It’s cheap, it’s finger licking good, and it’s available on the streets nearest to your place. Yes! We’re talking about street food. Mouth watering already? Wait till you go through the article.
India boasts of as many street food varieties as the number of diverse cultures that inhabit the country. Every region has its own specialty when it comes to street food. Street food is tasty, affordable and highly famous among kids and adults alike. No wonder Indian street food market is a thriving one. Presenting before you a list of lip smacking street foods that you must try before you die-
1. Paraanthe with Ghee/Curd/Butter
A staple North Indian breakfast, paraanthe are flour rotis stuffed with different kinds of mixtures – potato and onion, cauliflower, cottage cheese, or just plain paraanthas layered with ghee, one can customize the paraanthas according to their taste. A filling and healthy breakfast, paraanthas are usually served with butter and curd. Chandni Chowk in Delhi boasts of a street ‘Paraanthe wali gali’, dedicated to making the most assorted paraanthas.
2. Chhole Bhature/Kulche
One of the most popular Punjabi recipe, chhole bhature forms the ideal Sunday lunch. A spicy, tasteful preparation of chhole served with fried flat bread and pickled onions, chhole bhature is a favourite north Indian street food. Chhole bhature is usually accompanied with chilled sweetened buttermilk to enhance the taste and presentation of the dish.
3. Daulat ki Chaat
A unique milk based preparation, daulat ki chaat is only available in the streets of Chandni Chowk, Delhi. Contrary to how you would expect your chaat to be, daulat ki chaat is actually a sweet, fluffy dessert. It is usually served in paper bowls and has a creamy texture that melts in the mouth. Because the milk and cream would perish in the summer heat, this dish is exclusively sold only in winters.
4. Galauti Kebab
A trademark of Awadhi cuisine, Galauti Kebabs are a must try from the streets of Lucknow. An exquisite mixture of spices is added to the finely ground meat and chana dal. The dish melts in your mouth and leaves you starving for more. Aromatic and full of flavors, you can’t miss on this one.
5. Kachori Sabzi
Available at almost every namkeen shop in Rajasthan, this is a preferred breakfast recipe usually served with sweet or sour tamarind chutney. Kachori is a puffed pastry usually filled with a spicy mixture of potatoes and onions. Kachori is also widely available in Delhi and is one of the favourite street foods of people.
1. Idli Vada
Idli Vada has become a common household name not only in south India but in the entire country. Idlis are puffed rice cakes which are soft, fluffy and melt in the mouth. Vada is usually prepared with urad dal and flavored with green chillies and onions. Idli and vada are a common breakfast option and are usually served with sambhar and coconut chutney.
Rice is a primary ingredient in south Indian food. Dosa refers to pancakes made using rice dough. Typically light and usually filled with a mixture of mashed potato, this delicacy is usually savored with coconut chutney and sambhar. It’s a good source of proteins and contains no saturated fats.
Rasam is a south Indian soup, usually prepared with tomatoes using tamarind juice as base and pepper, cumin as seasonings. It is commonly consumed with rice or papadum and has a very fluid consistency. It is extremely beneficial to consume Rasam in winters as it keeps one warm and guarded from the winter chill.
Specifically from Kerala, Puttu is a dish that is famous in other parts of South India as a popular breakfast snack. Ground rice is layered with coconut which is then shaped into cylinders and then steamed. Spiced with cumin, it is usually served with chickpea curry or banana.
5. Pazham Pori
A traditional evening snack item in Kerala, Pazham Pori is also commonly known as banana fritters. Available easily throughout Kerala, it is usually prepared using the same method everywhere. Bananas are coated with flour and are deep fried. This snack is commonly savored with ginger tea.
1. Jhal Muri
A preparation of spicy puffed rice served in paper cones, jhal muri is a dish that is readily available in Kolkata. It is one of the most famous Bengali snacks. Puffed rice are combined with peanuts, fried dal, freshly chopped onions, green chillies, tomatoes, coriander and a handful of spices topped with mustard oil.
Mouth watering, small dumplings of white flour filled with chopped vegetables/cottage cheese/chicken and steamed and usually served with a spicy red sauce. They’re not only famous in Assam, but momos’ stalls can be found at various spots in North India as well. It is clearly a roadside favourite of the people.
Puchkas in Bengal, PaniPuri in Mumbai and GolGappe in the Northern part of the country, the mere mention of this name brings a smile to everyone’s faces, be it a child or an adult. One of the most common street food, it contains a crisp, fried hollow puri filled with tamarind chutney, chickpeas, potatoes and tangy or sweet flavored water. This snack is light, delicious and equally enjoyed by people of all ages.
4. Ghugni Chaat
A spicy, lip smacking treat made from yellow peas and mixed with chopped onions, tomatoes, green chillies, Ghugni chaat is the street food lover’s delight. It is garnished with tamarind and lime juice and has a tangy, playful taste. It is served in a small leaf bowl with a wooden spoon.
If you’re looking for delectable rolls, Kolkata is the place for you. From kathi roll to egg roll to chicken roll to mutton roll, Kolkata has it all. The ingredients of the roll, be it chicken or mutton or paneer are rolled up in a paraantha and usually served with tomato or coriander chutney. This is one thing that you must not miss when in Kolkata.
1. Vada Paav
The Indian version of burger, vada paav is popular in Mumbai. Potato patties, usually mashed with garlic and green chillies are dipped in chickpea flour and fried golden. These are then placed in a paav – a bread bun that is split in the middle. These are served with green chutney.
2. Paav Bhaaji
A thick, mashed vegetable curry served with buttered buns and garnished with onions and coriander. Your stomach will feel immensely satisfied at the mere sight of this delicacy. Sprinkle a little lemon juice on the mashed vegetables and you’ll end up licking your fingers.
3. Bhel Puri
A type of chaat, bhel puri is tangy and savory. It constitutes of puffed rice, tossed with vegetables and tamarind sauce. It is usually served in paper cones and is light and digestive. It is commonly available on the beaches of Mumbai.
4. Dal Baati
Dal Baati comprises of dal and baati or hard wheat rolls. Typically, this dish is popular in Rajasthan. Dal baati is usually served with rice, mint chutney or raw mango chutney, with freshly prepared buttermilk.
5. Mumbai Sandwich
Want a quick grab before leaving for office? Or a light snack in the brunch hour? Perfect for the summer, Mumbai Sandwiches are a light, hassle-free snack. Prepared with a generous helping of butter spread on bread, along with green chutney and tomatoes and cucumbers, Mumbai Sandwich is abundantly available on Mumbai streets and is the perfect answer to light hunger pangs.