Orissa Famous Rassogolla

Orissa Famous Rassogolla
Bikalananda Kar’s Rassogollas, Salepur

9 December 2007

Puru, Maya, Mark and I set off from Cuttack, three people lighter, on our way to Bhitarkanika National Park on Day 6 of our “vacation” in Orissa. As we approached the State highway that would take us to Chandbali, our destination for the night, we asked the driver if there were any specialties (food, of course) anywhere along the way. BK Sahu’s face lit up and he said: “Sir, the rassogollas in Salepur are famous. It is a compulsory stop for anyone passing by.” Well, if it was a compulsory stop, then stop we must.

Rassogolla

Contrary to popular opinion (that the Bengali’s have made sure to propagate), the rassogolla was invented in Orissa and the best rassogollas in Orissa are to be found at Bikalananda Kar’s Rassogollas in Salepur. Indeed, the rassogollas (or rasgullas, as they are otherwise pronounced and spelled in Hindi) at the Kar Brothers’ establishment are wonderful. They are slightly darker in color than the ones in West Bengal or elsewhere in India because these are cooked in syrup sweetened with gur (unrefined palm sugar). And they are absolutely fresh. They don’t have the slightly spongy, even squeeky, texture of other rasgullas I’ve had.

In addition to the rassogollas, we had deep fried snacks which they called “vadai“, sort of like pakoras, served with a sweet and slightly spicy chutney made with tamarind, mango, chili and the secret ingredient: left-over rassogolla syrup.

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56 Responses to “Orissa Famous Rassogolla”


  1. 1 SKM December 20, 2007 at 5:04 am

    Beautiful article!

    Orissa has a lot of hidden delights in store for the tourist. I have sampled the Orissan rossogollas and they put the standard KC Das fare to shame any day.

    “Squeaky”…. very well put! Calling the KC Das ones “spongy” actually sounds like a good thing when they are much inferior to the Orissan variety.

    I still don’t know why Orissa does not start exporting its sweets to other states. I guess advertisement pays, and the Bongs have managed to permanently attach “Bengali” in front of “rossogolla”.

  2. 2 Debendra swain December 20, 2007 at 5:55 am

    good experince.

  3. 3 yoomilee December 20, 2007 at 3:05 pm

    Thanks SKM and Debendra for your comments. I guess from the point of view of the Kar brothers, they are doing so well that they don’t need to think beyond Salepur. By the time we got there in the early afternoon, most of their huge pots of rassogollas were empty! But it sure would be nice to have some good rassogollas in other parts of India…

  4. 4 Sanjoy December 23, 2007 at 8:49 am

    Yomilee – There is no such word as “Vadai”, which sounds South Indian. You probably are confusing it with “Borras”, which is a lot like the Southern “Vadais” shaped like flattened disks instead of donuts and sometimes made with lentil batter. And the rosogollas there are heavenly, aren’t they?

  5. 5 yoomilee December 23, 2007 at 10:20 am

    Sanjoy – that’s what I thought too when we asked what they were called, but the folks at Bikalananda’s pronounced it like “vadai”. In fact, they were flattened disks flavored with onion and deep-fried, so they must have been what you call “borras”.

    By the way SKM – I had a hard time convincing a Bengali that rassogollas were originated in Orissa. He was sure that K.C. Das’ grandfather invented them.

  6. 6 Abhishek February 4, 2008 at 2:38 am

    Bengalis claim a lot of things. They could qualify to be India’s most parochial/chauvinistic set of people (no offense meant to really reasonable Bengalis, including many I know personally). Perhaps you should show them this Kolkata tourist guide which also admits that the KC Das story is simply an urban legend.

    http://www.indiatouristspots.com/cities/kolkata.html

  7. 7 yoomilee February 5, 2008 at 9:43 am

    Dear Abhishek,

    Thanks for your comment. It is no use – Bengalis will never admit it even though the evidence is clear. :)

