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…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.

And also..
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.
And also:.

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
parents !!
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
stomach down…”

Written by BongoP'o'ndit

March 15, 2006 at 9:31 am

Posted in Food, India, Kolkata, Wishlist

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  1. No fair! You should put a warning that those readers who venture through that list at lunch time are going to be very unhappy with their salad and sandwich.


    March 15, 2006 at 3:26 pm

  2. 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)

    I protest! I am a non-bengali but still love all those things (not necessarily in the same order tho):P

    Feeling homesick now – after reading your post.

    Keep Blogging!


    March 15, 2006 at 10:10 pm

  3. @ Ph : Why should I suffer alone 😉

    @ Rajpal: didn’t mean to be exclude anyone – just poking some ethnic fun at ourselves. Love for food, especially some of the Kolkata delicacies is quite universal. Homesick and nostalgic is how I had felt as well after reading the list for the first time.


    March 15, 2006 at 10:50 pm

  4. dada ki listi khana-i na naamiyechhen. laala-phaala jhore desk khana-r ja abosthya holo taatey chaakri tikbey kina jaani na. keyboard-ta nirghaat badlaatey hobe ebaar.


    March 16, 2006 at 6:53 pm

  5. Just to staisfy my curiosity – how long did it take u ? If you’re the originator then u’re pretty famous because i’ve recd quite a few forwards of this list from starving bongs all over Keep on at it …

    autie eve

    March 24, 2006 at 3:55 am

  6. @ Eve:

    I wish !! As I mentioned in the post, I too got this list as the dreaded forward – albeit one I actually liked. But rest assured – lists such as these are made up, discussed and argued over endlessly in Bangali addas all over the US (possibly in all over outside Kolkata).
    Btw, nice blog – will peruse it more comprehensively at a lesiurely pace when I catch some break.


    March 24, 2006 at 8:39 am

  7. Thanks for dropping in – with me its more of “shall post when I have the time and space” -!

    Auntie eve

    March 26, 2006 at 1:06 am

  8. To all you probashi bangali;
    A restaurant chain caled “NOLA” is soon going to flood Kolkata ater Puja with all those delicacies.


    May 31, 2006 at 1:58 am

  9. Couldnt resist sharing the following with all my friends :

    Son of Bengal vs A Bengal Tiger

    Through the jongole I am went
    On shooting Tiger I am bent
    Bugger Tiger has eaten wife
    No doubt I will avenge poor darling’s life

    Too much quiet, snakes and leeches
    But am not feared these sons of beeches
    Hearing loud noise I am jump with start
    But noise is coming from damn fool heart

    Taking care not to be fright
    I am clutching rifle with eye to sight
    Should Tiger come I will fall him down
    Then like hero return to native town

    Then through trees I am espying one cave
    I am telling self – “Bholanath be brave”
    I now proceed with too much care
    From nonsense smell this Tiger’s lair

    My leg is shake, I start to pray
    I think I shoot Tiger some other day
    Turning round I am going to go
    But Tiger giving bloody roar

    He bounding from cave like shooting star
    I commend my soul to Kali Ma
    Through the jungle I am went
    Like bullet with Tiger hot on scent

    I am a telling that never in life
    I will risk again for damn fool wife


    June 25, 2006 at 11:28 am

  10. hey i have been out of cal for three years now, and these names are so delightful, just to read…miss calcutta…………there is no place like home……..isn’t it??
    and our food is definitely unparalleled, anywhere in the world, for the simple fact that the amount of love and good humour that go into it, we ll never get it anywhere else. am i wrong????????

    vrinda singh

    August 16, 2006 at 7:32 am

  11. That really made my mouth water. Although I contend that Nizam’s is not a close contender – it is #1. Great blog, btw!

    The Simple Leaf

    September 27, 2006 at 11:13 pm

  12. What…no mention of Zeeshan (Park Circus)? Their Reshmi Kabaab is the best I’ve ever had (Amber comes close, I will admit) and I still prefer their mutton roll to all others. Chicken Bhartha with paratha is great, too.

    Now I’m hungry 🙂 Wish I wasn’t stuck in Chicago…time to plan my next trip home.

    Dave Chakrabarti

    February 8, 2007 at 11:30 pm

  13. Ooof.. ki bhishon byatha.. ebar pujoy kolkatay jabo.. ek hathe Ciprobit onyo hathe phuchka .. roll .. biriyani .. rezala ..
    Oshadharon Blog.. chaliye jao boss..


