Remit2Home Recipe – Tikiya Kebab

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Remit2Home Blog – Bangladesh – Tikiya Kebab

Ingredients

• 1 oz (25 g) channa dhal, split
• 8 oz (225 g) fatless stewing meat
• 1 brown cardamom, ground
• 1/2 large onion, chopped
• 1 bay leaf
• 1 inch (2.5 cm) fresh ginger, chopped
• 1/4 teaspoon black pepper,
• 1 large clove garlic, chopped
• salt to taste
• 1/2 teaspoon paprika
• ghee or oil
• 1/2 teaspoon garam masala
• 1 egg yolk
• 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
• fine breadcrumbs

Steps

1. Soak the dal overnight, then boil in twice its volume of water. Strain off any excess water.
2. Put the meat, onion, ginger, garlic and spices through a mincer. Mix well and add salt to taste.
3. Add the dal to the mixture, and fry in a little ghee for 20 minutes. Add a *little* water if it dries up too much. Leave aside for about 3 hours or overnight to thicken and dry.
4. The next day or when ready, add the egg yolk, and, if it doesn’t hold together, add gram flour to thicken or water to thin. Add fresh coriander or parsley.
5. For Seekh Kebabs roll the mixture in breadcrumbs to sausage shapes. Skewer them and cook over charcoal (best), under the grill, or fry in a frying pan.
6. For Shami Kebabs, roll into balls, coat in breadcrumbs and deep-fry.

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Ramadan Kareem

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Remit2Home Blog – Bangladesh – Ramadan Kareem

Ramadan is a time of spiritual reflection, improvement and increased devotion and worship. Muslims all around the world are expected to put more effort into following the teachings of Islam during this month. The fast begins at dawn and ends at sunset. The act of fasting is said to redirect the heart away from worldly activities, its purpose being to cleanse the soul by freeing it from harmful impurities. Ramadan also teaches Muslims how to better practice self-discipline, self-control, sacrifice, and empathy for those who are less fortunate; thus encouraging actions of generosity and compulsory charity.

It becomes compulsory for Muslims to start fasting when they reach puberty, so long as they are healthy and sane, and have no disabilities or illnesses. Many children endeavour to complete as many fasts as possible as practice for later life. Exemptions to fasting are travel, menstruation, severe illness, pregnancy, and breast-feeding. However, many Muslims with medical conditions insist on fasting to satisfy their spiritual needs.

Bangladesh
Festival: Ramadan Kareem
City: All Cities in the country
Event Type: Fasting from sunrise to sunset
Venue: All over Bangladesh
Date & Time: Starts on Saturday, 28th June OR Sunday, 29th June 2014 (subject to moon)

United States Of America
Event: Louisiana Peach Festival
City: Los Angeles, USA
Event Type: Entertainment
Venue: Downtown – Ruston, LA 71270
Date & Time: 28th June 2014 Saturday, 8.00 am – 6.00 pm

United Kingdom
Event: Newbury Summer Food Festival – Armed Forces day celebration
City: Newbury, West Berkshire RG141AA
Event Type: Family Event
Venue: Newbury, West Berkshire RG141AA
Date & Time: 28th June 2014, Saturday to 29th June 2014, Sunday, 10.00 am to 6.00 pm

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Dhakeshwari National Temple – The Goddess of Dhaka

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Remit2Home Blog – Dhakeshwari National Temple

The name “Dhakeshwari” itself means “Goddess of Dhaka”. The Dhakeshwari Temple is a state-owned Hindu temple located at Bakshi Bazar, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, giving it the merit of being Bangladesh’s ‘National Temple’. Dhakeshwari Temple was renamed Dhakeshwari Jatiya Mandir (National Temple) in the year 1966, reflecting its position as the centre of Hindu culture and worship in Bangladesh.

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Remit2Home Blog – Bangladesh – Dhakeshwari National Temple

This was the result of the culmination of a major campaign by Bangladeshi Hindu groups who had been demanding official recognition for the primary Hindu place of worship following the declaration of Islam as the state religion in 1988. As a result, the flag of Bangladesh is hoisted every morning outside the main temple premises, and it follows the National Flag Code rules such as rendering half-mast on nationally declared days of mourning. As a practice in other leading religious places of worship in Bangladesh, day long prayers are a common practice during the important national holidays such as Independence Day, Language Martyrs’ Day, Victory Day and birth and death anniversaries of former leaders such as Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and Ziaur Rahman.

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Remit2Home Blog – Dhakeshwari National Temple built-in 12th century

The Dhakeshwari temple was built-in the 12th century by Ballal Sen, a king of the Sena dynasty, and many say the name of the city was coined after this temple. The current style of architecture of the temple cannot be dated to that period because of numerous repairs, renovations and rebuilding in its long years of existence and its present condition does not clearly show any of its original architectural characteristics. Though it is still considered an essential part of Dhaka’s cultural heritage.

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Remit2Home Blog – Bangladesh – Dhakeshwari National Temple

Many researchers say that the temple is also one of the Shakti Peethas, where the jewel from the crown of the Goddess had fallen. Although there is not enough historical contexts in order to establish this as a fact, researchers were directed to this site while trying to locate the particular Shakti Peetha. Since ages, the temple has been held in great importance. The original 800-year old statue was destroyed during the War of 1971. The temple was further damaged during the riots of 1989-90.

