Saturday, April 16, 2011

A distinctive delicacy of south Asia

Bangla food has inherited a large number of influences, both foreign and Indian, from a turbulent history and strong grade links with many parts of the world. Bengal is fairly ancient; originally a Dravidian and tribal society that was eventually settle by the Aryans during the Gupta ear and then by various Muslim rulers since the early thirteenth century. The tribels were  hunter gatherers in the dense forests of the Sunderbans while the rest of Bengal was heavily agrarian, harming the extremely fertile Ganges delta for rice, vegetables and cash crops such as jute. There was also significant pisciculture in ponds and lakes, along with fishing in many rivers.

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