Kolkata’s love with food is legendary and a place like Kolkata where history is bursting at its seams, every tea shop, every snack shop has a story, stories which take you back in time. And to top it all, these iconic shops have been doling out delicious signature dishes, which have stood the test of time. These legendary shops still attract crowds, standing in defiance to the new age cafes and coffee shops.
Kachori refers to the fried bread filled with lentils, soft and full of flavours. It is very different from the North Indian khasta kachori and every neighbourhood in Kolkata would have at least one signature kachori shops which the residents would swear by. The different kinds of kachori – hing, pithi, peas – each of which is accompanied by different preparations of potato curry- each shop having a very distinct way of preparing which sets them apart. A few shops, rather holes in the wall in the Marwari bastion of Barra bazar even serve the hot kachoris with a chick pea curry called kadhi – one bite of this inimitable combination of kachori, kadhi and a melange of sweet and sour chutneys is enough to transport you to the kitchens of the Rajasthani havelis. Wash down these goodies with a glass of Punjabi lassi or hot cardamom flavoured “cha” which is served at most of these kachori shops. Truly cosmopolitan food walk, isn’t it?
As the evening descends, a different set of snacks and food make their appearance in the serpentine lanes of the merchants hubs. Lighter street food – kanji wadas, lipsmacking pakoras, sandwiches and the like are available in the evening to satiate the small pangs of hunger. Join in to see this neighbourhood glowing bright , thronging with people and full of amazing street food...
Boi Para is the legendary area in Kolkata which was the hub of education as well as place where the seeds of nationalism were sowed. The legendary freedom fighters used the shops serving food as a meeting point to discuss to take the independence struggle forward. Want to see the century old shop selling sherbets which owes its signature drink to a freedom fighter, or a small pan shop credited to have served former PMs or a tele bhaja (a typical Bengali snack) shop which serves free food on Netaji Subhash Chandra’s birthday? If yes, join this heritage-cum-culinary experience and trace the footsteps of the legends of Bengal.
Office para is a neighbourhoodbang in the heart of the White Town which the British created for themselves when Calcutta was the capital of the Empire. In and around the Writers building, developed innumerable offices and places of work – big and small alike and to satiate the hunger pangs of the Babus grew the food market. The range of food which you get around this area makes it a foodie’s paradise. From biryani to noodles, from luchi subzi to dosa, from sandwich to kulfi you have it all and at a fraction of the cost that you’d pay anywhere else. And the beauty of this neighbourhood are the many vendors who get the specialities made fresh from the districts in and around Calcutta. So, enjoy desi street food surrounded by the edifices of the British raj- a unique combination which you would get nowhere else.
In this walk we take you for a unique food trail to traditional eateries which have been doling out delicious fare since decades and that too in one of the oldest areas which was once a village out of which his throbbing metropolis emerged. In spite of all the modern cafes and coffee shops these eateries are still holding strong and have had a faithful set of followers. The sweet and savoury delights in these old streets while tantalising your taste buds gives amazing insights into the history and heritage of the city. In this walk you savour different varieties of Sandesh from a more-than-century-old sweet shop which is still going strong, the unique prawn and fish chop with a unique egg batter covering found nowhere else in the country and also the unique Kosha mangsho(lamb curry) again from an old outlet which is their very secret recipe.
A walk through the bustling North Kolkata area where app cabs run along with hand pulled rickshaw, where age trams still trundle on the weather-beaten tram tracks ferrying passengers,see the unique side of the city while savouring typical Kolkata food from the insides of iconic shops. In this bustling street try kachori and cholar dal (a lentil) prepared in authentic Bengali way an amazingly delectable combination, fish fry or a snack which looks like a snack from outside, but one bite through its crunchy exterior, and the hardboiled egg within emerges- name is Dimer Devil, uniquely and devilishly a Calcutta snack. Pair up these savouries with a variety of sweets which are found in sweet shops along the street- thick and sweet jalebis, soft Sandesh and cardamom infused laddus which are absolute winners.