A Bengali meal is never complete without an assortment of dishes served in small bowls along with a plate of steamed rice. Imagine my shock when I moved to Delhi and learnt that ‘dal-chawal’ is a meal. Would it kill to serve some piping hot fried fish with it? Or even the most basic ‘aloo bhaja’ (potato crispers)? As a Bengali, I love my fried snacks just as much as I love the fish and the rice. And no, I don’t count my calories while I devour the oil drenched fritters.

When it comes to fried snacks, the Bengali cuisine has a lot to offer. From pakoras to chops to even cutlets, you will be spoilt for choice walking down the rusty lanes of north Kolkata. Here are a few recipes of Bengali fried snacks that you could try at home.