Published: Tue, November 14, 2017
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Rasgulla belongs to West Bengal, not Odisha

Rasgulla belongs to West Bengal, not Odisha

Rasgulla Originated from West Bengal: There occurs a case for more than two years for the most famous sweet Rasgulla about its origin between West Bengal and Odisha.

The move is a sweet victory over the State of Odisha, which has staked claim to have "invented" rasagola years ago, associating it with a centuries old ritual of Lord Jagannath.

West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee confirmed this "sweet news" following Tuesday's update. "We are very happy and proud that #Bengal has been granted GI ( Geographical Indication) status for Rosogolla [sic]", she wrote on Twitter.

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. Finally success came in the form of the Rosogolla in 1868.

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


While it seems that Bengal has won, the GI tag benefits for a ubiquitous sweet like rosogulla overall appear marginal and the battle at least in part being about stoked regional sentiments as it is neither a prominent export product nor will its legally-affixed place of origin necessarily alter its prized qualities for a food taster.

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

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.

Earlier candies like Sitabhog and Mihidana of Burdwan along with Mowa from Joynagar were accorded the GI tag from Bengal. The size of the mouth watering, spongy, white or half white syrupy dessert made of pure chhana dumpings varies from 3.7 to 6.2 cm and is in a ball like shape, says the description.

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