Rasgulla: West Bengal gets GI Status over Odisha for Rosogolla

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Odisha made a claim on September 19 when West Bengal filed an application for the GI tag. In order to function as a GI, a sign must identify a product as originating in a given place.

Further clarifying the matter over claiming of Indian sweet desert, the Bengal government officials had said that they wanted the geographical indication tag to protect the identity of their Rasogolla as their product was different from that of Odisha in terms of colour, texture, taste, juice content and also on the difference between the manufacturing process of it.

The legend goes that it took years for Nobin Chandra Das to hone his recipe for a new dessert and the result was a pristinely white, perfectly spherical, and delectably juicy rosogolla that is now a part of every festivity and celebrations in West Bengal. "We are very happy and proud that #Bengal has been granted GI. status for Rosogolla", Banerjee tweeted.

"On the location of Rosogolla Bhawan stood the sweet-meat shop run by Nabin Chandra Das".

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The Odisha government set up three committees to look into the evidence regarding the origin of rosogolla in Odisha.

"Sweet news for us all". While Odisha never approached the Registry for the GI tag, it has been making claims of ownership over the sweet. We are all so happy. The battle over rasgulla between Odisha and West Bengal going since two years and finally, it is settled under the GI Act.

The development comes mere days after a minister from the state had apparently said it would drag Odisha - the other state who lays claim to what it calls Rasagola - to court in order to get recognised as the birthplace of this delicious food item. Now West Bengal got the GI status for rasgulla.

Bengal broke out into celebration mode with news of Rosogolla having made it to the GI.