History of Bangladesh Independence Day

In 1947, India was partitioned by the British, creating the ‘Dominion of Pakistan’, which was two separate regions to the north west and north east of India. The new dominion was governed from West Pakistan, which led to frictions between the two regions, with the first signs of a movement for autonomy for East Pakistan appearing in 1949. In the 1970 general elections, the Bangla-based Awami League, led by Sheikh Mujibur Rahman won an overall majority, but the West Pakistani regime was reluctant to hand over power. On 25 March 1970, Pakistani troops were used to quell the growing unrest. This led to the Independence of Bangladesh being declared by Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on 26 March 1971, and marked the start of the war of Independence. In November 1970, India entered the war, supporting East Pakistan. This led to victory for East Pakistan on 16 December 1970 (marked by the Victory Day holiday). On gaining its independence, East Pakistan was renamed Bangladesh.


Serves 8
1. 2 pounds of stew beef
2. 2 tablespoons of oil
3. 2 minced garlic pods
4. 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
5. 1 teaspoon minced ginger
6. 1 bay leaf
7. 1 teaspoon cumin
8. 1 teaspoon coriander
9. 1 cinnamon stick
10. 2 tablespoons oil
11. 1 large onion sliced
12. ½ teaspoon mace
13. ½ teaspoon nutmeg
14. 1 teaspoon cumin
15. 1 teaspoon turmeric
16. 3 cup basmati rice
17. 8 whole green chilis(keep whole)
18. 1/3 cup oil
19. Salt and pepper to taste
In a large pan heat oil and brown meat with the next 7 ingredients After 5 minutes add 1 cup of warm water and simmer for 1 hour. In a large enough pot or pan add oil and fry sliced onion until clear then add mace, nutmeg, tumeric and cumin cook for 2 minutes, then add rice, chilly peppers, and water and oil give a good stir cook for 3 minutes. Add beef and drippings to the pot stir. Add 5 cups of warm water bring to a boil and then simmer for 15 minutes turn heat off and let stand for 15 minutes. Serve with chutney.
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