Any meal in this part of the country is incomplete without gobbling down a few soft and juicy Rosogollas. The craze for Rosogollas have accelerated ever since West Bengal received the GI tag for this much-loved sweet. Just for dummies, Rosogolla is one of the most popular sweets found in Bengal. Its primary ingredients are chenna (cottage cheese), semolina dough, and flavoured sugar syrup.
One of the best areas to indulge in this delicacy is the North of Kolkata. Characterised by narrow lanes and hand-pulled rickshaws, this old part of Kolkata is home to some of the most legendary sweet shops including the self-proclaimed Rosogolla inventor! Are you all set for the trail? Do not try driving down these narrow lanes. Aim for an authentic experience by flagging down a yellow cab or commute by the vintage trams; or best still, on foot.
Nobin Chandra Das: The Baap of K.C. Das
Quite literally, the Father of K.C. Das, Nobin Chandra Das is hailed as the inventor of Rosogollas. It is believed that K.C. Das introduced tinned Rosogollas and made sure it’s easy to carry this spongy sweetmeat from Kolkata to London, but the father was the one who perfected the recipe back in the day.
While the Classic Rosogolla is quite a mouthful here, one must try the Diabetic Rosogolla where sugar is substituted with Sorbitol syrup. Almost the same level of sweetness, lesser the calories. Rejoice!
Address: 77, Jatindra Mohan Ave, Sovabazar, Shobhabazar, Kolkata, West Bengal 700005
Price: INR 12 per piece
Chittaranjan Mistanna Bhandar : Happiness comes in different sizes
Next up is Chittaranjan Mistanna Bhandar. Helmed by the sixth generation of the family, it is a small shop which could easily be missed by a novice, but not if you proclaim to be a Rosogolla fan. These happy balls come in three different sizes here, based on your appetite for a heady sugar rush.
They also make hot Rosogollas from 9 to 11 am every day, which are sure to make your winters a tad bit warmer.
Address: 34B, Shyambazar Street, Kolkata
Price: INR 10, 15 and 20 per piece based on the sizes
Bhabhatarini: One for the ‘Aam’ janta
Barely 25 steps away from the legendary Chittaranjan, rests the 65-year-old establishment of sweets—Bhabhatarini. Their best sellers include the classic spongy Rosogolla and the must-try Raw Mango Rosogolla.
Address: 35, Shyambazaar Street
Price: INR 10 per piece
Subodh Chandra Mullick : Dive into a world of flavours
Along with serving the traditional Rosogolla, this fourth generation sweet-makers will tempt you into taking a plunge into a world of flavours. Kesar, Vanilla, Nolen Gur and Orange (also known as Kamala Bhog) are the delectable options to choose from.
Our personal favourite has to be the much-loved Nolen Gur—one that screams Kolkata out loud!
Address: 64/1, Ram Dulal Sarkar Street
Price: INR 6 to 10 per piece varying from plain to the flavoured ones.
Ifyou are the kinds who prefers denser Rosogollas over the spongy variety, then the last spot is just for you!
Over a century and a half old, Putiram is nestled in one of the busiest areas of Kolkata, College Square. The Rosogollas here are slightly dense compared to other sweet shops that serve the ultra spongy ones.
The difference in texture is due to the difference in the ratio of chenna and semolina dough. Owing to its proximity to a lot of colleges, the prices haven’t hit the roof yet, but their Rosogullas hit the right sweet spot.
Address: 12A, Surya Sen Street, College Street, Kolkata
Price: INR 6 per piece
Photographs courtesy: Iyush Dutta Roy
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