Tuesday, 18 December, 2018

Rasgulla: West Bengal gets GI Status over Odisha for Rosogolla

Odisha and Bengal have been locked in a bitter fight over the GI registration of rosogolla since 2015 Odisha and Bengal have been locked in a bitter fight over the GI registration of rosogolla since 2015
Melinda Barton | 14 November, 2017, 15:52

In West Bengal it is widely believed that renowned sweet-maker Nabin Chandra Das created the sweet dessert in the year 1868.

Chief Minister Mamta Banerjee has said that her state has granted Geographical Indication status for the sweet Rasgulla today. "It has been settled under the GI Act that authenticates a product relating to either a geographical location, or community or society".

West Bengal has finally emerged victorious in the two and a half year battle against Odisha for the Geographical Indication (GI) tag for the origin of Rosogolla.

Countering Odisha's claim, the Bengal government applied for GI tag for the sweet, asserting there was "ample" documentary evidence to prove the sweet belongs to Bengal. The Bhawan is located at Rabindra Sarani, Bagbazar in North Kolkata.

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". However, writing about this news has definitely made our mouths water for the delectable sweet and we're sure you're going to visit your local sweet shop for some mouth watering rosogullas soon, isn't it?

The GI authorities in Chennai ruled that West Bengal is the origin of the sweet.

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

Food processing Minister of the state, Abdur Rezzak Mollah talking to media said, "Happy and relieved".

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

Which products can get GI tag?

Odisha sought GI status for the exquisite "Pahala Rasagola" located on the National Highway No. 5 between Bhubaneswar and Cuttack.