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Fishing for Bengali food in Pune

Wednesday, 30 July 2014 - 10:41am IST | Place: Pune | Agency: dna

Pune: The Bengali foodies from the city have got a reason to cheer as they get to indulge in their favorite cuisines this season. The Bengali populace living in the city can now avail their favorite cuisine made from fish eggs at many specialized Bengali restaurants of the city. Dishes made exclusively from fish eggs like Fish Pakoda and Kalanji are top favorites as they are
available only during monsoon.

Sandeep Dutta, owner of city based restaurant Bong Appetite that specializes in Bengali cuisine informs, "There is definitely a reason to smile for the food loving Bengali citizens as the rains bring all
their favorite delicacies with it. Bengali people are known for their obsession for fish and dishes made from it. July- August are the months which is the breeding season of many fish species. The eggs found is the fish's stomach are a hot favorite among many. We can make both dry and with-gravy dishes and it can be eaten as appetizers and as main course too. Fish pakora, Rui Macher Dimer Jhal, Ilish Macher Dimer Mishti Ombol, Macher Dimer Bora and Macher Dim Jhuri are few of them. We have already started getting requests for them by food lovers."

So does the Bengali clan feel satisfied with their favorite cuisine offered in the land far away from home? Shabana Yasmin, a working professional who calls herself a Bengali by birth and by appetite also exclaimed, "For people like us who have come to a place far away from their homeland that has a totally different taste in cuisines; it is difficult to fully satisfied our taste buds. Though these dishes do
not tastes the exact same as our homemade recipes, they are good in few restaurants and I go to indulge in them as the monsoon arrives. Ilish Macher Dimer Tok and fish pakora are my favorites and I am trying to eat it as much as I can this season as I would have to wait for a whole year to get it again!"

Few restaurants in the city like Bong Affair, offer these dishes on demand as the quantity of these special species of fish is limited in the city and often they import them from West Bengal to Pune. Homemade or made outside, the monsoon has definitely brought smile on the faces of the Bengali community of the city. Non-Bengalis who have a penchant for sea food can also taste fish-egg pakoras at the nearest bong restaurant.

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