I am a Kolkatan and if you are planning to visit Kolkata anytime soon there are certain delicacies you need to savour in Kolkata. Let me list them for you.
Let me start with my favorite first-
Commonly known as Gol-gappa in other parts of the country, Kolkatan phuchka is like none other. Delicious with its rich spicy taste, alu, dhaniya patta (coriander leaves) and tetul-er-jol, you have to try this out. You are bound to find phucka stands all over Kolkata and its surrounding areas. Not all Phuchka-walas (Phuchka-maker) make equally good phuchka. So for a tourist it would be best to ask a local or simply follow the hit and trial method.
Don’t make your face like this. Kolkatan mishti (sweets) will put a smile on your face. Kolkatan mishti has a wide range starting from Rosogolla and ending nowhere. There are even variants among the varieties. There is simple rosogolla, mango rosogolla and nolen gurer rosogolla. If you don’t know where to start and where to end, I will recommend you to have rosogolla, langcha, kalo jamun, sandesh and Lord Chamcham.
Oh sorry! I forgot Mango Dahi and Jilipi (specially the ones found in Rath-er-mela).
I can’t guarantee that you will like this one. The thing that I like about Kolkatan Biriyani is its special ‘alu’ (Potato). You will never know the beautiful taste of boiled potato if you don’t try out Kolkatan Biriyani.
Varieties of fish. You will find it all here. Talapia, Papda, Chittol, Vetki, Katla, Ilish (Hilsa)………You can not possibly try it all in one visit. So I shalll recommend you to go for ‘Vetki macher Paturi’, ‘Chittol Macher Mutha’ and ‘Sorshe Ilish’. Some of the best prawn preparations are Malai chingri and Dab Chingri (which is served in coconut shell).
If you are not too health conscious, you must try out the Kokatan egg-chicken roll, chowmein, momo and Mughlai paratha. Then there are these varieties of chops (Pakora) -aloo chop, Kashmiri aloo chop, chicken chop, fish finger, capsicum chop that you must try out. Wait, how can I forget singara (samosa)?
Try these all out and satiate your stomach because ‘journey without good food is worthless’.
“Food, in the end, in our own tradition, is something holy. It’s not about nutrients and calories. It’s about sharing. It’s about honesty. It’s about identity.“- Louise Fresco