Kolkata Unplugged: The Amazing Streets Of India Festival Featured Street Food, Arts & Much More

Written By Indus Content Team

The Streets of India festival which was a three day festival, started on the 11th of November and ended on the 13th of November. It was really amazing to witness the various food cultures of the different parts of India getting merged into the limit of a single street. People who had cared to visit the festival in Kolkata certainly must have been spellbound just by seeing the variety of food and art crafts that was exhibited there. It was as if the entire Indian culture brought to one single place.

The festival showcased both fashion and street food. It was simply the Elysium for all the foodies as there an eye popping 170 varieties of rasgullas and an astonishing 34 number of flavours of ice creams waiting to be licked. The rasgullas, which has always been the crowning jewel among the sweets or the deserts of West Bengal, was served in flavours such as pundiya and dhaniya along with delicious mixed fruit and pasta badam. The rasgulallas had been given some natural colouring providing the customers with an array of colourful rasgullas. However, the stall keepers claimed that there were no preservatives in the rasgullas. Some experiments were also done with the other sweets as a touch of bitterness and spiciness was also given to them and the experiments were successful with flying colours.

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Now, let’s get into our favourite desert item and that is ice-cream. The sensational fusion ice creams included the natural subtle coconut flavour, caramel crunch, rose, south Indian coffee and kesar rabri malai to get into the groove of street food. Though the festival had a bit of setback owing to the ban of the 500 and 1000 rupees notes, but still the seven paan flavoured ice creams were able to lighten up the mood of the organisers as well as the hundreds of people visiting the festival.

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There were 45 food stalls, both street food cafeterias as well as diners like Aminia and Hotel Sonnet, at the festival serving top restaurant quality food. There were 130 handicraft stalls and the West Bengal Tourism Department must be praised for its efforts in making this festival so appealing and such a grand success. Celebrated Chef Rongon Neogi had also set up a stall in the street food section of the festival exhibiting techniques to make quick refreshments. Art and handicrafts were also not far behind as the famous artisan Ashis Biswas of the North 24 Parganas came with a handful of terracotta products and a variety of handicrafts from Orissa and Bankura. Patiala shoes were also brought by Surendra Singh 300 pairs of ethnic, hand-made footwear Patiala gharana

So over all the festival had been a massive success and the organizers must be congratulated for such a grand success. It was a blast.

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10 Street Foods From Kolkata That Will Absolutely Make You Feel Hungry

Written By Soham Das

I personally wouldn’t mind at all, if anyone calls Kolkata to be the city of food instead of the city of joy. One can find an assemblage of street food shops almost across all the main streets of Kolkata. Now the street foods that are found across the avenues of Kolkata are not only limited to the Indian cuisine but also includes the various types of street food that are found all across the world. Here are the 10 street food items of Kolkata that makes me dizzy and makes me want their human form to marry, of course if they have one.

1. Phuchka – For the ones who haven’t tried it yet, you better do it as soon as possible. Phuchka is also known by the name of “Golgappa”, a crunchy layer filled with smashed potatoes, spices and tamarind water. It offers a foodie everything to cheer about, there’s the crunch, the sourness and sweetness and also the incredible spices.

2. Dahi Phuchka – Anyone loving phuchka, would also love it. Everything is the same, just like a phuchka but instead of the tamarind water, curd or “dahi” is added to it giving it a creamy and crunchy combination.

3. Jhal Muri – A mixture of puffed rice working as the basic ingredient, ‘chanachur’ giving the necessary flavour, tomatoes to provide acidity and onions and coconut for dressing. Apart from these there are several other ingredients which make it one of the most common street foods of Kolkata. Jhal Muri stalls can be spotted in almost every nuke and corner of the city.

4. Shingara( Samosa) – Flour being its base, it’s a deep fried snack with a filling of various kinds of vegetables. Served mainly with sauce or chutney one has to hop from shop to shop to get that samosa that is ideal for their taste.

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5. Rolls – It seems as if Kolkata is the motherland of rolls. Egg roll, chicken roll, mutton roll, paneer roll, vegetable roll, tikia roll- it’s a never ending list. Again the basic ingredient being the flour which is turned into dough and fried. It is then filled with certain vegetables and chicken/egg/paneer and a lot of other delicious stuff.

6. Ghugni – Kolkata’s ghugni is in its own league. A popular street food containing ‘matar-dal’, tastes best when served with onions, lemon juice and some chillies. Its best found in Gariahat.

7. Bhel Puri – A crunchy textural mixture of puffed rice, chanachur, bhujia, some salad and the tantalizing tamarind water to bring the desired amount of acidity. Its best when tasted in the foods stalls near Victoria Memorial.

8. Papdi Chaat the base of its serving is ‘papdi’ which is made of flour and is also circular in shape and crunchy in taste. The mixture of bhujia, matter, smashed potatoes and salad is placed on the top of this crunchy base. It’s found all round Kolkata, but probably best near Gariahat and New Market.

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9. Kachori the favourite for the office goers and definitely my favourite too. A mouth-watering food to have for your breakfast if you are in a hurry. The puri is served with matter dal and can be found not only in street food stalls but also in sweet shops.

10. Lassi and Sugarcane juice( Akher rosh) – I can drink lassi any time of the year, doesn’t necessarily be have to be the summer months. Sugarcane juice can also be served as the alternative. Both are equally good.

Exploring street food is not only about enjoying with your friends or family. It’s also about getting an opportunity to get to know your own culture. Thus ends my street food journey and I hope that I have covered everything. Did I miss something out? Do let me know.