Rosogolla – Who owns it Bengal or Orissa

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Introduction

Rossogolla, the classic and historical Bengali sweet is famous all over India. The most interesting observation is that if you are a diabetic or concerned about calorie consumption, no one in Kolkata will ask you to take any sweet except rosogollas . It implies that rosogolla is not treated as a general sweet, it has a special place in the heart of Bengal .
ro2Rosogolla is a syrupy sweet cooked in hot sugar syrup. It originated in eastern part of India and spread across the nation. The exact source of  origin  is unknown as some sources mention it as Orissa while there are others that claim it to be West Bengal. But who cares as long as the richness, sponginess and smooth feeling textures are there.

Rosogolla is mainly prepared by kneading chhana/ chenna(Indian Cottage Cheese) and a small amount of semolina (optional).These are rolled into small balls, and then boiled in light syrup made of sugar subsequently dipped in less concentrated sugar syrup. This is done until the sugar enters the balls.

What  is the  science behind rosogolla making?  Milk has two types of proteins, one group of protein  is water soluble and other is water insoluble casein , because of which milk is white. Acid coagulated cow milk is used to make high quality  of rosogollas . Cow milk is preferable to make rosogollas over buffalo milk  because Casein protein structure is better which helps in creating sponginess. The concentration difference in  cooking and soaking sugar syrup  helps to puff up rosogollas.

Background of Rosogolla

Sri Nobin Chandra Das, a confectioner in Kolkata ( originally was  from Burdwan district in Bengal), is considered as the father of rosogolla. In the year 1868 Nobin Chandra succeeded in making this wet sweet. Earlier sweets used to be dry, no one could  think of  wet sweet, rosogolla  was the first wet sweet invented.  Now it  is the  ‘National sweet of India’.

The recipe of  rosogolla then spread from Orissa to West Bengal. All this happened during the renaissance when the brahmin cooks belonged to Orissa were employed by the Bengali families. Some traditional recipes from Orissa got into  Bengal through them.

Credit goes to Nobin Chandra das for his thought to improve self life and make it familiar with the people of Bengal.  It was originally highly perishable, and as a result of this modification, rosgolla became much  spongier  and non-perishable than what it was originally. This modification made it far more popular and in demand.

nabinMany of the eminent Bengali personality were fond of Nobin Chandra’s Rosogolla including Rabindranath tagore, Swami Ramkrishna, Swami Vivekananda and many more.

It is rumored that Rabindranath Tagore was such a fan of Nobin Chandra’s rasogollas that he could tell the difference just from the taste of it. Rani Rasmoni was also an elite customer of  Nobin Chandra Das, the first time when she had  a rosogolla from Nobin, with great satisfaction she uttered “abar khabo!” (one more). This incidence inspired Nobin to include one more variety called abbarkahbo.

K.C. Das, Nobin Chandra Das’s son, started the concept of canning of rosogolla. At that time, it was a great invention as the sweets could be kept for longer period and transported to long distances.

rasogolla12With canning facility the popularity of the rosogolla spread to all over India. We can find rosogollas all over the country today. Not only India, rosogollas have become very popular in Pakistan and Bangladesh as well. It is really heartening to see even the South Asian grocery stores in countries like the United Kingdom and America selling rosogollas. Haldiram and K.C. Das export rosogollas all over the world.

If you are looking for variety, you wont be dissapointed either. In Orissa, the first variant for example, is generally served very hot. On the other hand, in Bengal rajbhog  refers to a bigger version of the rosogolla. There are rosogollas made of jaggery which are available in Bengal, as well as Orissa during festival season.  Apart from rosogolla other sweets such as kheermohan, rasmalai, raskadam, chamcham, pantua, malai chop and the kheersagar are also equally famous and are all derived of rosogolla.

Types of Rossogolla

Rossogollas are available in different sizes and varieties. Some of these varieties are described bellow.Conventional Rossogolla (white colored, soft and perishable)

  1. Sponge Rossogolla
  2. Kamola Bhog (Orange colored and orange flavored)
  3. Cham cham
  4. Rajbhog
  5. Nolen Gurer Rossogolla (Rossogolla with Bengal jaggery flavor)

 

 

4 thoughts on “Rosogolla – Who owns it Bengal or Orissa

  1. Anonymous says:

    Damn lies. Rasgolla has been served for 600 years in Puri temple, Orissa and that version is much much tastier than tge commercial crap from spongebob das from kolkata

    • Amit Pradahan says:

      I do not know the taste puri version of rasgolla,But I don’t think that any crap(@Anonymous”spongebob das from kolkata”)get such popularity. 100 year old version of kolkata is well known compare to 600 year old puri version(if it is there? any reference).

  2. Manish Gupta says:

    mmmmmmm…..this is the best article.



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