Bengalis are great food lovers and take pride in their cuisine!
A meal for the Bengali is a ritual in itself even if it is only boiled rice and lentils (dal bhat) with of course a little fish. Bengalis, like the French, spend not only the great deal of time thinking about the food but also on its preparation and eating.
Quips like 'Bengalis live to eat' and 'Bengalis spend most of their income on food' are not exactly exaggerated. The early morning shopping for fresh vegetables, fish etc. is the prerogative of the head of the family, even in affluent household, because he feels that he alone can pick up the best at a bargain price.
Bengali food is an all-time favourite for many for its spicy, aromatic and mouth watering flavours. Bengali Cuisine generally consists of a variety of rice dishes and fresh water fish delicacies. Bengali food enlists delicious rice main courses, curries, fish dishes, chicken cuisines, pulses, fries, chutneys, Bengali sweets, snacks and many more.
Bengali food has inherited a large number of influences, foreign and pan-Indian, arising from a historical and strong trade links with many parts of the world. Bengal fell under the sway of various Turkic rulers from the early thirteenth century onwards, and was then governed by the British for two centuries (1757-1947).
Bengali cuisine is perhaps the only cuisine in the Indian region which still holds its authenticity over 1000 years, though this region was once ruled by the Mughals emperor and once was even the capital of British-colonized India.
From the culinary point of view, some major historical trends influenced Bengali food.
This tour will help you understand the richness of Bengali cuisine culture in a more traditional way!!