Kolkata is called the ‘The City of Joy’ for a reason. The lives of the people who live here are all about emotions, adda, sports, politics, food, and sleep. Did I mention food? Oh, we LOVE to eat.
So much, that we even have a word coined, especially for it – Bhuri Bhoj. Loosely translated, it means eating till you can’t eat anymore, and that’s precisely how our every meal is like.
As Kolkata is home to people of different communities and nationalities, the food list here is long. So, to help you out here’s a list of 12 dishes and desserts, you must try if you are in Kolkata. And most importantly, from where. After all, there’s a lot more to Kolkata food than the clichéd Roshogolla and Mishti Doi.
1. Chai and Samosa at Tewari Brothers, Barabazar
Mornings are incomplete without tea. Here we call it Chaa and Shingara, and the taste and smell of fresh samosa with Tewari Brother’s special chai in a foggy winter morning is what we call LOVE.
2. Radha Ballavi with Aloo Dum at Ganguram, Bowbazar
Breakfast at Ganguram with Kachuri or Radha Ballavi and Aloo Dum is something you should try. Oh yes, if you are tempted to try out the colourful and delicious Sandesh laid out in front of you, please don’t hold back. Let your taste buds feel heaven.
3. Mishti Doi at Amrito, Shyambazar
Kolkata is known for its Mishti Doi. There’s no better place than North Kolkata if you want to try Bengali sweets. And for that, the red, sweet, buttery Mishti Doi from Amrito is a must. Speaking from personal experience, they only make a few cups a day, so make sure you grab yours fast.
4. Kosha Mangsho at Golbari, Shyambazar
Delicious mutton curry served with steamed rice, luchi (puri), and parathas.
Need I say more?
5. Kabiraji Cutlet at Mitra Café, Shobhabazar
This age-old looking with an ordinary para shop vibes serves the best kind of chicken preparations. Enjoy the sublime taste of this unique chicken dish made with minced pieces of chicken, bread crumbs, and ginger-garlic.
6. Sandesh at Girish Chandra Dey and Nakur Chandra Dey, Hedua
Also known as Nakur Nandi in short, here you can find Strawberry Sandesh, Blackberry Sandesh, Green Apple Sandesh, Chocolate Sandesh, Chocolate Bomb, Pistachio Sandesh, and many more mouth-watering sweets. Take your pick!
7. Phuchka and Churmur at Vivekanda Park
No, Phuchka is not golgappa. These are tangy, spicy balls of heaven with a tinge of masala on them. Churmur belongs to the Phuchka family as well, but they are made with broken papri, mashed potato, spices, tetul-gola, or tamarind pulp. If you have to define love, this is it.
8. Momo at Tibetan Delight, Chowringhee Road
Tibetan Delight is a small shop inside a narrow lane. Even though the shop looks quite small, but the ambience with hot steaming Tibetan momo is something to watch out for. Saving pocket money to try out other Tibetan delicacies from Tibetan Delights is the norm of every college student in Kolkata.
9. Biriyani with Chicken Chaap at Royal Indian Hotel, Bara Bazar
Kolkata’s Biriyani is different. Mostly famous for Chicken Chaap, Royal’s Biriyani is worth dying for. With a unique smell of desi ghee mixed with rich masalas and spices along with juicy pieces of chicken and mutton, the Biriyani is incredible in its true sense.
10. Telebhaja and Ghugni at Decres Lane
Chana with chicken peas garnished with coconut pieces and onion is mouthwatering street food available at Decres Lane. Do not forget to try out other street food items here. After all, WHO has rated the food available here to be the Best Street Food for a reason.
11. Dub Sharbat at Paramount, College Street
Coconut water with Malai from green coconut is one of the popular items of Paramount. You can try out the rest of the syrups, malai drinks, and special drinks of varying flavours.
12. Jhalmuri and Ghoti Gorom at Maidan
Maidan is the heart of Kolkata. And watching the sunset while sitting on the open ground of Maidan, with Victoria Memorial covering up the horizon as the sun sets behind it. That, with ghoti gorom, is divine! The remarkable union of chanachur, lemon juice, and onion along with all that is an experience in itself.
When it comes to food, Kolkata has loads more to offer than just these few. Have fun planning your food walk in Kolkata. Have you tried any of these? What more do you want to add to this list?
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