Pinaki Sarkar  

StreetSide Food at Kolkata, India. : Phuchka by Pinaki Sarkar

June 2022 - StreetSide Food at Kolkata, India. : Phuchka

About the Image(s)

NIKON Z7II, f/2.8, ISO 1600, 31mm ,Metering Pattern. 1/250 sec
Cropped and processed through Lightroom


Gupchup consists of a round hollow puri (a deep-fried crisp flatbread), filled with a mixture of flavored water (known as imli pani), tamarind chutney, chili powder, chaat masala, potato mash, onion, or chickpeas.[

Phuchka (or fuska or puska) differs from panipuri in content and taste. It uses spiced mashed potatoes as the filling. It is tangy rather than sweetish while the water is sour and spicy.

The wik link for the food is as follows....

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6 comments posted

Tom Tauber   Tom Tauber
Pinaki, thank you for the detailed description of the food and its names. The food in India, including the street food, is terrific, and I have many fond memories of it. I like the composition of your photograph. The red basin on the lower left and the red box on the upper right form a strong diagonal counterpoint. The inscription is inscrutable to Americans but provides an interesting graphic element.   Posted: 06/13/2022 14:58:58
Pinaki Sarkar   Pinaki Sarkar
Thank You Very Much.

Just a note: Many Americans do know that language, even many Americans who have European Origin. So really inscriptions 'is inscrutable to Americans' may not be true.   Posted: 06/13/2022 16:23:33

Dr. Isaac Vaisman   Dr. Isaac Vaisman
(Group 4)
Pinaki, perfect street and photo travel image. The vendor was not very happy from getting his picture taken. It is a busy background and the light in the front of the bus is distracting but unavoidable, but still represents a culture and a place. The image is sharp. I have learn some about Indian food   Posted: 06/17/2022 09:22:35

Carolyn Todd-Larson   Carolyn Todd-Larson
I think this is a great photo travel image. The expression on the man's face is priceless. I like the busy-ness of the photo. It is, after all, Kolkata, so it adds to the atmosphere. Thanks for the background info.   Posted: 06/19/2022 19:49:47

John Larson   John Larson
This image tells me a lot about the culture in Kolkata and definitely fits the Photo Travel definition. I only wish he was not looking directly at the camera. His look suggests that he is posing and makes it difficult for judges to make sure this is not a set-up. I work very hard on my images to catch a moment when the subject is looking away.   Posted: 06/23/2022 11:02:52

Phyllis Peterson   Phyllis Peterson
The street vendor at Kolkata is an interesting travel image. What I like about it is that the composition is very well done. You have captured the vendor at a slight angle but everything that is important is included and not clipped. Such as the table with the writing, the glass box on the top, the entire person and even the red bowl to the left.
Well done.   Posted: 06/28/2022 17:13:49