Welcome to DeshiGrub

“Cooking is not a chore, it’s a joy”

“Dining is not a rest stop, it’s a recreation.”

Julia Childs


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Bangladesh, land of poets and artists, is also well known for its rich, spicy flavors and alluring aroma. Desserts tend to be sweet and milky and savoury dishes hot and spicy. There’s no room for disappointment if invited into a Bengali home, in fact you’ll have a great time experimenting with these scrumptious Bangladeshi recipes.

You’ll find that a lot of the dishes you see here are already familiar to you. That’s because South Asian cuisine (which includes India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Nepal) all share a common thread: the spices! The most important spices used in Bangladeshi cooking are garlic, ginger, coriander, cumin, turmeric and chilli. In sweet dishes, cardamom and cinnamon are used to enhance the flavor.

Boiled rice is the staple diet of Bangladeshi’s and traditionally, fish has been a must for all meals since in Bangladesh, many types of fresh water fish are easily available. Many meals are also accompanied by some type of vegetable dish, lentils (or daal) and some sort of chicken or meat dish. This all sounds very rich and fanciful, but it needn’t be. In fact, these days, more and more people are opting for healthier ways of cooking these delicious recipes as you will soon see for yourself.

The main thing to remember is this: If you get the spices right and blend them for the right amount of time, you will end up with the perfect dish!

This site has been dedicated to my Mother for her guidance, teachings, and values. She has made me who I am today.

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35 Responses to “Welcome to DeshiGrub”

  1. Hi,

    I love the simplicity of your website and cooking instructions. Just have a couple of questions.. for the Bangla Roast, you haven’t mentioned the quantity of the chicken, and how much is a large pot of yogurt actually?


  2. Hi Mona, thanks for your comments. The Bangla Roast recipe I’ve provided serves 8, with the intention of 1 piece per person. I’ve since updated the yogurt measurements to the smaller 6 oz pots found in all stores. Hope that helps?

  3. That roast chicken and thyme looks delicious! I was drooling over my laptop when I saw the photo, even though it was half past midnight!

  4. A joint effort. Thank you Linda!

  5. I’m grateful for you because of this fantastic written content. You truly did make my day :

  6. The red lentil curry has become my new macaroni and cheese. It’s so easy and fast to make I just try to keep the ingredients on hand. I serve it over brown rice and have used cauliflower and broccoli in it as well. I have tried several other recipes from this site and never been disappointed. THANKS for making such good recipes that are easy and fast to make.

  7. Hi Sandy, love that the Daal recipe is your new Mac n’Cheese! Thanks so much for the support. Really appreciate it.

  8. Loved the tomato quinoa soup. I used canned tomatoes not sauce as I wasn’t quite sure. Also served it with some cornbread as you suggested and there was a great dinner. Thanks once again!

  9. Thanks Sandy, I will take a look at the recipe to see if it needs some tweaking. As always, your comments are much appreciated. Thank you for your continued interest and support.

  10. Tried the roast chicken with thyme. I normally don’t put slits on a roast chicken, afraid that it will dry out, but this chicken was so moist and flavorful. I used sea salt but will try kosher next time. Thanks, Sabina.

  11. Thanks for the great post! This is the coolest stuff.

  12. Yes! There is definitely a market for Deshi food. Finally, I’ll be able to cook for my Bengali husband (I’m not). I’ve tried following my in-laws recipes by watching them cook but they go so fast with no measurements! Hopefully, one day, you’ll be able to publish your cookbook. Thank you!!!

  13. Sabina,
    You have always been a great cook, even though you did set the kitchen on fire during Home Economics at school, but lets not talk about that. your recepies are GREAT!! So easy to follow, much better than Padma Lakshmi’s cookery. You need to get your own show. Thankyou!

  14. Ever the comedienne! A lovely quote from my lovely friend Shazia Mirza, Stand Up Commedienne and Columnist. http://www.shazia-mirza.com/

  15. Sabrina,

    I’ve been looking for a site like yours for ages! My mum and mother in law are such experts they can never give me the exact quantity of any of the spices so when i estimate it turns out all wrong! And i tried a few of ur curries and it tastes just like my mums cooking so its perfect! Thanks again, you’ve made my life a whole lot easier 🙂

  16. you did it..!

