Royal Bengal Roshogolla

On 14th November, Chennal-based GI Registry declared that the origins of luscious roshogolla to be attributed to West Bengal, as opposed to Orissa. The officials of the GI Registry stated that roshogolla is a creation of Bengal and not in any way of Orissa.

Roshogolla, otherwise also known as sweet cottage cheese balls soaked in sugar syrup has long been one of the favourite desserts in India and abroad.

Despite Bengalis being forever assigned to the stereotype of Roshogolla, fish lovers and intellectuals; Orissa also claimed the origins of roshogolla. The Orissa government previously in 2016 had formed a committee to claim that the spongy Bengal dessert had its roots in Orissa.

According to reports, in September 2015, Bengal Government officials had also written to the Geographical Indications Registry Office in Chennai seeking official seal of the roshogolla belonging to Bengal.

Mamata Banerjee, the Chief Minister of West Bengal, welcomed the decision in a Twitter post where she wrote “sweet news for us all. We are very happy and proud that #Bengal has been granted GI (Geographical Indication) status for Rosogolla”.

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