    February 12, 2007 at 2:36 pm

  14. aah! kolkatar kahbarer naam ar nawar dorkar nei…………….shadh gulo mukhe lege thake……….thik bolechi na!!!!!!!!!

    Indibar Ghosh

    March 22, 2007 at 2:10 pm

  15. I haven’t been to Calcutta in 7 years, and I miss it a lot. There is a fairly extensive list here. Does anybody miss hurricane lamp lighting, which was the most common to eat the food mentioned here in the evenings not too long ago?


    September 2, 2007 at 10:26 pm

  16. Oh thank you thank you thank thank you for this list. From the few places I have been to, I understand how good the others are!

    I curse myself for landing up outside Kolkata while still having super-bengali taste buds!

    Ritwik Banerjee

    November 9, 2007 at 1:48 am

  17. OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOhh ! Ki liiiiiiiiiiiiiiist !
    Ekebarey di la grandi mephishtophelish ! Yak ! Yak ! (courtesy : Patoldangar TENIDA, Narayan Gangopadhyay er soujonye) Haay re Haay! Ei prothom baar pujoy ekta din-o ami Kolkatay noy. Jivey jol ana khabar oi Gandhomadon lishti portey portey, haat aar jib korchhey byapok nishpish. Alas! Protyek tai korchhi miss ! ….. Thudi puro miss ki korey boli. ASHTOMI-r sandhyebela, CA, Sunny Vale -e PASHCHIMI-r pujoy, program er por hathat haatey uthe elo thermocol -er baati, alu-chholar pur die tentul jole chubie mini size er phuchka !!5, 10 15, 20 …thamtey parchhinaa…. Bhabaa jaai ! Satyi abhabonio. Hoita Kolkatar moto noi, hoito dudher swad metate holo ‘gholey’. Tobu swikar kortei hobe MAJHE MAJHE MON DOLEY, APROTYASHITO EMON AJACHITO GHOLEY. Chalao paanshi Belghoria, Khetey Banglai dildoria.


    November 11, 2007 at 10:22 pm

  18. You have to have lived in Kolkata or know a bengali to appreciate the
    below,enjoy anyway: (with humble apologies nevertheless)

    A is for Awpheesh (as in Office). This is where the average Kolkakattan goes
    and spends a day hard at work. And if he works for the ‘West Bengal
    Gawrment’ he will arrive at 10, wipe his forehead till 11, have a tea break
    at 12, throw around a few files at 12.30,break for lunch at 1, smoke an
    unfiltered cigarette at 2, break for tea at 3, sleep sitting down at 4 and
    go home at 4:30. It’s a hard life!

    B is for Bhishon. For some reason many Bengalis don’t have good bhishan. In
    fact in Kolkata most people are wearing spectacles all the time.

    C is for Chappell. Currently, this is the Bengali word for the Devil, for
    the worst form of evil. In the night mothers put their kids to sleep
    ‘Na ghumaley Chappell eshey dhorey niye jabe.’

    D is for Debashish or any other name starting with Deb. By an ancient law
    every fourth Bengali Child has to be named Debashish. So you have a
    Debashish everywhere and trying to get creative they are also called Deb,
    Debu, Deba with variations like Debanik, Deboprotim, Debojyoti, etc. thrown
    in at times.

    E is for Eeesh. This is a very common Bengali exclamation made famous by
    Aishwarya Rai in the movie Devdas. It is estimated that on an average a
    Bengali, especially Bengali women, use eeesh 10,089 times every year. ‘Ei
    Morechhey’ is a close second to Eeesh.

    F is for Feeesh. These are creatures that swim in rivers and seas and are a
    favourite food of the Bengalis. Despite the fact that a fish market has
    strong smells, with one sniff a Bengali knows if a fish is all right. If
    he will say ‘eeesh what feeesh is theesh!’

    G is for Good name. Every Bengali boy will have a good name like Debashish
    or Deboprotim and a pet name like Motka, Bhombol, Thobla, etc. While every
    Bengali girl will have pet names like Tia, Tuktuki, Mishti, Khuku, etc.

    H is for Harmonium. This the Bengali equivalent of a rock guitar. Take four
    Bengalis and a Harmonium and you have the successors to The Bheatles!

