Let's Go: Bangladeshi Dried Shrimp Bhorta / Sea Monkey Day
Updated: Aug 26
This dish from Simply Delicious BD on YouTube looked good and I have never tried any Bangladeshi food, so I decided to try it! It also fit with Sea Monkey Day! Haha! Sea Monkeys are not actually little monkeys -- imagine that, haha! -- they are little shrimp. The story behind them is funny -- at the bottom of the post. :) #funfact: NASA flew sea monkeys into space in 1998 with astronaut John Glenn as part of an experiment! :)
"Bhortas are the simplest and the ultimate comfort food of Bangladesh served with rice. Bhortas are delicious, smooth, fiery and flavorful mashed goodies made with mustard oil, onions, garlic and red chilies."
If you use dried spices (like I did) -- it's basically a pantry recipe with dried shrimp -- you could also use fresh/frozen shrimp. :)
I had to make some adjustments because I don't have fresh onions, garlic or coriander or green chiles -- I just used dried spices.
Basically I got some of the Bangladeshi flavors, but not the textures. I'll try it again when I have all the fresh ingredients too. :)
It's typically eaten with rice, but if you want it to be low-carb/keto -- you don't need to eat it with rice.
What I used:
- Dried shrimp
- Garlic Powder (in place of fresh garlic)
- Onion powder (in place of fresh onion)
- Ground Coriander (in place of fresh coriander)
- Chili flakes (in place of fresh green chiles)
- Ground Turmeric
- Annie Chun Microwaveable Rice (optional)
- Lemon juice (not shown)
In the video, she sautes the onions and garlic and then add the shrimp and other spices. And then you add fresh coriander and lemon juice at the end. Since I was using garlic powder and onion powder, I just warmed up the dried shrimp (they are okay to eat without cooking them) in some oil and then mixed in all the spices.
Then I just put it over rice.
RESULT: Success! :)
We are good at this! Tasty and yummy! I would never have put these spices together with dried shrimp without seeing this YT video of Bangladeshi food.
As I mentioned above (x 2),
-- Basically I got some of the Bangladeshi flavors, but not the textures. I'll try it again when I have all the fresh ingredients too. :)
-- If you use dried spices (like I did) -- it's basically a pantry recipe with dried shrimp -- you could also use fresh/frozen shrimp. :)
NATIONAL SEA MONKEY DAY
National Sea Monkey Day is observed each year on May 16. Most of us have memories of waiting for our mail order shipment of these magical creatures. The delivery usually contained the small “aquarium-like” hatching kit for them to live and grow in.
Sea Monkeys are a type of “Artemia” (brine shrimp). They got their name because of their monkey-tail look.
Following the popularity of the ant farms, Harold von Braunhut invented the “Sea Monkeys” and hatching kits in 1957. He did most of his advertising through comic books. He once said, “I think I bought something like 3.2 million pages of comic book advertising a year. It worked beautifully.”
These little crustaceans have made their appearances on television shows including Spin City, Roseanne, Night Court, South Park, The Simpsons, It’s Garry Shandling’s Show and Desperate Housewives.
Sea Monkeys went into space with astronaut John Glenn on October 29, 1998, aboard Space Shuttle Discovery. They returned to Earth after spending nine days in space and the eggs hatched eight weeks later, apparently unaffected by their travels. (Haha!)