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The fight and the debate has been eternal. After partition in Bengal, as people relocated to, or stayed back in, Bangladesh and West Bengal, the emotional connection and the struggle of which one is better has always remained. Be it the popular football giants Mohun Bagan and East Bengal, be it the command over language or Rabindra sangeet or be it the food, the debate continues. We will not get into the debate as to which one is better, but each definitely has its own nuances and each is good in its own way. While the authentic Bangladeshi cuisine claims to be more spiced up with green chillies, the use of mustard and less sweet than the food from West Bengal, it is always worth a try to taste the Bangladeshi cuisine.
Here are five places in Kolkata where it is worth trying out.
Prince – Situated at Mirza Ghalib Street, this is a small joint that has been serving Bangladeshi food for almost two decades. The flavour of home-cooked Bangladeshi food, along with prompt service, makes this place special. One must try the bhartas (the mashed varieties of tomato, potato, prawn and more).
Radhuni Restaurant – Located by the side of Prince restaurant in Mirza Ghalib Street, this place offers some exotic fishes. Try out the different varieties of fishes available there, such as kajli, koi, pabda, sole, shingi and others.
Kasturi – This restaurant is famous for its kochupata chingri bhapa (shrimps steamed with mustard along with colocasia leaves), sheele bata murgi (chicken ground with a mortar and pestle) and its collection of fishes cooked in traditional Bangladeshi style. Their fare of fishes includes chital macher muittya (chital fish dumplings in curry), begun aar bodi diye aar machh (aar fish cooked with lentil dumplings and brinjal) and many more. On weekends and holidays, there is always rush at this place, so please book your tables in advance.
Puran Dhaka – This is a new entrant into this segment. A small joint in Santoshpur avenue, they serve kachhi biriyani and bhoona khichuri as well. The interiors are well decorated with rural artefacts from both sides of the border, and although the entrance is small and can be easily missed, this is a place worth trying.
Buzz, The Gateway Hotel – This is perhaps the only premiere hotel in Kolkata where you will find Bangladeshi dishes constantly featured on the menu. Try out the mutton or chicken gelasi (slow cooked mutton Bangladeshi style), Dhakai roast murgi (roasted chicken in chef’s special spices) and others.
If you are fond of Bengali food and are yet to taste Bangladeshi cuisine, then these places are worth a try for authentic Bangladeshi food in Kolkata.