What are the Famous Dishes of Kolkata? Kolkata, the queen of all cities, has its own charm when it comes to culinary arts. the culinary heritage of Kolkata has been well preserved by its century-old recipes that have been passed down for generations. Here is a list of some signature dishes of Kolkata that you must try while you are staying at the city and if you are locality chances are you are already a fan of these:
Fulkopir shingara literally translates to cauliflower samosa. This dish is basically made up of a spicy and tasty mix of finely cut cauliflowers and potatoes, wrapped in flour dough and then deep-fried in oil.
Mishit doi or sweet curd is something that Kolkata is really famous for. It is a thick and super creamy yogurt-like dish. It is made from thickened milk with added date molasses or brown sugar. It is generally served in earthenwares to bring out the best taste.Trust me on this, one spoonful of mishit doi is heaven on earth.
Well, there is always a debate between Odisha and Bengal over the origin of this sweet. However, if you taste the sweets from both the states you’ll know that their taste and texture vary. Kolkata’s rasgulla is basically soft, spongy roundels of cottage cheese dipped in sugary syrup. Rasgulla has evolved through time and is now available in a number of flavors like for example the much-loved Nolen gurer rasgulla(rasgulla made from fresh date molases), komola bhog(slightly orange flavored rasgulla) and so on.
Shukto is a dish loved by all households in Bengal. It is a slightly bitter dish which is served as the first side dish with rice. It contains mix vegetables like potatoes, eggplants, bitter gourd with posto or poppy seeds.
Oh, how the Bengalis love their fishes! Fish curry or macher jhol is probably a part of the daily diet of most Bengalis. This a spicy fish curry made with the addition of potatoes and tomatoes. It is generally flavored with turmeric, ginger, onions and garlic.
The closest thing this can be compared to is puri i. But that will not be just to the dish. Luchi is basically flatbreads made from white flour or maida which is rolled in a circular base and deep-fried in oil or ghee until they become crisp. It is usually paired with chicken, mutton, vegetables, and even halwa.
Mangsho means meat. Every alley of Kolkata must have a shop selling kosha mangsho. It is a thick, spicy gravy with mutton or chicken and must also contain potatoes.
Dab chingri is prawn served and made from tender coconuts. It’s a treat to your eyes and will definitely cause foodgasm.
Chingri malai curry:
Malai curry is is a prawn curry made from coconut milk and flavored with spices. This dish is not only popular in Kolkata but is loved all over Bengal as well.
Sandesh is another sweet famous in Kolkata. Sandesh is generally made from cottage cheese. There are innumerable varieties of Sandesh here, starting from chocolate Sandesh to mango Sandesh. the list of Sandesh found in Kolkata is endless. Each Sandesh has its own taste and texture.. but the only thing common among them is their ability to mesmerize all consumers.
Malai chom chom:
Bengal is truly the sweetest part of India and that shows in our platter as well. Malai chom chom is a sweet dish made from sweetened cottage cheese dipped in sugary syrup or cream and also has added cream. Varieties of chom chom also contains coconut flakes, saffron, pistachios and so on.