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#16 Apr 14th, 2008, 11:25
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particularly of the home cooking variety
that's the main thing; world of difference between the home cooked stuff and what is available in Kolkata resteraunts.

Bengali food is not particularly spicy overall- but sometimes the oil gives it a sharpish taste, which I like.

And "muri" can be killer spiced. Which I like too.
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She says shad, the Ilish and Hilsa are different names for the same fish. I haven't read her other books, but I am enjoying this.. if the others are better I will certainly read them afterwards! Unfortunately, most of the Bengali food she describes is traditional home-cooked or feast food, so probably can't be found in restaurants? Darling of the River she calls them.... she talks about how the West Bengal fish aren't as nice as the East Bengal but that they are becoming rare.
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Ilish is the Bengali name, Hilsa is anglisised.
The war between the people from west Bengal and from then East Bengal over fish and gastronomy continues. Prawns are the icon of west Bengalis and Hilsa of the east Bengalis. Matter goes to such extremes that if Mohunbagan team wins the football match against the East Bengal club the price of Prawn skyrockets and vice versa.
About Bengali foods in restaurants let me tell you that we Bengalis are not big entrepreneurs in general so you won't find too many Bengali restaurants. It is only now that people from other states have begun to appreciate Bengali cuisine and restaurants like Oh Calcutta are opening in all metros.
The daily diet of Bengalis consists of simple things. A typical lunch will have rice, a dry veg preparation, dal(not the rich preparations that you find in the north) and a fish stew cooked with seasonal vegetables called Macher jhol and the most common fish is Rohu(river carp). The stew is cooked with very little spices. Mustard oil is the preferred cooking medium.

Yes dear Capt the combination of kaccha ghani Mustard oil & green chily can make the Jhal moori a tear jerker.
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best of Kolkata food

got from mail forward...........very entertaining.......enjoi!!

