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 |  KOCH DIARIES  |  5-minute read
Food, Ilish, Bengali Cuisine, Hilsa

Hilsa is a grossly overrated and overpriced fish. Forget what Bengalis say

Yes, Hilsa tastes good. But have you seen the sheer amount of tiny little bones that this treacherous fish comes with?


 |  7-minute read
Food, Monsoon, Khichdi, Bengali Cuisine

As it's raining, let the oil drizzle to make these monsoon delicacies

Every kitchen adds its own little stamp to khichuri (khichdi) — the original Buddha bowl.


 |  9-minute read
Charchari, East India Company, Bengal Famine, Bengali Cuisine

Behind the Bengali dish charchari lies a fraught history

Food potpourri came to the rescue in taxing times under the British.


 |  Fortune Cookie  |  8-minute read
Bengali Cuisine, Durga Pujo

The story of dimer devil from Maa Durga’s magical kitchen

It’s no-onion, no-garlic vegetarian fare inside puja pandals, but around them thrives a sub-culture of excellent taste bud teasers.


 |  2-minute read
Kolkata, Bengali Cuisine

There's something fishy about hilsa

The smelly and bony fish is an acquired taste for many. Quite like Kolkata, the city that seems to revere it.