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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

What is the popular street food in Kolkata?

Rupali Khanna DEC 10 2012
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Street food in Kolkata is probably one of the main reasons why we love the City of Joy so much. From yummy delicacies that will tantalise your taste buds to all the flavours and spices that will cast a spell on your tongue, this megacity has all and more. Some of the street food dishes you must try in Kolkata are:

  • Macher Jhol

    Macher Jhol is a traditional Bengali marinated fish in curry dish served with steamed rice. This delicately flavoured spicy curry is cooked in mustard oil and spiced with salt and turmeric. While this seafood haven has a lot of variants of fish curry (the awesome Chingri Malai Curry, for example), this one outshines them all in terms of taste! A local favourite, you can easily try this dish at the small eateries that dot the vibrant streets of Kolkata.

  • Jhalmuri

  • Roasted peanuts, puffed rice, crispy chopped onions and juicy tomatoes tossed together in sweet, sour, tangy and spicy sauces (chutneys), Jhalmuri is a variant of the crispy north Indian snack, Bhelpuri. Not only is this burst of flavour a treat for your palate, the myriad colours of this crunchy treat will be a delight for your eyes as well.
  • Rasgulla
    When the city’s name is synonymous with a food specialty from there, you know you can expect something superlative and still be surprised. Rasgullas, (
    Rossogulla to our lovely Bong people) is a sweet dish of cottage cheese balls floating in thick sugar syrup. Don’t be beguiled by this simple description, this basic dish is a favourite of the city and our country (without doubt!) and is perhaps the secret ingredient behind the sweet speech and song of Bengal. Let your teeth sink into this one and feel the rush of liquid sugar greeting your taste buds with the first bite, and you will know what I am talking about!
  • Sandesh

    These melt-in-your-mouth cubes of cottage cheese are an absolute delight to look at, even without eating! Soft and seemingly fragile, these white chunks are usually decorated with saffron and pistachio, giving this sweet delicacy the true Indian feel. Nowadays served in all shapes, colours and sizes, this luscious treat figures in the list of Bengal’s gifts to the world of desserts and sinful pleasures.

  • Kathi RollsIf I told you that the Kathi Roll you dig was born in Kolkata, won’t you want to come to this place and kiss the divine land? The to-go meal which you can enjoy for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Kathi Rolls are a highlight of the food culture in the City of Joy. Try a stuffing of paneer, curried mutton, exotic flavoured chicken, mixed veggies or eggs wrapped in a soft bread and you know you hold a gastronomic delight in your hands. There are hundreds of Kathi Roll shops, stall and counters i.e. you won’t have any problem in finding this delicacy!
  • Mishti Doi

    Coming in a cool earthen kulhad (pot), this thick, creamy, sweet dish is such a favourite of the whole country that it now comes packaged with big labels like Nestle and Britannia. Having said that, nothing beats what you taste on your palate when you try it in this city. Milk flavoured with cardamom boiled till it thickens and creams and then sweetened and fermented with yogurt overnight makes this glorious dessert taste like a gift from the almighty himself.
  • Puchka

    Crunchy hollow balls filled with sweet. sour, tangy and basically lip smacking flavoured water, Puchka is a form of chaat Kolkata swears by. From walking vendors to roadside stalls and huge restaurants, every place has its own variant of a Puchka (Gol gappe, if you please) with a different twist to the taste. There are two variants of Puchka, one of ordinary flour and the other of semolina. You may want to consider choosing the semolina variant if this is your first rendezvous with the dish, as swallowing the flour puchkas can be quite a task at first!

The list of street food in Kolkata does not end here. There are a plethora of other things you can try that are unique to the city and cast a spell on your palate like Kheer Kodom, Kochuri, Luchi, Alurdom, Prawn Curry, Steamed Fish in Banana Leaf and so much more! Also do not forget to check out the amazing restaurants in Kolkata

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