  8. 8 Anupam March 21, 2008 at 8:30 am

    I am sure that there is a lot of hidden treasure in terms of culture,ethnicity,diversity,foods,etc but advertising is of prime requirement.
    Why do you think that Rassogolla’s mother tongue is considered to be Bengali?
    They have advertised enough and this is going on and on and on.
    Recently I happened to see a progaram in DD………
    It was the same Odissi dance,exactly similar attire except for the saree it wasnt Sambalpuri,it was some Bengali saree.
    One day they will claim that it is “aamaar Bangla nrutya”

  9. 9 Sunny Goel May 12, 2008 at 5:56 am

    Speaking about music and dance, I heard ‘Robindro Shongit’ which is advertised as Bangla ‘classical’ music, for the first time. As a diehard fan of khyals and thumris, I found it absolutely revolting that this genre of music could even be considered as ‘classical’.

  10. 10 Hitesh Vadgama August 13, 2008 at 9:45 am

    We manufacture Rasgulla Making machine can you provide adress of any orissa manufacturers

  11. 11 Yoo-Mi August 21, 2008 at 7:41 pm

    Dear Hitesh,

    I am sorry, I do not know of any manufacturers in Orissa. I was just visiting various places in Orissa as a tourist and happened to pass by Bikalananda Kar’s Rassogollas in Salepur on the way from Cuttack to Bhitarkanika. But please do not sell them a machine, as their rassagollas are perfect now.

  12. 12 BISWAJIT October 21, 2008 at 1:11 pm

    I REALYY FOND OF IT. NOW I M WORKING OUT SIDE INDIA BUT MISSING SALEPUR RASOGOLLAS. I BELONGS TO SALEPUR ITSELF.

  13. 14 SOUMENDU October 23, 2008 at 12:29 pm

    Dear Yoo-Mii,
    can u plz provide me Hitesh vadgama contact details.
    regards,
    soumendu

  14. 16 SUBASH CHANDRA JENA November 9, 2008 at 1:15 pm

    My village name is Dingeswar. That is 2kms away from Salepur town. While I was there had eaten Rasogola. Now I am 1100kms away from there. So I am thinking about that.

  15. 17 MASOOD November 16, 2008 at 8:52 am

    My Name is sheikh masood ahsan,my village name is sainpara(pikol)
    That is 05km away frome salepur,and we have our own saree shop at market complex saheen saree center,whean i was there i eaten every day rasogola,now i am at maldives, so i thinking about rasogala, i also chef i making some time rasogola but not like that so i miss biklakaranando rasogola.

  16. 18 rajesh November 16, 2008 at 9:06 am

    hi enjoy rasogola

  17. 19 SUBASH CHANDRA JENA November 20, 2008 at 3:19 pm

    I want to my Lovely Rasogola. Can anybody bring for me.

  18. 20 Kalpana January 8, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    I know what you mean Masood. I lived in nearby Kendrapara for many years and my family would get pots of Salepur heavenly rasgollas almost every week.

    It has been 20 years now. But I still yearn. I’d do almost anything to get a mouthful of them.

  19. 21 sarthak July 13, 2009 at 1:52 pm

    I want to my sweet tasty not only Orissa but world Famous Rassogolla….where are we live dont forget this Rassgolla…///
    When we come to our home first eat …like Mahaprasad….///…..>>>>>

  20. 22 subrat mishra July 18, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    i like verymuch salipur rassogolla,

  21. 23 cacofonix July 22, 2009 at 3:23 pm

    Yummmmiiieee!!

    Lived in Kolkata for 10 years, Bangalore for 2. Bot maaan, do I crave for those rasogollas and chhenapodos from Orissa! They’re unbeatable.

  22. 24 BINOD KUMAR NANDA July 28, 2009 at 5:21 pm

    I Realy Proud Of My Cities ,Where We Can Remind Our Culture ,We May Stayed Any Where In world ,Make Something Stretch & Fully Description Of All Nearby Village,Cultivation,& Festivals Also Thats why Sites Looks Beautiful………………

  23. 25 SK NOORUDDIN September 13, 2009 at 5:24 am

    IAM VERY VERY LIKE TO SALEPUR RASGULLA

  24. 26 Pappu October 26, 2009 at 9:50 pm

    I can make Rasgullas of same taste like BK’s.

