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  • Made from cow's milk

  • Country of origin: India

  • Region: West Bengal

  • Family: Cottage

  • Type: semi-soft, artisan

  • Texture: crumbly

  • Rind: rindless

  • Flavour: salty, smokey , strong

  • Aroma: strong

  • Vegetarian: yes

  • Alternative spellings: Bandel

Bandal or Bandel is an Asian cheese originating in a same-named Portuguese colony located in eastern India. It is made by separating the curds from the whey with lemon juice. It is then moulded and drained in small baskets and smoked. Prepared using cow’s milk, the cheese-making tradition traces its history back to the arrival of the Portuguese. Today, the production is concentrated in the villages of Tarakeshwar and Bishnupur and Kolkata in India.

The cheese is known for its dry, crumbly and smoky flavour. Also, it is highly aromatic and fresh, it is sold in circular flats straight away after production.

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