Fish and Roshogolla are two very common names that come to our mind when we talk about Bengali cuisine. Bengali cuisine is known for its subtle yet sometimes fiery flavours. It traditionally offers you a multi-course meal which is spread from a wide range of curries and fries to desserts. Use of a melange of spices, rice, fish, meat and combinations of vegetables show a lot of historic influences in the cuisine. Here are a few popular things that will give a heavenly treat to your taste buds and should never be missed out when in Kolkata.
Roshogolla is a must try when in Kolkata. These small ball-shaped dumplings of chenna dipped in sugar syrup is a heavenly treat. K.C. Das and Bhim Chandra Nag can give you the best roshogulla experience of all times.
Sondesh is a typically traditional Bengali dessert made of milk and sugar. It is prepared by using cottage cheese tossed with sugar over a low flame. You can also find different varieties of this sweet dish across the streets of Kolkata, for example, Nolen Gurer Sondesh which is brown in colour and in made using palm jaggery. Balram Mallik, Girish Chandra Dey & Nakur Chandra Nandy is one stop solution for the best Sondesh in town.
4. Misti Doi
Misti, as the name suggests, is the sweet yogurt popular in Bengal. You can never have had a better yogurt than this in your lifetime. The smooth creamy texture with the sweet taste is an absolute delight. Bheem Nag & Jadav Chandra Das is the best place to taste this goodness in Kolkata where it is served in clay pots.
5. Macher Jhol
When you’re in Kolkata, you just can’t miss this dish! This is one of the most popular Bengali dishes which even non-Bengalis love. Made with simple spices, this fish curry is an ideal side dish served with steamed rice. You can find it any restaurant in Kolkata at any time of the day. Bhajahori Manna is the most popular place to relish Macher Jhol.
Panipuri or call it Phuchka in Kolkata is the best street food to have when you are travelling to the capital of Bengal. You cannot miss on this delicious street food sold by the vendors on the roadside in all marketplaces. Puchka is a little different from the traditional golgappa where mint water is replaced with tamarind water. These small crispy balls, filled with mashed potatoes, tamarind water and a combination of spices will tickle your taste buds.
Telbhaja is a delicious snack made with potato, gram flour and varieties of spices deeply fried in oil. You can enjoy it with a cup of tea at anytime you like. It is easily available across the streets of Kolkata served by the small vendors.
8. Kolkata Biryani
Kolkata Biryani is a mixture of various spices cooked with mutton and rice. It is a bunch of flavours bursting in your mouth when you eat it. Mutton is slowly cooked along with rice to give you the best biryani experience. You can try it out at Arsalan and Royal.
Kochuri is the traditional Indian Kachori that is famous in north India. It is commonly stuffed with green peas and combined with different Indian spices for the best taste. You can find different varieties of Kochuri with different stuffings and taste. Maharani in Deshapriya Park is believed to serve the best Kochuri in Kolkata.
10. Kosho Mangsho
Cooked with lots of love and spices, this dish is ideally served with ‘luchi’. However, you can also relish it with plain rice or chapati. Kosha Mangsho can take your food experience up by a notch, so, don’t miss this amazing mutton recipe while having fun at the city of joy, Kolkata! Golbari is the place where you can find the best Kosha Mangsho in Kolkata
Jhalmuri is a popular Bengali snack made of puffed rice combined with onion, a melange of spices, vegetables and dalmoth. It is a spicy and tangy snack to have. You can easily find it on the streets and have it from the nearby vendors when in Kolkata.
So, next time you travel to Kolkata don’t forget to enjoy these dishes.