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Chitpur is one of the oldest localities in Kolkata. And nestled here near the Nakhoda Masjid is one of the famous food destinations in the city named Zakaria Street. During Ramzan this place comes alive with various foods prepared for Iftar. On other days too it’s a haven for biryani, kebabs, haleem, halwa etc. In this episode we are on a walking tour at the place along with our gracious host Pamela Das.
Our first destination here was Bombay Hotel. As we reached there we were welcomed by a lively crowd of happy customers and an enticing aroma of the curries and breads. Our pick was the spicy and wholesome Dal Gosht and Khamiri roti. It was quite flavourful and easy on pocket as well.
Second stop was Dilli 6, an eatery specialising in delicacies from Old Delhi. The cook here was very well informed about the eating scene at Delhi. After a hearty chat we went on to try their famous Chicken Afghani. This creamy buttery grilled chicken based dish was pure indulgence.
From there we went to the third destination named Taskeen. It is an institution when it comes to fried chicken. Their Murg Changezi which was essentially double fried chicken based appetizer was phenomenal. The genial owner informed us that the marinade used in the dish has 51 different ingredients. It was a mind blowing revelation indeed. We also tried some Kesariya falooda which was rich and distinctly luscious.
Fourth stop was a vendor selling anrasa or deep fried sweet rice flour dumpling. This was quite a popular snack with labourers from Bihar who reside in this area.
Soon for a tea break we checked in to our fifth destination Baba tea stall. It was super crowded. People were joyfully chatting over endless cups of tea that was served in bhars or clay cups. The tea was quite good.
After that invigorating sip we headed on to try the fabled suta kebab from Adams kebab. But in between we did sneak in some appetite for a small piece of fresh kalakand and patti samosa.
On reaching Adam’ s we were deeply fascinated to witness the preparation of the suta kebab. The mutton kebabs were a piece of art. The final product was a meaty granular stuff that was phenomenal.
Our final destination of the gastronomic tour was the century old Haji Allauddin sweet shop. Their sweets, especially halwas, are too renowned. It was a joyful opportunity to listen to the young owner Hamd who zealously acquainted us with some of their hot selling fares. Their signature Batissa halwa just blew our mind with its unusually luscious taste and textures. We also finished off some mava ladoo, akhrot halwa and dahi balushahi.
About the host – Anubhav Sapra
Anubhav Sapra is an avid culinary explorer who loves to travel and explore different cuisine primarily the street food, not just for the sake of gustatory pleasure but also for quenching his deep thirst for nurturing new cultural connections through the kaleidoscopic canvas of food. He believes that the vibrant and delectable street food tradition across the globe has the power to bring communities together and foster harmonious human existence. To know more, visit www.anubhavsapra.com
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Text by Swetaleena Nayak