An average Bengali consumes rice every day, and there are many who consume thrice a day! It is their staple; it’s their comfort food. Only on special occasions, festival and rituals, do they opt for aromatic rice varieties. When it’s prepared as part of their everyday meal, they prefer non-aromatic varieties – one such is the Mallifulo (pronounced molly –phula). This nutritious, fine long grain is extremely versatile and pairs well with vegetarian and non vegetarian gravies; also with dishes that are heavy on spices and flavouring and even when you simply wish to eat it with a scoop of curd and pickle.