【Bangladesh】Sweet Bangladesh

Bangladeshis have a sweet tooth and many sugar-loaded desserts are made. When coming to Bangladesh, one has to taste the popular misty and doi.

Bangladeshis have a sweet tooth and many sugar-loaded desserts are made. When coming to Bangladesh, one has to taste the popular misty and doi.

Misty is an oval shaped sweet with a dense texture made from semolina, milk and sugar syrup. Color varies from white to brown or dark brown depending on how long they are fried. This misty is one of the most prominent trademarks of Bengali Culture and probably the face of Bengali cuisine to people outside of Bangladesh. On the first time of taking misty, one would probably find it hard to finish the whole piece, but after while he will be surprised to be craving for more and will definitely be tempted to take another piece. This misty is just the right dessert, washing away all the spiciness especially after taking curry. It is addictive indeed, so be careful not to lose control on this sweet devil. Misty also serves as a round the year gift when meeting people. Especially if a foreigner brings this as a present when visiting friends at their home, the locals are more than delighted and will tell you, “you are becoming more Bangladeshi everyday”.

However, misty could even be tastier when taken together with the doi, or sweetened yogurt. Prepared by boiling milk until it is slightly thickened, sweetening it with brown sugar or molasses, and then allowing the milk to ferment overnight, doi is an inseparable part of in all festivals of Bangladesh, at the same time serves as a popular dessert to just end a regular meal.

Although misty and doi can be enjoyed individually and separately, these two usually come in sets to make a perfect Bengali dessert. Experiencing Bangladeshi culture starts form these sweets, assuring you an enjoyable stay in Bangladesh. Before you know it, you will keep on coming back for more!

 

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