Cheesy Baked Pasta

I don’t make that many pasta dishes at our house. I grew up eating rice at most meals so when I think about dinner I cook things that pares well with rice.

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Begun Bhaji (Fried Eggplant)

I love eggplant for its delicious taste and smooth and velvety texture. It doesn’t hurt that it’s healthy too. Growing up, my Mom used eggplant in many dishes. She would either deep fry it in a chick pea flour batter, stir fry it, or pan fry it in a skillet. The pan-fried version of this dish is called Begun bhaji, which is what I make in this recipe.

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Saag Bhaji (Spinach fry)

Saag bhaji is a spinach dish widely eaten all over Bangladesh. This is probably the easiest Bengali dish you’ll ever make. If you don’t have any spinach, you can substitute in other greens like mustard, swiss chard, beet greens. The taste may differ from regular spinach, as spinach has a very mild flavor. I like to use radish greens because they give the dish a spicy kick.

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Bangladeshi-Style Aoo Bhorta (spicy mashed potatoes)

During my youth, I ate potato dishes every day in my Bangladeshi household. Potatoes were super cheap and easy for my family to get ahold of.

My love for potatoes came from my Mom. She made fried potatoes with spices to eat with rotis (homemade flour tortilla) for breakfast. She also made bhortas to go along with lentil dishes. Aloo bhorta was our comfort food.

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