India is famous for its street food. The unique thing is every state has its specialty. Moreover, the same dish from the different regions has variations in the taste. It’s delicious, super tasty, and leaves you drooling. If you can’t handle spicy food, make sure you ask for medium or less spicy. Otherwise, your tongue will curse you for sure. Being an Indian, I love street food, and my India trip doesn’t complete without it. Here is the list of 10 street food you should try in India.
10 street food you should try in India
Pani Puri (Gol Gappa)
Pani Puri is also known as Gol Gappa or puchka in some states. These dishes have three parts, one fried hollow round ball called puri, second stuffing of potato and chickpea, and third spicy or savory water. Traditionally, there were only two types of water one is spicy, and the other is sweet & savory. Now things have changed, and you can get a variety of flavors like garlic, mint, cumin, or hajma water. In some states, you can get hot stuffing filled in the puri, which made of dry peas. I know a few people, including me, who can’t resist themselves when it comes to Pani Puri.
The Dabeli is known as Katchi Dabeli because it originated from the Kutch region of Gujarat. Nowadays You will find Dabeli stalls in big cities like Ahmedabad, Vadodara and even small towns too. It is a famous Gujarati snack and a go-to meal for many locals. Dabeli consists of spicy potato filling stuffed between grilled pao and chatni. All flavors come from the stuffing, and special masala goes into it. When you order, make sure to tell the spice level because spicy will be super spicy if you are not used to it.
Chole Bhature is a famous Punjabi dish and very popular in North India. The Chole is a curry made from dry chickpeas with onion, garlic, tomatoes, and a unique blend of spices. Bhature is a type of bread that is deep-fried made from a fermented dough of all-purpose flour. Don’t miss to enjoy Chole Bhature in Chandani Chowk, Delhi.
Your trip cannot be completed without trying a vada pau from the streets of Mumbai. Mumbai is famous for the charm Bollywood and attracts tourists all over the world. Enjoy the vibe of aamchi Mumbai and the cold breeze of a marine drive. You can say Vada Pau is a brother of Dabeli. First, they make balls of potato stuffing and fry with the coating of chickpea flour. And these fried potato balls are kept between the pao with some garlic chatni and served it.
The chats are not one dish; it’s a whole category contains like papdi chat, samosa chat, bhel puri, and much more. While all over India same chat dish can taste different because the proportion of sweet, sour, and spicy flavors varies. You will get so many varieties of chats with diversity in flavor.
Dosa is a popular dish from the southern part of India. Dosha comes in an endless variety like plain, Masala, Mysore Masala, etc. This is like an all-time meal, which means you can eat it for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Dosa is a thin pancake made from the batter of rice and lentil. It served with coconut chatni and sambhar.
Pav Bhaji is a combination of bread and curry. The Pav is spongy buns and bhaji is a special blend of veggies. The smell itself will leave you drooling, and the flavor of the bhaji is marvelous. Generally, it served with Lemon and chopped onions, add it according to your taste.
It is a very famous street food from Kolkata, Bengal. Jhal Moodi is made up of puffed rice, veggies, roasted peanuts, and moodi masala. They add green chilies to make it spicy, and it just starts the fire in your mouth. They serve it in “Thunga” a cone-shaped from the newspaper.
In Gujarat, they call it Bhajia, but the rest of the part is known as Pakora. Bhajia is deep-fried veggies with a coating of chickpea flour. You will get a variety of vegetables, like potatoes, onion, and chili pakoras are very popular. It is served with chatni or yogurt and sliced onion. Especially during monsoon, people enjoy it. The combination of Pakoda and tea (Indian Chai) is like heaven on earth.
Street style pizza
I am sure you had pizza, which is made in the oven, and all the cheese has been melted. But in this pizza, you can see the pile of shredded cheese on top of the pizza. Even you cannot see the base or toppings of the pizza. And the essential thing is Amul Cheese, which gives fantastic cheesy flavor to this pizza.