It’s Official, Kolkata Has The Best Street Food In India, And There’s No Doubt About It

Irish Author GB Shaw Once said that the love of food is the most sincere love. How true is it. People travel miles for the love of food. They wait for hours to get their favourite cuisine delivered. And there are those who just can’t have enough of the street food.
India is privileged to have a diverse culture. Whether it is Mirchi Bada or Pyaaz Kachori from Rajasthan to a Chhappan bhog, every state has something different to offer. A survey conducted by the ‘Taste of Travel’ among 56,727 respondents over 30 markets revealed that Kolkata is the best destination for a large variety of street food, reported The Times Of India.

As mouth-watering dishes are being sold in every corner of the Bengali city, here is a list of seven street food items that should be on your to-do list if you are travelling to the City of Joy:

Phuchka

Kolkata, city of joy, best street food

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Well, Golgappas of Delhi and Panipuri in Bombay have their own taste, West Bengal’s Phuchka is deemed as India’s best version of this dish. The tamarind water and the stuffing made of boiled potato mash, mixed with onions, chillies, Bengal gram and chaat masala makes all the difference. The delicacy is so dear to the bong community that one can find around 20 types of ‘Phuchkas’ in Kolkata.

Kathi Rolls

Kolkata, city of joy, best street food

For those unfortunate like me who could never visit Kolkata, I got a taste of these stuffed rolls in soft roti at the annual ‘Durga Puja’ celebration. However, over the years many varieties of this have come into the markets and eating it at a place traditionally over-ruled by Aloo tikkis and Choole Kulche, Kolkata Kathi rolls are best enjoyed in the city alone.

Nizam’s in New Market, or Kusum’s or Hot Kathi Roll in Park Street, kebab wrapped in parantha bread lies at the heart of the city.

Chinese/Tibetan Food

Kolkata, city of joy, best street food

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Kathi Rolls

Kolkata, city of joy, best street food

For those unfortunate like me who could never visit Kolkata, I got a taste of these stuffed rolls in soft roti at the annual ‘Durga Puja’ celebration. However, over the years many varieties of this have come into the markets and eating it at a place traditionally over-ruled by Aloo tikkis and Choole Kulche, Kolkata Kathi rolls are best enjoyed in the city alone.

Nizam’s in New Market, or Kusum’s or Hot Kathi Roll in Park Street, kebab wrapped in parantha bread lies at the heart of the city.

Chinese/Tibetan Food

Kolkata, city of joy, best street food

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Over the years, India has seen rising tastebuds for tibetan food items. One of the most common being dumplings or momos with vegetarian and non-vegetarian stuffings. Traditional ‘Thupka’ with vegetables, meat and noodles are finding lovers in Kolkata as well. Tiretti Bazaar is your go-to spot if you feel like skipping the traditional fish and rice at home.

Telebhaja

Kolkata, city of joy, best street food

Telebhaja is Kolkata’s fried goodness. These smoking hot delights are your best friend during rainy seasons along with a cup of tea. To have the best of these deep fried snacks, head to Mukhoruchi, at GLT Road, Jihobar Jol, on RN Das Road, and Narendrar Dokan, on Harish Chatterjee Street.

Ghugni

Kolkata, city of joy, best street food

Prepared with a combination of white and yellow gram peas, the dish includes fresh coriander, chillies, onions, tamarind and mint. Found in every corner of Kolkata, it can be enjoyed either with bread but is a filling dish on its own.

Jhal Muri

Kolkata, city of joy, best street food

Kolkata’s Puffed rice snack, has found its way to evening snacks’ menu. It is a convenient street food item that can be enjoyed during all seasons. Prepared with onions, chillies, tomatoes, the dish can be changed according to suit one’s taste. For the best jhal muri, take a walk along the banks of the Hooghly River, near Babughat or visit the stalls near the Victoria Memorial, and the Kolkata Maidan.

Singara

Kolkata, city of joy, best street food

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While many would argue what’s there in a name, to prove this phrase wrong, one will have to try the Bengali Aloo Phulkopir Singara to see what is there inside this amazing snack. Popularly known as ‘Samosa’ across the country, the Bengali Singara is a little different because of its stuffing and shape. The stuffing consists of cauliflower, green peas, fresh coconut, roasted peanuts, ginger and mustard oil.

Bhel Puri, Aloo/Lucchi Puri and Fish fry are among many other delicious snacks that the bong community enjoys on a daily basis. Moghlai Paranthas, Roshogolla, Mishti, Fish chops and fish fingers should also be a part of your menu. Just hop on one of the trams and start gorging on these lip-smacking delicacies.

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Sikkim to finally get an airport this month

SpiceJet to fly to Pakyong airport, 30km from Gangtok

If all goes as per schedule, you’ll be able to fly to Sikkim starting June. Early in May, Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu announced that Pakyong airport, about 30 km away from the state capital of Gangtok, had received the license to start commercial operation.

SpiceJet has been granted permission to fly to Pakyong airport from Kolkata. On March 10, the carrier had already completed a test flight with a 78-seater Bombardier Dash 8-Q400, landing successfully at the runway that sits 4,500ft above sea level in a tough terrain.

Pakyong airport in Sikkim will be the 100th operational airport when it opens doors to passengers. Sikkim is also the only state in the country without a functional airport; the direct connectivity is likely to boost tourism and economic growth.

At present, travellers have to fly to Bagdogra airport in West Bengal to reach Gangtok, which is a four and a half-hour drive away.

