With the onset of the biggest festival of Bengalis, Durga Puja, a lot of you sure want to pay homage to Goddess Durga and at the same time to the Bengali cuisine. What a divine equilibrium! From the delicious Luchi-kosha mangsho, fragrant Kolkata biriyani and the famous Kathi roll to the mouth melting Shondesh and the Rosogulla, people from Kolkata, who have been living in Delhi, crave for. Now it would be a sin, if that urge is not answered, by not allowing yourself to indulge in an array of these savoury dishes. This remarkable romance with good food is a depiction of the gusto with which Bengalis indulge in restaurants and roadside stalls alike.
In Delhi, areas like Chittaranjan Park in south Delhi, and the likes, are the hub of Bengali culture. Here, Durga Pujo juxtaposes the celebration of Durga along with food. Regardless of tastes, the thing which every Bengali crave for are the fish curries. The annual visit of Maa Durga is also a pilgrimage for culinary paradise. The ceremonies started with the Anando Mela, which ia known for women poring over great recipes which they chop, mix and fry away to Pujo glory. People believe this festival to be connected to the roots of beliefs living so far away from their culture. From Ilish maacher Jhol to bhetki paturi, from deep fried Mughlai paratha to chicken momos, here is your one-stop guide to the restaurants you should be hopping in Delhi during this Durga Pujo:
City of Joy
This one has made a special place in the heart of Bengalis living in Delhi. It stays put in one of the streets of CR Park and has a very varied range of recipes. As good as, it is for the nonvegetarian food, it’s even better for the vegetarian ones. The Daab Chingri is really popular and so is the Kobiraji, at the same time the aloo poshto and aloo bhaja is something to die for.
Placed in one of the corners of the famous C.R. Park, this restaurant is a delight for Bengalis. The food is so divine, that you just cannot stop eating. The authentic Bengali food is a sure bang for the buck for your taste buds.
As a ‘Probashi’ Bengali, if you haven’t been to Oh! Calcutta, you have been missing out on the best that there is. This one is a gem for the foodies, with its drool worthy food. Their Chingri Maach er Malai Curry is beyond this world, and so is the Shorshey Bhapa Chingri. From chutneys to Poshto, this place will hit your palette like never before.
Gurgaon has quite a few good eateries too. So, the millennials of Gurgaon, stop fighting over Mohan Bagan and East Bengal, this place can satisfy both of you. Added to that their rolls are fantastic!
(Hauz Khas Village)
Okay! Durga Pujo is a time for celebrations and many of want to go and chill in pubs and bars, away from our otherwise hectic schedule. But you cant deny that you start getting the familial craving of Bengali food during this time. Located among the numerous bars in HKV, this place has some of the best simple Bengali food in Delhi. The mutton is amazing and so is the chicken, and guess what, both of them have ‘aloos’. So what are you waiting for?