List of Top 7 Famous Indian Street Foods: Everyone should try
The following is a list of the most well-known delicious street foods of India, which you will find in almost every nook and corner of the country.
Indian Street foods are most commonly eaten not only by Indian but also famous among the people all over the world. Indian streets are well famous for its cheap and tasty food items, Every Indian city has its own specialty of all time favorite snack. Apart of the respective cuisines of the place you go, the street food out here is omnipresent. It is rather impossible to travel on the road and not sight a food shack every five minutes, serving fried food with far-too-delicious concoctions. This list of some of India’s most widely enjoyed street snacks, and the best places to try them, is sure to give you hunger pangs and make your mouth water.
The most famous North Indian street food traces its origin from Uttar Pradesh. Chaat is readily available and food in almost every city. Over the passage the time, a large number of recipes and varieties have evolved which differs from region to region, stall to stall. Chaat is famous for its crispiness, spiciness and sweetness all at the same time. The famous chats that have evolved are Sev Puri, Papdi Chaat, Dahi Puri.
Anyone with a sweet tooth cannot afford to miss out on this manna-food. Jalebi and Imarti not only serve as an ideal dessert but also as a short snack. Jalebi is consumed throughout the Indian Subcontinent, with its popularity extending upto the Middle East and North Africa, as the quintessential Indian sweet. It is made by deep-frying a wheat-flour batter in circular, spring-like shapes and then soaking those fritters in sugar syrup. They are generally flavoured in saffron and served with unsweetened curd. Imarti is closely related to Jalebi, only difference being that it is made of a different lentil-flour batter. Imarti is generally served with a condensed milk dish called Rabri. The jalebi is analogous to a pretzel, minus the crunch.
The capital of India is one of the best place to have street foods. Delhi is the best place to dig into this yummy combination of spicy chickpeas and fried bread.This street food is usually eaten for breakfast. Besides chhole-bhature, Delhi is also famous for parathas and rajma-chawal.
It is a Spicy fast food, again typical to the Mumbai cuisine of Maharashtra. However, it has now become popular in most metropolitan areas of the country, serving as a common appetizer. Pav means unflavoured bread and bhaji is a Maharashtrian term for a vegetable dish. It essentially consists of thick potato based gravy with vegetables like cauliflower, egg plant, green peas, beans, carrots etc blended in and cooked. This highly nutritious curry is served with buttered Pavs and raw onions and a sprinkle of lime juice. Coriander chutney may also be served with it. The dish was originally made for the textile mill workers in Mumbai who required a light but nutritious meal during the work hours. Slowly, its popularity expanded and now it has almost become the stale diet of the denizens of Mumbai.
This can easily qualify as the domestic version of a burger consisting of a deep-fried mashed potato patty, called the Vada, sandwiched between two pieces of bread called Pav. The Vada is generally very spicy and is flavoured with garlic and ginger. It is served with red tamarind chutney, green coriander chutney and fried green chillies, making it even spicier. These days, private food chains have started marketing Vada pavs. It is the most common fast food in Maharashtra and one can see many-a-man strolling on the beach, munching on a Vada-pav.
Take a stroll in the evening and you will see not less than ten shacks with samosas being fried in big woks. Samosa is the most ubiquitous fast food on the streets of India. Samosa is basically a triangle- shaped fritter with a savoury filling which is generally a spicy mixture of mashed potatoes and other tangy condiments. The filling may vary from potatoes, lentils, onion, and cottage cheese to minced mutton and chicken. It is accompanied with coriander chutney as well as tamarind chutney. Samosa is eaten not just in India but also in the Middle Eatern and associated countries in different forms. Some varieties of samosas with a sweet filling are also known but they are not as popular as their savoury counterparts.
It is another savoury Indian snack, typical to the beaches of Mumbai. It is mixture of puffed rice, sev (tiny noodle shaped snack made out of gram flour), peanuts, namkeens, onions, boiled potatoes and tamarind chutney. All these products are simply mixed in a bowl and dressed with lime juice to form the Bhel Puri which is gladly munched by people all over the country. Bhel Puri probably originated in Mumbai and gradually spread throughout India because of it being a easy to make, light snack. Sev Puri and Dahi Puri are the common variants of Bhel Puri. It is typically served in a paper-folded cone with a small wooden spoon.