It's official! Rasgulla is from Bengal, not Odisha


It's official! Rasgulla is from Bengal, not Odisha

The use of a geographical indication may act as a certification that the product possesses certain qualities, is made according to traditional methods, or enjoys a certain reputation, due to its geographical origin.

A geographical indication (GI) is a name or sign used on products which corresponds to a specific geographical location or origin (e.g. a town, region, or country).

Odisha has planned to continue with the battle. Also mentioned is a reference within the ancient Odia dictionary "Purnachandra Bhasakosha" to a cheese sweet in jaggery syrup.

"We will scrutinize the GI order".

This marked an end to a tug of war between West Bengal and Odisha over origin of the syrupy sweet.

However, Odisha had claimed that 600 years ago they had Rosgulla.

Countering Odisha's claim, the Bengal government applied for GI tag for the sweet, asserting there was "ample" documentary evidence to prove the sweet belongs to Bengal. Its ancestor was "Kheer Mohana", which later evolved as "Pahala Rasagolla". However, both Indian states, Odisha and Bengal variously claimed that the origination of this sweet dish.

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said on Tuesday that her state had been granted GI or the Geographical Indication status for the sweet. The Bhawan is located at Rabindra Sarani, Bagbazar in North Kolkata. He started experimenting trying to make a new sweet from 1864.

Meanwhile, the Mohanty committee's final report in May 2016 quoted many historical Odia texts that were written well before 1868 and contained description of a similar sounding sweet as temple offering. We are all so happy.

The Geographical Identification authorities ruled out today that it is Bengal where the popular rosogolla originated.

However this is not the first sweet battle that Bengal has fought.

The development comes mere days after a minister from the state had apparently said it would drag Odisha - the other state who lays claim to what it calls Rasagola - to court in order to get recognised as the birthplace of this delicious food item. The Mowa is a winter delicacy made of puffed rice and date-palm jaggery with origins in Joynagar, West Bengal.

What is a GI tag?

People of Bengal who are known to take their candies very seriously made a beeline for the sweet shops specially KC Das to renew their sweet affair with this iconic sweet. Darjeeling tea, for instance, has a GI tag for the tea produced exclusively in Darjeeling's tea gardens, as does Champagne for a specific bubbly produced in Champagne, France - all the rest simply being "Sparkling Wines".

In the list are Chana Bora of Baharampur, Murshidabad; Kheeerer Pantuwa of Katwa of East Burdwan along with Pantua and Kancha Golla of Ranaghat, Nadia district.