Rare west Bengal restaurant opens in Ditmas Park
The city has few restaurants that serve the food of West Bengal, India, just across the border from Bangladesh. That’s one reason why Jalsa Grill & Gravy became popular when it opened at 964 Coney Island Ave. in Ditmas Park, a neighborhood with many Pakistani and Afghani immigrants.
Owner Nowshin Ali lived in Kolkota, the capital of West Bengal, and grew up in Uttar Pradesh, according to Eater. Among the West Bengali dishes are chaat (a savory snack usually sold at food stalls or at carts) containing slices of eggplant fried in chickpea flour and dusted with shredded coconut; a buttered shrimp dish in creamy pink gravy accompanied by chickpeas; and a biryani, or mixed rice dish with chicken.
The owner, Nowshin Ali, also runs an after-school tutoring program and is planning to open a women’s center, Eater reported.
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