Kohli special steers India home on a turner

India's Virat Kohli celebrates his team victory  during the ICC World Twenty20 2016 cricket match against Pakistan at Eden Gardens in Kolkata, India, Saturday, March 19, 2016. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)
India’s Virat Kohli celebrates his team victory during the ICC World Twenty20 2016 cricket match against Pakistan at Eden Gardens in Kolkata, India, Saturday, March 19, 2016. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

There was rain, but the Eden Gardens wasn’t submerged. There was a pitch that made spinners seem like grenade launchers. There were 61,337 people including certifiable legends of the game from Sachin Tendulkar to Imran Khan. All of it added to the spectacle of India-Pakistan cricket, but Virat Kohli rose one step above with an innings of gumption and class.

India needed to win tonight to stay in control of their fate at the World T20. A few tactical errors left them with a competitive 119 to chase. When the ball grips into the deck, slows down and simultaneously turns, a batsman’s judgment becomes of great importance. Hitting on the up carries risk. Playing too far away carries risk. Finding a run a ball can be troublesome. Kohli found 55 of them in only 37 balls to beat Pakistan for an 11th time in ICC global events.

Kohli’s thirst to compete was apparent when he said a cricketer needs tough pitches. He had the 18 overs that Pakistan had to bat to assess the one in Kolkata. There were a few shots that he needed to avoid, and a few things he needed to exploit – like his speed between the wickets. He fed his innings with 19 singles and a two, playing his shots as late as he could, and every time he played one, it was with the intent to get some runs. Kohli allowed only nine dots in his innings.

The loss to New Zealand had “hurt” Kohli. “We don’t perform like that at home,” he said in the post-match presentation. The shots that he hit tonight as he neared his half-century – two scorching cover drives when the bat barely strayed away from his body – typified exactly how one should play on such pitches. The longer he was at the crease, the weaker Pakistan became and the night eventually ended with the man who Kohli bowled to upon reaching his fifty – Tendulkar – waving the India flag aloft.

It wasn’t a flawless day for the hosts though. They had a chance to be chasing far less. They didn’t bowl R Ashwin out on a surface made for him and their fast bowlers bowled length balls and full tosses in the death when the offcutter seemed the logical choice. Pakistan’s lower order, marshalled by Shoaib Malik and Umar Akmal, swung into the leg side with glee and ransacked 51 runs off the last five overs.

Even after such a rich return in the death, Pakistan’s total remained in the competitive range. And that was because of the control India had in the early going.

Bats these days have a lot of wood in their middle. The ball and the Kolkata pitch colluded never to find it. The leading edge was allowed a peek. The outside edge tried to pipe up, but it was always beaten. On-and-off rain since 5 pm had shortened the game to 18-overs a side, but the pitch was dry enough that all anyone had to do was roll their fingers over the ball to be menacing. Ashwin turned it square in the second over. Ravindra Jadeja couldn’t bowl his wicket-to-wicket line because he couldn’t believe how much the ball was deviating.

Considering that, it seemed Pakistan had stabbed themselves by dropping a spinner, and a handy batsman, in Imad Wasim to add Mohammad Sami to their XI. However, Pakistan being Pakistan and Sami being Sami turned a liability into a strength. Shikhar Dhawan and Suresh Raina – two men who seem to struggle badly in a touch situation – chopped onto their stumps and Sami was on the cusp of a hat-trick in every form of cricket. Yuvraj Singh soaked in that pressure and contributed 24 runs to a match-winning 61-run partnership with Kohli.

Pakistan’s batsmen, who were heavily maligned leading into the tournament, acquitted themselves quite the ball was darting around. On top of that was the inherent pressure of this match. But Ahmed Shehzad laid a solid foundation with his 25 off 28 balls. They eased past the first 10 overs with only two wickets lost. Ashwin had only one left in his quota and Jadeja had two. Dhoni didn’t think about Yuvraj Singh at any point in the game, and kept at it with his seamers. Pandya gave away 15 runs in 14th over and Bumrah 13 in the very next.

At that point, it seemed Pakistan had the edge. Then Kohli came out and took it away from them.

Alagappan Muthu is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

India’s top spenders head to Thailand

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Tourism Authority of Thailand says India’s high-end tourist market has great potential for Thailand especially hosting weddings.

TAT New Delhi Office director, Runjuan Tongrut, told the Association of Thai Travel Agents members at their monthly meeting. last Thursday, that India’s top-end market is growing fast, but local tour operators need to tap it.

“Currently, India ranks third in terms of economic growth following China and the United States,” the director explained.

She noted that the average spend of an Indian tourist in Thailand is THB5,500 per day and THB39,000 per trip (one week stay). Last year, they generated over THB40,000 million in revenue.

Thailand attracted 1,050,000 Indian tourists and of that total, 47% were first-time visitors, 67% were independent travellers and 86% were travelling on leisure as opposed to business, she explained.

The main source cities for travel to Thailand are New Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, and Hyderabad. The travel segments are family, leisure, golf, MICE, weddings and female groups.

“Bangkok, Phuket, Pattaya, Hun Hin, Krabi and Samui are top destinations for them…luxury tourists are a relatively new trend and they head for Krabi, Samui, while Khao Lak in Phang Nga attracts more weddings.”

“There are more than 100 couples organising wedding in Thailand and this generates revenue of THB10 million per wedding with a length of stay at three-day and four nights.”

“Usually an Indian wedding held in Thailand will bring around 100 to 1,000 relatives and friends who stay at the hotel venue for the duration of the wedding celebrations.”

Forward bookings for Thailand are up 10% according to a TAT survey of tour operators in India held last month. This indicatesd that the market could be recovering after months of negative trends.

“Budget carrier SpiceJet will resume its flights to Bangkok, with a new daily flight from Kolkata starting 25 September…the service will add another choice for passengers to travel between Thailand and India.”

Flights from Kolkata to Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi Airport) will be SpiceJet’s first direct international flight from Kolkata.

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