Certainly, India is an incredible country as it has so much to offer, from breathtaking historical monuments to ah-mazing cuisine. When we talk about Indian cuisine, it’s a sin not to mention lip-smacking street food. From Delhi’s famous “Chaat” to Assam’s favorite “Momos”, the street foods in this country are not just snacks to relish, they’re an emotion!
Most of the major cities in India such as Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, and Chennai are considered as heavens for street food lovers. The street food here has got to be some of the best in the world because it has something for everyone. However, some of these are high on spices and you may want to steer clear to maintain control over your bowels. But the good part is that there’s such a huge variety that you will definitely be able to find one that you love. Moreover, if you’re not comfortable trying the real taste on the streets, there are five-star restaurants and cafés that have started to offer street food-inspired menus. In fact, some of the street foods have become so popular that you can now find them on the menus of upscale restaurants in the US, London, and Canada also.
If you’re going visit India or simply want to taste these oh-so-yum snack bites in any other part of the world, here are some most popular Indian Street foods that have conquered the global palate.
If there was an award for the best street food in India, it would have definitely given to “Chaat”. This street food superstar is cheap, yet the tastiest thing you will find at every street corner across the country. Chaat is a whole bunch of exotic flavors that include the tangy pani puri/gol guppa, along with its cousins bhel puri, sev puri, and dahi paapdi. Panipuri is a mini hollow, flaky ball which is stuffed with a pinch of spiced potato and onion and filled with tangy flavored water. Another member of the Chaat family is Aloo Tikki which is prepared by mashing boiled potatoes that are mixed with coriander, onions, and special spices. The patty is deep fried and served with various chutneys (sauces).
This famous food can make a carnivore fall in love with vegetarian dishes. Dosas are crepes, a paper-thin pancake made out of a fermented batter of rice and black lentils. There are various options to choose from when it comes to ordering a dosa, from stuffed to plain dosa. Both dosa and its cousin Idli are served with coconut chutney and Sambhar.
Samosa is that snack which is making waves across the gourmet world. The traditional variant of this street food is filled with mashed-spiced potato and is deep-fried. Today, stuffings such as minced chicken and cheese are also becoming popular.
When in Mumbai, you can’t miss Vada Pav. However, this street food has crossed the boundaries and now reached to Canada, London, New York, even Chicago. Vada Pav is basically an Indian version of the burger.
Another street food that will make you fall in love with vegetarian food is Pao Bhaji. Here bhaji means a tangy-spicy mix of pureed vegetables and pao is bread which is doused in butter.
The list would be incomplete without mentioning something sweet. The Indian version of ice cream- kulfi is everyone’s favorite in summers. Again, you’ll find different versions of Kulfi and most famous is kulfi falooda, where ice cream is served with rose syrup sauce, cooked vermicelli noodles, and basil seeds.
These were just a few Indian street foods and the list is almost infinite. From Kathi roll and kachori to pakodey and poha-jalebi, every region of the country has its own unique flavor.