With traditional Bengali family recipes passed down through generations, Kolkata is filled to the brim with gastronomic wonders and maybe that’s the reason why this cosmopolitan city is known as the 'City of Joy' because what’s more joyous than being home to quite literally the best-tasting food in the entire country? As no description of a city is complete without the sampling of its food scene, here are a few of the classic culinary favorites of Kolkata from the best (and safest) restaurants; that too under just ₹199!
Popular street food of West Bengal, this deep-fried Bengali fish croquette is delicious and soft on the inside with a crispy breaded coating on the outside. We recommend trying this perfect for snacking delicacy from Since 2016's home delivery menu. This quaint cafe features multicuisine easy on pockets preparations that are all high on taste and packed with wholesome flavors.
Other Economical Must Haves: Boiled Egg Sandwich, Gandhoraja Fish Finger, and Signature Shake.
Kolkata's favorite carb treat Luchi Roti along with the simple accompaniment of Aloor Torkari (dry potato curry) make for the most wholesome meal. Order yours from Sonar Tori's extensive authentic Bengali food menu. Now accepting home delivery/takeaway orders Sonar Tori is a sought after authentic Bengali restaurant. The variety on the menu is quite generous, offering you plenty of delicious choices to pick from.
Other Economical Must Haves: Mishti Sona Moong Dal, Bhuttar Cutlet Sandwich, and Lebu Bhapa Sandesh.
This famed lentil-preparation is one of the most loved Bengali vegetarian delicacy usually enjoyed with rice or hot Luchis. Tempered with ghee and whole spices comforting and utterly delectable, chana dal is a must-try delicacy. We highly recommend trying this specialty from 6 Ballygunge's flavorful menu. Armed with an exquisite food selection, the restaurant offers you the classics of Bengali cuisine, including many dishes cooked in regional Bengali kitchens. The selection is quite extensive and sure to leave you spoilt for choice.
Other Economical Must Haves: Aloo Ar Ghee Chop, Begun Bhaja, and Mochar Chop.
Shukto is another traditional Bengali delicacy considered as one of the best vegetarian recipes by the locals. It is medley of a variety of vegetables like potato, pumpkin, bottle gourd, and bitter gourd and tastes partly bitter, partly sweet, and completely delicious. We absolutely love the exquisite preparation of this featured in Bijoli Grill's Menu. Almost a household name in Kolkata, Bijoli Grill is popular amongst Bengalis for dishing out fabulous Bengali spread along with a smattering of quite a few Chinese delicacies.
Other Economical Must Haves: Fish Fry, Chicken or Mutton Cutlet, and Cholar Dal.
Katla Kalia is a famous Bengali fish curry recipe from Kolkata, which is basically poached fish in a masala rich gravy preparation. This beloved fish recipe is an all-time favorite meal option that tastes amazing paired with steamed rice. We absolutely recommend trying this decadent delicacy from Bangaleeana's fabulous authentic Bengali food menu featuring homely and simple recipes packed with a ton of flavor.
Other Economical Must Haves: Jhinge Alu Posto, Tangra Jhal, and Jhuri Alu Bhaja.
Besides 'Roshogulla' and 'Sondesh', Mishti Doi is also a delectable traditional sweet which is wildly popular and loved by the locals of Kolkata. Mishti Doi is a fermented sweet Doi or Yogurt originating from Bengal. Over the decades this age-old quintessential Bengali sweet has become so popular that now packaged versions of it are available ubiquitously in grocery stores all across India. Just like one of the many Bengali restaurants in Kolkata, you can find this toothsome delicacy in Kasturi's brilliant all Bengali food menu.
Other Economical Must Haves: Fish Butter Fry With Mayo Dip, Pomfret Shorshe, and Chicken Dhakai Roast
Gargi Bisht is an event copywriter/conceptualizer turned writer currently working with EazyDiner Pvt. Ltd. Compulsive eater, book hoarder, dog lover and pop culture enthusiast with an innate love for storytelling. Usually the quietest person in the room, Gargi is an introvert who loves her own company. When not eating, can be found in front of her laptop watching movies. Knows a thing or two about art and literature.