You can find these fried dough balls called fuchka on almost every street corner in Bangladesh.
Fuchka is comprised of semolina shells stuffed with yellow peas, cilantro, onion, and chili. Its sauce is made with tamarind, date sugar, and black salt. It’s an easy on-the-go dish that you can eat in one bite.
Food Vendor Jhal NYC is bringing the street food to New York City, so everyone can experience all that Bengali food has to offer.
“We’re trying to bring the streets and sounds of Bangladesh to New York,” explained Jhal co-founder Mahfuzul Islam. “We have fuchka and jhal muri, which is kind of as common as you have like hot dogs and peanuts in Manhattan.”
Jhal muri is a puffed rice mixed with a snack mix called chanachur and served in an old newspaper cone. There are so many different, flavorful ingredients involved in the snack like cilantro, onion, chili, coriander, ginger, and garlic.
The main food crop in Bangladesh is rice and it’s the staple of the Bengali diet. Most Bengali street food also uses ingredients readily available like lentils, vegetables, nuts, fruits, and rice. The street food is eaten by almost everyone.
“It’s very communal, so it’s fun to, like, have your friends and your family and kind of just eat and talk, and eat and talk,” explained Islam.”