Mrunal Manmay Dash

Turning the pages of history and discovering marvels can take you on a joyride that can only be felt through the heart. And a hotel in the heart of the City of Joy provides visitors an exact joyride that an Odia will find hard to forget.

An Odia hotel in Kolkata that has been there since pre-independence is tingling the culinary taste buds of many Odias and Bengalis at the same time.

The Swadhin Bharat Hindu Hotel in Kolkata has been serving mouth-watering Odia delicacies since 120 years. The name might seem to be a bit patriotic and nationalistic, but it has a reason behind it.

Prawn Curry At Swadhin Bharat Hindu HotelPrawn Curry At Swadhin Bharat Hindu Hotel

As per reports, Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose and Khudiram Bose were among the freedom fighters who graced the place to satiate their culinary cravings and if reports are to be believed, they probably discussed a roadmap to uproot British rule from India sitting at the hotel as well. So in a sense, the hotel is a testament to the freedom struggle of India too.

Speaking to OTV, the owner of the hotel Arunanshu Panda said, “My grandfather started this hotel in 1912, but the business was officially registered in 1927. He (Grandfather) came to Kolkata from Odisha for some work. And during his stay here, he started this hotel.”

“After my grandfather, his three sons including my father took the business ahead. And now it is my turn to continue their legacy. It was my grandfather’s honesty and his ideology that has successfully sustained this business for three generations,” he added.

Customers Having A Sumptuous Meal At HotelCustomers Having A Sumptuous Meal At Hotel

Though doing business in Kolkata, the hotel has kept its Odia origin and heritage intact by recruiting Odia waiters and cooks who serve delicacies which are second to none.

The dishes include, Ground Fish Head Curry (Chencheda), Malabar Spinach Chencheda, Spinach Chadchadi, Mango pickle with jaggery (Amba Khata), brinjal fry, pointed gourd fry, Fish egg fry, Chital fish chop, prawn curry, and many more.

Chital Fish Chop At The HotelChital Fish Chop At The Hotel

With more than 120 years in business, this hotel is surely serving some really delicious food to make the visitors and customers return to that hotel again and again