Kolkata is a major city in the Eastern part of the country, which is known for its rich culture and amazing Bengali cuisine. It is the land of poets, artists and great food. The food here is delicate in taste and rich in aroma. You can find the true colors of the Kolkata culture in the diverse street foods of the city.
Here is a list of Top 10 Street Foods of Kolkata:
Puchkas or churmurs are the popular cousins of gol gappas or pani puri, which are available all over the city streets. These come in different variants, sometimes filled with boiled, mashed potatoes, tamarind chutney and sweet water and in some cases, filled with yogurt, and in some cases even with vodka.
Next on the list of best street foods of Kolkata is a distant cousin of bhel puri, called jhal muri, which is an anytime snack, concocted by mixing up puffed rice with bhujia, chopped onions, chillies, tomatoes, coriander, spices and nuts, tossed together in mustard oil. But it is minus the chutneys, unlike bhel puri.
A simple easy to carry and easy to eat street snack of Kolkata is kathi roll, which is made up by rolling in stuffings like mutton kebabs, fried chicken pieces, paneer, veggies or fried egg in a chapatti or parantha. It is one of the favorite street foods in the city.
Another favorite street food in Kolkata is ghugni, a traditional Bengali dish made by boiling dried white peas, and mixing tossing them in coriander, coconut, onions, tomatoes, spices, tamarind water and chillies, to make a heavenly tasting dish.
A Bengali counterpart of pakoras, this crispy fried snacks features prominently among the best street foods of Kolkata. A variety of ingredients like potatoes, onions, raw mangoes, ginger and even Bombay duck, are dipped in besan and deep fried in oil to create these sinful telebhajas.
A tasty variation to the papri chat of the north western part of the country is batata puri of Kolkata, which is a twist to Mexican nachos. It is prepared by topping papris with chopped onions, mashed potatoes, coriander, chillies, tamarind and mint chutneys.
Called samosa in the North and shingara in Kolkata, this is yet another famous street food of the city, which is a fried piece of dough stuffed with boiled mashed potatoes, onions, peanuts, etc. variations can be made in respect of stuffing, by replacing potatoes with minced mutton or chicken.
Kulfi is a frozen dessert and one of the most loved street foods of Kolkata. It is the replacement of western ice cream, with traditional flavors like kesar pista, gulab and almonds. It is a wonderfully creamy and delicious Indian dessert.
Known as Jalebi in the North, Jilpi is another tempting dessert made by coating a fried pretzel in sugar syrup, served hot or cold, sometimes with a condiment called rabri, made up of condensed milk. It is an integral part of the menu of every festival or traditional occasion of India.
Another amazingly flavored street food of Kolkata is aloo kabli, which consists of cubes of boiled potatoes, mixed up with healthy and tasty ingredients like boiled chick peas, chopped onions, coriander, tomatoes, green chillies and tamarind paste.
All these wonderful foods can be relished on the streets of this beautiful city without spending a lot of money.