The readers got furious about the statement made in an interview
to the Guardian.
In the interview published on June 19, the British-Bangladeshi baker said: “The concept of dessert doesn’t exist in Bangladeshi cuisine and so the only time we had it was at school.
“The only reason we had an oven at home was because it came attached to the cooker. Mum would keep her frying pans in there and anything else that would fit. Storage was its only use. So I had no idea where cakes came from until I was a teenager. When I got into baking it was a big surprise; no one could fathom it.”
Her statement provoked a backlash.
A total of 242 comment on the interview till filing of the report. Of the total comments, most were against Nadiya's statement.
“What absurdity is this??!!?! Just because her parents (extended family) weren't as well off and couldn't really afford the those things, it doesn't mean that 'Bangladesh' doesn't have a concept of it. Her parents had 6 children and her grandfather had 67, it isn't difficult to understand, why the situation was as such in her family. However, she has no right to generalise the cuisine of an nation like this. This is the thing about the diaspora that I don't like. She is 'British' now why does she need to make such a sweeping comment regarding the fact that we don't have the 'CONCEPT' of 'desserts',” reader Mayisha Kabir wrote in the comment section of the interview.
Another reader Christopher Scott Magor went on to say that he could devour a box of mishtis (sweetmeat) in disgust.
Besides, nwahid76 commented saying: "The concept of dessert doesn’t exist in Bangladeshi cuisine" - would like a bit more clarity in this statement. I am a Bangladeshi and we are spoilt for choices when it comes to desserts after any meal. Usually, the variety of desserts are as elaborate as the lunch/dinner. Is Ms Hussain talking about 'cake' while mentioning "dessert"? It would be quite inaccurate otherwise.”
On the other hand, Nadiya also provoked the readers by saying that cheese does not exist it Bangladesh.
The 31-year-old baker said: “I also have a senseless love affair with cheese. My mother never bought any because there was none in Bangladeshi cuisine. I was introduced to it – and grapes and crackers – at school and it was very painful because then I’d crave cheese every night at home. It felt very English – and French. I seem to fall in love with things I wasn’t brought up with. Sometimes there’s nothing better than finding another cuisine and loving it differently.”
In beginning of the interview to John Hind, Nadiya had also said they would always eat on a cloth placed on the floor of the living room as there were no chairs back in Bangladesh and her father wanted to keep the Bangladeshi tradition alive.
In response to Nadiya's statement about cheese, naami77 wrote: “What is wrongg [sic] with you? Bangladesh has NO cheese? No chairs and NO DESSERT????? Which Bangladesh are you talking about? It's embarrasing [sic] to see how little knowledge you have of our country and our cuisine. We've got a whole host of Bangladeshi desserts AND our own kind of cheese - poneer. Please do your research. As someone who's representing Bangladesh on an international platform, you disappoint, not once, but over and over again with your sheer ignorance.”
Moreover, one Bipasha Khan also shared the links authentic Bangladeshi desserts.
Nadiya has starred in her own cooking show "The Chronicles Of Nadiya," a two-part BBC travel food programme that explored her culinary roots in Bangladesh.
Recently, she also baked Queen Elizabeth’s 90th birthday cake.