Bengali cuisine – Taste the best of West Bengal
Known for its tangy taste and ambrosial aroma, the cuisine of West Bengal will take you on a taste trip that is beyond anything earthly. Your tastebuds will sing out in ecstasy at the variety of flavours that will hit them and you will find yourself transcending into a surreal taste high. We’re not exaggerating; the moment you take a bite of Bengali food, you will realise you were made for it. Or the other way around. Either way, it’s a high you’ll never come down from.
Bengali cuisine is also known for its multi-course tradition, rather than serving and eating everything at once. The range of sweets and confectionaries in this flavourful cuisine is mind-boggling and a true delight for those with a sweet tooth. Apart from its world-famous mishti doi and roshogollas, West Bengal is famous for a vast range of other sumptuous sweets like chomchom, roshmalai, pantua and pithe. Did your mouth start watering? Ours certainly did! So, let’s check out some other delicious and drool-worthy dishes in the Bengali cuisine…
Shorshe Ilish: Fish lovers, you will love this. This classic Bengali fish dish is rich, spicy and is best eaten with some steaming hot rice. A preparation made of the hilsa fish, cook it in mustard seed sauce for the best flavour.
Macher Kalia: Macher Kalia is a rich, spicy fish curry that will set your soul on fire. A signature Bengali dish, Macher Kalia is made of the rui or katla fish, and has an astounding number of spices that makes this dish an absolute must-have.
Chingri Maacher Malaicurry: For those who love the taste of the sea on their tongues but don’t like fish too much, this beautiful dish is just right. Simply put, Chingri Maacher Malaicurry is prawns cooked in spiced coconut milk cream. Sounds too good to be true, yes?
Aloo Posto: It is said that a Bengali lunch is incomplete with this dish. Aloo Posto is basically curried potatoes in poppy seed paste, and a few green chillies to make it hot and spicy. A special Bengali treat for the vegetarians out there!
Kosha Maangsho: A spicy mutton curry, kosha maangsho is one of the reasons why Bengalis live to eat. Made of juicy mutton pieces, potatoes, lots of pepper and a little yoghurt, this dish is your sure shot way to food heaven.
Jhal Muri: One of the most popular Bengali snacks, Jhal Muri is a mixture of puffed rice, spices, vegetables and raw mustard oil. Jhal literally means ‘spicy’, and this snack is just that—hot and spicy goodness.
Shondesh: This well-loved Bengali sweet is made of sweetened and finely ground chhena, or cottage cheese. Shondesh is available in tons of yummy variants like kachagolla, abar khabo, indrani, korapak and many others.
Don’t you feel like visiting Kolkata now, especially for the food? You will find some delicious varieties of Bengali food in all our cities but for the most authentic Bengali cuisine, you know where you have to go! So, tell us your favourite Bengali dish!