Published: Tue, November 14, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Rosogolla belongs to Bengal; state defeats Odisha

Rosogolla belongs to Bengal; state defeats Odisha

The legend goes that it took years for Nobin Chandra Das to hone his recipe for a new dessert and the result was a pristinely white, perfectly spherical, and delectably juicy rosogolla that is now a part of every festivity and celebrations in West Bengal.

Chief Minister Mamta Banerjee has said that her state has granted Geographical Indication status for the sweet Rasgulla today. Fortunately for the sweet as well as for all its lovers West Bengal won the legal battle and was granted the GI or the Geographical Indication status for the sweet.

While the issue to claim the origination of the sweet desert continued, Bengal government officials according to reports had said that the administration only wished for a tag known as Geographical Indications (GI) to be given to a local variety of Rasgulla called "Banglar Rasogolla".

Odisha has been claiming that Rasagola originated in the state and it was offered at Sri Jagannath Temple as well. The Bhawan is located at Rabindra Sarani, Bagbazar in North Kolkata.

In 2015 Odisha's Science and Technology Minister Pradip Kumar Panigrahi told media that committees had been set up to trace the origin of the sweet. He started experimenting trying to make a new sweet from 1864.

"On the location of Rosogolla Bhawan stood the sweet-meat shop run by Nabin Chandra Das".

Earlier candies like Sitabhog and Mihidana of Burdwan along with Mowa from Joynagar were accorded the GI tag from Bengal.

Also Read: Bengal wins the battle of the "Rosogolla", people react!

Other products that recently got the elite GI tag include Etikoppaka toys from Andhra Pradesh, Gobindobhog rice from West Bengal, Basmati rice from Madhya Pradesh and Banganapalle Mango of Andhra Pradesh.

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