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Dec 19, 2008 07:30 PM

Kashmiri and Bengali food in Calgary?

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. 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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    1. re: wonderflosity

      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

        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

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

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

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

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          1. re: bengali_18

            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!

          2. Moti Mahal has "Kashmiri Indian Cuisine" right on their front webpage.

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            1. re: cancowboy

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

              1. re: Jasz

                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

                  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!

                  1. re: greenboy

                    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.

            2. Answer is Nilu's Kitchen for Bengali food.