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Remit2Home Blog – Bangladesh – People flocking the temple to worship the Goddess of Dhaka

It is widely believed that the Queen, wife of King Bijoy Sen went to Langolbond for bathing. While coming back she gave birth to a son, known to historians as Ballal Sen. After ascending to the throne, Ballal Sen built this temple to glorify his birthplace. Legends say that Ballal Sen once dreamt of the goddess covered under the jungle and he uncovered the idol from there and built a temple and named it as Dhakeswari. Whatever the legends describe, Hindu religious consider Dhakeswari to be the presiding holiness of Dhaka, which is an incarnation or form of Goddess Durga the Adi Shakti.

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Remit2Home Blog – Bangladesh – Dhakeshwari National Temple – Statue of Goddess Durga

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Remit2Home PROBAD – Saying of the month

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Remit2Home Blog – Don’t stray from the path

Quote

কানা গরুর ভিন্ন পথ। – “Kana Gorur Bhinno Poth”

The English Translation – The different path of the one-eyed cow.

Meaning of the Quote – The fool strays from the safe path.

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Recipe Round-up – Badami Chicken

Ingredients:

• 1 whole chicken, cut into small pieces
• 10 cashew nuts
• 1 cup yogurt
• 1 cup coconut milk
• 6 onions chopped
• 1/2 cup oil
• 1 tsp ginger
• 1 tsp turmeric powder
• 10 cloves of garlic
• Cilantro for garnishing
• 2 tsp cinnamon
• Salt & Chilli powder to taste
• 10 Almonds
• 4 Cardamoms

Method:

• Make a paste of ginger, garlic, cloves, cinnamon, cardamoms, cashews & almonds
• Heat oil in a big vessel, add the chopped onions and fry till it turns golden
• Then add the ground masala & fry very well. While frying the paste add 3 tbs to 4 tbs of water, you will notice that oil will float on the top.
• Now add yogurt & the chicken. Season it well with salt, turmeric and chilly powder, cook for 10 mins
• Add coconut milk and cook till done
• Garnish with coriander leaves and serve it hot

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Upcoming Festivals – Bangladesh

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Shab-e-Barat in Bangladesh

For people living in Bangladesh
Festival: Shab-e-Barat
City: Celebrated all across the country
Event Type: Prayers offered entire night followed by fasting the next day
Venue: Everywhere in Bangladesh
Date and Time: Thursday, night of 12th June, 2014

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Offering Prayers for Shab-e-Barat in Bangladesh

For Bangladeshi’s living in United States of America (USA)
Event: DAY LIFE
City: Manhattan, New York
Event Type: Food, Live Music & DJ
Venue: Orchard Street between East Houston & Delancey Streets
Date and Time: 1st June 2014, Sunday, 12.00pm to 5.00pm

For Bangladeshi’s living in United Kingdom
Event: OLYMPIA INTERNATIONAL ART & ANTIQUES FAIR
City: London
Event Type: Public
Venue: Olympia Grand, London
Date & Time: 5th June 2014 to 15th June 2014
Opening: Thursday 11.00 am to 9.00 pm, Fri-Wed 11.00 am to 7.00 pm, Sun 11.00 am to 5.00 pm

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The National Martyrs’ Memorial

(জাতীয় স্মৃতি সৌধ Jatio Sriti Shoudho)

Jatio Sriti Shoudho or National Martyrs’ Memorial is a historical monument in Bangladesh. It symbolizes the valour & the sacrifice of those who were killed during the Bangladesh Liberation War of 1971, which brought the Independence of Bangladesh from Pakistani rule. The monument is located in Savar, about 35 km north-west of Dhaka & was designed by Syed Mainul Hossain.

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Remit2Home Blog – Bangladesh – The National Martyrs’ Memorial

History:
Soon after Bangladesh gained Independence in the year 1972, plans for the monumental structure were initiated. In June 1978, a nation-wide design competition was held for the site selection, road & land development, out of the evaluation of 57 submissions, Syed Mainul Hossain’s design was chosen. In the year 1982, the main structure, the artificial lake and other facilities were completed.

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The National Martyrs’ Memorial in Bangladesh

Structure:
The monument is composed of 7 isosceles triangular pyramid shaped structures, with the middle one being the tallest. The tallest one has the smallest base while the broadest base has the lowest height. The highest point of the monument is 150 feet. The pyramids shaped isosceles are folded at the middle and are placed one after the another. This unique arrangement of the pyramid shaped isosceles had created a structure that seems to change its configuration when viewed from the different angles. There is an artificial lake, and several mass graves in front of the main monument. The architect has used concrete for the monument while all the other structures and pavements of the complex are made of red bricks. Use of different materials has added to the gravity of the monument.

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The National Martyrs’ Memorial in Bangladesh

Complex:
The entire complex is spread over an area of 34 hectares (84 acres) which is again wrapped around by a green belt of 10 hectares (24.7 acre). Several mass-graves and a reflection water body are placed in front of the monument. Once one enters the complex through the main gate he or she can see the monument axially but to reach it, one has to walk through different ups and downs of pavements and cross an artificial lake by a bridge. The entire set of the complex is unique as it represents the struggle for Independence by the great Martyrs’ of the country.

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Remit2Home Blog – Bangladesh – The National Martyrs’ Memorial

Project:
The complete project was executed in three phases. The first phase began in the year 1972, involved in acquiring the land and constructing the road for the project at a cost of Tk 26 lacs. During the second phase in the year 1974 – 1982, Tk 3.77 crores were spent in order to build the mass-graves, heli-pad, parking space, pavements etc. Finally the third phase, began in August in the year 1982, when the main structure was built apart from the artificial lake, green belt, cafeteria, housing etc. The third phase expenses were around Tk 848.65 lacs.

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The National Martyrs’ Memorial represents the struggle for Independence

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