These are 11 Indian Street Foods you should try right now, or else you will regret! Period! If you have a pedigree equal to a hardcore foodie, good luck resisting yourself from these mouth-watering street food. Indian street foods are an appetite sympathizer rather than a one stop fix to your hunger. It is an inexpensive experience that will leave every first timer tangled in addiction. It is tricky to decide if it’s the exquisite flavours or the lusty taste buds that mess with your ability to walk away. A hawker knows it best how to spot your sweet spot (choice of taste) and make you come again another day. It is never hard to spot a place in India where you can settle down for a tasty snack. However, every Indian street food has a story of origin; while some are ancient as this country itself, others are improvised versions of folk snack. But, as long as they can keep your thoughts lost in the savoury-ness, the story can wait!
If you are in India for the first time, do not be taken away by the cliché of Chinese in most Indian street eateries. Here is the hint – Chinese in Indian street food menu is a pseudonym for remixed Indian food (themed Chinese). Although the taste is a world apart, it is nevertheless Chinese except in an Indian way. If all that got you rubbing your palms already, it’s time to level up. Hop in for a lip-smacking ride, while I take the driver’s seat and embark on a journey through the finest trail of famous Indian street foods.
Delhi is a northern Indian state where you could find the best of momos, bamboo shots, and Naga cuisines, but starting the journey here in pursuit of the best Indian street food would require you to have a stomach of steel. Here’s why… along with the mesmerizing taste of street foods, you could also be making yourself eligible for an indefinite ride to bathroom or washrooms (if you are a Canadian) as street foods can make you feel queasy because sometimes public health and food safety can become questionable. But, don’t let that get you spooked up. The excitement is on the way, if only you can break the ice.
1. Chhole Bhature
First on the list is the food from India’s Capital, the Chhole Bhature (spelled Cho-le-Bha-Thure). Its hard to find a food stall that isn’t selling this famous street food in Delhi. Although, the origin of the dish is from Punjab, it is popular in the urban eateries of Delhi and several other Indian states. It is the primary breakfast or a perfect evening snack if you are out on the streets of Delhi. Chhole Bhature is a giant bubble of steaming bread, so think twice before you poke your fingers in excitement into the bubble.
2. Litti Chokha
If you have arrived in the state of Bihar you will be delighted with a hard to resist dish called Litti Chokha. It may resemble the Dal Batti of Rajasthan. But the taste is unmistakable, distinct and 100% Bihari cuisine. The dish is made of ground gram nut which is served alongside Chokha that is made from a combination of potato, tomato, and brinjal. Did I not mention that the chokha will be served topped with melting ghee? You must be tempted! So, if you are on the streets of Patna, never miss your chance to taste the Litti Chokha
Want to eat a street food that makes even the locals feel like a king? Then here is that feel good street food with an unmistakable identity. The famous Kachori from the princely state of Rajasthan. Feeling royal already? How about enhancing your feel by savouring the mighty Kachori. Snap from your dreamy chasm and look for street food vendor waiting to prepare this tasty snack for you. You will be delighted to find that this snack comes in varieties. The Bikaneri Kachori maybe?
4. Aloo Tikki
As we descend down the list, the names of street food may sound cute for instance, the Aloo Tikki from Lucknow is a street food that will leave a lasting craving when you aren’t finding one. It is one of the famous delicacies from Uttar Pradesh. Imagine a cold winter and on the streets of Lucknow you find boiled potatoes that are served with a mix of hot spices and sauce dipping? Certainly hard to resist! Apparently, the same food has been given multiple identities in several Indian states. Such as the Ragada Pattice in Mumbai and Aloo Chat further south.
5. Vada Pav
Do you see Vada Pav everywhere? You are in Mumbai! The Vada Pav capital of India. You must start feeling the spirit of street food already. The tangy taste of spices tingling your taste buds and then, you meet the Vada Pav. Simply put, it is the people’s favourite. The staple food of Mumbai is capable of melting the vilest of hearts like butter. The Pav is made of fried potato formed into a patty that is sandwiched between buns. The food is unmistakable to the natives of Maharashtra.
6. Egg Rolls
It is extremely unlikely that you are oblivious to this famous food of Kolkatta. It is a ubiquitous meal to sympathize your tummy, which at this point might sound like a dying whale. So, while you drool watching your snack being prepared by the vendor, here is a definition of egg roll to noobs. It is fried egg that is wrapped inside a paratha. Your choice of dip may vary depending on your taste. Most folks prefer chutney (an Indian condiment) while others vote hot sauce.
Further down South is a place called Indore, the capital of Madhya Pradesh. Also known as the “heart of India.” The state is famous for face tingling street food flavours such as namkeens and samosa chats. Standing apart from the other street food is an item called Poha-Jalebi. It is best when consumed in combination with Sev and Nukti. If this combo won’t leave you wanting for more, you just wasted a trip.
If you have arrived in Ahmedabad you will be welcomed by the local flavours etched in every street eateries. The origin of the street food here is from the Kutch of Gujarat. The mystical spices are known to hypnotize every foodie leaving a desire that is never easily satisfied. Dabeli is a popular local delicacy that is made using boiled potatoes doused in dabeli spices and rest is a divine indulgence.
9. Mirchi Bajji
If you like the spiciness of hot pepper you need to head to Hyderabad. The Indian city previously ruled by the Nizams is the hub of food that is reincarnated from several ethnics. One such promising street food is the Mirchi Bajji. But what are they? Stuffed Green Chili fritters that are divine once inside your mouth. It means you will be talking less and chomping more until you lose count of Bajji you had snacked.
10. Akki Roti
Moving down to the south is a special place called Bengaluru, the IT capital of India. But, what do the folks say about the special street food of Bengaluru? It is… the Akki Roti. It is patted down batter made from Rice flour. One quick bite will make you ask for more. But, you can’t have the Akki Roti without the coconut chutney (another popular Indian condiment). Since it is easy to make, you will find them dominating the menu in street eateries, it is one of the popular Indian street foods. Also, you shouldn’t hesitate to try the Dosa, the other famous street food which is favourite among the folks.
11. Idli Sambhar
At the southernmost point of India is a modern metro known for its piping hot idli (steamed rice batter). The iconic street food of Chennai can make hearts melt with every single bite. Settle down for a breakfast and you will not be disappointed. Idli tastes best with coconut chutney and Sambhar (vegetable stew). Vada (patted pigeon peas and tamarind) is an essential combo that is compulsory to complete the breakfast meal.
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