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It's Official, Kolkata Has The Best Street Food In India, And There's No Doubt About It
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Irish Author GB Shaw Once said that the love of food is the most sincere love. How true is it. People travel miles for the love of food. They wait for hours to get their favourite cuisine delivered. And there are those who just can't have enough of the street food. 


India is privileged to have a diverse culture. Whether it is Mirchi Bada or Pyaaz Kachori from Rajasthan to a Chhappan bhog, every state has something different to offer. A survey conducted by the ‘Taste of Travel’ among 56,727 respondents over 30 markets revealed that Kolkata is the best destination for a large variety of street food, reported The Times Of India.
As mouth-watering dishes are being sold in every corner of the Bengali city, here is a list of seven street food items that should be on your to-do list if you are travelling to the City of Joy:
Well, Golgappas of Delhi and Panipuri in Bombay have their own taste, West Bengal’s Phuchka is deemed as India’s best version of this dish. The tamarind water and the stuffing made of boiled potato mash, mixed with onions, chillies, Bengal gram and chaat masala makes all the difference. The delicacy is so dear to the bong community that one can find around 20 types of ‘Phuchkas’ in Kolkata.
Kathi Rolls
For those unfortunate like me who could never visit Kolkata, I got a taste of these stuffed rolls in soft roti at the annual ‘Durga Puja’ celebration. However, over the years many varieties of this have come into the markets and eating it at a place traditionally over-ruled by Aloo tikkis and Choole Kulche, Kolkata Kathi rolls are best enjoyed in the city alone.
Nizam’s in New Market, or Kusum’s or Hot Kathi Roll in Park Street, kebab wrapped in parantha bread lies at the heart of the city.
Chinese/Tibetan Food
Over the years, India has seen rising tastebuds for tibetan food items. One of the most common being dumplings or momos with vegetarian and non-vegetarian stuffings. Traditional ‘Thupka’ with vegetables, meat and noodles are finding lovers in Kolkata as well. Tiretti Bazaar is your go-to spot if you feel like skipping the traditional fish and rice at home.


Telebhaja is Kolkata’s fried goodness. These smoking hot delights are your best friend during rainy seasons along with a cup of tea. To have the best of these deep fried snacks, head to Mukhoruchi, at GLT Road, Jihobar Jol, on RN Das Road, and Narendrar Dokan, on Harish Chatterjee Street.
Prepared with a combination of white and yellow gram peas, the dish includes fresh coriander, chillies, onions, tamarind and mint. Found in every corner of Kolkata, it can be enjoyed either with bread but is a filling dish on its own.
Jhal Muri
Kolkata’s Puffed rice snack, has found its way to evening snacks’ menu. It is a convenient street food item that can be enjoyed during all seasons. Prepared with onions, chillies, tomatoes, the dish can be changed according to suit one’s taste. For the best jhal muri, take a walk along the banks of the Hooghly River, near Babughat or visit the stalls near the Victoria Memorial, and the Kolkata Maidan.
While many would argue what’s there in a name, to prove this phrase wrong, one will have to try the Bengali Aloo Phulkopir Singara to see what is there inside this amazing snack. Popularly known as ‘Samosa’ across the country, the Bengali Singara is a little different because of its stuffing and shape. The stuffing consists of cauliflower, green peas, fresh coconut, roasted peanuts, ginger and mustard oil.
Bhel Puri, Aloo/Lucchi Puri and Fish fry are among many other delicious snacks that the bong community enjoys on a daily basis. Moghlai Paranthas, Roshogolla, Mishti, Fish chops and fish fingers should also be a part of your menu. Just hop on one of the trams and start gorging on these lip-smacking delicacies.



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