  25. 27 Pappu October 26, 2009 at 9:52 pm

    I will describe the procedure if BK will permit me

  26. 28 BINOD KUMAR NANDA December 31, 2009 at 1:24 pm

    Ebe Rasgulla ru gujurati ki kaju baharunahin Kana heichi kejani taste bhi aga bhali nahin kuch karo

  27. 29 Thukura(P.K.Mohanty) January 13, 2010 at 6:00 pm

    Hi,
    It’s my pleasure to annouance that I belongs to salipur.This is a fantastic place to live in.Apart from that you can have the ultimate taste of real RASAGOLA.So yummy.. ha..ha…h…

    Regards,
    PKM

  28. 30 prasanta kumar mohanty(bibu) March 30, 2010 at 12:49 pm

    I LOVELY RASOGOLA, MY GIRL FRIEND LIKE EAT RASOGOLA,

  29. 31 SARATA PRUSTY(TULU) April 12, 2010 at 7:16 am

    HELLO ALL,
    It’s my pleasure to annouance that I belongs to salipur.Apart from that you can have the ultimate taste of real RASAGOLA.

  30. 32 Gyan Ranjan Parida(manoj) May 11, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    chumeswari Rasgulla.

  31. 33 Prasanna Kumar Kar June 22, 2010 at 10:43 am

    I am Prasanna Kumar Kar and distantly related to Bikalananda Kar’s family. They are making Rasagola since last 100 years or even more than this. It is a fact that Salepur Rasagola is better in quality, flavour and size in the same price range as compared to any Rasagola. elsewhere

  32. 34 tbe zpkobt June 26, 2010 at 6:39 am

    I am originally from Kolkata where I studied all the way up to MA but now my job has taken me to various places, including Bhubaneshwor where I lived from 2005 to 2008. Man, those rossogullas are unbelievably tasty! How I crave for them!!!

  33. 35 unmendu June 29, 2010 at 3:48 am

    Yumee Rasogolas.

  34. 36 ASUSKunis August 9, 2010 at 8:55 pm

    FACT-1 The Hindu female deity Lakshmi is served rasagollas on the last day of the annual Rath Jatra festival at Puri. This is a 600+ year old tradition called NILADRI BIJE.

    FACT-2 The word cheese is derived from Latin Caseus that comes from Sanskrit Kaasi indicating that chhena was made in India in ancient times.

    FACT-3 Even in the rest of Bengal, outside Kolkata, it is the larger, browner Oriya version of rasagolla that is prepared. The K. C. Das/Ganguram chewy “sponge” rasagolla is confined only to Kolkata and its vicinity.

    FACT-4 The only Portuguese cheese in Kolkata is the Bandel cheese which is very salty and smoked. It is available in New Market, and Anglo-Indians usually buy it. It is totally different from sweet chhena dishes.

    FACT-5 Even the Bengali dish Sondesh predates the arrival of the Portuguese.

    FACT-6 All Portuguese origin dishes – Bibenca, vindaloo (vin de alho in portuguese), Kaju (caju in Portuguese.), batata (batata in Portuguese), have Portuguese sounding names. But not chhena which is called Queijo in Portuguese.

    FACT-7 The Portuguese arrived in Orissa at the same time as Bengal.

    FACT-8 Even KT Achaya merely hypothesized Portuguese origin (and was wrong). It took a chauvinist Bengali writer Chitrita Banerjee to stake a formal Bengali claim to the rasagolla. Her book is so narrowly focussed on Bengali readership that she freely uses Bengali terms everywhere, making it difficult for non-Bengalis to read.
    FACT-9 Even if the Portuguese were to have introduced chhena to India (which is wrong), the timeline is enough for the Puri temple cooks to have picked it up and incorporated it into the temple cuisine.
    FACT-10 Rasagolla has been cooked in Salepur for one and a half centuries.
    CONCLUSION The Bengali story of Haradhan Moira and K C Das inventing rasagolla is a BIG FAT LIE!

