Street-side savouries.

Kolkata is blessed with a wide array of delectable street foods and to pay such exorbitant prices for much scrumptious savouries gears up for a different motion to the deal all across the city. Esplanade, is one such nostalgic gem of a street food affair. Street food at Esplanade area is a heart whelming episode for quite a large portion of the insane gastronomists, who loves to pounce upon and explore the sequential sluice of diversified blend of subtle tastes to their buds.
While hopping all through the market at Esplanade, we’re bound to come across a number of street food stalls which is a jovial journey from Chandni Chowk to Park Street.
When we have a discussion on street food at Esplanade, we can never miss on the very famous colony that has been serving sumptuous delicacies since ages with extreme ease, The Dacres Lane.
The Dacres Lane, office para has been a famous joint where the people hover like bees for satisfying their unanticipated hunger. There are a number of shacks serving varied dishes, starting from their very famous Kathi roll to a sinful dessert, Roshogolla. The Dacres Lane is famous for chowmein, chicken stew served with bread and boiled egg, moghlai paratha, sandwiches, ghugni with toast, luchi alur dom, khichuri with papor bhaja, beguni and chutney and the very authentic bengali dish which includes rice, daal and mach bhaja. A large number of employees crowd this place for lunch at a thrifty rate and yet so sufficient to satisfy the hunger. The Chicken stew served with your choice of toast is a plate full of yum with an aromatic garnish of pepper. One also pounces on the seekh-kebabs that are so perfectly tender and packed with amazing flavours. This area is also famous for the Mango lassi, garnished with ample proportion of dry fruits and khowa kheer, topped with a cherry. Around 15 glasses vanishes from the stall within a fraction of seconds. Although they serve Pomegranate, Mausambi and Pineapple lassi too, Mango is the shows topper. The crowd accumulating here pays no heed to the heavy showers of monsoon or the harsh Sun leading to drought.
While we slowly drift towards the core we come across a number of stalls selling rice dumplings, pakoras made of daal, the king of street food- Fuchka, shingara (samosa), kochuri, jhaal muri, fish rolls etc.
Once we’ve visited the heart of Esplanade, adjacent to the Citi Mart, we will find stalls serving some exquisite South Indian food which includes dosa, vada, sambar-idli etc. They also serve lipsmaking cholay-batore.
A few steps ahead, just opposite to the Simpark mall one will get the soul satiating pav bhaji with a beautiful blend of some spices and buttery amalgamation. Alongside there are chinese and kulfi stalls too, for a flavourful encounter of schezwan chicken, chicken drumsticks, momos and a lot more, at this very location.
Esplanade is a street food guide, I vouch, that will never disappoint a foodie and will continue to indulge ones taste buds to a gastronomic treat in the voyage of street food confrontation.


The Surreal Ramshackle.

The antiquated enclave tucked in the extreme North of Kolkata, which holds much dignity and bourgeoise since the vintage era is one the major attractions of the city all around the year. Kumortuli, the name originated from ‘kumor’, which means potters who migrated to the outskirts of Kolkata in the outmoded days. This place is a heritage site for all the curious visitors from across the world and is often crowded by the locals who visit this place for documentaries, photography, outdoor surveys on the lifestyle and profession of the artisans etc.
Kumortuli is known as the ‘artisan’s hub’ where 530 families and approximately 300 artisans, by heredity, are marked out as the sculptors of idols at this very place. Once you’ve landed up here you’ll come across the smell of wet clay from the Ganges, the crackling sound of straw beneath your feet, the bamboo forming criss-cross patterns that spread out within the narrow confines of a ramshackle. There are these eight by eight studios which blend seamlessly with one another to create the traditional homes of the artisans where Goddess Durga takes birth.
The local art of Kumortuli includes idols, statues, paintings and sculptures which serves as the bread earning procedure throughout, except for the work load during Durga puja when the artisans work 10 to 12 hours a day in order to meet the September-end deadline. During the time of Jhulan, the women of the families sell small clay dolls from Krishnanagar to the visitors every year.

The artisans take orders of Durga idols from renowned committees and work profoundly on the sculpting paying no heed to the wrath showered by the monsoon season. They have been so dedicated to the art of idol making that even after being plagued with innumerable problems like, heavy debts, unhygienic atmosphere and proliferation of theme puja they continue to sustain their families with the meagre sum earned.
Kumortuli will continue to flabbergast the crowd as their art is so extraordinary and one of a kind. Uninterruptedly this treasured location will keep coming alive with curios attendants staring at the artisans while they work every year.