The Ultimate List of Bengali Food that you must Try when in Kolkata

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Bengali food needs no introduction. The Capital of Bengal and the King of street food, Kolkata has many delicacies to offer. Have a look at the famous delicacies that Kolkata has on offer. Explore, Eat and Enjoy!

Rosogolla

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Invariably attached with Bengalis, these syrupy, spongy balls are delicacies you would love if you love sweets!

Best Savoured at: Ganguram’s, Balaram Mallick- Radharaman Mallick, Suresh Sweets

Rolls

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The go to fast food for most hangouts, the kathi roll originated in Kolkata, from the Nizam’s (near New Market). Available in wide number of variants e.g. Egg roll, chicken roll, Paneer roll amidst a lot others.

Best Savoured at: Nizam’s, Bawarchi fast food centers

Puchka

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The road stalls of ‘puchka’- a spicy variant of chaat. Try the normal ones, or dahi puchka (filled with curd), or mishti puchka (sweet syrup used with spices).
Best Savoured at: Most street vendors, especially at New Market or Dhakuria

The Bengali Meal

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Constituting of ethnic Bengali dishes– you can take your own picks or have a combo meal. Dishes like Kosha Mangsho (a chicken preparation), Pulao, Sukto, Chingri Malaikari (Prawns), Ilish Sorshebata (Hilsa fish) are some dishes.

Best Savoured at: 16 Aana Bengali, Bhojohari Manna

The tasty 'Ilish' in the premium delicacy!
The tasty ‘Ilish’ in the premium delicacy!

A new dish that started as an experiment has been winning hearts in no time. It’s your favourite biriyani where the Meat has been replaced by the Hilsa fish.

Best Savoured At: Raajbarir Khawa

Chelo Kebab

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A dish constituting of chicken kebab, mutton kebab and rice. This platter is guaranteed to be your new favorite!

Best Savoured At: Peter Cat

Chops

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Deep fried snacks that are best savoured with muri (puffed rice). Available in variants of stuffing like vegetables, potato, chicken, egg, eggplant etc. Spicy!

Best Savoured At: Dacre’s Lane

Biriyani

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Even though Hyderabad and Lucknow seem the hot favourites for Biriyani, the Biryani of Kolkata is severely underrated. You should try and see for yourself whether this deserves mention in the list!

Best Savoured At: Arsalan

Mishti Doi

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This is a sweetened yoghurt based ethnic Bengali dessert. Served in an earthen tumbler, this will make sure you finish up your platter licking your fingers!

Best Savoured At: Ganguram’s 

Kosha Mansgho

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This is one helluva chicken dish. A thick gravy based dish, this can be taken as a side dish with your pulao or paratha!

Best Savoured At: Shyambazar Golbari

Kachuri

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So, you have a long tour today and you need some breakfast while on the go? Fret not, kachuri and cholar dal come to your rescue!

Best Savoured At: Sri Hari Mishtanno Bhandar (Bhawanipur)

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Apart from this list, there are always a number of tantalizing options for your taste buds- availability of myriad cuisines- Indian, Moghlai, Chinese, Mexican, Continental, Italian, Lebanese, Ocean foods- there is a long list to make your Kolkata trip delicious! So, padhaaro into a city of taste!