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5 Traditional Foods You Must Try in Old Dhaka, Bangladesh

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When it comes to food, people from Old Dhaka believe in binge eating. You can’t blame them when they have delicious traditional foods cooking in every corner of that part of the city. Old Dhaka or commonly known as Puran Dhaka offers many magnificent things to its visitors and the inhabitants. The foods found there are so good that people around the country visit Puran Dhaka only to try the foods. If you’re planning your next trip to Bangladesh or already in the country, then don’t forget to try the following dishes.

Haji Biryani

If you ask someone from Bangladesh to recommend a good place for Biryani, the chances are very high that they will suggest you “Haji Biryani” without even giving a second thought. Haji Biryani is the first restaurant in East Bengal to introduce Biryani to the people of Bangladesh. They started their journey in 1939. The dish they offer is second to none. The chef seasons the rice and adds chevon to prepare this dish full of flavor. They use packets made of leaves to serve the Biryani but you can always ask them to use a plate instead if you don’t feel comfortable. This dish will cost you only $2 and is a rich man’s feast at a poor man’s price.

Nanna Morog Polao

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“Nanna Morog Polao” in the Chankharpool area of Puran Dhaka is another significant restaurant that you should visit. The restaurant offers a dish made of chicken and seasoned rice commonly known as Morog Polao. This one dish is bound to please the most demanding of tastebuds. A beverage called Borhani is served with this dish. Everyone in the city loves this restaurant. You can try it for $2.


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Originating during the Mughal period, Bakarkhani has come a long way. Bakarkhani is a type of bread that has a Biscuit like texture with a hard crust. The main ingredients of this bread are flour, semolina, sugar, and ghee. Though it can be found all over the country, it’s most popular among the people of Puran Dhaka.

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Bakarkhani is best enjoyed with tea in breakfast or as an evening snack. You will get 20 pieces of Bakarkhani at $1.


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You’ll find many street-side food carts and restaurants offering Kebab in Puran Dhaka. You can choose from different types of meats and the way they are prepared according to your tastebud. I will suggest you try all of them. You can enjoy kebab with Parata if you like.

Beauty Lacchi

After trying all the mouth-watering delicious dishes from Puran Dhaka you should head out to the place called “Beauty Lacchi” for the dessert part. They offer the most refreshing beverage called Lacchi. The recipe for the drink includes yogurt and sugar. A sip of this drink will make you forget all the tiredness of the day.

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