Scenes from India: East

The eastern Indian states are home to fruitful plains riddled with waterways. After monsoon season, fields are blanketed with mustard flowers, whose seeds yield pungent cooking oil; gardens burst with vegetables. Where the Ganges flows into the Bay of Bengal, freshwater fish and rice are at the foundation of the cuisine; farther south, hundreds of miles of coastline yield shrimp and other seafood. The people and urban scenes of east India are equally distinct; see all the scenes of the region here, as captured by SAVEUR photographers.
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Cooks at the kitchen at Jagganath Temple in Puri, Odisha.James Roper
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Produce for sale at a market in Bhubaneshwar, Odisha.James Roper
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Customers seek relief from the heat with caramel lassis at Lingeraj Lassi shop in Bhubaneshwar, Odisha.James Roper
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A family in Vindhn, a village in Odisha.James Roper
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A home cook in Bhubaneshwar, Odisha uses a sil-batta, rolling the cylindrical batta grinding stone across the flat sil to crush garlic, chiles, and spices.James Roper
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Shrimp for sale at a market in Bhubaneshwar, Odisha.James Roper
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A dish of spiced fish cooked in banana leaves prepared by Mahua Maharana, a home cook in Bhubaneshwar, Odisha.James Roper
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Book stall near Presidency College in Calcutta.Kelly Campbell
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In Megha, a village in the southeastern part of Odisha state, farmers harvest green eggplant.James Roper
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A woman in Megha, Odisha.James Roper
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A vendor crushes stalks to make sugar cane juice in Calcutta.Kelly Campbell
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Pintu Roy, a sweets maker, makes peraki, crunchy turnovers stuffed with date palm sugar, in his village in West Bengal.Kelly Campbell
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Pantua, cottage cheese–based sweets, are tossed into the air to help them brown evenly as they fry in oil.Kelly Campbell
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Neighborhood children line up for savory snacks and mishti, Bengali milk-based sweets from Pintu Roy, a sweetsmaker in the village of Santiniketan, West Bengal.Kelly Campbell
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An elaborate thali at the Taj Bengal Hotel in Calcutta.Kelly Campbell
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Fried snacks, or chaat, for sale in Calcutta.Kelly Campbell
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A vendor in Pondicherry.Kelly Campbell
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A waiter at the India Coffee House near Presidency College, Calcutta.Kelly Campbell