Truly, street food is the heart of India’s cuisine. Street food in India and other orientals are known for their flavour all over the world. Whether you are an Indian or visiting India for the first time, if you haven’t tried those freshly made ‘chole bhatures’ and ‘pani puris’ yet then we would suggest you read this article. This will convince you to eat street food from India as soon as possible. Simple yet rich flavours make Indian street food different and our all-time favorite.
So if you are a foodie, we would advise you to hold on your taste buds. Because we are about to take you on a delicious journey beginning from the North to South India, and the delicious street food available there. Here are some of the best street food in India that you can never say no to.
1. Chole Bature (Delhi) :
One of the most popular street foods in India is Chole bhature. It is a very popular Punjabi dish, which is popular in most major cities in India, whether in South or North. But Delhi is especially famous for the best chole bhature in India. It is often eaten as a breakfast dish, sometimes accompanied by lassi or buttermilk. However, it can also be taken as a complete meal and may be accompanied by, for example, onions, green chilies, carrot pickle, and green chutney.
How Chole Bhature Is Made:
2. Poha Jalebi (Indore) :
No, we are not mixing two different street food together. If you haven’t come across this dish yet, it’s the Indore special Poha Jalebi. Indore is proud of its poha and jalebi being the best in the world. It’s a classic sweet and salty combination, that no one can resist the urge of digging into this mouth-watering street food while strolling in the streets of Indore. Poha Jalebi is usually eaten for breakfast and snacks.
How Poha Jalebi Are Made:
3. Kathi Rolls (Kolkata) :
Kathi rolls is one of the best street food in India that originates from Kolkata. These hot and delicious rolls are mouth-watering tasty snacks and come in different varieties, like, egg rolls, chicken rolls, fish rolls, paneer rolls, etc. If you’ve ever been in Kolkata and not had it, then you are missing out on something delicious. Kolkata rolls are known for their taste and flavor, and for being just the right mix of spices. Most people have it for a quick snack with tomato ketchup.
How Kathi Rolls Are Made:
4. Pani Puri :
The most popular street food in India, without a doubt, is Pani puri. In a diverse country like India, each state has a different name and its own signature style and name of Pani puri. In Haryana it is known as paani patashi; in Madhya Pradesh fulki; in Uttar Pradesh golgappa, in Bengal and Nepal, phuchka; in parts of Gujarat, pakodi; in parts of Odisha, Bihar, South Jharkhand, and Chhattisgarh, gup chup. Pani puris are made up of atta or sooji, filled with imli water, mashed potato mixed with chopped onions, green chilies, coriander leaves, and spices. It is eaten as a delicious quick bite in every state.
How Pani Puri Is Made:
5. Litti Chokha (Bihar) :
Another popular street food in India is none other than Litti Chokha. It is one of the most popular dishes of Bihar, Jharkhand and eastern Uttar Pradesh. This traditional delicacy is best when eaten for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Litti chokha is made with atta, and stuffed with sattu. It is served with chokha made out of potato, brinjal and tomato and a bowl of pure desi ghee. It is not easily available in the South, but you must taste it if you are around Uttar Pradesh side. So never miss the chance to taste this delicious meal.
How Litti Chokha Are Made:
6. Pav Bhaji (Mumbai) :
Yet another yummy street food in India is the popular dish, Pav bhaji. It is a fast food dish that comes from Mumbai. It consists of a mixed vegetable curry served with a soft bread roll(pav) is the most delicious way to indulge in Indian street food, especially during winters. Bhaji, or sabzi is filled with flavour and delicious spices blended in a perfect mix. People also add onions sliced and lemon to add more flavor to the Bhaji. The Pav is buttered, toasted slightly and then served with the curry.
How Pav Bhaji Is Made:
7. Tunde Kabab (Lucknow) :
Haji Murad Ali, the creator of this delicious dish had only one hand and hence the name ‘Tunde’ means a person with one hand in Hindi. It’s exceptionally soft and juicy core makes these kebabs popular all over Lucknow. This dish and style of cooking are especially popular in the North. If you happen to visit Lucknow, you must try this delicious dish. You will find it rich in flavor and tender in texture.
There is a history of how a chef with one hand, fulfills the dying wish of a toothless royal…a dramatic story indeed!
How Tunde Kebab Is Made:
8. Momos (Nepal) :
Needless to say, it is obvious that Momos is a major dish from Northeast street food that we love so much. Momos are native to Tibet and Nepal but today it has escalated from roadside stalls to food centers and food courts in all urban cities and malls. Momos come in both veg and non-veg and are served with red Schezwan sauce and mayonnaise. After your famous rolls from Kolkata, the next best snack is a plate of momos with salsa. Commonly eaten for evening snacks, and you can get these in most parts of India.
How Momos Are Made:
9. Vada Pav (Mumbai) :
The next best street food in India is the famous Vada Pav. It is the Indian version of burger and patty. And this most popular roadside food comes straight from Mumbai. It is believed that there is no better place than a roadside food stall to enjoy vada pav. It consists of fried potato dumplings called vada put into a bun, served with red or green chutneys and fried green chilies. It also comes in different variations such as misal pav, dabeli, batata vada, and kande pohe, etc. It can be eaten as a quick bite before or between meals
How Vada Pav Is Made:
10. Mirchi Bajji (Hyderabad) :
Next, we take you to Mirchi Bajjis, another popular street food in India. This street food is straight from the land of Nizams, Hyderabad. Commonly these Mirchi Bajjis are stuffed with green chili fritters that are served with chopped onions mixed with fresh coriander and lemon. However, it varies from region to region but the Hyderabadi style is certainly the best all over India. So if you ever visit in Hyderabad, apart from having Biryani, Mirchi Bajji is also a must try. You can have it as snacks before Dinner time.
How Mirchi Bhajjis Are Made:
11. Mysore Bonda (Karnataka) :
After Hyderabad, the next bajji-bonda stop is Karnataka. Mysore bhajji or Mysore bonda is one of the most popular snacks in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. It is a fluffy, crispy, and fried snack item that is served with coconut chutney or sambar. Sometimes it’s stuffed with potato mix or mixed vegetables with all purpose flour mixture. It’s eaten mostly in breakfast and snacks before it’s dinner time.
How Mysore Bonda is Made:
12. Dal Vada (South India) :
Next popular street food in India is Dal Vada. It’s a popular on-the-go fried dish that you can find in the streets of south India. Dal vada is made with a combination of dals like urad, moong and chana dal. You get the best taste of it when served with coconut chutney. You can also have them with tea or coffee for snacks.
How dal Vada is Made:
13. Idli & Dosa (South India) :
You must have heard of these two names whether you are from north, south, east or west part of India. These two South Indian dishes are very popular in all over India. However, in south india, people make them at home but they are also popular as street food in India. You will get a list of variations of these two dishes on streets and trust us they are damn good. Idlis and dosas are usually served with coconut chutney, sambar and allam chutney. They are best when eaten for breakfast.
How Idli & Dosa Are Made:
These are some of the best Street food in India, let us know if we have missed any in the comments section below. When you visit any part of India, make sure to try the most famous street food in that area. This way you would truly get the essence of that state. Apart from being delicious street food is quite cheap as well. So we recommend that no matter how busy your schedule may be. Do take some time out to visit some popular street-food joints in India, to really make the most of your visit. So if you are a true foodie, this will tickle your taste buds the best way possible.
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