6 Ballygunge Place will be celebrating the bond of food and love between Epar Bangla and Opaar Bangla, in its Bangladeshi Food Festival, from 8th April to 23rd April (except on 14th April), and I was invited to the unveiling event of the same on March 31st, as a part of the Kolkata Food Bloggers.
The event had an interactive session with Prosenjit Chatterjee, who spoke about his movie ‘Sankhachil’, an India-Bangladesh joint production, which has already won the 63rd National Award for the Best Bengali Film. Our very own Bumba Da, without an iota of superstar-tantrum spoke to us at length about his relationship with food. Though he accepted to be almost divorced from food now, Aloo Posto is still his guilty pleasure and Uchhe Bhaja his mood-lifter. He also spoke about his love for the ‘bhortas’ and ‘bhunas’ from Bangladesh, as he had sampled during his many visits to the country.
But thankfully, Kolkatans won’t have to cross borders to get a taste of those immensely tempting items. The well thought-out menu for the festival has a good mix of aamish (non-vegetarian) & niramish (vegetarian) and offers things which we hardly ever get to sample around here. The Kochki Machher Chorchori was brilliant, and the sheer simplicity and honesty of the dish is sure to make one’s heart melt. Another favourite of mine was the Murgir Lotpoti, which had the throat, stomach and liver of the bird along with the meat chunks, doused in a thick, whitish, slow-cooked gravy.
The crispy, flaky dhakai parantha looked enticing, and gave tough competition to the dum-cooked Morog Polao. And needless to say, the Kesaria Phirni provided the perfect sweet ending to the meal.
The festival menu has been priced decently, and a meal for two would leave the pocket lighter by around Rs. 1200/- plus taxes. Available at both their Ballygunge and Salt Lake branches, for both lunch and dinner, this is a menu every ‘khadyo-roshik’ should most definitely try.
An article by Devpurna Talapatra