Being a native of Kolkata, how can I not highlight the tasty street sacks that I have grown up with. I remember, I used to purchase begunis and chops to satisfy my evening hunger pangs and used to fight with my little brother on the last piece. I used to argue with my college friends in Bangalore about how Kolkata’s phuchka is the best and other state’s don’t know how to make them. Just writing about them is making my mouth watery and I have gone into my food dream. Coming back to my list, I have compiled here ten tastiest street foods found in Kolkata that will give your taste buds an orgasm.
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Phuchka is a mouthwatering street food of Bengal and very dear to a Bengali. Phuchka differs from Panipuri/Golgapa/Gupchup in terms of content and taste. It uses a mixture of boiled gram and mashed potatoes with Indian spices as the filling, and is tangy rather than sweetish while the water is sour and spicy. Only time you are allowed to eat Phuchka multiple times a day and during odd hours is during Durga Puja. Oh, I miss those days.
2. Chicken & Mutton Rolls
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You can find many stalls saying Kolkata’s Kathi Rolls in other cities but the original mouthwatering rolls are found in Bengal only. The juicy morsels of chicken/mutton pieces are wrapped in a paratha that has been coated with egg. For eggitarians, you can opt for an aloo filling but the paratha will still be coated with egg.
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Ghoogni is an evening snack in Eastern India, especially in Kolkata. Black gram, dried yellow peas, or dried white peas are cooked with gravy in the traditional eastern Indian style. It is then garnished with freshly chopped onions and cucumbers. This snack will warm you and your heart on cold winter evenings.
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Have you ever imaged the thin slices of egg plants can make such a delicious evening snack? Never right. Eggplants are sliced and battered before being either fried or deep fried in oil. Hot begunis on a rainy day are to die for. Crispier the better.
5. Mochar Chop
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Chops or Croquettes are a staple food for Bengalis. Ask any Bengali, and you’ll surely find the mention of ‘Chops’ in their list of top ten Bengali snacks! Whether it is Aloo (Potato) chops or Mutton chops, every Bengali’s mouth start watering upon hearing the mere mention of it. One such favorite of mine is Mochar Chop. Mocha means Banana flower, which is a very unique vegetable and can be cooked in many delicious ways, like curries, koftas, cutlets and many more.
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6. Fish Kabiraji
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Fish Kabiraji is one of the ultimate Bengali street food creations, which deserves every Bengali food connoisseur’s salute. I myself have grown eating amazing Fish Kabiraji’s in the busiest streets in Garia Hat. The marinated fish fillets are dipped in beaten eggs mixture, followed by rolling in bread crumbs to finally fry in hot oil.
I miss it in Bangalore even though many Bengali restaurants have popped up in recent years, they cannot match Kolkata’s taste. So, whenever I come to Kolkata, I make it a point to have Fish Kabiraji at least once.
7. Egg Devil
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Dim or Egg Devil is a comfort food for us Bengalis. We often nag our moms to make this on rainy days while we put on Rabindra Sangeet in our computers/mobiles. As per the culinary history the word “devil” was coined in the year 1786 to describe a food preparation that were deep-fried and seasoned with hot spices and condiments, extremely pleasing, and certainly not relating to satanic thoughts.
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No list will be complete without mentioning the National Sweet Dish of Bengal i.e. Rosogolla. I know, there is no such thing as the National Sweet Dish of Bengal but I feel there should be especially after wining the origin content of Rosogolla. Technically, it is made from ball-shaped dumplings of chhena (an Indian cottage cheese) and semolina dough, cooked in light syrup made of sugar. This is done until the syrup permeates the dumplings.
Now for all the Rosogolla lovers, different flavors are available to experiment with. If you don’t believe me check out the picture above.
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9. Mishti Doi
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Rosogolla and Mishti Doi (Sweet Curd) have both captured the heart of Bengalis and no meal is complete without them.
Mishti doi is prepared by boiling milk until it is slightly thickened, sweetening it with brown sugar or khejur gura (date molasses), and allowing the milk to ferment overnight.
Earthenware is always used as the container for making mitha dahi because the gradual evaporation of water through its porous walls not only further thickens the yogurt, but also produces the right temperature for the growth of the culture. Very often the yogurt is delicately seasoned with a pinch of cardamom for fragrance.
10. Cadbury Sandesh/Mishti
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Cadbury Sandesh/Mishti is a recent addition to the glorious culinary history of Bengalis and a dream come true of every sweet lover. You get the goodness of chenna and naughtiness of Cadbury chocolates, a great initiative by Cadbury’s to prove their versatility.
There are many more street foods which I didn’t mention here like Kachori, Piyaji (Onion fritters), Jhal Muri, Chowmein, Luchi Aloo Dam, Boondi, Jaynagar er Moa (Laddu) and to taste them all, you have to come to Kolkata. Hope this list intrigues your taste buds enough to make you fly soon to Kolkata.
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