Girish Chandra Dey & Nakur Chandra Nandy (56, Ramdulal Sarkar Street, near College Street Hedua park)


In a nutshell:

One of the finest Sandesh makers in Kolkata (Sandesh is a dry Bengali sweet made from cottage cheese)

customers standing on the footpath in front of the iron grill – nakur

Google map: Nakur

Cuisine type: Vegetarian

Meal for 2: Rs. 40 onwards

Description:

Its stood the test of time, had its share of highs & lows & now it is a place visited by people from the neighborhood & connoisseurs (from all over) alike.

I will send u gift packs if u spot the guys in the counter smiling & click them that way. They are courteous though. Between the customers (who have to stand on the footpath) & the guys inside the shop, there is an iron grill – like u see in some traditional jewelry shops / traditional liquor shops in India. U can catch a glimpse of the sandesh being made in the background. ………….. U might feel that u have been transported back to a hundred yrs when u stand at this shop.

The owner of the shop states on google maps – ‘ The Nakur’s trademark golapi peda (sandesh), which, along with the jalbhora talshaash and kora golla,have zealously guarded one of the last bastions of true-blue Bangaliana since 1844’.

Leaving these retro elements apart, the moment u dig into the sandesh, u r instantly transported to a different world. I prefer the traditional varieties. Kanchagolla is one of my favourites. In winters u get a good wide range of  sandesh with nolen gur (jaggery) – norom paak (soft) & kora paak (harder than the norom paak). There are also many with a modern twist like chocolate sandesh, mango sandesh & so on.

U wud love this experience if either u r ‘fond of sweets’ or if u r ‘not so fond of sweets’ coz sandesh is intrinsically not too sweet.

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