    I is for lleesh. This is a feeesh with 10,000 bones which would kill any
    ordinary person, but which the Bengalis eat with releeesh!

    J is for Jhola. No self respecting Bengali is complete without his Jhola.

    is a shapeless cloth bag where he keeps all his belongings and he fits an
    amazing number of things in. Even as you read this there are 2 million
    jholas bobbing around Kolkata- and they all look exactly the same! Note

    ‘Jhol’ as in Maachher Jhol is a close second

    K is for Kee Kaando !. It used to be the favourite Bengali exclamation till
    eeesh took over because of Aishwarya Rai (now Kee Kando’s agent is trying

    hire Bipasha Basu).

    L is for Lungi – the dress for all occasions. People in Kolkata manage to
    play football and cricket wearing it not to mention the daily trip in the
    morning to the local bajaar. Now there is talk of a lungi expedition to Mt.

    M is for Minibus. These are dangerous half buses whose antics would
    effortlessly frighten the living daylights out of all James Bond stuntmen
    well as Formula 1 race car drivers.

    N is for Nangto. This is the Bengali word for Naked. It is the most
    interesting naked word in any language!

    O is for Oil. The Bengalis believe that a touch of mustard oil will cure
    anything from cold (oil in the nose), to earache (oil in the ear), to cough
    (oil on the throat) to piles (oil you know where!)

    P is for Phootball. This is always a phavourite phassion of the Kolkattan.
    Every Bengali is born an expert in this game. The two biggest clubs there
    are Mohunbagan and East Bengal and when they play the city comes to a stop.

    Q is for Queen Eli-jaa beth.

    R is for Robi Thakur. Many nany years ago Rabindranath got the Nobel Prize.
    This has given the right to all Bengalis no matter where they are to frame
    their acceptance speeches as if they were directly related to the great
    and walk with their head held high. This also gives Bengalis the birthright
    to look down at Delhi and Mumbai and of course ‘all non-Bengawlees’! Note
    that ‘Rawshogolla’ comes a close second !

    S is for Shourav. Now that they finally produced a genuine cricketer and a
    captain, Bengalis think that he should be allowed to play until he is 70
    years old. Of course they will see to it that he stays in good form by

    a little bit of ‘joggo’ and ‘maanot’.

    T is for Trams. Hundred years later there are still trams in Kolkata. Of
    course if you are in a hurry it’s faster to walk.

    U is for Aambrela. When a Bengali baby is born he is handed one.

    V is for Bhaayolence. Bengalis are the most non-violent violent people
    around. When an accident happens they will fold up their sleeves, shout and
    scream and curse and abuse, “Chherey De Bolchhi” but the last time someone
    actually hit someone was in 1979.

    W is for Water. For three months of the year the city is underwater and
    every year for the last 200 years the authorities are taken by surprise by

    X is for X’mas. It’s very big in Kolkata, with Park Street fully lit up and
    all Bengalis agreeing that they must eat cake that day.

    Y is for Yesshtaarday. Which is always better than today for a Bengali.

    Z is for Jebra, Joo, Jipper and Jylophone…and jyamiti


    December 26, 2007 at 3:14 am

  19. I am suffering…sorry, can’t go through the entire list. 😦


    March 4, 2008 at 8:29 pm

  20. […] Phuchkas from the corner guy (been aroud for ever), mutton roll from Campari, not to mention all the regualr restaurants, and above all, the sweets: late evening rosgollas – spongy and moist; early morning jilipis – crunchy and filled inside with gooey sugary syrup; the mihidanas and bondes – best scooped up with a fluffy luchi…..the list is endless. […]

  21. I have recently posted on Delhi food, which I experienced during my 2 month long stay there, But I read this list of Kolkata food and decided I have to put it in my blog, being the hard core Bong foodie I am. But I have acknowledged and linked you, so no issue of plagiarism there…
    I absolutely agreed with the list, though will improvise it more, whenever I get the time…


    April 17, 2008 at 1:58 am

  22. amar mone hoi ekta nam miss hoye gache, seta holo Allen Kitchen( beside darjipara park on central Avenue) er Chingri Katlet …fatafati…


    February 11, 2009 at 7:17 am

  23. […] reading – Nizam’s Kathi Roll, When in Kolkata, Egg […]

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