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Kashmiri and Bengali food in Calgary?

harmattan Dec 19, 2008 07:30 PM

Hello all.

I just returned from a trip to India where I 'discovered' the joys of Kashmiri and Bengali food. Both these cuisines are completely different from the Indian food I've had in the past, and both are completely different from each other.

I'm hooked. Does anyone know where I can find Bengali or Kashmiri cuisine in Calgary? Do any restaurants specialize in either of these styles?

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  1. wonderflosity RE: harmattan Dec 19, 2008 09:36 PM

    The first thing that popped into my head was Kashmir on 17th Ave and about 4th st SW.

    I'm assuming it's Kashmiri food, but I certainly could be wrong.

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      harmattan RE: wonderflosity Dec 20, 2008 03:56 PM

      Hi. Thanks for this. I knew about The Kashmir, but I wasn't sure if the menu was devoted to the fabulous meat-fest which is Kashmiri cuisine, or if it was just a good name for a restaurant. I will have to check it out.

      And Puspa, too. Thanks to both of you.

      1. re: harmattan
        sarah galvin RE: harmattan Jul 9, 2009 07:51 PM

        The Kashmir has been closed for quite some time, which I'm sure you are by now aware. It had fabulous food and very traditional Kashmiri.

      2. re: wonderflosity
        osho RE: wonderflosity Dec 31, 2008 10:18 AM

        Can someone confirm if this place serves dishes from the Kashmiri Wazwaan repertoire ? Thanks

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        Gobstopper RE: harmattan Dec 20, 2008 05:14 AM

        Puspa restaurant in Cambrian Heights - is Bengali.
        I've enjoyed it, but prefer Namskar overall. The bengali dishes were tasty though.

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          bengali_18 RE: harmattan Dec 29, 2008 07:07 PM

          i'll send you bengali food....lol
          same here i'm looking for a bengali restaurant....

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          1. re: bengali_18
            harmattan RE: bengali_18 Dec 30, 2008 02:30 PM

            Let me know if you find anything. I checked the menu at Puspa, which was recommended above, but nothing seemed Bengali to me. At least there was nothing on the Puspa menu that I'd fallen in love with in Kolkata.

            Bring on the mustard oil!

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            cancowboy RE: harmattan Dec 30, 2008 07:27 PM

            Moti Mahal http://www.motimahal.ca/ has "Kashmiri Indian Cuisine" right on their front webpage.

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              Jasz RE: cancowboy Dec 30, 2008 10:51 PM

              I can't speak as to how authentic it is but MM's Kashmiri prawns are wonderful.

              1. re: Jasz
                harmattan RE: Jasz Jan 7, 2009 01:27 PM

                I'll give MM a try, but aside from a couple of lamb dishes, there are very few of the things I tasted in Srinagar on their menu.

                I hope I am not sounding snobby - I love good Indian food and am sure that the recommendations above are good ones - but I've been craving great Kashmiri wazwan. These are meat dishes, almost always made with lamb, which include, among other things, huge lamb meatballs made with either a lemony yogurt gravy or a red spicy one. The only Kashmiri wazwan dish I can find in Calgary, in nearly every Indian restaurant, is Rogan Josh. Most often, though, 'Calgarian' Rogan Josh is made with tomatoes, which is downright controversial.

                (There is great debate on whether Rogan Josh should have tomatoes in it. The 'dispute' is even mentioned in Jaspreet Singh's novel about Kashmir, Chef, in which two characters, one from Pakistani-Kashmir, the other from the Indian side, argue about how to properly prepare the dish.)

                Anyway, I will give the prawns a try, Jasz. I love prawns and trust your judgment. But I have to say that considering Kashmir is in the Himalayas, I don't think prawns find their way onto too many Kashmiri dinner tables.

                Thanks, all.

                1. re: harmattan
                  greenboy RE: harmattan Jul 9, 2009 06:33 PM

                  Every Rogan Josh I've had in my life, in a few different countries, have all been made with tomatoes. I didn't know there was any debate!

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                    John Manzo RE: greenboy Jul 9, 2009 09:48 PM

                    Yeah it seems like a standard part of the recipe...

                    To add to this thread- Kashmir is closed. I know it seems as if they've been closed forever but I noticed a "for lease" sign there yesterday. Great location, let's hope for someplace good to replace it.

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