Kolkata, Jul 27: 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.
Officials of the state science and technology department has clarified that they have sought Geographical Indications (GI) tag only for 'Rasogolla'.
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-fill 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 it 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.