Food of Asansol
People of Asansol have retained a lot of of their local traditions; above all are their rich food habits. As part of West Bengal, the cuisine of Asansol is well acknowledged for its food and diversity of cuisines. Asansol, for the most part is famed for the authentic and mouth watering Bengali dishes.
But alongside with the local Bengali delicacies, one can also find in this region a full palette of world cuisines quite easily. From pure North Indian, Punjabi, South Indian and Gujrati dishes to yummy French, Italian, Continental and Chinese delights, you can get all the classic worldwide taste in here.
With a prominent emphasis on fish, Bengali cuisine is also known for its sizzling main course items full of vegetables and lentils served with rice, and its vast spread of sweets, snacks, fast foods and desserts.
Breakfast in AsansolBreakfast in Asansol can be anything from wheat based rotis to different types of bread items. There is no specific breakfast menu in Asansol. But, the breakfast variety available in the Asansol region usually bear a resemblance to the north Indian breakfast range more than the south Indian types.
One can get a wide variety of Parathas, Luchis or Rotis served with curd, vegetable curry or pickles. You can also have different varieties sandwiches, burgers, brown bread items, eggs and other carbohydrate rich foodstuffs.
Lunch and Dinner in AsansolAsansol city delve into all kinds of cuisine when it came to lunch and dinner stuffs. A typical Bengali lunch or dinner in Asansol usually would begin with an outstanding fish curry served with white rice. Rice is the staple food of West Bengal and fish is the chief ingredient of any Bengali dish to be served. Along with rice, there comes a type of Dal (Moong, Masun, Chana Dal or Kalai Dal) and a dry Bhaja — a fried vegetable to compliment it. The most usual bhajas are Aloo Bhaja (Thin Sliced Potato Fries), Begun Bhaja (Fried Eggplant) and Uchche Bhaja (Bittergroud fries). A pungent-smelled mustard sauce called Kasundi is extremely popular in here. It is a dipping sauce that goes great with every Bengali dish; has a very juicy, tangy and sour flavour.
Some of the popular Bengali dishes are:
- Doi-Maach (Fish in gravy of spicy yogurt)
- Sosrshe Ilish (Hilsa in mustardy gravy)
- Rui-maachher Kalia
- Mangsher DoPiyaji
- Jhol (a spicy tomato or ginger based gravy)
- Aloo Posto
- Chingri Malaikari (Prawns in a coconut milk based gravy)
- Tyangra maacher Jhaal (small fish in a spicy sauce)
- Muri Ghonto
- Chanar Dalna (a Paneer Gravy dish)
- Dhokar Dalna (chana dal steamed cakes in gravy)
- Panta bhat (rice soaked overnight in water)
- Kanchkolar Kofta
- Chingri Maachher Malai Curry
- Kancha Aamer Chutney (Raw Mango sauce)
- Anarosher Chutney (Pineapple sauce)
Snacks and Fast Food in AsansolThere are many types and variations of snacks and fast food in Asansol. From sweet and savoury to hot and spicy, people here enjoy all kinds of evening drinks and munchies. The hot and sizzling Jhal-Muri, made up of puffed rice mixed with Indian spices, veggies and raw mustard oil is the iconic snack of West Bengal.
This fiery snack is very popular amongst people from every age group. Other popular fast food in Asansol includes Samosas, Kachoris and different varieties of Chaats; street food includes Aloo Chop, Beguni and phuchkas. Kati Rolls, Chowmien, Vada pau and other highly spiced bhajjis are also found here in large quantities.
Sweets and Beverages in AsansolWest Bengal is especially famous for its mouth-watering range of Bengali sweets. Asansol is home to an extensive abundance of sweets that is considered very essential for every Bengali diet, and their numerous social and traditional ceremonies.
Many new sweets are created on the basis of changing taste and competition that has led to a flourishing confectionery industry in WB.
Misti Doi and Rosogolla are pretty synonymous to Bengal. Misti Doi is a customary Bengali recipe that is served popularly as desserts.
Sweets are prepared round the houses during the festival of Durga Puja, Lakshmi Puja and Kali Puja. Along with the local Hindus, the Muslims and other communities also distribute sweets during festivities.
Some of the typical sweets found at ease in Asansol are:
- Misty doi (A sweet strained yoghurt)
- Ras Malai
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