Rosogolla Belongs To Bengal, Not Odisha


West Bengal on 14th November 2017 won the long bitter battle over Rosgulla as Geographical Indications (GI), a Chennai-based Registry announced that one of India's signature candies originated in the state and not Odisha. He was trying to come up with a new sweet for a number of years before he came up with it , As Reported By Hindustan Times. "We are very happy and proud that #Bengal has been granted GI. status for Rosogolla", Banerjee tweeted.

The Geographical Indications (GI) registry on Tuesday announced that the rosogolla originated in West Bengal and not in Odisha.

There was a tussle between West Bengal and Odisha over the invention of Rosgulla for many years. The Odisha government previously in 2016 had formed a committee to claim that the spongy Indian desert had its roots in Odisha.

Similarly, the Tamil Nadu Handicrafts Development Corporation had applied (number 426) on May 31, 2013 seeking the GI tag status for Mamallapuram stone sculptures.

Odisha had claimed that the sweet originated in the Jagannath Temple of Puri and has been around since the 12th century.

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

State Food Processing Minister Abdur Rezzak Mollah expressed his "happiness and relief" and recalled the state had earlier secured the GI tag for "Joynagarer Moa", a mouth-watering winter snack made of puffed rice and palm jaggery.

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However, Odisha had claimed that 600 years ago they had Rosgulla. However the strongest contender remains the Mishti Doi (sweet curd) of West Bengal. A GI tag means that Rasgulla from only a specific place has been recognised, and Odisha may argue that this has no bearing on history of the Rasgola - formerly Kheermohan - that has apparently been served up as a divine offering for centuries.