MasterChef Australia finalist’s ‘peasant food’ rice dish delights Bengalis, Indians

When Kishwar Chowdhury appeared on the finale of MasterChef Australia last week, the 38-year-old Melbourne native delighted Indian and Bangladeshi social media users with her entry: a reimagining of a centuries-old rustic dish made from cooked rice fermented in water.Panta bhat has long had a reputation in Bangladesh and the states of eastern India with large ethnic Bengali populations as a cheap, filling source of energy and hydration to beat the summer heat. It is traditionally served in the…

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