Here is a list of famous Kolkata foods that you must try at least once.
There is something different about the City of joy, Kolkata. From their tasty rosogulla to the famous biryani at Arsalan, all of the top food in Kolkata has its own flavor. For Bengalis, there is a never ending list of dishes to try their hands on. If you are visiting Kolkata for the first time and are confused about what to eat, then we have a predefined list of Kolkata’s special food for you to satisfy your cravings. You can try cuisines from a wide range of traditional curries, biryanis, street delights, and sweet specialties!
If we talk about Bengali food items, it can be a gourmet meal for an average eater. It’s a 7-course meal with a variety of dishes in each course. If you ever find yourself in this paradise, you should not leave without trying most of these extraordinary Bengali dishes.
After a bite, you all should agree that Bengali cuisine is among the best in the world.
1. Shorshe Ilish/Ilish Curry
Everyone knows that fish and rice are a staple diet for Bengalis, so it is a must to have both of these in their diet. Even on famous occasions, they never miss including Shorshe Ilish in their menu, which itself takes a lot of time for preparation. It’s been said that those who eat Ilish fish with perfection are blessed with an abundance of patience.
Shorshe Ilish is among the best Bengali cuisines to try in Kolkata for non-vegetarians. It is prepared using freshly sliced pieces of Ilish fish marinated and cooked in mustard paste for succulent taste.
2. Kosha Mangsho
When in Kolkata, how can you not include Kosha Mangsho in your meal? Non-vegetarian and in the heart of every Bengali, I am sure that Kosha Mangsho is everyone’s favorite in Bengal, and it doesn’t matter whether he is a kid or an adult.
It is another scrumptious Bengali dish that includes thick, spicy curry and wholesome mutton pieces perfectly marinated in a melange of spices. If you are a non vegetarian but have never tried mutton, then we recommend that you try Kosha mangsho, and you will be blown away by its taste.
We Bengalis can never get bored of potatoes; even our biryanis have potatoes in them. Kolkata-style biryani is very much influenced by Awadhi cuisine! It is just the perfect amalgam of spices, rice, mutton, and potatoes that makes Kolkata biryani so famous across the world.
If you are looking for a tasty gourmet meal in Kolkata then we recommend that you try famous biryani in Kolkata from Arsalan. It is a must-have when you’re in the city because of its alluring perfume, and the delicately spiced rice with potatoes that is prepared in rich spices and served hot with succulent mutton or chicken will definitely win your heart.
Top location: Arsalan Restaurant & Caterer
4. Luchi with aloo Torkari (Bengali version of Aloo Poori)
Bengali luchi is just Indian flatbread made with maida and deep-fried. It is served with a thick potato curry. This is among the favorite breakfasts for most Bengalis, as it keeps them energetic for a long time.
Most North Indians think that it’s just an updated version of aloo poori from the north, but it’s actually not. This tasty curry is thick and full of spices and tomatoes, which give it a tangy taste.
Top location: Fairlie Place in Kolkata served the best Luchi torkati in the town
5. Aloo Posto
This dish is a staple in Bengali homes, where it is usually served with rice. This dish relies more on the natural flavors of potatoes, green chilies, and roasted poppy seeds than on a heavy hand with spices.
Traditional preparations of Aloo Posto call for mustard oil and are served with rice or chapatis. The nutty flavour of poppy seeds and the spicy flavor of green chilies enhance the taste of potatoes, making it one of the best traditional foods of Kolkata.
6. Kolkata style Puchkas
We all must have had golgappa or pani puri many times in our lives, but I can bet on it that the unique taste of Kolkata style puchkas will leave you spellbound. The mashed potatoes are tossed with black chickpeas, a wholesome mixture of spices, tamarind water, and some coriander that make them different from the others served in other parts of the country.
These little water bombs are the best street food in Kolkata. You will find puchka stalls at every street corner, but to taste the best, head to Dilipda’s puchkas in Vivekananda Market, Ram Gupta’s stall at Victoria Memorial, or Krisnakant Sharma’s stall in Vardan Market.
Chop is just a fancy name for the Indian pakora. It is made with mashed potatoes that have been spiced and coated in a thick gram flour batter before being deep-fried in mustard oil until crispy. In north India, you will see some stalls selling the same Bengali food under a different name called cutlet.
