If you are a foodie and love to try new foods, then once in your lifetime, you have to try some Bengali foods. Being a Bengali, I must say Bengali foods are rich with different kinds of spices and flavors. They will give you explosive taste to your taste buds. From sour and spicy snacks to sweets to satisfy your cravings, Bengali food has it all. So, let’s dig in to find out the foods without which your foodie life won’t be complete:
1. Hinger Kochuri With Aloo Tarkari and Jalebi
One of the best combo in the world. It’s a must-have for Sunday morning breakfast. They go well enough together. Hinger kochuri is made with all-purpose flour while kalojire is a must for aloo tarkari. Together, they can give you an out of the world kind of taste.
2. Singara or Samosa
Another food that you have to try, at least once. Perfect snacks for a winter evening or weekend morning, with a cup of coffee or tea. The stuffing is made with cauliflower, potato, peanuts, raisins, and different types of spices. It is served with chutney or Kasundi.
3. Nimki: Kucho or “the big triangle ones“
This is a kind of traditional food which is made by the seniors after Durga puja Dashami. After Vijaya, it is a tradition to bow down in front of seniors and they will give blessings with some Kucho Nimki and sweets. Tea with Nimki, a perfect combo that can cheer you up anytime.
A portion of comfort food that will make you remember your childhood, instantly. A food that is often eaten during the tiffin period when we were in school. Made with potato, cucumber, tomato, onions, Tetul jol, chilies, and lots of spices, together they will create a heavenly taste. So, when it enters your mouth, the flavor will burst and your taste buds will be very satisfied.
Another snack/food that will give you nostalgia, you can taste your childhood here. The main ingredients are Muri (fried rice), boiled potatoes, cucumber, onion, chanachur, chilies, tangy spicy water made with tamarind and jeera, etc.
6. Mughlai Paratha
Kolkata is famous for its Mughlai Paratha. The dough is deeply fried which contains stuffing, made with Keema and eggs. They are cut in square shape and lip-smacking evening that will make you skip your dinner
Another evening time snack that was born into the British era. There are specifically 6 kinds, Chicken, Mutton, Prawn, Egg, Aloo, and Vegetable. All are made with different kinds of stuffing and the outer layer was dipped into a batter and bread crumbs and then deep-fried.
Another ethereal Bengali dish that is made by boiled chickpeas and rustic spices and toppings are usually onions, cucumber, tomatoes, coconut, tamarind water. Sometimes, Chicken or mutton keema is added to make it tastier.
9. Kathi Rolls
Another food that made Kolkata famous in its own way. They are basically egg parathas with chicken or mutton keema or kabab stuffing, along with onions, cucumber, hot sauce, and chilies. It can be slightly flaky but rich in flavors. The story says the Kathi rolls were first discovered in Nizam Restaurant in Kolkata. It has gained its popularity in the time of Raj.
10. Narkel Naru
Last but not the least, Narkel Naru is here to satisfy your sweet cravings. If you have a sweet tooth then this is a must-have for you. The list would be incomplete without it. It is made with desiccated coconut, melted sugar, Kheer, milk, cardamom, and cinnamon sticks. This is another traditional Bengali food that is served after any Puja as a prasad.
So, What are you waiting for? Add them to your bucket list, grab your purse, and go to explore different flavors of Bengal. It will be a major miss if you don’t experience all these food.