  35. 37 mohan udiavar September 20, 2010 at 7:26 am

    The proof of the pudding is in eating. Can we know how the rassagolla is made, so that we can have a taste of the same

  36. 38 shah fazle yezdan September 27, 2010 at 4:13 pm

    dear sir,
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  37. 39 DR SAHOO(LUNAHAR November 16, 2010 at 6:18 pm

    iproudthat ibelong to

  38. 40 DR SAHOO(LUNAHAR) (DILU) November 16, 2010 at 6:25 pm

    I PROUDTHAT I BELONG TO LUNAHAR SALIPUR WHERE THIS ROSSGULLAS ARE MADE.IT IS DUE TO HARD WORKING OF NEIGHOURING VILLAGE OF SALIPUR. I HAVE STAYED IN GORAKHPUR(UTTAR PRADESH) SINCE 3 YEARS BUT ICANNOT FIND THIS TYPE OF SWEETIN OTHER PLACE.I FOND OF IT.

  39. 41 pinky December 27, 2010 at 8:14 am

    my mother is very like rassssssugulla

  40. 42 sumanta kumar das January 18, 2011 at 10:11 am

    my self sumanta kumar das ,now iam stay in surat in last 10 years.i am a superstockist of ORISSA”S FAMOUS RUCHI MASALA IN S
    SURAT in last one year i want to markting your product in surat. PLEASE GIVE ME THE DETAILS.

    • 43 Scooby Doo August 7, 2011 at 6:36 am

      It should be “I am Sumanta Kumar Das” instead of “Myself Sumanta Kumar Das”. Where did you go to school? Also this is not the place to look for business partners.

      Do check out this link:

      http://www.dailypioneer.com/358376/Rasgulla-has-its-origin-in-Jagannath-Temple-at-Puri.html

      It looks like the issue about rasgulla’s orgin has been settled in favour of us Oriyas. Rasgullas came from Orissa, not Bengal.

      • 44 Scooby Doo August 7, 2011 at 7:50 pm

        Rasagolla confirmed to be originated from Jagannath Temple at Puri

        Puri: A controversy over the origin of Rasagolla between Odisha and neighbouring West Bengal ended on a sweet note here on Wednesday.

        Rasgulla/Rasagolla, also known as Khirmohan in Odia, was prevalent in the Sri Jagannath Temple at Puri during the 13th century. This was confirmed by Prof Utpal Raychoudhury of the department of food technology and biochemical of the Jadavpur University.

        Delicious Rasgulla is a very popular cheese based, syrupy sweet dish. It is popular throughout India and other parts of South Asia.The dish is made from balls of chhena (an Indian cottage cheese) and semolina dough, cooked in sugar syrup.

        http://www.dainika.com/regional/rasagolla-confirmed-be-originated-jagannath-temple-puri

  41. 45 capt. sarbeswar May 3, 2011 at 11:40 pm

    salipur is the best place to stay.fill like town ship andliving style like villgers. really increadble. abt rasgullas uncompirable. no comment. presntly staying in aberdeen. scotland. missing my place and peoples.

  42. 48 Chandramani Behera July 19, 2011 at 11:26 am

    Kendrapara is the best place to stay.fill like town ship andliving style like villgers. really increadble. abt rasgullas uncompirable. no comment. presntly staying in aberdeen. scotland. missing my place and peoples.
    Thanks For
    Chandramani Behera

