Bhubaneswar: It isn’t always so much approximately the completely happy flavor of this broadly popular sweet dumpling as it’s far about the local delight attached to it through distinctive feature of its ancestry that is disputed enough to bring humans of two neighboring states — Odisha and West Bengal — at the verge of verbal wars.
Known to date in varying spellings, inclusive of rasagola, rasogolla, and rasgulla across the world, the syrupy dessert made and relished in Odisha has now been granted the Geographical Indication (GI) tag. The honor that Geographical Indication Registry (GIR), a Chennai-primarily based corporation of the central authorities, accorded to the sweet dish on Monday is for ‘Odisha Rasagola.
.’This popularity, which unfolds waves of jubilation throughout the coastal country, got here barely two weeks after locals celebrated the fifth ‘Rasagola Divas’ on the stop of Lord Jagannath’s Rath Yatra and 8 months after GIR granted a comparable reputation to ‘Banglar Rasogolla.’
Hence, the spelling of the call on the packaging material now matters extra than ever. If it is spelled ‘rasagola,’ just as people in Odisha pronounce it, it is licensed to was made in Odisha. The different spelling, ‘rasogolla,’ that’s how Bengalis pronounce it could suggest that the sweet dish has been made in West Bengal.
Apart from spelling, the two types of the equal candy dumpling range in shade, texture, and the sound they produce – or do no longer – even as being eaten.
“The variety made in West Bengal, which got GI tag in November 2017, is white and spongy. The Odisha range is both brown or white and is extraordinarily soft,” said journalist and author Asit Mohanty, whose studies helped establish that the sweet dumpling had a miles longer ancestry in Odisha.
The texture of the sweet dumpling is a vital differentiator between the 2 types. “Those who’ve tasted the Bengal rasogolla know it must be chewed. The chewing makes a squelching sound, which turned into as soon as described using (mythical Odia dramatist) Gopal Chotray as a ‘Khar Khar’ sound. But Odisha rasagola is so tender that it melts in the mouth with only a little stress,” said Mohanty.
Entrepreneur Anita Sabat, who had commenced a social media campaign maintaining rasagola’s Odia foundation in 2015 after a dispute arose with West Bengal, turned into thrilled about the brand new reputation.
“This is truly a glorious day for Odisha. I sense proud for being one of the many that labored for this reputation,” said Sabat, who had spearheaded the birthday party of ‘Niladri Bije’ day as ‘Rasagola Divasa’ on social media that 12 months.
“It is now time that Odisha’s sweets-makers retained the qualitative distinction of rasagola and started out advertising it across us of a and the sector. Branding of Odisha’s particular rasagola might quickly set up its recognition and commercial achievement ways bigger than its Bengali cousin,” stated Akshaya Kumar Lenka, president of Pahala Sweets Traders Association.
With rasogolla being referred to as a quintessential Bengali delicacy, the West Bengal government had claimed in 2015 that it originated in that kingdom in the 19th Century. According to the authorities and scholars, it turned into created via famend sweetmeat-maker Nabin Chandra Das in 1868.
However, lifestyle scholars like Mohanty, who had been part of the three committees shaped by way of the Odisha authorities, delved into ancient Odia and Sanskrit texts to discover that rasagola and comparable candies made with cottage cheese (chhena) become indeed used at Lord Jagannath’s temple as far lower back as the twelfth century.
The Record of Rights of the world-famous temple says rasagola became supplied by way of the Lord to his spouse, Goddess Lakshmi, at some point of the age-antique ritual of ‘Niladri Bije.’
Besides, as Mohanty determined, the word ‘rasagola’ is cited in the 15th-Century Odia epic ‘Dandi Ramayan,’ written with Balaram Das’ aid. This epic describes the story of Ramayana, which has become popular in numerous elements of the united states of America after Tulsi Das wrote ‘Ram Charita Manasa’ within the 16th Century.