Here Are 5 Best Street Foods From North Bengal

1. Gughni

A flavourful snack made with soaked chickpeas cooked in a rustic pool of spices and topped with onions, coriander and chillies, gughni can be paired with a cup of piping hot chai or can be savoured as is. You can even top it with mutton chunks. This street food from Kolkata is very similar to popular North Indian dish matra chaat.

Light and tasty white peas cooked with onions, tomato and spices.

2. Puchka

The Bengali cousin of North Indian gol gappa, puchkas are tiny, deep-fried balls of semolina filled with a tantalising mix of mashed and boiled potatoes, masalas, chillies and chickpea. They are served with spicy, zesty and simply delicious water made with chillies, jeera, pudina and tamarind. A lip-smacking treat that would instantly gratify your taste buds.

Puchka is known as paani poori in Maharashtra, gol gappe in Uttar Pradesh and Punjab while gupchup in parts of Odisha.

3. Kathi Roll

Flaky, thin parathas or rumali roti packed with veggies and meat chunks along with a host of mouth-watering chutneys, sauces and spices - kathi rolls are said to have originated in the 1930s at a restaurant in Kolkata primarily for the British officials stationed in Calcutta to minimise the use of hands while eating kebabs. Post origin, kathi rolls soon spread across the Indian food circuit and today it holds a special place among the popular street foods of India and in the hearts of foodies across the world.

Kathi rolls are a delicious wholesome treat that you can prepare as a quick dinner recipe or as an evening snack as well.

4. Jhalmuri

Puffed rice with a mix of chillies, mustard oil, freshly cut onions and an array of spices makes for this pungent treat jhalmuri, which you simply cannot miss when speaking of street food of Kolkata. The addition of chaat masala along with lemon makes it an irresistible snack to munch on. A staple snack of the Bengali street food, jhalmuri plays host to never-ending chitchat with friends accompanied with a cup of piping hot tea.

A popular street food from Kolkata, Jhalmuri is a mix of spices and puffed rice. ​Photo Credit: NDTV Beeps.

5. Mughlai Paratha

Deep-fried egg parathas, loaded with mutton or chicken, is a heavenly delight to relish on a Bengali food trail. It is a thin layer of whole wheat flour along with egg, deep-fried to crisp, with egg, mutton or chicken chunks and a whole lot of spices. Mughlai paratha is said to have originated in the Mughal kitchens during Jahangir's era when the ruler was bored of usual parathas and keema. It was created by his cook Adil Hafiz Usman, who belonged to Bardhhaman in West Bengal. His novel recipe was kept a secret from the khansamas in Old Delhi and Lucknow but was fostered for several generations in his own family, until their later descendants started to sell the dish across Bengal during the British rule.

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