Tryst with: Bengali street food

Ambassador of France to India, Emmanuel Lenain, Consulate General Virginie Corteval, and French vegan Chef Sébastien Kardinal took a food walk at Vardaan Market, Kolkata

Bengalis believe that it's the belly that rules the heart. And when it comes to street food, Kolkata offers a grand variety of delicacies. On a bright, sunny Friday afternoon, Ambassador of France to India, Emmanuel Lenain and Consulate General of France in Kolkata Virginie Corteval, took a one of a kind food walk with celebrated Food Blogger and Critic Indrajit Lahiri and French vegan Chef Sébastien Kardinal at Vardaan Market.

The Ambassador was treated with mouth-watering Bengali, Indian, fusion, vegan, and vegetarian delicacies like Vada, Jhaal Muri, Phuchka, Ghugni, Chila, and last but not the least – Kulfi.

"With innumerable street food stalls across all the localities of Kolkata, the City of Joy has a lot to offer," said Emmanuel Lenain, Ambassador of France to India.

While tasting different dishes at the event, Lenain shared that he loved Phuchka – the undisputed king of street food in Kolkata. Also, he became a fan of 'lip-smacking deep-fried snacks' – vada, which according to him is a favourite among young and old alike.

Describing Ghugni and Chila as 'inexpensive and filling', he said these dishes are equally tasty, and he thoroughly enjoyed the delicacies.

Sharing his experience in the city and tasting its food, Food Blogger and Critic Indrajit Lahiri said, "A visit to Kolkata is certainly incomplete if you haven't tried the amazing street food here. This city is a gastronomical melting pot of different communities. These include pocket-health conscious to indulgent foodies. Sweets served on the street are an exclusive feature too."

Kolkata, which is popularly known as the cultural capital of India, is a heavenly place for all the food lovers.

The place has many options for each and every one – be it sweets or the spicy mouth-watering delicious dishes that can make anyone


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