When I left Kolkata , I scribbled in my diary – BEST FOOD EVER ! It’s true, I enjoyed the variety and deliciousness of what Kolkta offers .
A Goan takes pride in homemade fish curry – coconut , loads of red chillies and the freshness of the fish itself and ofcourse the Goan fish fry (read recheado masala ) . I was surprised to taste the fish preparations in Kolkata – so different from what I have been used to at home , yet so super yummy . The mustard paste with fish is a unique combination and left me wanting more and more and more .
When you are used to red pastes , this is not an ideal surprise to get , however , setting aside my initial fears, I tasted just a little at first , and I knew I’d be eating more of this . Reminded me of patra ni macchi ( big fan of Parsi food :).
The restaurant staff at Bhojohori Manna was extremely helpful and suggested I try this one. The hilsa , the mustard , coconut and other magical spices work so beautifully . What a curry !
Fish wrapped in a lacy egg net and deep fried ! How can this not be heavenly ? There are times when one wishes to indugle and this was my pick.
Wandering around , I chanced upon an old restaurant ( est. 1932) called Nizam’s . Something about the energy of the place made me walk in. Finding a table was not easy , this place is busy and I was wondering why . So while I waited , a quick online search told me this is the birthplace of the popular Indian street snack ‘kati roll’ A skewered kebab wrapped in a paratha and this is where it had all begun . Wow ! I was at a legendary place without even knowing it ! The food Gods must love me !! I tried the chicken kati roll and OMG , this place rocks !
A small messy lane comes alive early in the morning and I was there by seven ( unusually early hour to be ready for breakfast on a holiday ). The Chinese community keeps tradiiton alive and serves some wholesome breakfast at Tiretta bazar. Fish soup ..hmmm….fishy but I gave it a go !
There’s more to come …. a traditional meal at Kepwies , bandel cheese and the fabulous variety of sweets. I hope you share your thoughts .
Have a lovely weekend all !