20+ Top Meal Ideas with Bengali Luchi

Top ideas for side dishes with Luchis for perfect Bengali food combinations. Bengali Luchis are traditional Indian unleavened flatbreads, which are rolled and deep-fried in ghee or clarified butter. A quintessential part of the Bengali ranna recipe repertoire, it is often paired with Niramish Aloo Dum, or if someone is feeling indulgent, then Kosha Mangsho or Bengali Mutton Pot Roast.

In this article, I have shared some of the popular side dishes for luchis. You will get several easy Bengali food combinations and meal ideas for lunch or dinner, along with their recipes.

The star of million celebratory festive menus, the perfect couple to ‘Kosha Mangsho’, the makeshift after-meal dessert with Sugar, the next morning’s breakfast with a cup of cha! Oh! How could I forget the post-biyebari must of Luchi & Rosogolla’r Ros (syrup)? I know some of this might sound silly, but trust me when I say that Bengalis would have this with probably anything!!

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How to make perfect Bengali Luchi
Luchi is an unleavened and deep-fried Indian flatbread made exclusively by the people of states in the eastern region of India. Popularly known as 'Bengali-style Luchi', the dough is made with all-purpose flour, hence its pristine white appearance. Usually reserved for a special occasion, it is often paired with Bengali Mutton Roast or Kosha Mangsho, Chana Dal or Bengali Cholar Dal or Potato Curry or Niramish Aloo Dum.
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How to make Bengali style phulko Luchis perfectly

How’s Luchi different than Pooris?

So, there’s always this question about how’s luchi different than pooris. Bengali luchis are made out of All-Purpose Flour or Maida. The dough will be needed with a generous amount of ghee or oil, some salt, and water. They are usually lightly fried so that they retain the white color, without getting the brown spots.
Since there’s a considerable amount of fat in the dough, they are usually crisper than pooris and they have a melt-in-the-mouth kind of texture.

How’s Luchi different than a Bhatura?

Bhaturas are most often made with All Purpose Flour or Maida, with an occasional addition of Semolina or Sooji. They are kneaded with sour curd or yogurt, which allows them to ferment. Bengali luchis are kneaded with plain water. Another difference is that Bhatura is usually bigger in size as compared to the luchis.

What to pair with Bengali Luchis? Popular side dish with Luchi

‘Luchi Tarkari’ is a very popular term in Bengali cuisine. Here, the tarkari stands for the side dishes often served with luchi. Colloquially it would mean a vegetarian side dish and is often served for breakfasts. On special occasions like Durga Puja, Poila Boishakh, or Jamai Sashthi, this humble luchi would be gloriously served with Kosha Mangsho or Bengali Mutton Curry.

This luchi is also served as ‘bhog-prasad’ to the deity during the puja ceremony. Here, it would be paired with vegetarian side dishes like Aloo Phoolkopir Dalna ( Bengali Aloo Gobhi or Potato-Cauliflower Curry) or Bandhakopir Dalna (Pattagobhi Sabji or Cabbage Stir-fry).

Here are some of the popular Bengali food combinations with Luchi for you to try:

Luchi & Kosha Mangsho or Bengali Mutton Curry

If you wish to please a Bengali bhojon-rosik bhodrolok or bhodromohila (loosely translated into food-loving guy or girl), then make some Luchi & Kosha Mangsho for lunch or dinner.

Kosha Mangsho Recipe | Bengali Mutton Curry Recipe
Kolkata-style kosha mangsho recipe, which is essentially a spicy dry goat meat curry, and serve it with some rice. If you want to take the game up by few notches then make the combination of luchi-kosha mangsho, and you would find the Bengali going weak at his knees.
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Bengali Kosha Mangsho - Mutton Curry served in a green ceramic platter

Luchi & Niramish Cholar Dal or Bengali Chana Dal

This cholar dal recipe is the ‘queen’ of Bengali vegetarian recipes, which can be found to be part of every menu. This is best served with luchis or Bengali pooris. Cooking with a pressure cooker makes life much simpler. All you need to do is cook it till it whistles a few times and then temper it with a handful of spices to sort your dinner in the quickest way.

Bengali Chana Dal Recipe | Cholar daal
This Cholar Dal recipe is no-onion, no-garlic vegetarian recipe which is traditionally a Bengali breakfast dish. Completely Glutenfree & vegan lentil recipe
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Bengali Chana Dal Recipe Cholar daal

Luchi & Aloo Chorchori for breakfast

We Bengalis hold our luchi aloo tarkari combination very close to our hearts. No celebration is complete without a sacrilegious meal of deep-fried luchi or Bengali pooris and a simple stew of potatoes.

Did you know that every family has a different Bengali aloo chorchori recipe in their kitty? Yes, adding multitude to the Bengali cuisine, you would often find that cooking in Bengali families differs from each other in terms of the same recipes. This is how I make Aloo Chorchori in my kitchen.

Aloo Chorchori | Bengali Potato Stew Recipe
This Aloo Chorchori or Bengali Potato Stew recipe is simple, easy yet a comforting dish. Pairit with Luchi and you have a meal fit for the kings.
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Sada Aloo Chorchori Tarkari Chechki

Luchi & Aloo Dum or Bengali Dum Aloo

In Bengali day-to-day cooking, there are some recipe combinations that are almost sacrilegious to mess around with. This Luchi Alur Torkari is something similar to that. It’s almost like if you think of luchi, either alur toraki or alur dom comes into your mind. This is a no-onion, no-garlic Bengali dum aloo recipe, which is also vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, and nut-free.