  43. 49 ASUSKuniS August 12, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    FACT-1 The Hindu female deity Lakshmi is served rasagollas on the last day of the annual Rath Jatra festival at Puri in the 600+ year old tradition called “Niladri Bijay”.FACT-2 The word cheese is derived from Latin Caseus that comes from Sanskrit Kaasi indicating that chhena was made in India in ancient times.FACT-3 Even in the rest of Bengal, outside Kolkata, it is the larger, browner Oriya version of rasagolla that is prepared. The K. C. Das/Ganguram chewy “sponge” rasagolla is confined only to Kolkata.FACT-4 The only Portuguese cheese in Kolkata is the “Bandel cheese” which is very salty and smoked. It is available in New Market, and Anglo-Indians usually buy it. It is totally different from sweet chhena dishes.FACT-5 Even the Bengali dish Sondesh predates the arrival of the Portuguese.FACT-6 All true Portuguese origin dishes – “Bibenca”, “Vindaloo” (Vin de Alho in portuguese), “Kaju” (Caju in Portuguese.), Batata (Batata in Portuguese), have Portuguese sounding names. But “chhena” does not sound remotely like the Portuguese Queijo.FACT-7 The Portuguese arrived in Baleshwar, Orissa at the same time as Bengal.FACT-8 Even KT Achaya merely hypothesized Portuguese origin (and was wrong). It took a chauvinist Bengali writer Chitrita Banerjee to stake a formal Bengali claim to the rasagolla. Her book is so narrowly focussed on Bengali readership that she freely uses Bengali terms everywhere, making it difficult for non-Bengalis to even read.FACT-9 Even if the Portuguese were to have introduced chhena to India (which is wrong), the timeline is enough for the Puri temple cooks to have picked it up and incorporated it into the temple cuisine.
    FACT-10 Milk curdling from whey was done way back in 12th century India (See P. Arundhati’s book,” The Royal Life in Manasollasa,”, Sundeep Prakashan, 1994.)FACT-11 Rasagolla is made from whey-curdled milk. Even if KT Achaya was correct, the Portuguese would simply have shown Bengalis how to curdle milk from acid. It has no bearing on the history of rasagolla.
    CONCLUSION The Bengali story of Haradhan Moira and K C Das inventing rasagolla is DEAD WRONG.

  44. 50 Chinmay September 9, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    My favourite…

  45. 51 DURONTO EXPRESS January 1, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    Famous Hindu mathematicians, poets, and philosophers:
    Aryabhatta (Kerala), Aryabhatta (Bihar), Bhaskara (Andhra), Brahmagupta (Gujarat), Susruta (North), Panini (Punjab), Kalidas (MP), Tansen (MP), Baiju Bawra (MP), Jayadeva (Orissa), Guru Nanak (Punjab), Buddha (Bihar), Mahavira (Bihar), Vatsyayana (Gujarat), Kabir (UP), Amir Khusrau (MP), Ramanuja (Tamil Nadu), Adi Shankara (Kerala), Mirabai (Rajasthan).

    NOT EVEN ONE FAMOUS BENGALI!

    Famous Indian kings and emperors:
    Ashoka (Bihar), Chandragupta Maurya (Bihar), Samudragupta (UP), Bimbisara (Bihar), Raja Raja Chola (Tamil), Akbar (Delhi), Krishna Deva Raya (Karnataka), Tipu Sultan (Andhra), Shivaji (Maharashtra), Kanishka (North India), Prithviraj Chauhan (Rajasthan), Vikramaditya (MP), Rani Lakshmibai of Jhansi (MP), Rajendra Chola (Tamil), Zamorin (Kerala), Ranjit Singh (Punjab).

    NOT EVEN ONE PROMINENT MONARCH FROM BENGAL!

    Famous Indian battlegrounds:
    Kurukshetra (Haryana), Panipat (Haryana), Haldi Ghati (Rajasthan), Pataliputra (Bihar), Puru-Alexander (Punjab), Vijayanagar-Bahmani (Andhra-Karnataka), Ashoka-Kalinga (Orissa).

    NOT ONE SITE IN BENGAL!

    Ancient Indian religious and philosophical centers:
    Varanasi (UP), Tirupati (Tamil Nadu), Haridwar (Uttarakhand), Nashik (Maharashtra), Ujjain (MP), Dwarka (Gujarat), Puri (Orissa), Prayag (UP), Mathura (UP), Ayodhya (UP).

    BUT NOT A SINGLE ANCIENT CITY FROM BENGAL!

    Classical Dances in India:
    Bharatanatyam (Tamil), Odissi (Orissa), Kuchipudi (Andhra), Manipuri (North East), Mohiniaattam (Kerala), Sattriya (Assam), Kathakali (Kerala), Kathak (Hindi states).

    BUT NOT A SINGLE CLASSICAL DANCE FROM BENGAL!

    Ancient UNESCO world heritage sites:
    Mahabodhi (Bihar), Hampi (Karnataka), Ellora (Maharashtra), Ajanta (Maharashtra), Mahabalipuram (Tamil Nadu), Konarak (Orissa), Khajuraho (MP).

