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West Bengal seeks GI tag only for Bengal Rasogolla

Amidst a tussle with Odisha over the origin of the famous sweetmeat ‘Rasgulla’, West Bengal has clarified that they are not seeking claim over the dessert but only over ‘Rasogolla’, a particular variety prepared in the state.

West Bengal seeks GI tag only for Bengal Rasogolla
The Rasogolla variant that is made in West Bengal


Officials of the state science and technology department has clarified that they have sought Geographical Indications (GI) tag only for ‘Rasogolla’.

“There is no conflict with Odisha. What we want is to protect the identity of our Rasogolla. Their product is different from ours both in colour, texture, taste, juice content and method of manufacturing,” an official told PTI . In a recent letter to the Geographical Indications Registry office in Chennai, the state department of food processing industries and horticulture said the way the dessert is made in the state is different from that of other states.

“The preparation of light sugar syrup is unique and it contributes towards the taste of Rasogolla. Light syrup adds to the unique mouth-filling characteristic which is traditional in nature and well documented in different books unlike other similar products,” the letter said, adding the quality of the dessert from West Bengal is unique. Even during its original application before the Intellectual Property office last year, the state government had sought the GI tag on what they call as ‘Banglar Rasogolla’ (Bengal’s Rasgulla).

“For example we have Darjeeling Tea and Himachal has Kangra Tea. Both are tea but the taste is different. Both can have GI tags,” officials said. Odisha has claimed that the sweetmeat originated from the Jagannath Temple in Puri, where it is a part of the religious rituals since the 12th century. Odisha calls it ‘Pahala Rasgulla’. 

In West Bengal, confectioner Nobin Chandra Das is widely known as the one, who created Rasgulla in the 1860s. 

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