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National dish of Bangladesh

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  • Independence: 4. 11. 1972
  • Capital: Dhaka
  • Official language: Bangla
  • Population: 161 083 804
  • Area: 147 570 km2
  • International code: BD
  • Currency: Taka (BDT)
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Chicken Biryani


  • 1 kg Chicken (pieces)
  • 500 gm Basmati Rice (washed and soaked for 30 min)
  • 4 tbsp Garam Masala (whole)
  • 4 tsp Garam Masala Powder
  • 50 gm Butter
  • 4 tsp Garlic (chopped)
  • 1 cup Onions (sliced)
  • 4 tsp Ginger (chopped)
  • 3 tsp Red Chili Powder
  • 1 tbsp Coriander Powder
  • 5 tbsp Oil
  • 2 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 2 cup Curd (yogurt)
  • 3/4 cup Tomato (chopped)
  • 4 Bay Leaves 

For the marinade:

  • 1-1/2 tsp Red Chilli Powder
  • 2 tsp Ginger (chopped)
  • 2 tsp Garlic (chopped)
  • 1 tsp Garam Masala Powder
  • 1 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1 cup Yoghurt
  • Salt

For garnishing:

  • 1/2 gm Saffron (dissolved in 1/2 cup milk)
  • 2 tbsp Rose Water
Chicken Biryani is national food (dish) of Bangladesh


Put all the ingredients of the marinade in a bowl and mix well. Add chicken pieces to it and leave for an hour. Now boil water, add 1/2 of the whole garam masala, bay leaf, and rice in it. Cook the rice until 3/4 th is done, drain and keep it aside. Heat oil in a thick bottomed pan and add remaining whole garam masala. Allow it to crackle, add sliced onions and cook it till light golden brown. Add 1 tsp of the remaining garam masala and all the remaining ingredients, including tomatoes, but excluding rice. Cook for 5 minutes, combine marinated chicken with it. Cook until chicken is tender. Place alternate layers of chicken and rice. Now sprinkle saffron, remaining garam masala powder and butter in between the layers and on the top. Carefully end it with the rice layer topped with saffron & rose water. Cover and seal it with an aluminum foil. Cook it further on low flame for 10-12 minutes. Chicken Biryani is ready to serve.

In Bangladesh, rice is the main staple, and also the main ingredient of biryani. The word means fried or roasted. For biryani, you fry the ingredients and then cook them, and for pullao, it is the other way around. Biryani is a popular dish throughout South-East Asia, people love it in Myanmar (where it is called "dan pauk"), in Malaysia, Indonesia and India. Famous varieties are Hyderabadi biryani and Kashmiri biryani. In Bangladesh, biryani is often part of ceremonies like weddings, and sometimes puffed rice (muri) is used.


Bangladeshi cuisine is similar to that of India. Staple food of Bangladesh is rice, and Chapati and curry are commonly eaten as well. Curry consists of multiple ingredients such as fish, chicken, beef, mutton and vegetables. Fish is the most popular source of proteins. Bangladeshi food is milder in taste than Indian food. Pork is forbidden due to the Islamic beliefs and other meats must also be processed in certain ways. Since the 1990s, Bangladesh has been achieving stable economic development. Although the land is fertile and produces abundant crops, famers have been struggling to climb up the ladder out of poverty. Illiteracy is one of the major problems of Bangladesh, and the country is facing big challenges to promote education in the fields of hygiene and nutrition. In addition, repetitive occurrence of flooding has been damaging the living conditions of the vulnerable population. Biryani is a typical traditional food originated in Hyderabad (cosmopolitan city of southern India) when the Mughal empire ruled the region in the 16th to 19th century. The food consists of mutton and rice and it is commonly eaten at celebrations.

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