    Medieval UNESCO world heritage sites:
    Qutb Minar (Delhi), Taj Mahal (UP), Red Fort (Delhi).

    Majestic palaces and forts:
    Lake palace, Udaipur (Rajasthan), Amber Fort (Rajasthan), Gwalior Fort (MP), Hawa Mahal (Rajasthan), Jantar Mantar (Delhi, Jaipur).

    Ancient universities and monasteries:
    Nalanda (Bihar), Taxila (Punjab/Pak), Ratnagiri (Orissa), Sanchi Stupa (MP), Vikramashila (Bihar).

    BUT NOT A SINGLE MONUMENT IN BENGAL!

    Bengalis are 15-20% of the entire population of South Asia. Yet they accomplished NOTHING until the British came and gifted them with Kolkata city and modern education. These Bengali macaques profited from British invasion when the rest of India was ruined.

    All Kolkata monuments are British gifts: Victoria memorial, Howrah bridge, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Esplanade, etc. All the Bengali wimps did was to cover them up with a ton of paan spit and urine.

    Tagore, Bankim Chatterjee, Jagdish Bose – all a result of sycophancy towards the British. British ass-licker Tagore wrote Jana Gana Mana only to kowtow to the British overlords. The only truly “patriotic” poem he wrote was for ANOTHER country (Bangladesh). The rest of the Bengali chimpanzee “freedom fighters” were only motivated after the partition of Bengal (i.e. parochial, not national reasons). They hadn’t raised a finger during 1857 when Mangal Pandey of Gorakhpur, UP led the uprising in Kolkata.

    Now that the British are gone, all these ugly, dark, commie monkeys like Kamonasish Aayush Mazumdar manage to do it convert Kolkata into a garbage-ridden, stinking shithole and STEAL CREDIT FROM OTHER STATES, like claiming that Tansen was Bengali!

    So Kamonasish Aayush Mazumdar, you useless, bragging, Bengali bastard, where the hell have you disappeared? Wherever you’re hiding don’t ever forget your official Bengali status within India: you are well beneath the rest of us civilised Indians. You belong right at the bottom of the national pecking order.

  46. 52 Buna May 8, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    I very much like Salepur Rasogola. Now its for my dream.Bcoz i staye 300 kms from salepur.

  47. 53 tbezpkobt May 27, 2013 at 4:36 am

    LIES, DAMN LIES & NOBIN DAS!

    According to the K. C. Das website itself, friends of this supposed culinary Einstein advised him to patent his famous creation, the rasgulla.

    According the website:
    Contrary to the advice of his friends and admirers to take out patents, he taught the intricacies of Rossogolla-making to numerous sweetmeat makers.”

    Except that there was no patent law in India those days! The first ever legislation to protect intellectual property law had just been introduced in India! It was Act VI of 1856 on Protection of Inventions. It granted “exclusive privileges” to the inventor. The legislation was designed only to safeguard British colonial interests. Not surprisingly, the first petition was filed by an Englishman – a certain civil engineer by the name of George Alfred DePenning for his invention, “An Efficient Punkah Pulling Machine”. Mr. Pennington went on to file the second and the fourth petitions too.

    The first real patent law enacted in India was the Indian Patents and Designs Act 1911. Even this law was to safeguard British colonial interests and not meant to protect Indian inventors. Following independence, the government of India enacted the first truly Indian patent act, the Indian Patents Act of 1970. This was the first patent law designed to protect the likes of Indian inventors such as Nobin Das. It was a century after the K C Das website claims Nobin Das tried to patent the rasgulla.

    To claim that way back in 1858, Nobin Das & Co. thought about patenting the rasgulla proves that the entire story is a load of PURE, UNADULTERATED BULLCRAP!

  48. 54 simmi July 5, 2013 at 8:39 am

    want to know the salepur rasgulla receipee

  49. 55 Shaikh neamatullah July 6, 2013 at 4:22 am

    “Actually i m the residence of sungra in this locality..really from my birtg till today i know kar rasagola and later on know pahal rasagola from 2009…this is the dif. Between kar n others.now the almost all the people send the packet ras. To their relatives live in abroad.


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