Chop is one of the most filling yet delectable snacks to have in the city. Different types of chop include alur chop, vegetable chop, chicken chop, and fish chop. You can have it dry, with spicy mint chutney or even with your evening tea
If you have had enough of the deep fried snacks on your Kolkata tour and are looking for something flavorful yet healthy, then you must have some Jhalmuri. Jhalmuri, one of the most famous street foods in Kolkata, is the ideal snack to enjoy while exploring the streets. These resemble puffed rice with peanuts, coriander, olive oil, mustard oil, and other spices added to make them moreish.
9. Mishti Doi – Sweet fermented curd
Mishti Doi is the city’s other well-known traditional sweet of Kolkata, like Roshogulla and Sondesh. It is adored by everyone in Kolkata and even outside Kolkata. Many popular food brands have started to pack mishti doi, but the taste of traditional Mishti Doi, which is fermented overnight, is still difficult to replicate. This traditional Bengali sweet has been a staple in India for hundreds of years, and its popularity has only grown over time. It is still among the best things to eat in Kolkata.
Famous spots to try Mishti Doi: New Naba Krishna Guin sweets, Bowbazar, Amrit sweets, Fariapukur, Jadab Chandra Das, College Street, Putiram sweets, College Street
10. Kathi Rolls
The Kathi rolls in this city are unlike any you’ve ever had before. Kathi Rolls were invented in Kolkata, but they were later served in other parts of the country with different flavors. It comes with chicken, paneer, mutton, egg, and vegetable fillings, all of which are flavored with tasty sauces and spices. You can also pair them with some teatime snacks, and it will become a wholesome meal for you.
Ghugni, or ghuguni is a favorite morning meal in Kolkata made of peas or chickpeas. On a Sunday morning, a bowl of steaming hot ghugni topped with chilies and chutneys is all you need to get your day started.
Though you will find it at any local food stall in Kolkata or make it yourself at home, but to taste the authenticity of Ghughni, you have to head to the famous Dacre Street.
12. Mughlai Parathas
Mughlai Paratha has a saperate fan base among all the famous food in Kolkata. The people of Kolkata have loved this dish from the days of the tavern and continue to do so at today’s fine dining establishments.
Paratha, keema (minced meat), egg, onions, Indian spices, and, of course, oil or ghee are the main ingredients of Mughlai paratha.
Mitra Cafe and Petuk Kolkata are two famous restaurants in Kolkata where you can try Bengali style Mughlai paratha.
13. Mutton Kabiraji Cutlet
If you are a die heart fan of non-vegetarian food then you should definitely try Mutton Kabiraji Cutlet in Kolkata. It is among one of the most famous Bengali foods that people usually have as evening snacks. Just like its name the preparation and procedure to make kabiraji cutlet is quite complex. This mutton mince filling wrapped in an egg net and the deep-fried dish is the perfect definition of a foodgasm!
Kasturi Xpress, Allen Kitchen, and Mitra Cafe are just a few among the millions of food spots that serve the best Kabiraji cutlet in the town.
14. Fish Fry
Fish fry is undoubtedly one of the most special foods to try in Kolkata. Mourola (Anchovies), Parshe (Mullet) and PuNti (River barb) are used for fish fry preparation which are further coated with cornflour and bread crumbs to make the outer crust crunchier.
There are many well-known breakfast spots in Kolkata where you can get delicious fish fries at reasonable prices. Also, there must be shops on every street corner selling all of these fried items, which people usually eat with their evening tea.
15. Chomchom and sandesh
To end this Kolkata famous food journey on a sweet note, here is the last thing that everyone should try in Kolkata. Both chomchom and sandesh include milk preparation, but both have different recipes and thus have different tastes. Sandesh on one hand is dry with pista or cashew topping on it, chomchom on other hand is tender and juicy from inside like a rosogulla. We recommend that you try both of these Bengali sweets during your visit to Kolkata.
I hope you will try all these Bengali dishes on your next tour to West bengal. If not all, then make sure to select a few favourite among them to try. Bengalis love food and you will spot a food stall wherever you go in west bengal. Also, there is no shortage of options. All you have to do is to pay attention to my advice and come here on an empty stomach so you can come back full, as you’ll need to burn off part of all the food you ate!