Bengal is often referred to as a ‘foodies paradise’ and this holds true in every sense. Be it the rustic Bengali seafood or aromatic and spicy street food, there’s something for everyone! The food culture here is basically cosmopolitan with exotic Chinese dishes from ancient Chinese dwellers to classic Bengali fish curry. So whether you want to curb a sweet craving or want to experiment with something innovative, this city won’t disappoint in terms of taste, quality or prices! Check out these mouth-watering delicacies from the city of ‘babu moshai’.
Here Are The 10 Most Popular And Must-Try Bengali Foods:
If you want to start off on a sweet note, then this melt-in-the-mouth dessert is for you. This healthy sweet is made from chena or cottage cheese and then tossed in sugar syrup. It simply satiates your sweet tooth without being high on calories.
You don’t get fish chop better than this city for throwaway prices. From local food stalls to plush restaurants, fish chop is a great tit-bit snack. Choose from more than 40 kinds of fish varieties that range from fish hilsa to rohu. It is served with either puffed rice or eaten with hot tea.
Kathi Rolls are a savior for those on a budget. Pick from a choice of egg, chicken, paneer or veg roll. These rolls are big enough to fill the tummy but the prices sure are rock bottom. They started off in Kolkata, but now have spread to different corners of the state.
The Jhaal muri on the streets of bengal will get anyone’s tongue drooling. It is served best with lots lime and tangy spices to fill the palette and satiate the tongue. Be it the trains or local streets, this savoury item is available throughout the state.
Fuchka or Puchka
Puchka is another street food fills the stomach and detoxifies too. You may get gol gappa in other cities but the ones here simply tangle your taste buds. The filling is usually made with ghooghni (dried yellow peas that are boiled) and potatoes with green chilies, gondhoraj lebu or lime. The tangy and spicy water is made with tamarind, mint or pudina patta and raw mangoes.
The Hakka style chilly chicken is one of the most popular Chinese items in the city. And you don’t have to head to Tangra (the home to most local Hakka Chinese restaurants) for this. You can get the same authentic taste in other restaurants across the city too! You can head to either the hilly Darjeeling or even a remote corner of the city and still find this on the menu.
This is a form of puri, but it comes with an aromatic dal filling and is served with classic Bengali aloo dum. It is available for breakfast at various shops and even local vendors.
Singhara or Samosa
Samorsa or Singharas as the locals call it is best served hot, with tamarind chutney. The filling comprises of potatoes (with skin on), cauliflowers and peanuts. You can find this on the highway, near the big malls or even in a local restaurant.
You simply cannot miss out the mishti doi in Bengal. Served in mud vessels or kulhars this sweet yogurt is made with date jaggery and has a mousse-like structure. You can have an entire bowl of this and still not feel overpowered by sweetness.
Nawabs had ruled the state of Bengal for decades and their food influence are clearly visible in the Biryani available in the city and suburbs. You can pick from a chicken or mutton biryani from a local street vendor or go to a classic Bengali restaurant and still find it on the menu. True the Nawabs got this recipe from Hyderabad, but the Bengalis made it their own!