Bengali-style Aloo Dum Recipe
This Aloo Dum recipe is one of the most popular Bengali dishes, often made on a repeat as a breakfast dish served with Luchis. It is a simple potato curry with a dry gravy made of ginger, tomato and a handful of spices & can be made within 30 mins flat.
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niramish Alur Dom recipe

Kumro Chechki or Pumpkin Stir-fry

The Internet is abuzz with a million niramish ranna dishes from Bengali cuisine. But very few are traditionally authentic. This was one of the major reasons why I got into recipe blogging in the first place. A chechki is a special type of stir-fry where veggies would be cut longitudinally and cooked in mustard oil and a choice of spices, without adding any water. This goes without saying that kumror chechki can be best experienced with luchis or Bengali pooris.

Bengali Kumro Chechki or Stir-fried Pumpkin Recipe
This Kumro Chechki Recipe is 100% straight out of Grandma's Recipe book. Ideally a Bengali Breakfast dish, this kumro torkari works well as a quick weekday dinner option as its quick, easy and hassle-free. 100% Original Bengali Kumro Torkari or Stir-fried Pumpkin Recipe with classic spice combination of mustard seeds, hing, and green chilies. This kumror chechki is made typically for breakfast or evening snacks to be served with luchir or porotas. What's interesting about this pumpkin sabzi is that it comes together in absolutely no time.
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Kumro Chechki Recipe

Aloor Jhal | Bengali Potato Curry

This Aloor Jhal recipe is just perfect for those days when you are running low in terms of both time and energy. What if I tell you that there is no frying, no sautéing, baking, or grinding involved in this recipe? Yes, and that’s absolutely true. It is absolutely a one-pot recipe that is done in flat 10 mins.
Traditionally, this meal combination is for breakfasts but this one is equally well suited for lunches or dinners.

Aloor Jhal | Bengali Potato Curry Recipe
This Aloor Jhal is a modern twist on the classic aloo bati chorchori recipe, one of the lost Bengali recipes to the fact pacing life of today's generation. However, this humble Bengali potato curry can surely make a way back to our busy lives owing to its quick and minimal ingredients. This aloo batichorchori recipe is vegan, gluten free and absolutely quickest potato recipe that you will ever come across.
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Aloo Jhal - Aloo Batichorchori Recipe

These are some of the traditionally popular side dishes paired with Bengali luchis. Apart from these, there are a number of Chicken recipes that can be paired as well.

Kosha Murgir Mangsho | Bengali Chicken Kosha Recipe
This Bengali Chicken Kosha is a timeless classic dry chicken curry recipe that is richly aromatic with Indian spices. The word 'kosha' means the spices and rest of the ingredients have been slow-cooked in their own juices and oil to release most of their aromatics. Often paired with luchis or Bengali pooris, or Basanti Pulao, this chicken kosha is saved for special meals!
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Kosha Murgir Mangsho recipe in Bengali style
Khada Masala Chicken Curry Recipe
Chicken curry cooked with Khada Masala or Indian whole spices
Indian spices can be your most trusted friend in the kitchen, only if you learn its temperament. Every spice is different and when used in combination, can give you a flavour bomb to your dish. This chicken curry recipe is cooked with such delectable choice of Indian spices which takes this recipe to a whole new gastronomic level altogether.
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chicken curry recipe

There are some popular niramish ranna side dishes that can be paired with Bengali luchis for the perfect festive Bengali food combination

Niramish Bandhakopir Torkari Recipe | Bengali Cabbage Potato Curry
This Bandhakopir Tarkari, also known as Bandhakopir Dalna is a winter season's cult classic Bengali veggie side dish. Bandhakopi or cabbage is finely sliced and then stir-fried with a couple of potatoes, grated ginger and spices. This niramish bandhakopi dalna tarkari is vegetarian and gluten-free.
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Bandhakopir Tarkari Dalna recipe Bengali style
Bandhakopir Chechki |Bengali Cabbage Stir-fry Recipe
Bandhakopi Chechki is the simplest form of a Bengali cabbage stirfry recipe, where finely sliced bandhakopi (cabbage in English or pattagobhi in Hindi) is allowed to steam cook in its own juice till it looses some of its texture and becomes soft and much flavorful. Often served for breakfast, this bandhakopi recipe in Bengali style pairs superb with Bengali luchis or paranthas.
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Bandhakopi Chechki Recipe
Aloo Phulkopir Dalna | Bengali Cauliflower Curry Recipe
This Aloo Phulkopir Dalna (Bengali Cauliflower & Potato Curry) recipe is a perfect example of Bengali niramish ranna or Indian vegetarian cooking. It is vegan, gluten-free, paleo-friendly, nut-free and a complete plant-based Indian curry dish. Here, cauliflower florets are cooked with potato cubes in pantry basic Indian spices. If you are looking for easy cauliflower recipes for rice, then you are in luck!
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Bengali Aloo Phulkopir Dalna - Indian Cauliflower Recipe with Rice

Luchi can also be served with Bengali sweet dishes such as

Bengali Nolen Gurer Payesh Recipe
This nolen gur or khejur gurer payesh is somewhat a winter delicacy, especially made during the Sankranti when the date palm jaggery is available in the markets. So, around 15th of January, you will see most Bengalis making a variety of delicacies using the season's fresh khejur gur, including this chaler payesh.
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Khejur Gur diye Chaler Payesh
Sweet Boondi Recipe
Sweet Boondi or Mishti Bonde is a very popular Indian sweet where small fritters made with chickpea flour is dunked in sugar syrup. It is vegan (if not fried in ghee or clarified butter), gluten-free, dairy-free, nuts-free Indian sweet dish, very popular during Indian weddings and festivals.
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Sweet Boondi recipe

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