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Bakarkhani Delicious Traditional Food of Old Dhaka

Bakarkhani traditional food of old dhaka

Nowadays, people are a fan of ethnic cuisine that means fast food like burger, pizza, pasta. But trust me! Bakarkhani is much tastier than those foods! If you take a cup of tea with Bakrakhani at breakfast, you don’t need any other foods to make. Bakrkhani is famous traditional food of Old Dhaka or puran Dhaka food. Most popular Bangladeshi traditional food.

In the old Dhaka’s affluent and low-income families, it is customary for the guests to serve bakrakhani with tea. Up to seven days, bakrakhani can be eaten at home. It is famous as  Kacchi Biriyani! There are thousands of families in the old Dhaka who are the craftsmen of Bakar Khani. I also like bakrakhani at breakfast. Sometimes I take it with tea! This combination makes an excellent feeling for me! Do you want to know about bakhorkhani?

But once upon a time, Bengali food was so much famous to everyone. Moreover, Old Dhaka food comes first to say Bengali food. And the name that comes before the Moghlai food is Bakarkhani from Old Dhaka. bakorkhani (বাকরখানি), the reservoir of the three-century tradition of old Dhaka, is still at the peak of demand. Without Bakar Khani, people of old Dhaka even can not think of anything else on breakfast. Fast food and five-star hotel’s Junkfood, “It’s just a comparison.”

In the past, Bakar Khani was made from yeast by mixing milk with butter and dalda.

Early history of Bakarkhani

Bakarhani history is really pathetic. It was a favourite meal in the Andarmahal of Nawab and Amir Omar. Malai-butter bakery is no longer made. However, many of Dhaka’s old ‘khandani’ family are provided with Malai-butter bakery when ordering in advance for marriage or social events.

In the past, the family of Dhaka used to organize and manufacture bakorkhani in their homes. When the price of goods increased during World War II, the use of dalda oil was introduced in bakrakhani instead of milk.

There is a big difference between making bread and tasting it with ordinary bread. In the words of artisans, soybean-dalda is used instead of water to make the yeast. While frying in the reactor, the oil-dalda is completely dried in the heat of the flame and the flour is spilt.

The society has changed the dress up, the mentality of the people, and the mood. But that did not change the taste of the bakhorkhani. Its demand is still as it was in the past. On the contrary, the demand is increasing day by day. Before and the border was only in the middle of old Dhaka. Now you can see bakhorkhani at bakery shops across the country.

Bakrakhani is one of the food items that has been common since the Mughal period. The food may seem simple; its history is extraordinary. This particular bread or biscuit, no matter what its origin, is originally from Afghanistan. In Bangladesh, this popular dish made with wheat, milk, salt, dalda, ghee, cheese, and yeast is named bakarkhani at the end of the Nawabi period. This food has a special connection with the then influential zamindar Aga Bakar Khan. There is a tragic history of failed love.

History of Bakarkhani

From ancient history, the immortal love story is behind the creation of bakhor khani.

The love story of Aga Baker, the hero of many political upheavals, is a hot topic in the pages of history. Aga Bakar loved the beautiful dancer Khan Begum.

 His love rival was Kotwal Zainul Khan, son of Uzi Jahandar Khan. The love stories and conflicts surrounding Aga Bakir and Zainul Khan surrounded this dancer and gave rise to the Mardanga films of the time. Aga Baker, an unfortunate boy from Turkey, came to be enslaved. Subedar Nawab Murshid Quli Khan, a Subedar of Bengal, bought the boy as a slave. 

Agab Baker was fascinated by his intelligence, and Nawab educated him in literacy and military education. In his youth, Aga Bakar first served as a faujdar in Chittagong. For a long time, he was the ruler of Bakla Chandradiv. His name is Bakerganj. District (later Barisal) originated.

Aga Baker’s mind blew on the dancer Khan Begum of the capital, Murshidabad, the girl is not a little dancer, and everyone aga baker thinks she is different. She falls in love with Begum, the dance of love playing strong in his mind.

However, problems arose elsewhere. She has not the only one young man hoping to win the nomination for Begum Khan. Joynal Khan, son of Uzi Jahandar Khan, made a severe choice for Khan Begum. Joynal Nagar may be kotwal, but it takes a lot of courage to love. He stood in front of the Begum, went to the Begum to offer genuine love. But alas! My Begum rejected the proposal of Uzir’s son.

Joynal could not accept this defeat. Aga Bakar got there when he got the news. He thought that’s the opportunity. He started a war with Jayanal. Whoever won the war would win Khan Begum.

 Joynal lost in battle. Meanwhile, a false report was reported to the Uzir. He was told that his son Joynal killed by Aga baker, and the body was missing. Seeking justice from the Uzi Nawab, Nawab Murshid Quli Khan ordered Aga Bakar to be thrown into a tiger cage.

But it is more fictional than cinema. Where the tiger is supposed to be in the abdomen, the tiger dies at the hands of Aga Bakar!

Meanwhile, the false news of Jayanal’s death has been leaked. He seized the Begum by forcibly taking advantage of Aga Baker’s absence in South Bengal. On this point, Aga served as a faujdar in Chittagong during his youth. He was the ruler of Bakla Chandradwip for a long time after that. The place is named after him.

However, Baker went to rescue Begum, a miner detained in South Bengal. Uzi Jahandar Khan followed him. But there is another drama. Uzir’s son, Joynal, was angry and tried to kill Baker, but Uzir himself murdered his son with a sword. Joynal then killed Begum with a sword. He may have been wondering that he should not be alive, so he would not need anyone to be happy!


Regarding this historical event in Nazir Hussain’s book “Legends of Dhaka,” the author says that Bakar-Khan had made a new kind of dried bread from Aga Bak to keep the memory of love alive, even if he did not get the Begum. Later, the food became the name of the food to rotate in the mouth of the people.


The demand for Bakrakhani is still seen by crossing Chanakarpool and looking at Nazimuddin Road. Amligola, Islambagh, Hazaribagh, Lalbagh, Chawkbazar, Abul Hasnat Road, Aga Sadek Road, Nazirabazar, Bangshal, Siddiqbazar, Bangram, Myshandi, Lakshmibazar, Ekrampur, Sutrapur, Gendaria, Narindo, Barkhorn, Akhgar, Sarbakhar, Dewarganj Fall. I hope now you can know about bakarkhani origin and it’s history.

Bakarkhani near me- There are several bakery shops on both sides of the street. The bakrakhani of these shops are packed in white polythene packets at Dhanmondi, Uttara, Banani, Gulshan, and capital stores and department stores.




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  • Reply Arpan Baral October 19, 2019 at 5:48 pm

    Awesome concept

    • Reply FariahRasha October 20, 2019 at 3:57 pm


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