The land of culture and literature is also a haunt for foodies and people who relish the art of cooking. The cuisine is rich, in flavour, in colour and in the culture and heritage that it represents. Food is a way of life in Bengal.
West Bengal is known as the hub for culture, arts and literature. But that's not all; it is also known for its delicious, mouth-watering delicacies, especially for its sweet dishes. Bengalis are almost always foodies and are immensely passionate about their food. The primary and most essential elements of the food here are fish, lentils and rice. The food gets its flavours from the five main spices- Cumin, Nigella, Fenugreek, Aniseed and Mustard seed and most of the dishes are generally prepared in mustard oil. Sukto, Ambole, Pitha, Chingri Macher Malai curry, Maccher Jhol, Begun bhaja (fried eggplant) are a few delicacies that almost sum up the cuisine of Bengal. Like mentioned above, sweets are another indispensable part of Bengali food and are famous across the country. The sweets of Bengal are generally made of sweetened cottage cheese (chhena). Roshogolla,shondesh, Laddu, Rasmalai, Pantua, Chomchom are a few Bengali relishes, enjoyed all over India.
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