I was first introduced to Bengali cuisine by my friend Ishita Saha, the founder of the beautiful magazine “Food e Mag”, whose passion to the topic always pulls me in. Before then, I had always thought that it was typical ‘Indian food’. With time I came to learn that Bengali cuisine, although belongs to the Indian cuisine, is very unique with its own flavour palate, and very much different from the typical definition of Indian cuisine. In fact, it was not until a few years ago that I actually knew that when it comes to Indian cuisine, the varieties differ hugely from one area to another, at times sounding like separate cuisines altogether. Through my interactions with Ishita Saha and a few other Bengali people I met here in Dubai, I was introduced to the cuisine and its unique components, and with time developed a special appreciation for the food.
Luchi is traditional Bengali bread that Ishita showed me how to prepare. It is delicious, and works very well with a variety of the spicy Bengali dips. Here is how it is made, watch the video to see how it’s done and listen to Ishita talk to us about her roots.