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Kolkata Street Food Chronicles: A Gastronomic Adventure

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As someone said, "Eating street food in Kolkata is like taking a culinary adventure through the city's rich history and culture." And how delectably precise they were.

Street food in Kolkata is a testament to the city's love affair with food – vibrant and utterly irresistible. Every alley, every corner, and every bustling marketplace is hawking tradition and taste. You may start your day with a breakfast of Dim'er Devil at Niranjan Agar on C. R. Avenue, some Ghugni in Dacre Lane, proceed with Jhalmuri right beside Basanti Devi College in Ballygunge, and as the day winds down, feast upon the savoury mutton Mughlai Paratha at Chef Alladin, Garia Station Road. The options for culinary delights on Kolkata streets are countless as the ripples in Hooghly. As a matter of fact, eating is one of the most essential things to do in Kolkata.

Best Street Food Places in Kolkata

Let’s explore the rich taste and flavour of traditional Bengali street food in Kolkata and the best street food places in Kolkata.

  • Puchkas at Vivekananda Park
  • Ghugni in Dacre Lane
  • Baangali Chinese at Tiretta Bazaar
  • Kabiraji in Sovabazar
  • Jhalmuri near Basanti Devi College
  • Egg Rolls of Nizam

Puchkas at Vivekananda Park

Aikebari Mukhorochok! (Completely appetising) If you are looking for the best street food in Kolkata, you start with Puchkas. Period! Pani puri, pani ke patase, golgappe, puchkas, so many monikers with one signature trait - irresistible. One of the most popular and best street food, Kolkata puchka outdoes, outshines all of its equivalents. Nothing can lift your mood like a crispy puchka with tangy and spicy water. With the burst of so many tantalising flavours on your taste buds, Puchkas in Kolkata are an icon. You're in for a treat with the tastiest puchkas found at every hawker in Kolkata, but if you wish to have the best puchkas of your life, you look for Dilip Da near Vivekananda Park. Puchka, a vegetarian delight, Somewhat ideal for vegetarians, ranks among the top street food options in Kolkata for vegetarians.

Ghugni in Dacre Lane

Ghugni chhara hobe na! (Cannot do without Ghugni) A fusion of white peas and the most humble potatoes, Ghugni is every Bengali’s ideal dufur’er Khabar (Lunch). The preparation of white peas, potatoes, and mild spices, served with luchi (Puri made of refined flour), is a famous street food in Kolkata that has every foodie by their hearts. And Chittobabu’r Ghugni in Dacre Lane is legendary. However, if you fancy some good ol’ mutton keema Ghugni, head right to Lalu Bhulu in Kumortuli. Gorom gorom cha and mangsh’er ghugni hit different, resembling a plot twist in your food expedition in Kolkata. Over time, ghugni has undergone a delightful evolution, boasting creative twists such as singara ghugni, chicken ghugni, and more. Simply follow your heart's craving for delicious ghugni, and it will lead you on a flavourful journey of discovery.

Baangali Chinese at Tiretta Bazaar

Aik plate Baangali Chowmein (1 plate Bengali chow mein) The gastronomy of Kolkata as a city peaks here at Tiretta Bazaar, aka Mini China. The Chinese immigration in the 18th century brought in the rich Chinese culture and culinary masterpieces. Scattered throughout Kolkata's dynamic landscape, you can find vibrant Chinese communities. Tiretta Bazaar stands out as one of the most prominent among them all. From a Bengali-Chinese fusion “singara chow” to authentic Chinese cuisines like wontons, pokchoy soups, and so on, there’s no end to the surprises you are about to experience on your journey for the best street food in Kolkata. Apart from Tiretta Bazaar, you may check out New Chinatown in Tangra for more options of Chinese food.

Kabiraji in Sovabazar

Kichhu Telabhaja’r oti abosshok (Something fried is extremely necessary) When someone asks about the best street food in Kolkata, Kabiraji takes the crown. Prepared with chicken, mutton, or fish and encased in a deep-fried web of beaten eggs, Kabiraji is truly a work of art. And if you wish to experience the best Kabiraji of your life, Mitra Cafe in Sovabazar is where you go. Apart from Kabiraji, Sovabazar is known as one of the best street food places in Kolkata, with an exceptional array of culinary delights on offer. Indulge in Sovabazar's culinary wonders, from the legendary fish roll to the tantalising mughlai paratha and delectable fish and mutton cutlets. And for lovers of telebhaja, Haldar Mahashay promises a feast of crispy delights.

Jhalmuri near Basanti Devi College

You are in Kolkata, and you did not try Jhalmuri. Hote hi paarey na! (not possible) Jhalmuri is famous veg street food in Kolkata, best paired with either gorom gorom cha or thaanda thaanda daab sherbet. Jhalmuri holds a special place in the hearts of Kolkata's Bengalis, akin to the passion for football and admiration for Didi. Although you can find good jhalmuri just about anywhere in Kolkata, Jhalmuri near Basanti Devi College in Ballygunge is the most popular. Jhalmuri, a staple street food in Kolkata, involves tossing muri in an assortment of spices, complemented by chopped onions and tomatoes. Its simple yet flavorful preparation has solidified its reputation as a must-try delicacy among locals and visitors alike.

Egg Rolls of Nizam

Dada’s kathi rolls are no myth. Wrapped in a warm paratha and filled with a tantalising mixture of egg, onions, green chillies, and spices, the egg roll from Nizam's stands as a culinary icon in the bustling streets of Kolkata. With each savoury mouthful, you taste the essence of Kolkata's vibrant street food culture—a fusion of tradition and innovation that captivates locals and visitors alike. Whether eaten on the go or enjoyed at a leisurely pace, each bit of Nizam's egg roll narrates a tale of tradition and flavour. In addition to egg rolls, you can savour mutton and chicken rolls in Kolkata, where the inclusion of egg as an additional layer enhances the delectable taste of these mouthwatering delicacies.

Kolkata's street food scene is a vibrant tapestry woven with flavours, traditions, and culinary delights. From the iconic jhalmuri to the savoury puchka, each bite tells a story of Kolkata's rich cultural heritage and culinary ingenuity. Whether it's the bustling markets of Tiretta Bazaar or the hidden alleys of Sovabazar, every corner of the city offers a gastronomic adventure waiting to be savoured. So, when you book your tour package to Kolkata, know that you are in for a magical journey of flavours.

February 10, 2024

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