What to eat on the street? 10 best Indian street food options!
Street food is sold in streets, markets and everywhere where the vendor can access with his portable stall…But what to eat exactly? We are here to help you to make your choice! Indian streets are very famous for its cheap and tasty food items! The safety and hygiene of street food has become one of the major concerns of public health- cleanliness and freshness are the concern to discourage people from eating street food…Our advice is simple: try to find a decent place where you see many local people eating- you will be sure it is fresh and delicious! And especially if your stomach and body are strong, we definitely recommend those delicious meals:
It originated in the Han province of China, the word meaning ‘steamed bun’, and now it’s selling quicker than any other fast food in India. It’s been a long route for that humble steamed dumpling that is a staple in the hills of Darjeeling, Nepal and Tibet, considering the fact that you would hardly see it around the town a decade ago. Now Momos are sold in almost all markets but one market in New Delhi ( Jahwant place ) deserves a winner prize: it serves prawn, tuna, pork and beef momos!
2. Egg Kathi rolls
Egg Kathi Rolls are one of the most popular of all street foods in Kolkata. You can have many options: chicken, paneeer ( Indian cheese), mutton or vegetable roll! A fried egg wrapped inside a naan served with chutney or sour dipping sauce in many roadside stalls… If you a fan of rolls, you definitely have to taste it!
Do not miss the paradise of Paranthas- Parantha Wali gali in Old Delhi, Chandni chowk where you will find the biggest variety of paranthas in India. This food form originated in ancient North India, especially Punjab and is still prepared in the same way since many years: it is a flatbread made with whole-wheat flour, pan fried in ghee or cooking oil, and often stuffed with vegetables, especially boiled potatoes, radish or cauliflower and/or Paneer (cottage cheese). One or two paranthas with curd and pickles for breakfast will stuff your stomach for half day for sure!
4. Pao Bhaji
It is more than mounth watering snack, most popular in Mumbai- it is melting in the mounth dish made from cooked tomatoes and other vehetables! It’s a quick meal that can be grabbed on the go – since large portions of the pao bhaji are made in advance and simply reheated with a few spices and butter before serving. You just need to wait till the pav (typical bread) is toasted! Hmm… top it with the raw onions, radishes mint sauce, squeeze a bit of lemon on the top of the the bhaji, and lick your fingers!
5. Pani puri
It is the most exotic and funny street snack: crispy ball with the hole filled with different fillings: spicy water, sweet chutney, spice powder, ragda, green sprouts, boiled potatoes and then assembling and eating. For some people it is the most delicious snack ever, for some-the most disgusting thing tried in this life. Try it and tell us your opinion!
6. Bhel Puri
The mix combines crispy and little curly fritters that look almost like crushed up pieces of raw small noodles, boiled and peeled potatoes, puffed rice, crushed up parts of deep fried chips like discs, diced red onions, chillies, brown crumbly things, and coriander with lemon juice. All the ingredients for bhel puri are tossed into a cone of scrap paper, often a piece of a newspaper. The explosion of flavours and textures will surprise you: sweet, salty, spicy, tangy, crisp, chewy, soft…. they are all there!
The crispy outer layer leads into tasty boiled spiced potatoes and minced peaces…Cooked in very hot oil, this snack is served with the Tamarind chutney. Sold in almost every corner of the street, this Indian snack is probably the most eaten by locals in North India! Do not be surprised if you see the cook standing in the huge pot of boiled potatoes and smashing them with his feet!
8. Chole Bhature
Dark brown looking dish with flufy bread- it is a dish born in Amritsar. Chole Bhature is one of the mouth-watering, spicy, exotic dish from Punjabi Cuisine. The crispy puffed Bhatura makes an excellent combo with hot and spicy Chickpeas curry. It is really healthy but very greasy dish. We advice do not over eat it 😉
One of the greatest breakfast and street food: it is crispy fermented crepe made from rice batter and black lentils. Super healthy dish: it is high in carbohydrates and contains no sugar or saturated fats! You can eat it plain or with potato/ panner/vegetable puree inside. Dip it in the delicious coconut chutney and vegetable sambar ( sauce/ soup )!
10. Aloo tikki
The origin of Aloo tikki is in Lucknow but widely spreaded in all India. The North Indian snack is prepared from boiled potatoes and different spices served along with sweet sour sauce and cream. Easy and tasty stuff!
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