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Ten Bengali Sweets You Must Taste At Least Once In Your Life

BY SOMREETA MUKHERJEE

Coincidentally, the ‘City Of Joy’ also happens to be a city, synonymous with Mishti doi and Rosogolla. Kolkata is the place to be if you have an intense love for sweets. And what if you are not so keen on sweets? Never mind! You will surely fall in love with them once you taste some of the well-known Bengali sweets that Kolkata boasts of! There are so many famous Bengali sweet shops that there arises a problem of plenty! Girish Chandra Dey and Nakur Chandra Nandy, Sen Mahashay, K.C. Das, Balaram Mullick and Radharaman Mullick, Kamdhenu and Putiram are some of the most distinguished ones (just to name a few)!

 

TEN BENGALI SWEETS TO TRY BEFORE YOU DIE

MISHTI DOI

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Let us start with the most familiar name. This classic Bengali dessert, that has shot Kolkata as well as Bengalis into fame, is nothing but a sweet blend of yoghurt, milk and brown sugar that is offered to Gods and guests alike to mark every auspicious occasion and celebration starting from Satyanarayan pujo to Onnoprashon.

(Mishti Doi image)

 

PANTUWA

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If Mishti doi is famous, so is pantuwa! Bengalis swear by these delightful deep-fried brown sweet balls that apparently look like a tough nut but is as soft as sponge when eaten.

(pantuwa-image)

 

KHEER ER CHOP

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We know such delicacies as chicken chops and fish chops. But kheer er chop is an innovation that is possible only by such food lovers as Bengalis are! Chops are stuffed with generous amounts of kheer and then tossed in a syrup of sugar is a mouth-watering sweet preparation that is going to make you fall in love with this new category of chops!

(kheer er chop image)

 

 

SHOR BHAJA

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What do you get when you deep fry pure milk cream? It is an unadulterated form of joy named Shor Bhaja!

(Shor bhaja image)

 

 

LANGCHA

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Langchas are also known as Lady Kenny for these delicious sweets were loved by Lady Charolette Canning. These longish chhennar mishti is surely going to steal your heart!

(Langcha Image)

 

 

DARBESH

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Love Boondi Ladoos? Darbesh is the Bengali version of the same. As you bite it, the smell of pure ghee entices your senses and imparts a plethora of flavours to your tongue. Eat it to know why this Bengali version of Ladoo forms a separate league altogether.

(Darbesh Image)

 

 

LOBONGA LATIKA

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When khoya, coconut, cloves, nutmeg, ghee, cardamom, nuts, raisin and sugar are combined in a Bengali sweetmeat shop, they form a sweet surprise called Lobonga Latika. This heavenly mishti is unique as it is well-wrapped and then sealed with a lobonga (clove).

(Lobongo latika Image)

 

 

RAJ BHOG

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Whenever you feel depressed, try these soft and spongy yellow balls, stuffed with rich dry fruits, soaked in kesar and milk! Nothing can beat the aroma and taste that this royal Raj Bhog  from Bengal has to offer.

(Raj bhog Image)

 

 

CHHANAR JILAPI

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A luxurious dessert made from khoya, maida and paneer, chhanar jilapi is a must-try Bengali mishti. Bite it and lose yourself to this heavenly sweet.

(Chhanar jilapi Image)

 

 

ROSOGOLLA

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Well, last in the list but definitely not the least, what is life if you don’t get a chance to sink your teeth into these soft and spongy round mishti, iconic of Kolkata and Bengalis? These juicy delights are so tasty that ‘no one can eat just one!’

(Rosogolla Image)

 

 

I must say that I had a tough time compiling this list of top ten Bengali sweets that you must try once in your life. In fact, I have almost left out sandesh altogether! After all, there are so many more contenders that are equally delicious!

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7 Responses

  1. sushmita mazumdar says:

    Rajbhog- Rosogolla and Misti Doi.. nom nom nommmmmmm http://gupshupavenue.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_yahoo.gif

  2. Kinkinee Kinkinee says:

    Labanga latika❤️❤️❤️❤️

  3. Kinkinee Kinkinee says:

    Did you try kheer er chops from sen mahasay?

  1. May 20, 2016

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