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Like chilli? Live a day in the food of a woman from Bangladesh, which features the spiciest of all our dishes.

 

A Day in Her Food fact: A woman living in hunger in Bangladesh will survive on these same meals again, and again. She may be able to afford a small amount of fish or egg only once a week, and meat (chicken) only once a month.

 

 

Ingredients for the day (for one person):

 

1 cup plain flour

360g white long grain rice

2 potatoes

8 small green chillis

4 very small onions, or one regular/large onion

100g fresh spinach (traditionally she would eat pat shak and pui shak for greens, but for this challenge, you can use spinach) 

Half cup of red lentils

4 tablespoons mustard oil, or vegetable oil is also fine

Sugar

Salt

 

To drink on the challenge: Water throughout the day (no tea, coffee or other drinks)

 

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BREAKFAST

 

Two roti

 

A very simple breakfast

 

Ingredients:

 

1 cup of plain flour

Water

Half teaspoon of sugar

 

Method:

 

  1. In a bowl, mix the flour with as much water as it takes to make a soft (but not sticky) dough.
  2. Knead the dough for a couple of minutes, then cut into two pieces.
  3. On a well floured surface, roll out your dough to resemble the round thin traditional roti shape.
  4. Heat a pan on medium heat.
  5. Place roti into the dry pan and heat for a few minutes.
  6. When the roti has brown spots, flip over and cook on the other side until the same, then serve with half a teaspoon of sugar sprinkled on top.

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LUNCH

 

Boiled rice, potato smash and spinach

 

A heavy lunch to keep up her energy throughout the day

 

Ingredients:

 

180g rice white long grain rice

2 potatoes, chopped

4 small green chillis, finely chopped

2 very small onions, finely chopped, or half a regular sized onion, finely chopped

50g washed spinach

2 tablespoons mustard oil, or vegetable oil

Salt

 

Method:

 

  1. To make the rice: Place a pot of water on the stove to boil. Rinse the rice and add to the pot. Remove from the heat once cooked.
  2. To make the potato smash: Boil potatoes. Once potatoes are cooked, mash them.
  3. In a separate frying pan, heat one tablespoon of oil with half the chopped onion, half the chopped chilli, and a pinch of salt.
  4. Once soft, add these to the mashed potato, and mix well.
  5. To make the spinach: Reheat the frying pan with one tablespoon of oil, the remaining half of chopped onion, and chopped chilli.
  6. Once these are soft, add the spinach and a pinch of salt.
  7. Add a touch of water and cover the pan to steam.
  8. Once spinach is soft, remove pan from the heat.
  9. Serve boiled rice, potato smash, and spinach together.

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DINNER

 

Boiled rice, lentils and spinach

 

more rice...

 

Ingredients:

 

180g rice white long grain rice

Half a small cup of red lentils

4 small green chillis, finely chopped

2 very small onions, finely chopped, or half a regular sized onion, finely chopped

50g washed spinach

2 tablespoons mustard oil, or vegetable oil

Salt

 

Method:

 

  1. To make the rice: Place a pot of water on the stove to boil. Rinse the rice and add to the pot. Remove from the heat once rice is cooked.
  2. To make the lentils: Rinse lentils. Place lentils in a pan with enough water to cover them and boil until soft.
  3. In a separate frying pan, heat one tablespoon of oil with half the chopped onion, half the chopped chilli and a pinch of salt.
  4. Once soft, add these to the lentils, and mix well.
  5. To make the spinach: Reheat the frying pan with one tablespoon of oil, the remaining half of chopped onion, the chopped chilli, and a pinch of salt.
  6. Once these are soft, add the spinach.
  7. Add a touch of water and cover the pan to steam.
  8. Once spinach is soft, remove pan from the heat.
  9. Serve boiled rice, lentils, and spinach together.

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