Discover the Culinary Delights of Kolkata: Must-Try Top Rated Dishes That Will Leave You Craving for More!

From street food delights to mouth watering sweets, the city boasts a gastronomic scene that is sure to leave every food enthusiast craving for more.
Discover the Culinary Delights of Kolkata: Must-Try Top Rated Dishes That Will Leave You Craving for More!
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1. Mishti Doi

Mishti Do, which combines the words 'mishti' (sweet) and 'doi' (curd), is a traditional cooling after-meal delicacy from the state.

This popular West Bengal dish is fermented in earthen pots and created with milk, curd culture, and palm jaggery. This easy-to-make sweet offering has no precision, but it ranks first due to its popularity and wonderful taste. No celebration is complete without this refreshing and delectable ice delicacy.

2. Ilish Maach

West Bengal regional dish, is made using a pair of Ilish or Hilsa fish, sometimes regarded as the queen of fish. In Bengali cuisine, this meal is considered auspicious. This deep-fried excellent fish recipe, also known as Ilish Maach, Shorshe Ilish, or Ilish Bhapa, has a distinct flavours.

Aside from its juicy flavour, the fish has soft flesh and a shimmering silver colour that makes it pleasing to the eyes. The much-loved native delicacy of West Bengal is served as a side dish with rice in both dried and curried forms. A must-try for seafood lovers!

3. Aloo Potol Posto

A staple in West Bengal is the basic vegetarian Bengali dish prepared with a pointed gourd (parwal) and potato. Aloo Potol Posto is a hot, spicy, and flavorful dish made with thick poppy seed paste and coconut puree. This recipe tastes wonderfully delicious with the correct amount of salt, sugar, and spices and is paired with a Bong staple, steamed rice.

4. Sandesh

This dainty finger treat is a West Bengal specialty. Sandesh, a traditional Bengali sweet dish lightly scented with cardamom and cooked with milk and sugar, dissolves in the tongue. The traditional Sandesh recipe has various variants. It can be filled with syrup and then moulded into shapes such as conch shells, elephants, and fish. Another well-known variant prepared with jaggery (gur) is Nolen Gurer Sandesh. Whether in Kolkata or elsewhere in the state, this dessert is cooked with great care throughout all of West Bengal's important festivals.

5. Langcha / Lyangcha

A popular Bengali and surrounding state meal. This is made from flour, milk, and sugar syrup. "Shaktigarh" is well-known for its sweet food. It is one of Bengal's most popular and delectable cuisines.

6. Bhetki Macher Paturi

Bhetki Macher Paturi is a type of fish dish. If you want to taste the original Bengali fish meal, you should try this. This meal is typically prepared using Barramundi fish. Bhetki is another name for Bhetki. Bhetki is marinated in mustard paste and wrapped in a banana leaf.

In Bengali, paturi means "leaf." This meal also includes ilish and chingri. This delectable West Bengal cuisine is well-known in every household.

7. Kosha Mangho

Kosha Mangho is a Bengali mutton dish. Bhuna is the Hindi word for Kosha. Bhuna refers to cooking a food gently over a low flame for an extended period of time. It is often referred to as the "Bengali mutton curry" dish. Mutton chunks are marinated. Later, it is cooked on low heat with spicy tomato and yoghurt. This dish's rich, dark brown silky gravy is made using low-flame cooking. This recipe can also be made with chicken.

8. Kolkata Biryani

Unlike the hot Hyderabadi biryani, the Kolkata biryani is mildly spiced, light, and easy on the taste. Along with meat, the potato is the hero of the Kolkata biryani.

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