Revisiting the Culinary Scene of the ‘Foodtopian’ City: Top 5 Kolkata Food Bloggers
The ‘Foodtopian’ city aka Kolkata means business when it comes to good food. A delicious plate of chaat or an earthen bhanr of steaming chai can stir up soul-stirring conversations to social discussions. While locals still embrace the age-old, traditional recipes with a whiff of nostalgia, one can also find cuisines inspired by Chinese immigrants and the British Raj in this City of Joy. If you want to experience the culture, pick up new recipes, or simply explore tempting bites from the neighbourhood – you need not look elsewhere. Creative food bloggers shall give you the right idea with their insight into the places you want to visit. These wizards-with-a-pen have been revolutionising the Kolkata food scene with their artistic descriptions and out-of-the-box ideas.
Today, let us travel down Bengal’s culinary trail through these promising Kolkata food bloggers.
Poorna Banerjee is a Kolkata-based restaurant consultant and food critic. Her blog Presented by P explores various types of cuisines, travel sites, lifestyle hacks, and beauty ideas. She reviews restaurants and hotels in Kolkata. She is also a published author and has been a panelist on Kolkata Literary Meet (2017).
This firm believer in the little joys of life says, “I do not write biased reviews and do not rate restaurants, because I believe food is an experience, and every experience is separate from the other, never to be reproduced. Through my blog, I will try to present to you the unbiased opinion of an unashamed food lover.”
Her review of ITC Sonar in Kolkata is a must-read for anyone planning a stay in this lavish hotel cum restaurant.
Debjanir Rannaghar is the creation of this avid food blogger by passion and finance analyst by profession. She has been working for the development sector since the last eight years and also holds a master’s degree in rural development and management. She started her blog in 2011 with an aim of penning down her experiences with cooking and sharing them with similar foodies. Today, her blog has also progressed to include travel diaries, reviews, and fine-dine or street-food stories.
If you visit her blog, her bio reads like this:
“Food….it’s always been my passion… Being a youngster I always use to secretly creep into the kitchen and experimented with the art of cooking…. Being a foodie the passion culminated during my college days….From then I indulged myself wholly into cooking. My kitchen is the place where I found relief after a hectic day. My hubby, Mehebub, has always been an inspiration and the guinea pig for testing the experimental foods. My little one …my daughter Renaissance is my support system…. and the baby guinea pig in the house !!!!”
Now if you are an ardent admirer of typical Bangla fish dishes, then this recipe for the famous tel koi, is something to check out once:
Sayantini is the mother of two beautiful kids, one seven-year-old boy and a two-year-old girl. She is a self-employed designer, a true-blue Bengali, who strives to strike a balance between her personal and professional life. The founder of A Homemaker’s Diary holds her family and memories close to her heart, finds solace in cooking and feeding everyone with love. You will get to see her whip up old Bengali recipes as well as other kinds of dishes from all over the world.
When we contacted her, she shared this tempting picture of the traditional pitha speciality from Bengal. For the detailed recipe, you will have to ask her yourself!
4. Rukshana Kapadia
The multi-talented Rukshana works as the head of administration & commercial at Switz Foods Pvt. Ltd. – one of the largest bakery chains in eastern India. The avid food lover who appreciates everything from gourmet to rustic, writes and reviews any subject across domains. She even writes for Window On Travel and WhatsHot (Times of India Group). She is the founder of Kolkata Food Fanatics – a small but close-knit group of food enthusiasts and bloggers – and has her own personal blog The Culinary Commentator. Her blog was the winner at IFBA 2016 in the Restaurant Review Category by The Food Blogger Association of India. In her own words, “Travel, photography, and music are my hobbies and I devour books with as much passion as I devour my favorite dishes.”
A typical shot of her restaurant reviews looks something like this:
5. Archita Ray
Archita Chanda Ray hails from Kolkata, is an alumni of Delhi School of Economics, and an ex-risk analyst by profession. Although, her life changed as she transitioned into an adult, her childhood love for food remained the same. According to her, cooking is a form of therapy, and a reflection of this passion comes true in the form of her blog My Food My Life.
Archita also harbours interest in music and fashion. One day, she dreams of opening a cozy little cafe – where she can whip up her favourite dishes – to fill people with the satisfaction of enjoying good food.
Check out her recipe for butter chicken, which we thought we must include here:
As the trend for food blogs is picking up, we thought that these five Kolkata food bloggers surely deserve a mention. Do you know of any other artist who holds a knack for capturing your palate with their exclusive reviews? If yes, do not forget to suggest some add ons!
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