Bengalis can't imagine celebrating a festival or a special occasion without the sweet, soft and plump rasgulla. So they created a special day just to celebrate their favourite sweet delicacy.
However, rasgulla which is extremely popular in Odisha as well became a matter of contention between the two states as both the parties claimed for the ownership of this iconic dessert.
In the historical documents archived by the Bengal government, it is clearly stated that the rasgulla was prepared for the first time in 1868 by an expert cook named Nabeen Chandradas. However, Pradeepkumar Panigrahi, the minister for science and technology, in 2015, claimed that the Odia people have been cooking rasgulla for the last 600 years. He even announced the formation of a special committee to prove his claims. A detailed investigation was conducted and as per the Geographical Indication Act (GI) Bengal was declared as the place of origin of the famous rasgulla. These days, tinned rasgullas are easily available in bakeries and super markets.
Here's a simple rasgulla recipe you can try at home.