> Kabiraji Cutlet from Regent (S N Banerjee Road)
> Moghlai Parota from Anadi Cabin (S N Banerjee Road)
> Kosha Mangsho from Golbari (Shyambazar)
> Phulkopir Singara from Mrityunjoy (Lansdowne)
> Double Egg Chicken Roll from Kusum / Park Steet)(Campari @ Gariahat &
> Nizam is close contender!)
> Chicken Rezala from Shabbir (off C R Avenue)
> Steak at Oly pub (with beer!!)
> Ujjala's Chanachur ( no comparison anywhere)
> Telebhaja from Putiram (College Street)
> Daab Chigri from Kewpies (Elgin Road)
> Chicken Cutlet from Baked & Fried/Mukherjee Sweets (Ballygunge Place)
> Bijoli Grill's Fish Roll
> moc-har Chop Dhoka from Apanjan (Sadananda Road)
> Boudir Lebu Cha (Deshapriya Park)
> Kochuri & Tarkari from Tasty Corner (Mandeville Gardens)
> Phuchka/Churmur/ Dahi Phuchka from Bilas or Boudi (Southern Avenue)
> Chicken Cutlet near Samur (Bhowanipur)
> Mishti Doi & Rosogolla from Mithai (Beckbagan)
> Sandesh (all types) from Balaram (Bhowanipur) (Naram pak & Ice cream
> sandesh)
> Pantua &/ Pran-hora from Bancharam
> Indrani from Ganguram
> Rabri from Sharma's, Chittaranhan Ave,
> Darbesh from Sen Mahasay
> Amritti from Bhim Nag/Ganguram, Maniktala (Jalebis are no match)
> I wish I could add - Skyroom's Prawn Cocktail & Mixed Grill & Baked
> Alaska or Blue Fox's Lobster Thermidor - NOT anymore.... even the
> Mandarin Fish from Waldorf is no more available!!
>
> These are also unmatched:
>
> Chelo Kabab from Peter Cat
> Phulkopir Shingara: samosas don't stand a chance against these.
> Phuchka: gol-gappas aren't a match on phuchkas.
> Karaishutir Kochuri: a seasonal favourite, have it with alur dum.
> Luchi: puri and phulkas - no comparison.
> Alurdom: the world's best. Try the offering at Vivekananda Park.
> Jhalmuri: a unique concoction, with nothing to equal it.
> Telebhaaja: these and jhalmuri are like 'made for each other'.
> Chanachur: many have tried unsuccesfully to steal the formula, MNCs
> included!
> Alukabli: where will you get something like this?
> Ghugni: again, chana is not the same at all. (And mangshe'r ghugni is
> even better)
> Radhaballavi: try it with alurdom or cholar daal.
> Chaanp: even Pakistani cricketers have sampled these (Royal in Chitpur)
> Rezala: out of this world, just out of this world! Shabir Paradiser
> Sharbat: there is one which is green(khas khas), and another, pink. No
> college student from Presidency or the University has failed to sample
> these!
> Lere Biscut: needed to make the batter for chop-katlet. (Also
> phata-phati with butter and/or cheese spread)
> Chicken Kabiraji: an unbelievable variation on the chicken cutlet.
> Mutton Afghani: an equally innovative presentation of the mutton
> cutlet. (Coffee House)
> Dimer Kalia: again, where do you get something like this?
> Kasha mangsho: it's become an institution now.
> Roll: the ubiquitous mutton, chicken or egg roll. Unquestionably
> superior to any variants in any other city of the world.
>
>
> And also..
>
> Coffee houser coffee: try the float with ice cream(can tear apart
> others...).
> Bharer chaa: on the Maidan, from shining brass vessels on a rainy day.
> And not to be missed in all this, Pan unmatched, even in Benaras or
> Lucknow. Honestly!
>
> The sweeter side
>
> Roshomalai: a creamy, mouth-watering delight!
> Jilipi: smaller than the jalebis and tastes quite different.
> Lal(Misti) doi: is an experience by itself!
> Kamala bhog: a pale yellow orb, delicately sweetened.
> Notun gurer sondesh: a winter speciality available in no other city.
> Rosogolla: simply needs no introduction.
> Natun gurer Rosogolla: the latest innovation.
>
> There are many, many more traditional favourites. And also:.
>
> Shitabhog: pure white, sweetened to just the right extent.
> Mihi Dana: golden yellow, saffron scented.
> Maalpoa: rich brown pancakes, dripping in sugar syrup.
> Ranga alur pithey: another traditional favourite in winter.
>
>
> Some special one's:
> 1. Aamer morobba - the best outside Gariahat market
> 2. Kuler achar - the best outside Gariahat market
> 3. Shukno mashla makha tetul - Available with the churanwalas outside
> all schools, much to the delight of the students and dismay of the
> parents !!
> 4. Dulaler tal mishri
> 5. Dulaler hojmi - mind boggling and healthy too
> 6. Bikrampurer kashundi - Mustard just pales next to this
> 7. Machher kochuri - Where else can you have fish in such an
> innovative form ????
> 8. Churmur - In my opinion this is slightly better than jhalmuri and
> phuchka. The sad thing of course is that it is unheard of in the rest
> of the country.
> 9. Alukabli - Another must at Vivekananda Park or opposite Menoka Cinema
> 10. Muri ghonto - Defies description
> 11. mochar chop - A delight even for the staunchest non vegetarians
> 12. Kumro phul bhaja - In tiny little food joints around Chittaranjan
> Avenue
> 13. Kora paker sandesh - A sure winner, especially the jalbhara
> talshansh with the liquid gur filling, which is sublime
> 14. Darbesh - Our own version of the laddoo
> 15. Bondey - How does one describe this sticky sweet delicacy ?
> 16. Patishapta - A delicate crepe with a filling of coconut and gur
> 17. Chhanar payesh - Better than rabdi anyday and does not weigh your
> stomach down..."
> 18. Doi Puchka near Vivekanada Park.
~Khak~

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Merged khak's post; thanks, khak and jyoti.


that last post does not have muri

PS: Yes it does, sorry.
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Oh dear Captain I have never come accross any one so loyal to Muri... so my invitation please visit us in Delhi & I promise you the best jhal muri
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Originally Posted by capt_mahajan View Post Merged khak's post; thanks, khak and jyoti.


