very well known. We want to change that. From Dhaka street snack ‘chot poti’ to every Bengali’s favourite dish, fish curry and rice, there are so many unusual flavours to discover.”
Let the journey of discovery begin at two of London’s finest Indian restaurants throughout July when an extensive selection of dishes from Bangladesh will be on offer alongside the à la carte and a London Olympics 2012 menu.
Rupchanda Fry (fish) 5.50
Whole baby pomfret pan seared with caramelised onions & herbs
Chot Poti V 4.50
Street Food of Dhaka, Puffed rice, Chick peas, chopped red onion, chillies, coriander, mustard oil & wrapped in a medley of sauce.
Shingara V 4.50
Spiced potatoes & peas wrapped & sealed in a puffed pastry
An Arabic dish introduced to Dhaka by the Arab diaspora during the Mughal period. A delicious blend of wheat, lamb and lentil soup topped with fresh herbs, spices and flavored with brown onions.
Begun Shutki 10.95
A mouth watering dish of Rural Bangladesh: dry fish cooked with baby aubergine.
Mangsho Shatkora 13.95
A favourite from the City of Sylhet; ;amb slow cooked with Bangladeshi citrus fruit (nicobina).
Chingri with Chichingha 14.95
King Prawns from the Bay of Bengal cooked with Bangladeshi vegetable (ribbed gourd), ginger, turmeric, chilli & cumin
Bangla Style Murgh Kurma 12.95
Corn-fed Chicken breast cooked with onion, ginger, ghee in a very mild sauce
Makhan sheem Bhaji V 9.50
Stir fried chopped sword beans in exotic spices
Bangladeshi Macher Jhol 13.95
Pan seared Bangladeshi fresh water fillet of fish tossed with mustard seed & fenugreek cooked with yoghurt in a rich gravy.
Mishti Dahi 4.25
Gulab jamun with homemade sweetened yogurt