Happiness is enjoying the rain with Street Food. And India is the champion of delicious street foods which might just not be good for your health but offer a taste to die for. Every state,every city has something to offer to street food lovers. Though ‘Monsoons have hit many parts of the county’, making it irresistible to dig into these not-so-healthy, yet oh so scrumptious roadside delights but it is all the more reason to give your day the extra zing. Its rather impossible to pick a few ’best’ street foods, as the list is long, and every street-food is in full competition with the other but here is the list of mouth watering setting your tummy on roll kind of of desi street foods that will blow you away!
The humble Vada-Pav, has been most diligently serving Mumbai’s always busy commuting public. A buttery-pav that holds a spicy aloo vada in the center, topped with numerous chutneys, is now no longer limited to Mumbai though and is considered one of the best Street Foods in the country. A simple variation in the recipe with the additional sweet and sour tamarind chutney and different spices turns it into Dabeli which is a popular street food of Gujrat.
What’s in the name! Be it Golgappa in North India, Pani-Puri in Mumbai or Phuchka in Kolkata, it is one of the most loved streets foods in-spite of it being the most dreaded street food to cause sickness. Filled with spiced mashed potato, black chanas etc., topped with flavored water is every woman’s favourite. Ambala’s saath-pani-wale-golgappe are a must must try! The basic difference between phuchka and pani-puri is that phuchka is accompanied by tamarind water while pani-puri by pudina water! Also our beloved phuchka recipe is also making a sly entry to high end cocktails party with the aided bit of hygeine and presentation. Pani-puri is surely the story from rags to riches!
The aloo-tikki is one of the most enjoyed street foods. The typically North Indian snack made from boiled potatoes and various spices is served hot with imli and dhaniya chutneys. The popular snack is served at road side side tracks from stalls, all around the country. With a humble addition of dahi and chole it converts itself into piping hot tikki chaat while many people love eating their tikkis in between the breads. This one street food served casually in paper plates topped with mirchi,coriander and onion is surely to die for. This street food along with Golgappa is not counted as specialty of any single Indian state and you can find it easily near you anywhere in India.
Another lip-smacking street food is the Pav-Bhaji which is another culinary delight from Amachi Mumbai . The Pav Bhaji recpie includes pouring tonnes of butter on Pav and serving it piping hot and all the more buttery Bhaji (sabji) which is made of so many fresh green vegetables,carrots and potatoes boiled together! We can also relate Misal Pav to Pav Bhaji as its distant cousin.
Even when the markets are flooded with numerous Ice-Cream brands, the desi ice-cream hasn’t lost its charm. From Chennai to Kashmir, local Mali Kulfi is still the best seller. Served straight out of a classic rusty mold sold by local vendors who often serve it along with Falooda, with a generous topping of rose syrup, Kulfi is loved in all its forms. Surely a saviour in summer, this nutty,yummy and crunchy Kulfi is among most loved Indian desserts. This traditional Indian Ice cream is served by the local kulfi wala by generations to families who love having kulfi way back home.
Bhutta, cobs of sweet corn are a favourite during the Monsoons and otherwise too. The corn vendors or Bhuttawaalas in India go around the streets in various Indian cities to sell this healthy street food which does not only taste good but also full of fiber and other health benefits. The sophisticated version of it sweet corn is served in high end restaurants and hotels with panache. The bhutta roasted over coal, and then rubbed over with lime juice and black salt is a smokey, crispy and chewy treat for anyone.
Idli & Dosa
Though Dosa and Idli are South Indian cuisines but today it is among one of the greatest Indian snacks which has paved ways all around from five star hotels to road side stalls where it satisfies hunger pangs of many. The street vendors have showcased the most mouth-watering delicacies of South India to the world. A long line of people waiting at all mealtimes of the day, for idli, dosa or vada is a common sight. Hot Idli and Dosa served along with coconut chutney and piping hot Sambhar which is a version of Indian Daal cooked with vegetables in spices are two of the healthiest and complete breakfast of South India which is equivalent to roti dal of North India.
A lip- smacking savoury snack made with puffed rice and lots of salad, with a sharp, savoury and tangy imli-ki-chutney is truly a blow-your-mind-away kind of street food. From the Marine Drive in Mumbai to Delhi Chaatwalas, from road-side street carts to train vendors, Bhelpuri is exceptionally renowned. It is one of the most favorite snack in western India and also low fat which makes it an iconic snack for fitness freaks.
The most avatar of the triangle, the Samosa,Sambusa or Samboska is one of the most loved Indian street food. Best summers, winters or the monsoon, or just no reason at all, a samosa is a perfect companion to tea and glorifies a kids Birthday Party, the smaller version cocktail samosa is life of formal events.Samosa truly unites India into one. It itself is one food which is never heavy on pocket yet so satisfying. Though the samosa tastes best with the aloo filling, people enjoy paneer, keema and even pasta filled samosa. Samosa is part of Samosa-chaat in Delhi and Punjab regions of India along with tangy chutney and cool curd.
Chowmein is one dish that seems to be a more popular street-food than a ‘restaurant-food’. Red and green noodles, with loads of veggies, being tossed and turned on an open flame, is indeed mouth watering to watch. Though Chowmein is a Chinese dish but it is so popular in India that today we have an Indian version of Chowmein loved by all. We put lot of oil,sauces and vegetables in Indian Chowmein. Children love Chowmein the most and many varieties like Hakka Noodle, Schezwan or Choupsey noodles is in market today. We also have Pasta and Noodles as its Italian cousins but they have not been able to dethrone it from ruling hungry souls.
When it comes to street food, India is a Proud nation. Mumbai is especially famous for its street food. The Khau Gali in Ghatkopar Mumbai can easily be named as best street food destination in India and also internationally famed for the variety of junk food it offers to its regular and loyal customers. Goa is also famous for its sea food and also street food which offers non vegetarian version of most street food. Delhi also boasts for being best in some of amazing street foods like Samosa, Chat etc. No wonder the cheap yet rich desi-street foods are not only famous but also hold lot of heritage.They are a standing testament that you don’t need a silver fork to eat good food.We hope this list of Indian street food will help you decide which local food joint you are hitting tonight. Happy munching!