In Kolkata and haven’t tried the rosogollas?? Each city has its own character derived from years of its existence and the people who live in it.
Kolkata is inhabited by Bengalis, who are traditionally known for their love of books, politics and football. And of course rosogolla, not necessarily in that order.
- Rosogolla: Let the rest of the world debate if it belongs to Orissa or West Bengal. You go visit Bheem Nag or K.C. Das and ask for these cheese-balls dipped in sugar syrup. Later you can go take a dip in the Ganges.
Place: Any sweetmeat shop but specifically Bheem Nag
- Egg Rolls: We love our rolls. Don’t we? Kolkatans do likewise. Anytime you are hungry, just drop by a roadside stall and ask for a roll.
Place: Anywhere in Kolkata
- Phuchka: Delicious! Young, old, males, and females can be seen thronging these food stalls aka pushcarts, come evening. Some like it tangy, some hot, some sweet. The seller will make it to your taste.
Place: Anywhere in Kolkata.
- Chelo kebab: The dish is made of mutton sheekh kebabs and chicken kebab served with a plate of rice and vegetables.
Place: Peter Cat
- Tele-bhaja: Literally speaking, oil-fried. These are deep fried items that can be had on their own or with a bowl of “muri”. Made of potato, capsicum, brinjal, onions, egg, and other vegetables as can be found seasonally.
Place: Almost any street in Kolkata
- Mughlai Paratha: These are deep fried parathas with egg and meat stuffed in. Finger-licking good.
Place: Basanta Cabin
- Tibetan Food: Food that is not Chinese in the strictest sense. They have been localized. You can get pork buns, pork momos, friend or steamed momos which are dumplings filled with a mix of minced meat and spices. Try breaking- fast there one Sunday morning.
Place: Territi Bazar
- Jhaal-muri: The cousin of bhel puri. They co-exist in this city like its people.
Place: any street corner
- Chicken Kabiraji: A chicken breast marinated with spices and deep fried with a coating of egg wash. The dish is available with a fillet of boneless fish
Place: Mitra Café
- Biriyani – Kolkata style: The biriyani in Kolkata was brought in from the Nizam’s of Lucknow. It’s popularly called Mughlai biriyani. It will include a piece of potato, a boiled egg with a piece of spiced chicken cooked in a dum style, layered with rice.
Place: Arsalan, Aminia, Nizam’s, Alibaba, Shiraz and a host of others.