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How Bengali foodies say the three magic words

Cook up yummy ways to say ‘I love you’ with these OG Bengali foods

Pooja Mitra | Published 22.04.22, 05:25 PM
What are you feeding your bae today?

What are you feeding your bae today?

It is a fact universally acknowledged that love has a language of its own. Who you share that much-coveted end of a Cornetto with or who you split your biryani’s aloo with speaks volumes about your relationship, So, My Kolkata curated a quick list of some true-blue Bangali dishes that you can use to declare your love for your bae. 


What is romance without a dollop of sweetness? And there are very few things sweeter than a rosogolla. So type out ‘My heart grows soft like a rosogolla for you’, hit send, and order a hnaari full of the OG sweet from Chittaranjan while you wait for your special someone to reply.


The staple Bengali meal, the ever-comforting dal-bhaat simply (and endearingly) translates into ‘You are my necessity’. And we cannot agree more. 


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Given the sky-high prices of mutton these days, we think there is no better way to tell someone how important they are to you than by saying, “You are as precious as mutton to me.” 


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It takes a lot of hard work to make a perfect jilipi. Not only does it need to be the right balance of sweet and crispy, it also needs to be the perfect spiral. So if your love affair is as round and twisty, it is only natural that jilipi in love lingo translates into ‘You are worth every twist.’


Aamshotto is the honest representation of all those people who undergo a hard time making the first move. Hard on the outside but sweet and soft inside, these lot often need a nudge to get things going. We suggest taking an initiative instead of waiting around for the aamshotto types to make a move, because like eating an aamshotto, it is going to take forever!


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No, we do not mean that the love life is a hotch potch. Khichuri is the epitome of different flavours mingling and adjusting to create a delicious harmony for your palate. So what if you and your boo are very different people? As long as you keep wanting them around forever, it is a harmonious khichuri-like coming together, no?


For Bengalis, the ultimate expression of love is sharing phuchkas. Period. And remember, a lot can and has happened over phuchkas. Thus, never underestimate the power of the humble snack if you want to make the move.



Biryani. Kolkata. Kolkata biryani. Different words, one meaning: Love. ’Nuff said! 

Last updated on 22.04.22, 05:25 PM

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