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6 Food You Cannot Miss in Kolkata

By Rohit Dassani

Kolkata – the City of Joy is one of the most celebrated places when it comes to food with influence from all over the world. Whether it’s the street food or anything else, you can try this at a very nominal change. Here are the top 6 foods that you cannot miss on your next trip to Kolkata.

6 food you cannot miss in Kolkata

Top Foods in Kolkata

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Jhal Muri The first food on our list is the Jhal Muri. Made with simple ingredients like flaked rice, onions, potatoes, chillies, coconut, mustard oil, masala and a variety of other tweaks depending from person to person. This healthy snack is an explosion of flavors in the mouth. You can get these at roadsides, trains and is priced usually for less than 20 bucks, which gives quite a filling.

Lemon Tea – Kolkata gives this beverage a very unusual twist, the one here comes with Hajmola or a salty digestive. The combination of hajmola, tea, sugar and lime is simply amazing. Mostly found in the trains and few local stores, give this a sip and forget the traditional ‘lemon’ tea.

Kathi Rolls – One of the most iconic snacks that has put Kolkata on the global food map is probably the Kathi Roll. It was invented to put everything together in a paratha which can be consumed as a fastfood. It is basically a fried paratha rolled with vegetables or meat of your choice along with onions, chillies, lime and sauce! You can get these in many versions and variations of condiments today. Try them at Kusum rolls, Nizam’s and other local stores.

Sweets – Kolkata has been home to many legendary sweets especially made with milk, jaggery and so on. You can try variety of Sandesh (churned milk solids with sugar/jaggery/Nolen Gur and added flavors) and Rosagulla. Over the years these light dessert had been everyones favorite. These isn’t any particular time when you should have this as it can be tried all day long. Try these at some of the legendary sweet shops of Kolkata like Girish Chandra Dey, Balaram, Bhikaram Chandmal, etc. and be amazed at their creations.

Chop/Cutlets – Something very unique to Kolkata are its chop or cultlets which can be found in both veg as well as non-veg options. These deep fried goodness are sometimes served with onions, cucumber and mustard sauce which takes the experience to the next level.

Street Food Stalls – Everywhere you look around in Kolkata, you are bound to find few street food stalls. These stall serves dishes like Puchka, Samosa, Tea, Ghugni, Chilra, Chowmein, Sabzi Puri, sweetmeats and even South Indian dishes, among others. Some of these stalls are brilliant when it comes to food. Don’t miss out on them to get the real deal! Try areas like New Market,

That’s not all, Kolkata is home to the entire street food culture of India and you may end up finding something totally different. If you find something unique on the street or shop, just take a bite!


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