When in Kolkata…..
…well there is lots you can do – but we Bengalis primarily love to eat (followed closely by our love for freewheeling discussions or adda, Robindronath-er gaan, Shottojeetbabu-r chhobi and Sourabh Ganguly). Inspired by this post from the ever so eloquent JAP, I am ‘cut and pasting’ this e-mail forward I received a few months back. It is a list of gastronomic delights avilable in Kolkata (with locations). Thanks to the anonymous person who took the effort to compile this list.
Kabiraji Cutlet from Regent (S N Banerjee Road)
Moghlai Parota from Anadi Cabin (S N Banerjee Road)
Kosha Mangsho from Golbari (Shyambazar)
Phulkopir Singara from Mrityunjoy (Lansdowne)
Double Egg Chicken Roll from Kusum (Park Steet)(Campari @ Gariahat & Nizam is a close contender!)
Chicken Rezala from Shabbir (off C R Avenue)
Steak at Oly pub (with beer!!)
Ujjala’s Chanachur ( no comparison anywhere)
Telebhaja from Putiram (College Street)
Daab Chigri from Kewpies (Elgin Road)
Chicken Cutlet from Baked & Fried/Mukherjee Sweets (Ballygunge Place)
Bijoli Grill’s Fish Roll
Mochar Chop Dhoka from Apanjan (Sadananda Road)
Boudir’s Lebu Cha (Deshapriya Park)
Kochuri & Tarkari from Tasty Corner (Mandeville Gardens)
Phuchka/Churmur/ Dahi Phuchka from Bilas or Boudi (Southern Avenue)
Chicken Cutlet near Samur (Bhowanipur)
Mishti Doi & Rosogolla from Mithai (Beckbagan)
Sandesh (all types) from Balaram (Bhowanipur) (Naram pak & Ice cream sandesh) /Pantua from Bancharam
Indrani from Ganguram/ Rabri from Chittaranhan/ Darbesh from Sen Mahasay / Amritti from Bhim Nag/Ganguram, Maniktala (Jalebis are no match)
I wish I could add – Skyroom’s Prawn Cocktail & Mixed Grill & Baked Alaska or Blue Fox’s Lobster Thermidor – NOT anymore…. even the Mandarin Fish from Waldorf is no more available!!
These are unmatched:
Chelo Kabab from Peter Cat
Phulkopir Shingara: samosas don’t stand a chance against these.
Phuchka: gol-gappas aren’t a match on phuchkas.
Karaishutir Kochuri: a seasonal favourite, have it with alur dam.
Luchi: puri and phulkas – no comparison.
Alurdom: the world’s best. Try the offering at Vivekananda Park.
Jhalmuri: a unique concoction, with nothing to equal it.
Telebhaaja: these and jhalmuri are like ‘made for each other’.
Chanachur: many have tried unsuccesfully to steal the formula, MNCs included!
Alukabli: where will you get something like this?
Ghugni: again, chana is not the same at all. (And mangshe’r ghugni is even better)
Radhaballavi: try it with alurdom or cholar daal.
Chaanp: even Pakistani cricketers have sampled these, in Chitpur.
Rezala: out of this world, just out of this world!
Paradiser Sharbat: there is one which is green, and another, pink. No college student from Presidency or the University has failed to sample these!
Lere Biscut: needed to make the batter for chop-katlet. (Also phata-phati with butter and/or cheese spread)
Chicken Kabiraji: an unbelievable variation on the chicken cutlet.
Motton Afghani: an equally innovative presentation of the mutton cutlet. (Coffee House)
Dimer Kalia: again, where do you get something like this?
Kasha mangsho: it’s become an institution now.
Roll: the ubiquitous mutton, chicken or egg roll. Unquestionably
superior to any variants in any other city of the world.
Coffee houser coffee: try the float with ice cream(can tear apart others…).
Bharer chaa: on the Maidan, from shining brass vessels on a rainy day.
And not to be missed in all this,
Pan unmatched, even in Benaras or Lucknow. Honestly!
The sweeter side
Roshomalai: a creamy, mouth-watering delight!
Jilipi: smaller than the jalebis and tastes quite different.
Lal(Misti) doi: is an experience by itself!
Kamala bhog: a pale yellow orb, delicately sweetened.
Notun gurer sondesh: a winter speciality available in no other city.
Rosogolla: simply needs no introduction.
Natun gurer Rosogolla: the latest innovation.
There are many, many more traditional favourites.
Shitabhog: pure white, sweetened to just the right extent.
Mihi Dana: golden yellow, saffron scented.
Maalpoa: rich brown pancakes, dripping in sugar syrup.
Ranga alur pithey: another traditional favourite in winter.
Some special one’s:
1. Aamer morobba – the best outside Gariahat market
2. Kuler achar – the best outside Gariahat market
3. Shukno mashla makha tetul – Available with the churanwalas outside
all schools, much to the delight of the students and dismay of the
4. Dulaler tal mishri
5. Dulaler hojmi – mind boggling and healthy too
6. Bikrampurer kashundi – Mustard just pales next to this
7. Machher kochuri – Where else can you have fish in such an
innovative form ????
8. Churmur – In my opinion this is slightly better than jhalmuri and phuchka. The sad thing of course is that it is unheard of in the rest of the country.
9. Alukabli – Another must at Vivekananda Park or opposite Menoka Cinema
10. Muri ghonto – Defies description
11. moc-har chop – A delight even for the staunchest non vegetarians
12. Kumro phul bhaja – In tiny little food joints around Chittaranjan Avenue
13. Kada paker sandesh – A sure winner, especially the jalbhara
talshansh with the liquid gur filling, which is sublime
14. Darbesh – Our own version of the laddoo
15. Bondey – How does one describe this sticky sweet delicacy ?
16. Patishapta – A delicate crepe with a filling of coconut and gur
17. Chhanar payesh – Better than rabdi anyday and does not weigh your