India is a torrid love affair of various cultures blending in seamlessly with rich cuisines and enriched traditions. The Indian culture has its one-of-a-kind tag of fusion of sporadic cultures, traditions, religions and their culinary delights emerging from thousands of varied recipes. The eclectic mix of Indian cultures has its own mouthful of delectable cuisines that burp-up the culinary tourism in India.
Dig into the flavours of West Bengal, a foodie's euphoria, with exquisite mouth-watering delicacies to savour aplenty! West Bengal, the melting pot of diversity, history, culture and topology, is an irresistible montage of finger-licking traditional Bengali cuisines. The mouthful dishes with oodles of flavour and spiciness from the buffet of West Bengal is something you just cannot miss to savour. So, the next time on your trip to West Bengal, do not forget to savour one of these flavours from the culinary gallery of the state.
P.C: Riya Chattopadhyay
Shukto, an authentic Bengali dish, is actually a healthy wholesome vegetable stew with a distinctive flavour. This traditional veggie delight is usually served as the first course of a Bengali meal and is prepared by a combination of different vegetables. Soft brinjals, bitter gourd or bitter melon, sweet potatoes, crunchy drumsticks (shojne data) and bori (a Bengali speciality again), mixed with freshly grounded spices and milk, gives it a thick pasty gravy texture, making it the perfect appetizing start to a meal.
2. Luchi-Aloor Dom
P.C: Biswarup Ganguly
The classic Bengali breakfast in almost every household is a deep-fried fluffed up golden delicacy served with some piping hot sumptuous gravies of dum aloo. Luchi is quite similar to puris, but not same! Yes, luchis are made of bleached wheat flour unlike puris and also they acquire a light-golden glow along with a fluffed up texture, once ready. The aloor dom is nothing but a more tangy and spicier version of dum aloo. Prepared in a traditional way, any celebration at a Bengali household is incomplete without this delectable combo as breakfast.
3. Kosha Mangsho
This one's for the red meat lovers! It is hard to give a miss to the rich and flavoursome mutton curry slow cooked in a spicy tomato, yogurt curry and mustard oil with an assortment of spices, such as cloves, cinnamon, onion and garlic. Tickle your taste buds with this flavourful preparation of mutton and make sure to savour some kosha mangsho next time.
4. Ilish Machcher Jhol
P.C: Ardhendu Bose
One of the most popular dishes of West Bengal, the Hilsa fish curry or as we Bengalis call it, Ilish Machcher Jhol, is the aromatic delectable fish curry, an usual in every Bengali household. This flavoursome fish is usually cooked in mustard oil prepared with Nigella seeds, chopped chilli and many other spices and ingredients to taste so inexplicably delicious, that you can barely resist a bite of it.