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A Culinary Exchange: Bengali Cuisine in Assam

During the grand celebrations of Durga Puja, the Bengali community in Assam comes alive, and the aroma of Bengali cuisine fills the air.

As the sun sets over the serene Brahmaputra River, the streets of Assam’s capital city, Guwahati, come alive with a vibrant culinary transformation. Once renowned for its traditional Assamese cuisine, the city is now embracing the aromatic and flavorful world of Bengali delicacies. 

The Treasured Hilsa Fish: “King of Fish”

No conversation about Bengali cuisine is complete without mentioning the treasured Hilsa fish, affectionately known as the “King of Fish.” This delicacy has found its way into the hearts and kitchens of Assamese food enthusiasts. 

Chitol Muitha: A Flavorful Fusion

Another Bengali delight that has left its mark in Assam is Chitol Muitha or Chital Fish Roe. Prepared with a harmonious blend of spices and flavors, this dish has become a symbol of the culinary fusion in Assam. It’s common to find non-Bengali households in Assam experimenting with these Bengali treasures, eager to recreate the magic in their kitchens.

Famous Kolkata Food Chains in Guwahati

A significant contributor to the Bengali culinary invasion in Assam is the presence of renowned food chains from Kolkata. Establishments like “6, Ballygunge Place” and “Kasturi” have become household names in Guwahati. 

Durga Puja: A Culinary Extravaganza

During the grand celebrations of Durga Puja, the Bengali community in Assam comes alive, and the aroma of Bengali cuisine fills the air. During this time, renowned food chains and homegrown gems like “Maa Manasha” in Maligaon and “Ajoy Hotel” in Six Mile, both in Guwahati, experienced a surge in business. 

Dhakai Bengali Cuisine: A Rare Find

Dhakai Bengali cuisine, the quintessential recipe of East Bengal (now Bangladesh), was missing from Assam for decades until Kasturi restaurant opened its first outlet in Guwahati, tantalizing the taste buds of food connoisseurs in Assam. While most restaurants serving Bengali cuisine in Assam are influenced by West Bengal recipes, the cuisine of Bangladesh was a rarity until Kasturi’s arrival. 

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