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Kolkata: Non-vegetarian’s paradise

Tuesday - October 3, 2017 9:11 am , Category : WTN SPECIAL
Food From Kolkata
Food From Kolkata

Kolkata:  Non-vegetarian’s paradise

 
Jaya Khare
Kolkata may have all the ills of an Indian megacity right from roadside filth to air pollution, from choking roads to an underbelly of crime, but one thing that remains undisputed is the Bong’s love for food that the city happily and sumptuously caters to. Kolkata is a foodie’s paradise and that too if you happen to be a non-vegetarian.

 Street food as an urban cultural identity in India started largely from Kolkata, long before Delhi or other cities caught up. Right from the iconic phuchka (Gol Gappa) to the spongy rosogolla with mishit doi (sweet curd), everything is available in plenty almost at every street corner from the 1950s and 60s. With time, the craze has only increased as the tradition has taken deeper roots. A growing outgoing population and greater expendable income available with them, has meant that the food industry in the city is only growing form strength to strength. 

The famous Mughlai, the specially prepared biryani which has a strange shade of sweetness to the flavour and potatoes to accompany the meat, the fish and chicken cutlets are part of the culinary folklore of the city. No one with an appetite and taste who visits the city can miss having these fares. Durga Puja is carnival time and the demand for non-veg scales new heights during the five days of festivity. 

 

Food is an integral part of the festive celebrations like it is found nowhere else. Vendors go all out preparing as many varieties of non-veg curries and fries as possible as people make a beeline to the hotels, restaurants and food joints across the length and breadth of the city 24 x7 during these days. Food is such an obsession that the whole vibrancy and spirit surrounding Durga Puja revolve more around food than actual worship of the Durga idol. Food is an occasion for celebration any time of the year. 

An upper-middle-class Bengali dining is no less than a ritual if the elaborate arrangements are taken into reckoning and the variety of items that adorn the plate is unparalleled anywhere. Even a normal meal seems a feast. Fish in curry or fried form is an obvious essentiality in daily fare without which no meal completes but even apart from fish, a vegetable or two or a fry or some other sidling preparation with induction of some fish parts is normal and a light chicken stew or curry is also not uncommon along with these. 

 
 
This is naturally apart from the fine-grained rice, dal and some sweet as a dessert to end the ceremony. A guest to a well-off Bengali family has to come out pampered and gasping for breath, so filled and fulfilled he would feel. This royal management of the system is manifested nowhere better than Kolkata as Bengalis staying outside Kolkata have more or less dropped these honours for a simpler design. 

People are getting more health conscious these days and influence of other communities like Jains etc also rubbing against their old habits which are making them more choosy and discerning and not everyone is falling for non-veg as in the days of yore. Yet, Kolkata’s place as a non-vegetarian lover’s paradise will always be hard to dislodge because the food here is not just a business but an indelible part of a cultural tradition and ritual that no other community associates with so proudly and conspicuously.-Window To News

 
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