If a person possesses love or passion for food, Kolkata, the capital of West Bengal, will surely grant his wish to give a perfect burp after every appetite. Apart from Fish curry and Rice there are lot many foods in Kolkata that one must try.
When it comes to food, Kolkata has never failed to satisfy a food lover with its irresistible mouth watering list of foods. From snacks to sweets, street foods to restaurants, the list of delicacies is never ending.
So here is the list of a few typical Kolkata foods that will help you to discover the city special food to fall in love with. All you need to do is, remember the names.
If someone is here in Kolkata, should not miss the chance to try out Mutton Kosha, served with Steamed Rice, Roti or Parathas (types of flat breads), this velvety gravy made with Indian spices with juicy pieces of meat, can bring any meat lover a big smile of satisfaction.
Famous Places: Golbari (211-A, Acharya Prafulla Chandra Road, Shyambazar, Kolkata, West Bengal 700004), KosheKosha (62, Ballygunge Garden Road, Golpark, Ballygunge Gardens, Gariahat, Kolkata, West Bengal 700019).
Famous Places: Mitra Cafe (Shop No. 1, Building No. 47, Jatindra Mohan Avenue, Girish Park, Kolkata, West Bengal 700005), Radhu Babu’s (1, Janak Rd, Lake Market, Kalighat, Kolkata, West Bengal 700029).
Another lip-smacking dish made with Bhetki (sheephead fish) fillets, coated with crumbs and deep fried, popular as Fish fry in Kolkata. These snacks are served with mustard sauce and raw salads.
Famous places: Allen’s Kitchen (40/ 1, Jatindra Mohan Ave Rd, Girish park, Shyambazar, Kolkata, West Bengal 700006), Mitra Cafe (Shop No. 1, Building No. 47, Jatindra Mohan Avenue, Girish Park, Kolkata, West Bengal 700005).
Kolkata is the destination for rolls, that are prepared by wrapping up chicken, mutton or other ingredients inside the ‘lachha paratha’ (fried flat bread) which looks like a rolled up paratha. Kathi rolls, egg rolls, chicken rolls, mutton rolls, egg-chicken rolls, egg-mutton rolls, double egg roll, paneer roll, vegetable roll, tikka roll – the list will never stop. One should surely give a try to these Khati rolls to remember Kolkata.
Famous places: Hot Khati Roll (1/1 Park Street, Dharmatala, Park Street area, Kolkata, West Bengal) Nizam’s (SR Clock Tower, 23/24, Hogg Street, New Market Area, Dharmatala, Taltala, Kolkata, West Bengal 700087).
It is kind of a time-pass snack, made by mixing puffed rice with peanuts, coriander, onions other spices and various ingredients, served in a paper bag, one can find in every street-corner of Kolkata.
Phuchka, tiny water-bombs, stuffed with mashed potatoes spice and masala mixed, dipped in tamarind pulp water are very pocket friendly, yet filling items you can find. One might think to stop after 4-5 but end-up eating a truckload!
Places to find: almost at every nook and corner of a street in Kolkata, yet best are available at Vivekananda Park and Gariahat.
These are deep-fried food items like, pakodas but mostly made with potatoes, brinjal, beetroot and various other vegetables. Under the generic name of telebhaja are many items named aloor chop, beguni, vegetable chop, Singara and mochar chop. These items can be eaten with puffed rice or alone.
Places to find: It’s a locality based food, easy to find at the roadside stalls and therefore difficult to find the best.
Famous places: Bheem Nag (No: 2/2, Nirmal Chandra St, Bowbazar, Kolkata, West Bengal 700012) , Jadav Chandra Das (127A, Rashbehari Avenue, Rashbehari, Dhakuria, Kolkata, West Bengal 700019)
Rosogolla and Sondesh
One should not leave Kolkata without having sweets; it is like a paradise for sweet-lovers, if you haven’t tried Rosogollas in Kolkata, then what’s the point? Don’t forget about the Sondesh, while these are mainly used as dessert. Rosogollas are divine, also must try out rosho-malai, sondeshsandesh, nolen-gurer sandesh, kachagolla, kaju-barfi, Sondesh made with chocolate and many more.
Famous places: K.C.Das (11A, Esplanade East, Esplanade, Kolkata) Balaram Mullick and Radharaman Mullick (2, Paddapukur Rd, Jadubabur Bazar, Bhowanipore, Kolkata, West Bengal 700020)Girish Chandra Dey and Nakur Chandra Nandy (No.56, Ramdulal Sarkar Street, Near Hedua Park, Kolkata, West Bengal 700006).