A glass of Borhani at a wedding in Dhaka, Bangladesh
Alternative namesBurhani
Place of originBangladesh
Region or stateDhaka Division, Greater Chittagong
Associated cuisineBangladesh
Main ingredientscurd, mint leaves, bit lobon, mustard
VariationsShahi Borhani

Borhani, (Bengali: বোরহানী) is a traditional yogurt-like[1] drink from Bangladesh.[2] Borhani is made from sour doi, green chili, mustard seeds, black salt, coriander and mint.[3] It is considered by some to be a type of lassi.[4] It is very commonly consumed in Dhaka and Chittagong regions of Bangladesh, where it is drunk in special events such as weddings and iftar gatherings in Ramadan. It is normally drank after heavy meals such as biryani , morog polao and tehari[5] to aid digestion although appetizer borhanis do exist.[6][7][8]


The origin of the name of the drink is unknown. However, the word is most likely to have come from Arabic Burhan (Arabic: برهان), meaning "proof".[9][10]

Alternatively, it could have been derived from the Persian term Borani (Persian: بورانی), which denotes a dish made of yogurt and greens.

Glass of Borhani

See also


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  2. ^ Jyoti Prakash, Tamang (2016). Ethnic Fermented Foods and Alcoholic Beverages of Asia. Springer. pp. 77–89. ISBN 9788132228004.
  3. ^ "Mint and herbs help bring solvency". The Daily Star. 2017-05-16. Retrieved 2019-02-19.
  4. ^ "The Ultimate Guide to Indian Food in Dallas". D Magazine. 2016-12-13. Retrieved 2019-02-20.
  5. ^ "10 Dishes From South Asia That You Must Try at Least Once". 2015-06-06. Retrieved 2019-02-20.
  6. ^ Clark, Melissa (2014-05-16). "Yogurt Drinks, Not Too Smooth". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-02-19.
  7. ^ "Review: Nobanno's new outpost brings Bengali flavours westside". Stuff. 11 April 2018. Retrieved 2019-02-19.
  8. ^ "Local Knowledge: Haji's Biryani House". Broadsheet. Retrieved 2019-02-19.
  9. ^ Ahmed, Salahuddin (1999). A Dictionary of Muslim Names. London: Hurst & Company.
  10. ^ S. A. Rahman (2001). A Dictionary of Muslim Names. New Delhi: Good word Books.