Kathaler Chop-Echorer Chop-Jackfruit Cutlets
Vegan January –Veganuary! The concept has become very popular among many of my friends specially those who are already vegetarians. I will be honest- I struggle to give up fish. Do I not believe eating or being or becoming vegetarian as good concept? I do believe and try much to practise eating in a sustainable way but to give up ‘non vegetarian’ food totally —-I still have a long way to go.
My daughter pops uncomfortable questions when I do ‘meat shopping’ –I feel guilty. Sometime I run away and do not buy my weekly meat supply. But again she loves her egg and chicken. She tried to become vegetarian which lasted 3 weeks. Mind it she is 6 years old. We did not eat non vegetarian and supported her. And then she declared she wants to eat ‘mutton bhatu’ and we started again.
But we are trying to eat as sustainably as possible. We have also reduced our meat/fish/egg/chicken consumptions. I do not think I can give up and become vegan at this stage of life but I try to be responsible. And who knows maybe someday…….
Unlike the popular stereotype , the best thing about Bengali food is we have vast collection of vegan (some vegetarian recipes can easily turn vegan by replacing Ghee with oil) recipes. When the concept was not even popular we ate vegan food as part of our regular meals.
Bengali vegetarian food does not essentially means a dish with paneer. We have ‘chana’ but our vegetarian dish mainly revolves around vegetables dishes Like Lau ghonto with mung daal, shukto, labra, chorchori, echor, phulkopi er dalna, badha kopi koraishuti diye, all kind of fried green leafy vegetable to name the few. Many of our snacks or fast foods are vegan.
Just to keep up with the ‘Veganuary’ trend, I made some Kathaler chop or Eshorer chop or Jackfruit croquette for a friend’s parent in law-who were visiting us for dinner.
Jackfruit or Kathal is now the super fruit in western world! Appropriation –we should learn from West, I tell you. This vegetable or fruit has been part of our life always but we never could market it the way western world have done it – I see advert for pulled jackfruit burger, jackfruit pulao and biryani and what not! It’s time we step up our game and reclaim things that’s ours! Kathal is ours! Let’s cook it in so many ways only we can do!