West Bengal wins battle of Rosogolla


The West Bengal government took help from Das family and other sweet makers and applied for a patent on Rosogolla. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee announced the development on Twitter, calling it "sweet news for us all". 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.

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As per the reports, From 2015 Odisha and West Bengal indulge into the bitter fight over the GI registration of rosogolla.

Das, known as the "Columbus of rosogolla", was a resident of Bagbazar in north Kolkata. Their key argument was that the Bengalis learnt how to make the chhena - the cottage cheese which is the chief ingredient of rosogulla - from the Portuguese and were the first to experiment with it for their candies.

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Das's son Krishna Chandra (1869-1934) expanded the business his father set up and is credited with the invention of another popular sweet "rosomalai". Finally success came in the form of the Rosogolla in 1868. Now with this Geographical Indication now rosogolla belongs to Bengal, not Odisha.

Food processing Minister of the state, Abdur Rezzak Mollah talking to media said, "Happy and relieved". The Mowa is a winter delicacy made of puffed rice and date-palm jaggery with origins in Joynagar, West Bengal.

It is this kind of Rasagolla that has received the GI tag. Bengal's rosogolla is off white and spherical in shape. 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. However, in its original application to the GI, West Bengal had sought the GI tag on what they call it as "Banglar Rasogolla" (Bengal's Rasgulla). However the strongest contender remains the Mishti Doi (sweet curd) of West Bengal.

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