  17. Great site! Keep it up

  18. Thank you so much for this site. I hosted a Mehendi fundraiser this afternoon and wanted to serve some authentic South Asian food and got the majority of my recipes from here. I have almost no cooking experience, but your instructions were easy to follow and they came out pretty great, so thank you so much!

  19. Hi Rachel, really appreciate your post. Would love to know what dishes you made for your fundraiser. Glad the instructions were easy to follow. I do try… 🙂

  20. Fantastic site for all the finest Bangladeshi recipes. So simple, so easy. Well done to you all!

  21. Thank you Jahanara. And it’s just me! (not All). 🙂

  22. Hi I’ve just stumbled across your site and mashaAllah you’ve done a great job! I was just wondering if you will add more dishes to the fish section. I’m having trouble with different items like kaatol bichi curry or lothaa with fish and also Oori bichi curry. Do you have anything that can help? Thanks 🙂

  23. Hi Emma, I’m actually not skilled enough to make the dishes you speak of, but I will ask around and post them if I can get hold of them through friends and family. Thanks for using the site!

  24. Hi,
    Not sure if this site still gets updated because some of the posts are quite old. However, I recently stumbled across this and it’s a gem! Your recipes are great! I’ve been searching for deshi recipes…everything I find seems to be Indian and doesn’t really taste like “mum’s cooking” if you know what I mean. You’re a star and I want to thank you for these little gems!

  25. absolutely a wonderful websits for deshi cooking.This site will be very usefull for beginners. hatts off to you.

  26. Absolutely wonderful and very usefull website.

  27. Just discovered your site a month ago, and have already made your beef with channa dal twice. Planning to make one of your enticing shrimp dishes soon. Please continue posting your recipes – love reading and trying them out.

    Wanted to say thanks for sharing – your site is a treasure find for someone learning to cook authentic Bengali food. Thank you!

  28. Thank you Liza for your kind words. Please “LIKE” deshigrub on Facebook if you’re on there as I tend to post more on there these days. The challenge is getting people to post their recipes on there. Would love for it to be more interactive. Thanks again!

  29. Dear Sabina Appa, Nomoshkar, Aasha Khori Afne Sylethi Basha Bujho-in. Amara doi-jon, shami aar stri, fourth generation sylethi based in India. Aamra currenly Bangalore Thaki. Kintu bari-te sylethi basha-e khota khoi. Afnar Sylethi cuisine-er byapare site-ta ekta khub bala proyash.Sylethi rannar unique features India’s non-sylethi Bangali-ra o appreciate khore.Amrar eccha India te Sylethi veg and non-veg ranna- re popularise khorar.Taar Lagiya aamrar chesta ekta Bengali/Sylethi food-joint khular. Kindly visit our ‘Pathshala of authentic Bengali/Sylethi cuisines’ on Facebook. Lets joint hands to popularise Sylethi ranna everywhere.I am aware of the great work you have been already doing in this regard. We will feel happy to make contact with you in this regard.

  30. Hello Jayati, thank you for your kind message, yes, I understand both Sylheti and Bengali very well. I will be sure to like your facebook page ‘Pathshala of authentic Bengali/Sylethi cuisines’ right away. Please post some of your recipes on my Facebook page “Deshigrub” and I will do the same. Let’s build up our audience collaboratively. Thanks again.

  31. I just discovered your recipes. Hoping that I will get to try out most of them. Is there a chance you could add dry fish recipes too like diffetent kinds of bangladeshi shutki curries and shutki chutney. Many of us bengali girls need help with cooking ideas and recipes as we never got the chance to learn before. Thanks.

  32. Hi hun!!

    Wow i just read your description, proud to have found another fenchuganj girl yaaay our families know one another such a small world ahaha, im from rajonphur btw haha xx

  33. Hi there, I’m a newlywed and it’s just my husband and I. I’m so grateful to come across your website and recipe, learning lots and enjoy researching all the recipe on this site. Just wanted to say a big thank you from my husband and I 🙂

  34. Hi Reeni, congrats on being a newylywed! Glad I could help out with your culinary skills! Let me know how they turn out!

  35. Hi, I haven’t tried your recipes yet but will definitely give it a try. I was wondering if you had slow cooker recipes. I love Bengali food but I have very little time to cook and I end up ordering in Bengali food.

    Thanks again for the website, this is great!

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