Ever wondered why our beloved bongs usually have a plum paunch? To know the answer, you have to delve into their world of food. And what better place to gorge at than the local Bengali cuisine at the local Bengali bazaar - the famous CR Park Market. Known for its beautiful Kali Bari Mandir and the various Durga Pujas that happen annually, not many are aware of how the locality is much more than just a Bengali neighbourhood. Naturally, we couldn’t stop ourselves from going here, and why should we? What we have here is a list of what we liked best. Take a peek and prepare to drool!

1. Mutton Ghugni @ An Unnamed Stall

Made with black gram or dried yellow peas, small chunks of mutton topped with namkeen, ghugni is a semi-liquid preparation that is equal proportions spicy and tangy! Although it’s a complete dish in itself, we have a feeling it’ll taste equally good with any bread as well. For your assistance, the guy selling jhaal moori usually sells ghugni as well (both veg and non-veg). Go try!

Price | Rs 40 Per Plate
Where | In Front Of Sanjha Chulha

2. Chicken Mughlai Parantha @ Dadu Cutlet Shop

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A multi-layered bread that's stuffed full of copious amounts of chopped chicken chunks and various sauces, and then fried for five to seven minutes, is actually quite filling for its size. We want to warn you to not go by the size of the establishment selling these. Going by the name of Dadu Cutlet Shop, they’re almost as old as the Market itself, and still retain the same East Indian street food flavours as they did 25 years ago when they started!

Price | Rs 90 Per Plate
Where | Dadu Cutlet Shop - 39, C.S.C
Call Them | +91 9818 348 497
Timings | 5 - 10 PM

3. Mutton Korma @ Sanjha Chulha

CR Park welcomes everyone. So even if you want to get eat something familiar and comforting, you'll get plenty of variety at this place. Sanjha Chulha serves mouth watering Malai Chicken Tikka and absolutely next level Mutton Korma. Located at the center of the market with outdoor seating, you just might have a good time amidst the bustling bazaar. Seriously, just come on over!

Price | Rs 230
Where | Sanjha Chulha - 27, C.S.C.
Call Them | +91 11 4160 2525 & +91 11 4160 2626
Timings | 11:30 AM - 11 PM

4. Fish Fry @ Dadu Cutlet Shop

Ok, so we obviously had to include this one! The Fish Fry at Dadu Cutlet Shop is a must try due to its deliciously crisp exteriors and its ‘melts in your mouth’ interiors. Served fresh with chopped onions and lots of chutney and that too only for Rs 45, it's simply too lip-smacking to miss out on!

Price | Rs 45
Where | Dadu Cutlet Shop - 39, C.S.C
Call Them | +91 9818 348 497
Timings | 5 - 10 PM

5. Jhaal Moori @ An Unnamed Stall

This Bengali version of our beloved bhel poori is made with heaps of chanas, freshly chopped onions and mixed in nicely with some local spices and a dash of mustard oil to give a very strong and distinct flavour to the whole plateful. Takes less than a minute to be prepared and is such a treat to have!

Price | Rs 20 Per Plate
Where | In Front Of Sanjha Chulha

6. Malai Chaap @ Annapurna Sweet House

Want to try something other than sondesh? The Malai Chaap is one of the many sweet delights Annapurna Sweet House has to offer. This place is known to be one of the best in South Delhi for its quintessential Bengali sweets. If rashogulla were to be made a little longer and wrapped in a thick layer of sour cream topped with some diced pistachios, the result would be this. Come and have your fill of sugary treats here!

Price | Rs 18 Per Piece
Where | Annapurna Sweet House - 38, CSC
Call Them | +91 11 2627 5198 & +91 11 3294 5717
Timings | 8 AM - 10 PM

Some other things which didn’t make the cut, but are also great, are Fish Cutlets, Puchkas, and Double Egg Chicken Kathi Roll. So, when are you dropping by? 

Where | Market No. 2, CR Park