‘Ahare Bangla’ Makes Kolkata Foodies Spoilt For Choice


Kolkata: Bliny, Coulibiac and several vegetarian and pork chicken cheese variations are available at the stall patronised by Russian Consulate at ‘Ahare Bangla’, a five-day food festival by West Bengal government, showcasing a variety of traditional and unique cuisines from different regions.

“This is for the first time that we have brought special Russian food for the Kolkata foodies in association with a cafe and bistro specialising in Russian food. Signature dishes from different provinces including Caucasian food and the response is huge,” Yury Duvoy said on behalf of the consulate.

“The lavish spread of Russian cuisine containing both European and Russian references of the vast country will now hopefully be an annual affair considering the unique taste of Kolktans for the first time,” he said.

In the nearby Bangladeshi stall, run by Bangladesh Deputy High Commission, Mutton Kachhi Biriyani, Murgi Bhuna Khichuri and Gokul Pithe are hot favourites among the visitors from both frontiers.

Mohammed Abdullah Dulal said on behalf of the Bangladesh stall, “We are here with the signature dishes of Dhaka and other parts of our country. And we have made only one small concession, introducing potato in the Kacchi Biriyani which is a departure from typical Bangladeshi Biriyani but a little compromise with the culinary tradition of Kolkata”.

At a nearby Chinese food stall, Chicken Sui Mui, Chicken Wrap Prawn Shezwan Sauce, Kung Pao Chicken, Prawn with Pok Choy, Cantonese Pork, Five Spice Lamb, Roasted Chilli Lamb and Peking Duck are being served at minimal price minus the service tax.

Shaoli Majumder said on behalf of the Chinese food stall, “We have introduced four new dishes in this festival, which had never ever been tasted by Kolkata people before”.

“Ahare Bangla gives us the chance to explore the vast market which has only partially been experienced within the walls of our well known restaurant chain ‘Buddha Bites’ having high ratings”, she said. .