Monsoons are almost towards the end. Except a few drizzles here and there, the weather has started to change. Therefore what can be a better way to enjoy the last drops than to sit with your piping hot cup of evening tea with some crispy pakoras. ‘Telebhaja’(any sort of vegetable dipped in a batter of gramflour and deep fried) is a word closely associated with the bong ‘gastronomy’ especially when it comes to traditional bong snacks.
So let’s dig in some of the famous Pakora/ Telebhaja joints of Kolkata and try to find out the secret behind their huge fan following.
Being quite a famous destination among the telebhaja lovers, this place is most sought after joint for the variety in their pakoras. Come in the evening and you will find this place to be crowded with customers almost fighting for their share. Here you get various types of chops among which alur (potato) chop is the center of attraction. Fish fry, chingrir (prawn) chop, mochar (banana flower) chop, mutton chop etc are also among their hot favorites.
Contact : 91 9231569008
Address : 29, Surya Sen Street, College Square, College Street, Kolkata.
Cost : 100 INR for two. ( approx.)
Previously known as ‘ Netajir Chop er Dokan’,this is one of the oldest shops in Hathibgan. Their loyal customers love their fritters like peyaji and also the ones with soyabean and paneer. Since Subhash Chandra Bose was among their most respected customers, even today on his birthday snacks are distributed there free of cost. If you want to be a part of the historical legacy don’t think twice before walk in the shop.
Contact : 91 9883013939
Address : 158, Bidhan Sarani, Hatibagan, Kolkata.
Cost : 150 INR for two(approx.)
It’s a small food joint which can fool anyone with its demure appearance. Don’t just walk away but walk in this small place to taste their lip smacking fish fry for which this restaurant is best known for. Don’t forget to try their Mutton Keema Cutlet. Their food is so tasty that one keeps on visiting the place.
Contact : 91 98836561579
Address : 50B, Sadananda Road, Kalighat, Kolkata.
Cost : 150 INR for two(approx.)
This shop is situated in a convenient place for mainly office and college goers. Their Pyaz Kachori Chat and Dhokla Chat are quite popular among Kolkatans. They crush the kachoris or dhoklas and heap them with the coriander, imli and garlic chutneys. Also they add bhujia, grated coconut or coriander depending on your choice. Their Khandvi, Mirchi Pakora and Mini Pyaz Samosas vanish within minutes after their preparation.
Contact: 033 2290 8285, 91 9330933980
Address : 28/2, Shakespeare Sarani, Opp. Saturday Club, Kolkata
Cost : 350 INR for two(approx.)
The name of this shack itself gives a hint regarding the taste of their telebhajas. It’s very popular for selling veg telebhajas. As you walk through this by-lane of Kolkata, the enchanting smell of pakoras and the long queue of customers waiting for their turn tell you how much importance a telebhaja has in a Bengali’s regular diet.
Contact : 91 9831616584
Address : 314/1, Gopal Lal Tagore Road, Bonhooghly, Kolkata
Kashiram Shaw who started this business of telebhaja used to sell the nuts on the same spot. Today you will find alu(potato) chop, peyaji (onion fritters), daler bora(lentil fritters), veg chop at just Rs. 2.50 per piece. Unbelievable..isn’t it?
Address : Beadon Street, Kolkata
The owner Amal Das , a vegetable vendor once put up a telebhaja stall during Rathyatra to earn some extra bucks. According to him, then on, there has been no looking back. This shop opens at 3 p.m and closes after 11 p.m. And they sell various types of telebhaja like Echorer(jackfruit) chop (Rs. 6), Dal (lentil) bora (Rs. 1), Aloo(potato) Bom (Rs. 3), Tomato Chop (Rs. 6), Phuluri (Rs. 2), Potoler (pointed gourd) Chop (Rs. 6), Dhoka (Rs. 4), Capsicum Chop (Rs. 6), Beguner (Brinjal)Chop (Rs. 6), Beguni (Rs. 4), Peyanji (Rs. 4), and Aamer( Mango) Chop (Seasonal).
Address : R.N.Das Road, Dhakuria, Kolkata
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