A wonderful Bangladeshi Cuisine Cooking Circle Canberra at Taste of Bangladesh, Manuka

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Last Saturday Shafique and Farhana hosted Cooking Circles Canberra to an amazing introduction to Bangladeshi cuisine at their Manuka restaurant, Taste of Bangladesh.

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They lead thirty of us through the delicate flavours of Chicken Dum Biriyani, fragrant with spices of Cumin, Star Anise, Chilli, Cinnamon, Cardamom, Clove and Mace…

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…along with ginger and garlic, ghee, fried  onions.

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The spices were ground and mixed with yogurt to marinate the chicken which was then cooked..

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…before being layed with the separately cooked rice for the final cooking, that allows the flavours to penetrate layers.

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While the Dum Biriyani was cooking, Shafique showed us how to prepare the wonderfully delicious classic – Gulab Jaman.

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His shortcut method is to mix a dough using milk powder and baker’s flour (softened with cream) which is rolled into balls…

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….and cooked in oil before being added to a sugar (and cinnamon stick) syrup.

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Farhana told us about the traditional (lengthy) method used in Bangladesh to prepare this dessert, using paneer. When a new baby is born into a family, the new parents send this special sweet to friends and neighbours.

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While we were waiting for the Dum Biriyani, Shafique also showed us an Eggplant Pakora (Beguni) entree.

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He first thinly sliced the eggplant…

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…then mixed it with spices – chilli, mace and garam marsala…

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…and then chickpea flour and water to coat it in batter before frying it.

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We were all so eager to enjoy this delicacy that no-one captured any photos whatsoever!

As the meal deliciously came together we chatted and enjoyed mango lassis and glasses of wine…

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…but when the Dum Biriyani was served, perfectly matched with yogurt raita, the flavours were wonderful to savour!

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And the Gulab Jaman was a perfect end to a excellent meal, with fine company and much pleasure for all the senses, discovering another lesser known world cuisine!

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