It’s not for nothing that Kolkata is called the gastronomic capital of India. Bengalis love their food and pamper their guests with some of the best cuisines ever perfected in India and beyond. Not surprisingly, Kolkata street foods are no less delectable than what’s cooked in a Bengali home.
Here are some of them.
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What sets the phuchka apart from the paani puri of Mumbai, is the tamarind water into which the light pastry-shell stuffed with boiled potato mix is dipped. The tamarind water leaves a tangy aftertaste and you can spice it up with a blast of chilli. It’s one of the best known Kolkata street foods.
Eat street: Vivekananda Park, Southern Avenue
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A mouth-watering concoction of puffed rice, chopped onions, coriander, crushed papdi, and bhujiya or sev, mixed with sweet chilli chutney. It’s usually served in a newspaper cone with a wooden ice cream spoon for the scoops.
Eat street: Khirki Bhel, New Alipore
3. Kathi roll
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Perhaps the most recognisable of all Kolkata street foods. A paratha blankets a full row of kebabs (chicken, mutton, lamb, and beef in some cases) which is sprinkled with some lemon juice. That’s the perfect kathi roll for you. Add a layer of egg if the cholesterol overload and artery clogging doesn’t worry you much. Some varieties add onion, green chutney and ketchup to further spice it up.
Eat street: Nizam’s, New Market; Hot Kati Rolls, Park Street