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With a long coastline along the Bay of Bengal, the eastern state of Odisha is known for its old temples built by kings and emperors. With a milder cuisine than most of India, the use of mustard oil and spices is light and delicate. Kolkata in West Bengal used to be the capital of colonial India and is well known for its rich seafood cuisine using mustard oil, jaggery and warm spices. Bengal is also sugar was first turned into sugarcane and where sweets originated in India. West Bengal is home to more sweetshops than any other state in India.