Eat what the locals eat. And what do we all love?
Street foods are generally sold on streets, public areas like a market,in a fair by a hawker, vendor with a portable stall.They are ready to eat/drink. Every Indian city has its own speciality of all time favourite snacks. Indian streets are very famous for its cheap & tangy mouth-watering khana (food). And trust me the streets are filled with vendors in the evenings.
Agreed. A major health concerns these days- cleanliness and freshness of these lovelies are discouraging people from eating street food. Its compulsory for the hawkers or what ever you might call them (bhaiya ji maybe? :P) to wear gloves and maintain hygiene in all circumstances. And if they don’t you should completely point this out.
Moving from this,
I also believe very strongly, that as everything is available everywhere, the true taste of these below listed food items have got lost. Somewhere between all those zillion rip-offs tried. The closest to the true,original taste can be tasted only by going back to the roots. That is where they were original made ( where the madness began).
So,I’ll go city wise!Here are the top 10 street foods of major Indian cities:
Our national capital, New Delhi is famous for its tasty street foods either Indian or Chinese with Indian flavour. North Indian food sold in some places is also relatively good. But the best are the chaats. All kinds. All of them. Damn. Anddd my fav. Chole Bhature. Delhi style.
Basically, chole bhature is a Punjabi dish but it is very popular in major urban cities of India. Commonly eaten for break fast, Delhi is well famous for best chole bhature.
Mumbai is well, famous for the best Vada Paos ever! (Indian and tastier version of a burger). It is the most loved and ultimate staple food item, consists of a fried potato dumplings called vada served in a bun, pav with condiments such as red or green chutneys and fried green chillies.
The other few street foods common in Mumbai are misal pav, pav bhaji, pav-sample, dabeli ( I haven’t tried this but my friends studying in Mumbai love this) , batata wada and kande pohe, paani puri and anda bhurji are the best there.
• Aloo tikki typically served at road-side tracks from stalls is most popular snack dishes in Lucknow and all over India. Within the street food of Uttar Pradesh . Aloo tikki is one of the most mouth-watering delicacies I have tasted and hence it has a rip off in just about every other city. But the best apparently is served in Lucknow.
• Galauti kebab, the royal cuisines of Lucknow is a kind of road side food which is also one of the most famous food in streets of Lucknow.
• Rajasthan, the royal state of India, is well famous for its delectable street foods and awesome cuisines. Dal Batti- one of the best is a must try.
Also never miss out on trying their thali ( the vegetarian thali is better than the non-vegetarian one. Suprisingly)
-Found in almost every street shop or stall, Bikaneri kachori is the most favorite amongst the locals.
In fact there are Bikaner shops just about every where in Bangalore.
Kolkata is best during Durga Puja. Its such a festive season. It’s beautiful. If you ever happen to be there then do have the Durga Puja Bhog. Its a khichdi beautifully made for tonnes of people it is served with sweet tomato chutney and a weird sabzi I never like 😀
• Egg Rolls are one of the most popular of all street foods in Kolkata.
• Wrapped inside a paratha fried eggs served with chutney or sour dipping sauce is commonly available in most of the roadside stalls of Kolkata. My grandparents stay in the “Bengali area” of New Delhi and trust me the rolls there are the best I’ve had. My favourite-eesssttt is the Double Chicken Double egg roll. OK. Now, I want one -_-
• Another famous street side food item in Kolkata is phuchka or golgappa or pani puri. There are several other names coined too. But these are the most widely known.
Mishti Doi. I heart Mishti Doi *Sigh*
• Idli-Sambhar or Dosa (there are a ZILLION varieties) is the best food in the streets of Chennai. It is most favorite south Indian dish and is common as breakfast item.It is served with combination of chutney and sambar. Nariyal (coconut) chutney adds more taste. My brother and I also mix the coconut chutney along with the sambar and have it. Or let me be more specific. First dip the idli/dosa piece in the chutney and then in the sambar. We have no idea why? we think it tastes better in this other.
And filter coffee :’) yum.
• Akki roti, a spicy bread made from rice flour served with coconut chatney is the specialty of state. I’m not really a fan of this but my friend Ankitha sure is.
• This delicious street food in Bangalore is one of the most popular and common tiffin snack quick to make and tastes so good. The other famous street foods of Bangalore are dosa, sambar,rasam and curd rice. Basically, I feel all the south Indian states somewhere or the other have the same food with just a slight bit of variation making it special.
Hyderabadi Biryani is the best. Paradise Daawat. I don’t think I need to say anything about this. Hyderabad is also famous for its dosa, idli and Bonda.
• Hyderabadi style mirchi bajjis is a common snack or appetizer, stuffed green chili fritters and is widely famous in this city.Though mirchi bajjis are found with different stuffing’s from at different regions in India but Hyderabadi style mirchi bajjis are the best one to have.
The seven sister states–MOMOs!
The best are there. Seriously.
Pretty they look na :’)
And then Indo-Chinese ‘Chinese food’.It tastes a bit weird in the beginning but you’ll eventually like it. And then the evergreen- ‘2 minutes ki maggi’ Maggi there is very very very different. If nothing else try the Maggi 😛
On my recent trip to Patna I tried a lot of ‘Bihari food’ like dal paratha ( its got dal as a stuffing) and then Litti Choka. My grandma makes them best.
Its the most famous dish and the soul food for Bihar, Jharkhand and eastern Utter Pradesh – Litti Choka is looks like dal batti of Rajasthan but its completely different in taste as well as in recipe. The traditional dish of Bihar is made with sattu, grinded gram nut or chana served with chokha made out of potato, brinjal and tomato and a bowl of melted pure desi ghee. Litti Chokha is the best breakfast, lunch and dinner and one of the most important delicacy of Bihar cuisine. Never miss the chance to taste it on streets of Patna.
Now that I’m hungry as ever I might as well stop typing and sprint to the kitchen and cook something.
Stay Happy 🙂 Stay Blessed 🙂
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