Location: Southern Asia between Burma and India
Area: Over 140,000 sq km; 94th in the world
Slightly smaller than Iowa
Population: Over 150,000,000; 7th in the world -- now that is some density
Health: High risk of major infection diseases
Language: Bangla (AKA Bengali)
Schooling: Total school life expectancy is only 8 years
GDP Per Capita: $1700; 196th in the world out of 229
Ethnic groups: Together with West Bengal in India, Bengal is an larger ethno-linguistic region
Cuisine: Similar to India, although more likely to incorporate beef because the majority is Muslim, not Hindi
And then of course there is the Bengal Bouts. There is also a documentary by a Grand Rapids Catholic Central graduate.
Bangladesh has a tumultuous past, but recent indicators are looking up for them. There was a lot of interesting stuff on them, and it is amazing the woes of the world that can go unnoticed unless you go looking.
I was unable to find a clear national dish or most popular food for Bangladesh, so it was much more wide open than some of the other ones. This actually made it more difficult, rather than less. Dang choices. :-)
Finally, with some input from Kevin, I settled on Murgi Kalia. I checked, and I could find other recipes for it that mentioned Bangladesh (and weren't exactly the same), so it seemed legit. Also, how could you pass up this story?
Awesome.When I hear the word "murgi", it always reminds me of the Bangladeshi line "Tor bap murgi chor", which is often used by class mates of the children, and which means "your father is a chicken thief". This is meant to be a serious insult; however, there is one even worse, and this one states, that your father is sexually involved with chickens. I will not repeat that one, because I do not want my site to be blocked by filters.
The recipe starts with telling you to fry the onions and garlic, but doesn't tell you what, if anything, to fry it in. I decided I would use olive oil, but I'm not sure if this was necessary.
|A little frost never hurt anyone, right?|
|Wait...didn't we just do this pictute last week?|
|The ginger got a little...out of hand.|
Now with special effects!
|It grew legs!|
|Attempt #1. It took quite a while.|
|I generally do not like tomatoes. But I like almost everything you can make out of them.|
|I was having a difficult time getting it all to fit.|
|But eventually I prevailed.|
|Vaguely reminds me of the Triforce. Just...circular.|
|Kevin didn't want more evidence of him playing video games while I cooked. It didn't work.|
|Tesla was playing with the cord on my camera.|
|He surveys his kingdom.|
|Kevin was being normal until I took the picture. Then he went back to being normal. Well, as normal as he can be.|
Also, I haven't eaten the leftovers yet, and it looks like they are congealing. We'll see what happens there.
So, Bangladesh, you weren't bad, but also not my favorite. Perhaps skinned chicken would have made a difference. But I won't be finding that out anytime soon, I believe.
Responding to previous things, because it doesn't seem as though the comments inform you when someone else comments. I will have to investigate things.
Katie: I don't know if mutton tastes different, I have never had it. I just know that they are not the same. And I think I agree with you on the medical assessment of the Bahamian food...heartattack! But really, you know the US will be even worse.
Laura: I'm a little confused. 2002? Is this a repeat?
Last time: Bahrain
Next time: Barbados