From rolls to fish fry and Kolkata-style biryani and Mutton Kosha to be mopped up with fluffy Luchis, every Bengali is a happy camper, when it comes to stuffing his or her face with homegrown food from the state. And when Durga Pujo is happening this weekend, you need to plan your life and your meals between pandal hopping. We have worked out {or rather eaten our way through} a trail of Bengali restaurants and joints you need to hit for some Bong style feasting.

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Oh! Calcutta

bengali cuisine kosha mangsho at oh calcutta in bangalore

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If it’s Bengali food, it’s got to be at Oh! Calcutta. Smoked Hilsa {boneless}, Gondhoraj Maach {steamed fish flavoured with Gondhoraj lime}, Daab Chingri {prawns cooked in coconut milk and served in a tender coconut shell} and Kosha Mangsho {spicy mutton with a dry gravy} are mainstays here to be had with steamed rice or puffed-up luchis. Finish up your meal with a bowl of Nolen Gur ice cream, ice cream infused with palm jaggery syrup.

Bhojohori Manna

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Named after the popular Bengali song sung by Manna Dey, this restaurant is known for its budget eats with Kolkata street food style snacks, extensive fish, chicken and mutton menu plus specials such as Potoler Dolma {gourd stuffed with minced meat or prawns}, Postor Bora {fritters made with a paste of poppy seeds}, Dhaka-style Mutton Biryani and more.


bengali cuisine various dishes fish rice at esplanade in bangalore

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Fish Orly, Fish Kabiraji, Gandharaj Fried Chicken and Tangra-style Chilli Chicken are some of the starters you can gorge on here.  Follow this up with mains such as Macher Matha Diye Moog Dal {dal cooked with fish head}, Choto Aloor Dom {baby potatoes cooked in a dum aloo style}, Daab Chingri {a chicken version is also available of this dish where prawns are coked in coconut milk and served in a tender coconut} and Chingri Pulao {prawn pulao}. You can end your meal with Rosogolla Payesh {syrupy rasgullas dunked in sweet reduced milk}. Esplanade is also doing a grand Durga Pujo buffet for four days {with a daily changing menu} at its Bellandur outlet with specials such as Fish Orly, Kachalanka Murgi {chicken cooked with green chillis} and Mutton Dak Bungalow.

When: Durga Pujo Buffet will be on from Saturday, October 8 to Tuesday, October 11

Price: INR 1,275 per person, all inclusive {Indiranagar} and INR 775 per person, all inclusive {Bellandur}, INR 1,050 for the Durga Pujo buffet {all inclusive}

Contact: Call 080 41613121 for buffet reservations


bengali cuisine fried fish at bangaliana in bangalore

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Try their prawn specials such as Chingri Poshto {prawns cooked in a poppy seed paste}, Mocha Chingri {a combination of prawns and banana flower}, Lau Chingri {gourd and shrimp} or even the really rich but so-good Prawn Kobiraji {a breaded prawn cutlet dipped in egg and deep fried}.

Panch Phoron

The short and sweet menu offers Bengali staples with fish in styles such as Tel, Jhal, Shorshe, Bhapa and Kaaliya, and chicken and mutton in curry, Kosha, Dopyaza, Chaap and Bhapa versions, street food snacking options such as Fish Cutlet, Fish Finger, Fish Fry and Fish Pakora.

The Kitchen of Joy

bengali cuisine dessert mishti doi at kitchen of joy in bangalore

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Their Indiranagar outpost does simple but really good snacks such as Kathi Rolls, Singhara {samosa}, Egg Devil, Fish Chop and Luchi with Mutton Kheema or Aloor Dum with a range of cha or tea, while the Kaggadasapura one is a full fledged Bengali joint with Kolkata Chinese dishes added to the menu too. Their Bengali thalis {vegetarian, fish, chicken and mutton} are good value-for money and don’t miss out on their weekend offerings of Khichudi {khichdi} and Shukto {a medley of vegetables cooked with Bengali five spice and mustard paste in a white curry}. Recent additions include a cracker of a Bhetki Fish Fry to the menu and weekends are reserved for chicken or mutton biryani.


bengali cuisine rice fish gravy at sorse in bangalore

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Apart from the usual Bengali fixes, Sorse does a Tangra-style Chicken Wings {a nod to Kolkata’s Chinatown and its offerings}, and a Macher Dimer Bora {crumb fried fish roe}, apart from rolls, chops and cutlets. The Poshtor Borar Jhal {poppy seed kofta dunked in gravy}, Shorshe Potol Narked Diye {gourd cooked in mustard and coconut paste}, Poshto Mutton or Chicken, and Murgh Musaallam {influenced by Mughlai cuisine of Kolkata} are some of the dishes to pay attention to. A small section of the menu is also devoted to dishes from the neighbouring state of Orissa. Weekdays are dedicated to lunch and dinner thalis at only INR 195.

Decker’s Lane

bengali cuisine chicken at deckers lane in bangalore

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Named after the famous lane in Kolkata, a favourite eating out destination for office-going Calcuttans, this joint offers all kinds of street food, short eats and some mains. Expect chicken, mutton and egg biryani along with Mughlai Parota {egg, chicken, paneer and mutton}, rolls, cutlets and more.

bFlat and Highnote Bar and Dining

Though not a Bengali restaurant, Highnote’s selection from Bongland is quite authentic. Aloo Poshto, Malai Chingri, Bhetki Paturi, and Mutton Kassa among other dishes complete the Bengal experience here.

Namma Calcutta

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Photo source: Namma Calcutta

Looking for some Bengali street food, Namma Calcutta to the rescue. This Bengali eatery in Koramangala offers Kolkata street favourites such as rolls, chops, cutlets and Jhaal Moori. Plus, sandesh momos too! Apart from the fish fries, chicken cutlets and vegetable chops, also expect Luchi and Chicken Kosha, Kolkata-style biryani {chicken and veg}, and Jhaal Moori {a teatime snack}. But what is intriguing us is their take on marrying two Kolkata favourites: the momo and the sandesh. Namma Calcutta’s Momo Sandesh promises steamed momos stuffed with sandesh and nolen gur {palm jaggery}. Pssst! we hear they have a new delivery menu too.

Koshe Kosha

Start your meal here with a Aam Pora Shorbot, a refreshing Bengali summer drink where roasted mango pulp is muddled in a glass with water, sugar and a hint of cumin. Or the Bengali take on the lassi with a squeeze of Gondhoraj lime thrown in {Gondhorajer Ghol}. Vegetarians, go for their Jhinge Aloo Poshto {potatoes and ridge gourd cooked in poppy paste}, Narkel Cholar Dal {chana dal cooked with raisins and coconut bits}, Chanar Dalna {cottage cheese cooked in a gravy}. Fish lovers, Poshto Ilish {hilsa cooked in poppy paste} Shorshe Ilish {hilsa cooked in mustard} and Bhetki Jhaal in a mustard and tomato gravy are dishes to try here. There’s also Dhakai Mangsho, a spicy mutton curry cooked with whole spices and a touch of cumin, best had with pulao, a sweet rice flecked with dry fruits and nuts.

Featured image via:  Esplanade