Being born to a Bengali father and Punjabi mother, I have been exposed to both cultures since I was little and in turn, to both Punjabi and Bengali food recipes. To be honest, making me choose between one of these foods style is like asking me the unconstructive question that sometimes relatives would ask just to put you in the spot, “Who do you like more, your mom or dad?” I remember going to my masi’s (mother’s sister) place and having chole bhature then come back home to maach bhath. Or sometimes, moori ghonto, aloo posto, and many more dishes you find in a typical Bengali household. I am drooling just thinking about it. To share a little bite of what I am experiencing, we have listed some of the authentic places where you can experience a bit of the Bengali culture in a platter around Delhi.
Aami Bangali' literally translated means ‘I am Bengali’. This is a place that we have recently discovered because it is still relatively new and they serve authentic Bengali food, it’s like home-made Bengali food, really. The seating area is also well decorated and well lit, making it perfect for a nice family outing.
Find them at: 40/56, Ground Floor, Chittaranjan
Must try: Gondhoraj Ghol, Aloo Posto, and Fish Kalia
Approx Cost: INR 700 for two
This is a Bengali restaurant which is towards the higher end. So, if you are looking for a restaurant to impress your Bengali boyfriend/girlfriend, this is the place to take them on a date.
Find them at: Ground International Trade Tower, American Plaza, Lala Lajpat Rai Road, Block -E, Nehru Place
Must Try: Gondhoraj Paneer Tikka, Dhakai Fish Tikka, Begun Bhaja, Classic Railway Mutton Curry, and Golda Chingri (prawn).
Estimate Cost: Rs 1400 for two
As the name suggests, the Bengali food served here is just ‘Wow!’ and one cannot afford to miss this place if they are on a hunt to find the best authentic Bengali tasting food in Delhi. There is no sitting area at this restaurant so it somewhat feels like a Bengali fast food place, but the food here makes up for it. So, stay in this summer at order Bengali food from the comfort of your home.
Find them at: T, Khirki Extension, Malviya Nagar
Must Try: Aloo Posto, Chicken Kosha with Aloo, Rui Sorshe, Aloo-Potol Torkari, and Kolkata Chicken Biryani.
Estimate Cost: INR 400 for two
City Of Joy
With an aim to bring back authentic Bengali food items, Debjyoti Roy and Samar Majumdar, the founders of City of Joy offer the current generation the original taste of Bengal and promote the concept of ‘Adda’ for which they are quite famous. For those long hours of ‘Adda’, they also have a good seating area that we are sure you are going to enjoy.
Find them at: Aravalli Complex Alaknanda
Must Try: Shukto, Begun Masala, Railway Mutton Curry, Fish Kobiraji, and Prawns Malai Curry.
Estimate Cost: INR 800 for two people
Bijoli Grill is one of those places which is extremely popular amongst the Bengali community. This place is so famous that Durga Puja in C R Park will not be complete without having a stall of this Bengali food restaurant in one of the pandals. This place is where all the Bengali people go to satisfy their craving for deep fried Bengali street foods. So, don't wait up, we Bongs love to eat, we might finish all the delicious food before you come to a decision.
Find them at: Dilli Haat, Sri Aurobindo Marg, New Delhi, Delhi 110023; No 3, Hailey Road, Banga Bhawan, Hamdard Nagar, Vakil Lane, Mandi House, Connaught Place
Must Try: Dhokar Dalna, Fish Kalia and Doi Mach
Estimate Cost: INR 600 to 700 for two people
Bengali food is comparatively much lighter. What I mean by this is that they use less spice and make their more comforting rather than rich and full of spices. However, Madly Bangalee has balanced the spicy factor in their dishes to appeal to North Indian taste buds or people who generally like more spicy food. So, I would recommend this place if it's your first time trying Bengali food. It is a good place where you can start acclimating yourself to Bong food.
Find them at: K1/52, Ground Floor, Opp Gurudwara, Chittaranjan Park
Must try: Kosha Mangsho, Chicken Lebu Lonka, and Channar Dal
Estimate Cost: INR 1000 for two people
Amar Shonar Bangla
'Amar Shonar Bangla' which means 'My golden Bengal'. This is another place where you can find authentic Bengali food. The food here is not too rich but is adequately flavoured. Personally, we also liked the yellow sitting room which is looking over from the first floor to the busy street of 2 number market of C.R.Park. Thus, adding to the ambience of this place.
Find them at: Shop No. 134, 135, 136 & 143, First Floor, Market No.2, Chittaranjan
Must try: Rui Kalia, Kochi Pathar Jhol with Aloo, Aloo Fulkopir Dalna, Aloor Dom, Cholar Dal Narkel Diye, Jhuri Aloo Bhaja, and Katla Shorshe Jhol
Estimate Cost: Rs 500 to 600 for two
'Aaro Khabo’ means 'I will eat more’ and although new, this restaurant has earned its place on any Bengali food list. Everything we’ve tried here has exceeded our expectations. The only downside to this place is that they don't have any sitting area. So, if you want to experience Bengali comfort food from the comfort of your home call Aaro Khabo.
Find them at: K1/52, Ground Floor, Chittaranjan Park
Must try: Luchi Dum Aloo, Kosha Murgi and Fish Fry.
Estimate Cost: Rs 200 to 300 for two
Wow! You guys have no idea how many time did I go out or ordered in Bengali food by making this article as an excuse, and I regret to say, that I am not still satisfied. Please, I am not to be blamed, Bengali food is comforting and addictive. You don't believe me? Go out tonight to your nearest Bengali restaurant and taste it for yourself. For more exciting cuisines and restaurants keep following Daily Poutine.
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