Lip Smacking Street Foods from India ! Now is there anyone who would say no to these tongue-tickling street side, easy on pocket delights.
What is Street Food?
Street foods are ready to eat food or drink generally sold in streets, markets, or in fairs by hawkers or vendors.
The hawker trend is generation old and these hawkers here in India balance a huge tray like thing with all that they sell on their head. They support this tray with one hand and carry a stand like a thing in the other hand. With time the trend is changing and some of them now have carts which they can drag. We have many vans which have been converted into food stalls, then we have those food trucks culture here in India, similar to what we have in the USA .
What is Indian Street Food?
Indian Street Food is cheap and pocket friendly. It is popular for its not so healthy, yet so scrumptious, finger-licking, tongue-tickling roadside delights. It is hard to resist this food. Some street foods are regional, but many have spread beyond their region of origin. Street food vending is found all around the world but varies greatly between regions and cultures.
When it comes to street food, India is one proud nation where every state – every city has its own speciality. Our wide varieties of scrumptious, quick and cheap street food are known for giving hunger pangs. Starting from Kashmir to Kanyakumari we might have the countless number of street foods. Vada Pavs, Golgappas, Idli Dosas, Bhelpoori! The minute you see these you start drooling. I have posted just 26 of these Street Foods, trust me I could do a complete year of these, months after months! While posting for Explore your Flavours I tried to avoid posting the famous Street Foods, though I have picked some common ones too due to the A-Z clause I put on myself.
I consulted some of my friends, relatives, a few videos for the dishes I had not heard of and put in the effort to create a replica. I might have gone wrong somewhere but whatever I made was appreciated by the family. My sincere thanks to my friends, relatives, family. My special thanks to Nikunj Vasoya who has been sharing videos on Street Food and helped me with my queries. Last but not the least Thanks to Valli for the amazing theme. I have loved cooking and relishing each and every recipe.
Agra ka Bhalla is a crisp, crunchy Aloo Tikki chat from Arga. The Tikki is stuffed and fried till crisp. It is then laced with beaten curd and chutneys. Hot Tikki, with chilled yoghurt, is a treat by itself.
Bhungra Bateta is street food from Saurashtra.Bhungra is fried pipes made from rice flour, just like fryums. Bateta is potatoes, cooked in a spicy garlic gravy. The combination of the two makes it a unique dish.
Chole Chawal is a typical North Indian street food with rice and chickpeas which makes a perfectly delicious, healthy lip-smacking meal.
Dahi Wada Aloo Dum is a Street Food from Orissa. The dish is a combination of Dahi Wada, Aloo Dum and Ghughni. Three popular dishes combine to make one unique
Chai is a spiced beverage brewed with different proportions of warming spices like Elaichi, which is the Indian name for cardamom.
Faryali Sabudana Khichadi is made from sago pearls, potatoes, crunchy peanuts. It is the spicy and slightly sweet street food of Gujrat.
Garadu ki Chat is a deep-fried chat made from yam. The chaat is a typical winter street food from Indore.
Halwa Nagori Poori Sabzi is a typical breakfast combination served on the streets of Old Delhi.
Ice Dabeli is a chilled Indian burger which has a sweet and spicy taste. It is laced with whipped yoghurt, flavorful chutneys and has an amazing crunch of peanuts and pomegranates.
Jamun Kulfi is a delicious ice kulfi made with the pulp of Jamun or black plums. This is a vegan kulfi or perhaps you would like to call it a popsicle! With some chat masala. These are also called Juleps.
Kutchi Bread Channa is a Street Food from Kutch. The pav is stuffed with channa and then soaked in a spicy and sweet chutney. The end result is a delicious slightly sweet but spicy Pav channa which is absolutely delicious and quite filling too.
Laiya Bhel is bhel with puffed rice, fried chickpeas and peanuts. Finely chopped onions, tomatoes, coriander and green chillies jazz it up. A delicious tongue-tickling munch!
Matra Kulcha is a lip-smacking chat from the streets of Delhi. Matra is boiled white peas mixed with green chillies, onions, tomatoes ginger, spices and finally laced with tamarind juice. They make a lip-smacking dish when served with kulcha.
Nadir Monje is Lotus stem Fritters, These are crisp, crunchy and addictive and taste awesome with a hot cup of tea.
Onion samosas are a bite-sized savoury snack which are filled with onions in a crisp flaky pastry. These are also popular as Irani Samosas and are a popular street food from the royal city of Hyderabad.
Pav Pattice is a spicy delicious Indian burger. A burger which is made with ladi pav, Pattice, chutneys, sev and onions! In other words a cousin of Vada Pav.
Qubani ka Meetha is a traditional dessert from the city of Hyderabad. The dessert is made with dried apricots and served with fresh cream. A gourmet dessert, it is sold on the streets during the festival of Ramadan.
Ratalu Poori is a very flavorful yam fritter from the city of Surat, Gujrat. It puffs up like a poori and is sprinkled with crushed pepper and coriander which gives a unique taste to these fritters.
Surati Paratha is a unique and interesting mixed vegetable paratha invented by a lady in Surat, One paratha is sufficient as a meal. Check out why…do not miss it’s hidden ingredients.
Tameta na Bhajiya are batter-fried tomato fritters. Thick slices of tomatoes are layered with spicy chutney, dipped into a chickpea batter and fried to a golden. served with a yoghurt dip, they are totally irresistible.
Undhiyu Chapadi is a popular winter street food of Rajkot. Undhiyu is a typical Gujrati mix vegetable made with more than 15 veggies! Chapadi is a flat version of Baati.
Vanela Ganthia is a popular Gujrati snack made of gram flour. The savoury snack is absolutely bland but peps up the taste as it is served with fried green chillies and a salad made of grated carrots or raw papaya, depending on the season. Hot, juicy and crisp jalebis is the classic combo with Ganthias.
Watermelon Shake is a super refreshing summer drink made with milk, rose syrup, basil seeds and watermelon cubes. The famous street food is particularly sold during Ramadan festival on the streets of Old Delhi.
Gol Gappe is the famous spicy water balls from India. Street food of most states, these Gol Gappas are called by different names in different states, Paani poori being the most common. It is not only the name that’s different, but they also taste different though the concept remains the same. A hot favourite among ladies.
Yellow Dhokla with Cheese is steamed spongy and delicious lentil cakes, which are served with grated cheese.
Zafrani Meetha Paan is a saffron flavoured sweet paan. Paan is an intoxicant, acts as an antiseptic, a digestive aid and a mouth freshener, especially after a heavy and spicy lunch or dinner. It is a finale to any party or dinner. It is also my finale post for this series.