The state government on Wednesday started examining a 150-page report submitted by a researcher providing documentary evidences showing that rasgulla originated in Odisha.
“We had appealed to researchers to share documents with evidence of origin of rasgulla in Odisha. With the report in hand we are hopeful of getting the GI tag for the age-old sweet,” said science and technology minister Pradeep Panigrahy.
An edition of Dandi Ramayan in which rasgulla has been mentioned is there in Kedarnath Gabeshana Pratisthan in the city. Even the ‘Madala Panji’, a chronicle of the Jagannath temple, mentions it. Rasgulla has been mentioned in Odia literature before 1893 while there is no mention of such sweet in any Bengali literature before 1896. There are several evidences that the sweet dish originated in Odisha and not in West Bengal, said researcher on Jagannath Cult Asit Mohanty, who submitted the report.