Who says Kolkata is all about Sondesh and Rasgullas? Street foods in Kolkata are also in the list to pamper your taste-bud with some tangy and spicy tinges. And the city, certainly, has lot more to offer, all you need to look it at from that perspective. Below are the 10 terrific street foods that turn Kolkata Gastronomical capital of India:
This version of pakoras has just one variation to it, Bengalis fry anything under the sun including pumpkin, eggplant, potatoes, tomatoes coated with a gram flour (besan) batter. But these traditional flavours of the street in Kolkata are worth exploring for sure!
This is more than a perfect snack over your gupshups. Muri, Coconut Chunks, Lentils, Mustard oil and Spicy chutney blend together to give your taste-buds a perfect taste. Served in a newspaper pouch, it is an ultimate snack of Kolkata.
Cutlet And Chop
When it comes to Kolkata, how can one miss their staple food – fish? So if you too have a watering mouth for a fish recipe, then fish cutlet here is a must try for you. And if can tolerate to be little experimental, try meaty version of these cutlets known as Chops. Made from ground meat, chicken and lamb chops are rolled into balls and covered with a layer of mashed potatoes. A perfect bite which is crunchy outside and tender inside!
This is quite similar to chop but the only difference is, it has boiled eggs filled in it instead of Lamb or Chicken. So if you are an ‘eggeterian’ so, Dimer Devil can be your cup-of-tea.
Puchka And Churmur
This version of golgappas are meant for those who avoid a blast of chilli. Phuchka is a lighter snack with tamaring water filling which has a mild spicy aftertaste. And if you are a breed that avoids wet and messy food, Phuchka is all set to serve you in its ‘Churmur’ avatar. All the ingredients of Puckha are crushed and topped with flavourful chutney to amuse your belly.
Made from fresh cottage cheese, it is quite similar to Gulab Jamun and is greatly inspired with Jalebi swirl. Soft yet chewy in texture, it is a famous sweet in Kolkata which is readily available in most of the sweet shops here.
Splendid Mughlai Paranthas in Kolkata are stuffed with lavish fillings as lamb, beef or chicken which are further well-tossed with onion and sauces to bloat away your taste-buds in flavours. And if you are looking for an extra-dosage of protein, add an Egg to make it a heart-winning affair.
Often considered as a sought-after street food of Mumbai, it has its equal dominance in Kolkata. Crushed Papri, Potatoes, Chopped Onions, Sev, Bhujiya and Muri are the core ingredients which are tossed together with Tamrind and sweet chilli chutney. Tempting, isn’t it?
Known as Ragda in Mumbai, Bengalis have their version of Ghugni Chat in Kolkata with an addition of lots of sweet tamarind chutney. It is prepared using white peas or boiled yellow peas and goes well with your appetite.
Keemar Doi Bora
One of the rarest recipe for street foods in Kolkata, minced meat are used to make Vada and then dipped in Dahi which is topped with cumin, fenugreek seeds, red chilli powder, cinnamon and black mustard seeds. So, it is basically a Bengali version of Dahi Vada. Must give a try to the unique dish of Kolkata.
So, try these traditional street snacks in Kolkata and unveil true Kolkatain flavours!