Cuisines of Kolkata
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Kolkata is regarded as the gourmet capital of East India and Kolkatans are quite passionate about their food. As the city grew into a metropolitan destination, people from all over the country and even from around the world fell in love with the commendable cuisines of Kolkata. The gourmet city with its several hotels across all categories, restaurants and eateries serve not only traditional but also international cuisines like German Hamburgers, Italian Spaghetti, Mexican Chilli con Carne and Chateaubriand. However, it is the traditional recipe that attracts the lion’s share of food lovers. Saurav's-The Food Pavilion, patronized by Indian Cricketer Saurav Ganguly and Grain of Salt by celebrity chef Sanjeev Kapoor are some signature eateries run by celebrities.
It is no secret that Bengalis thrive on fish and the variety of fish based delicacies will surely leave you spoilt for choice. Tauks 7 Ambals, Paturis, Machbhaja, Murrighontos, Chorchoris, Bhapamach, Doimach etc. are some of the hot favorite fish curries. And no Bengali cuisine is complete without traditional recipes like Machher Jhol or Chingri Mallai Curry.
Bengali cuisines are different from other Indian cuisines in terms of its more evolved and scientific approach. The touch of sophistication in terms of course on offer is both enticing and mouthwatering. Roadside eateries are also popular and developed in the city and its all-under-one-roof municipal markets are counted amongst the best and most attractive in the country.
Sample the famed street food of Kolkata at popular spots typically comprising of chappatis or rice with Booter Dal(Lentil), fish curry, papads and fresh salads. However, no mention of Kolkata cuisine is complete without mentioning the famous Bengali sweetmeats. The Bengali Rosogollas has its large share of dedicated fans all over the country, whereas other sweet delicacies like the Natun Gurer Sandesh, Payesh or Kheer Puli are no less mouthwatering. These sweets are non-oily and use milk as the main ingredient instead of Oil. Kolkata cuisine is a must try for everyone visiting the city, the variety and delicacy of which does much more than satisfy your taste buds.