that last post does not have muri

PS: Yes it does, sorry.
MURI loyalist in previous incarnation you must have born in Midnapore district of West Bengal........
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Kolkata nostalgia

well since the thread title says nostalgia also, I'm posting some clichés used in Kolkata.........those staying out of Kolkata will enjoy them very much.....

however these are bengali lines in english script ...... I try not to translate them to english fearing I may loose the hilarious side.......Jyoti-da or others can attempt........

these lines may not seem enjoyable to people who have never stayed in Kolkata

> 1. Ohh...aaj aar bolben naa!
> 2. Chol...ektaa biri phunke aashi!
> 3. Thak thak dada o shob jana ache.
> 4. Minibus-e aajkey jaa ek piece dekhlaam naa!
> 5. Khokaaa...duto chhoto chaa...aamaar tabil-e.
> 6. Ei PAL-daa...office e ghumochchhen keno?
> 7. Kaal World Cup semifinal...aami baba office-e aaschhi naa.
> 8. Peyaj-er daam 30taakaa...Shaalaa gobment-o hoyechhe!
> 9. Boro shaaheb ke kaal jaa tight diyechhi naa.
> 10. Ebaar Baanglaa Bandh-ta aabaar Budhbaar daklo keno? Shombaar holei
> o bhaalo hoto. Lomba chuti paoa jeto.
> 11. Achchhha dada, Pay Commission-er report ki amader-o affect korchhe?
> 12. Chhoto chheletaar aabar kodin dhore aamashaa.
> 13. Aaj taratari beriye bhabchhi 4 te-r Noihati Local-ta dhorbo.
> 14. Aarey moshaai Open Economy-Teconomy diye kissu hobe naa
> ..Industrial Revolution chaai.
> 15. Ei je dada, gaari kore jachchen bole ki bhabchen? Amra ki manush
> noi naa ki?
> 16. Ei je besi kotha noi, Dhore Kelie debo.
> 17. Ei je dada ! boudir sindur er khyal rakhben... handle dhore oto
> jhulben na.
> 18. Aye! Tumi jaano ami ke?
> 19.Calcutta bus-conductors... AASTEY LADIES! .... AASTEY LADIES! PETEY BACHCHA!
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Great thread everybody! I sincerely hope someone will come along and translate the Kolkatan cliches. Since I am trying to learn Bengali but have a long long way to go yet, this is a bit beyond my comprehension.
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@Jyotirmoy: Aamer Moraba and Kuler Achar were among my favourites among many others from a vendor outside my school "mr Pires Pvt School" apart from phanton cigarettes.

Man dada you have opened up a can of worms . But you did miss out on "chur mur "made by the puchkavalas of areas south of Ballygunge(somehow the areas on either side were different); Another experience! I do not know Jyotirmoyda if you had visited a shop called "Chat Ghar" in Jodhpurpark making Chana Bhatura and Alu Dam in the 70's ;this belonged to my very own maternal grandmother !

My experience with Mughlai Parathas too started with Cal though now I am in the South!

Also incedentely I am having Mishti Doi from Sree Durga Sweets (one of the only in Chennai) as I read this!
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Originally Posted by theyyamdancer View Post Great thread everybody! I sincerely hope someone will come along and translate the Kolkatan cliches. Since I am trying to learn Bengali but have a long long way to go yet, this is a bit beyond my comprehension.
It will all become clear once you try them. Especially the churanwallas outside the schools!
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Originally Posted by jyotirmoy View Post Oh dear Captain I have never come accross any one so loyal to Muri... so my invitation please visit us in Delhi & I promise you the best jhal muri

For that, I will brave the high airfares and the Hyderabad traffic.

Love the stuff.
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Originally Posted by theyyamdancer View Post Great thread everybody! I sincerely hope someone will come along and translate the Kolkatan cliches. Since I am trying to learn Bengali but have a long long way to go yet, this is a bit beyond my comprehension.
nobody trying to help you, huh
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methinks singsaheb will best translate khak's post!
he has got to be the groan'iest person on IM!... and for that,
his sarcasm is best suited for the translation!

nobody has had debhilled egg or what?




... and exactly how jhaal was your muri cap'n?

:brishti
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worse than the women there
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