10 Bangladeshi Winter Street Foods: Taste Meets Tradition

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Published: November 5, 2023, 10:10 PM

10 Bangladeshi Winter Street Foods: Taste Meets Tradition

Chitoi Pitha (Bengali Rice Cake), Bhutta (Corn on the Cob), Khejurer Rosh (Date Palm Juice), Bhapa Pitha (Steamed Rice Cake), and Pakora (Fritters). Illustration: UNB

Winters in Bangladesh bring a unique and delightful experience for food enthusiasts. The cool, crisp air sets the stage for a diverse array of delectable street foods exclusively available during this season. Blending the flavours of tradition and innovation, various winter-special street foods appear on the bustling streets of Dhaka to the serene corners of small towns. Let’s explore 10 winter street foods that tantalise the taste buds of Bangladeshis. 

10 Delicious Winter Street Foods in Bangladesh

Chitoi Pitha (Bengali Rice Cake)

Chitoi Pitha, also known as Bengali Rice Cake, is a traditional delicacy of rural Bangladesh. Made from rice flour, it boasts a subtle and aromatic flavour. The history of chitoi pitha is quite old. This dish traces its origins back to ancient Bengal, with documented mentions dating back to the 6th century BC. 

These spongy cakes are often enjoyed with spicy chutney and bhorta. Chitoi Pitha captures the essence of Bangladeshi tradition in every bite and represents the rich culinary heritage of the region.

Bhutta (Corn on the Cob)

Spicy Corn or bhutta is a cherished street food in Bangladesh. This delectable treat involves grilling or roasting corn on the cob and then seasoning it with a blend of spices and tangy condiments. 

Bhutta‍‍`s popularity in the Indian subcontinent dates back to the British colonial period when the British introduced new corn varieties and encouraged its cultivation as a food crop. This delicious snack quickly gained popularity and remains a cherished part of street food culture in India, Bangladesh, and elsewhere in South Asia. It is known for its smoky, spicy, and slightly sweet flavours.

Khejurer Rosh (Date Palm Juice)

Khejurer rosh, or date juice, is a beloved beverage in Bangladesh. It is made from the sweet nectar of date palm trees, providing a naturally refreshing taste. 

Fresh date juice is collected by shaving some sections of a date palm tree, and collecting the juice in a clay pot overnight. 

Date palm juice was introduced to the Indian subcontinent by the Arabs in the Middle Ages and swiftly gained popularity. 

Even today, it remains a sought-after winter drink. This drink is deeply rooted in tradition and continues to be a favourite. It offers a sweet respite to all who savour its cooling embrace.

Bhapa Pitha (Steamed Rice Cake)

Steamed rice cake is locally known as Bhapa Pitha. While the history of Bhapa Pitha lacks extensive documentation, it has roots in the Bengal region of the Indian subcontinent. References to this rice cake are traced back to the early 19th century through Bengali cookbooks. 

This classic Bengali delicacy is made from rice flour, molasses, shredded coconut, and water. This popular snack or dessert is savoured in both the rural and urban areas of Bangladesh during the winter months. Bhapa Pitha is one of the most common winter street foods available during evening to night hours. 

Pakora (Fritters)

Pakora, also known as fritters, is a beloved snack enjoyed widely in various cuisines. This crispy treat hails from ancient India, with early variations mentioned in Sanskrit and Tamil Sangam literature, although the exact recipes remain elusive.

Today, pakora has transcended borders and become a popular snack and appetiser, particularly in India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. It can be crafted from an array of ingredients, including vegetables, meat, and seafood. It offers a versatile and tantalising addition to culinary traditions across the region.

 Winter Street Foods Bangladesh

Patishapta (Bangladeshi rice crêpe), Haleem, Mughlai Paratha, Gurer Sandesh, and Chicken Seekh Burger.

Patishapta (Bangladeshi rice crêpe)

Patishapta or Bangladeshi rice crêpe is a beloved dish with roots in Bengal‍‍`s culinary heritage. According to history, Patishapta Pitha originated in the early 19th century and gained wider popularity during the 20th

Chicken Seekh Burger

The Chicken Seekh Burger is a soft burger bun generously filled with tender chicken, crisp cucumber, and a drizzle of tangy tamarind sauce. This delectable snack has garnered fame for its mouthwatering appeal and widespread popularity in its region.

Chicken Seekh Burger is a contemporary winter street food in Bangladesh. It is most celebrated for its harmonious blend of flavours and convenience. It continues to be a cherished choice among food enthusiasts.

Bangladeshi winter street foods are a testament to the country‍‍`s rich culinary heritage. Each dish carries with it a piece of tradition and history, making the experience of enjoying these delicacies even more special. From sweet Bhapa Pitha to spicy Haleem, and from juicy delights like Khejurer Rosh to meaty Chicken Seekh Burger, the winter street food of Bangladesh offer a tantalising journey for your taste buds.

So, this winter, do not miss the chance to explore these unique and delicious treats that the streets of Bangladesh have to offer.

This article was first published in UNB, authored by FARHANA AFROSE RINI.

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