“Part of the secret of success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside.”
― Mark Twain
This is a healthy attitude to have when it comes to greasy street food. There's no love greater than the love for food and street food is like guilty pleasure. The City of Joy is probably so named because well-fed people are usually joyous and the delectable spread that Kolkata lays out in the form of street food is every epicure's dream.
By way of decor you'll receive the jostling pavements of Kolkata, crowded with hawkers and by way of ambience, you won't get soothing jazz tunes but the impatient honks of vehicles passing by and passerbys trying to push you out of the way with a "Dada, ektu dekhi".
The music in this case is the sizzle on a big tawa where your kebabs are sauteed or your paratha flipped. What you will get is the aroma of cha in earthern clay cups, the grease that coats your hands after a quick delicious meal and the joy of cramming in drool-worthy food without burning a hole in your pocket.
Here's a list of the best street food in Kolkata at reasonable rates to help you bask in an afterglow of gluttony:
Kolkata, with its proximity to the north-eastern states of India, has received their gift of momos and made it one of their top picks when it comes to street food. Over time, a lot of small stalls dishing out steaming plates of momos have mushroomed all over the city. Stuffings of minced chicken, pork and vegetables are folded into small buns and steamed or fried. These juicy momos oozing with flavour are paired with spicy chilli-garlic chutney. They also serve clear soup on the side to douse the fire raging in your mouth from the heat of the chutney. Psst… you can ask for more soup and nobody will hit you on the head with a ladle for doing so.
Here’s where you should head to for the juiciest, most flavoursome momos in town: