Kolkata is known as the cultural capital of India. But the food delicasy the city has makes it gastronomical capital of the india too. Food, as we know, goes hand-in-hand with culture,
Here’s a list of the 10 lip smacking street food in Kolkata one must try.
Let’s have it then,
1. PHUCHKA AND CHURMUR
Churmur is a variation of Phuchka for those who are not fond of wet and messy foods. The ingredients mentioned above are crushed with an addition of chutney for extra flavor. The addition of water is up to you. This is a smart example of product portfolio diversification
2. AALOO KABLI
Aloo Kabli or spicy aloo chaat is a very popular street food of Kolkata, might remind you of your school days. It is a part of traditional bengali street food that is served on the leaves of the Shaal tree, called”Shaal Pata” in Bengali. The sweet & sour chutney and the green chilies mix to create a delighted smell of freshness. The spices make a brilliant combination of hot and sour, and the potatoes muttar and chana add to the joy of having it.
Vegetables deep fried in a batter made of besan is the simplest explanation I can give for Telebhaja. Bengalis will fry anything under the sun; pumpkin, onions, potato, eggplant are traditional favorites.
4. KATHI ROLLS
A mughlai paratha blankets a row of kebabs (chicken, lamb and on rare occasions beef) onion, sauces(ketchup and chilli), and a green chutney (which you might want to avoid if you have a sensitive stomach) You can add on a layer of egg if you’re not worried about the protein overload and how artery clogging the whole affair will be.
5. GHOTI GOROM, BADAM MAKHA
Every Bengali once made memories of summer evenings with Ghoti gorom sellers walking past dark lanes, while their bells/keys sound as they move. Ghoti Gorom basically is chanachur with onions chopped, chillis, peas and nuts and masala. A quintessentially Bengali thing, this, it must be tried when taking a quiet stroll in Maidan or after a late visit to the Victoria Memorial.
6. DIMER DEVIL
Imagine a chop but there’s a boiled egg inside. You can try Cutlet, Chop and Dimer Devil at Niranjan, Girish Park; as well as Kalika Mukhorochak, Surya Sen Street (towards College Square).
7. GHUGNI CHAAT
Made from boiled yellow or white peas, Ghugni is what Mumbaikars fondly call Ragda. Ghugni and Ragda are more or less the same, be sure to mix it lots of sweet tamarind chutney.
Uniquely Calcuttan, this street snack is a romantic mix of muri, lentils, coconut chunks, spicy chutney, peanuts, and mustard oil. Served in a pouch made of newspaper, it’s the perfect snack to munch when on the move. You can try at outside Menoka Cinema, Lake Temple Road.
9. KEEMAR DOI BORA
Literally translates to Mince Meat Dahi Vada and in true Bengali style the dahi is sweet and garnished with elements of paanch phoron such as fenugreek seeds, black mustard seeds cinnamon, cumin, and a bit of red chilli powder. The vadas are served separate from the dahi incase you hate them soggy.
10. CHHANAR JILPI
Time to end the list on a sweet note, Chhanar Jilipi is made from fresh cottage cheese. It is soft and chewy and has a similar texture to Gulab Jamun. Inspired by the Jalebi swirl, it is found in almost every Bengali sweet shop in the city.
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