There are plenty of things that make India a richly diverse cultural heritage. One of many reasons is the street foods in India. From a tangy liquid filled Panipuri to the heart-melting Jalebis, India is home to many mouth watering delicacies sold across its streets.
Here are our top 13 picks of the most popular street foods in India,
Panipuri is the most delightedly mouthwatering street food of India. Other regions such as the Northern India savour it as “Golgappas” whereas in Eastern India it is known as “Puchkaas”. Whatever is the name, the real pleasure is when you experience this, fried, crisp dough balls stuffed with potatoes, onions and filled it with tangy tamarind water and chutney, bursting in your mouth spilling a taste of sweet and spicy flavours.
Imarti is just another luscious version of Jalebi but a little bigger in size and divinely juicier.
A type of chaat made by mixing puffed rice, vegetables, spices and tamarind sauce, Bhelpuri, has become one of many identities of Mumbai’s street foods. Bhelpuri is the most popular street food of India, the tastiest of it can be savoured on the beaches of Juhu, Girgaum in Mumbai.
4. Dahi Kachori
Rooted in the popular delicacies of Rajasthan, Dahi Kachori is a roughly round, deep fried snack made from maida. It is served by puncturing the surface and filling it with tangy tamarind juice, spices and curd that oozes out with every bite and the feeling is just heart melting.
5. Litti Chokha
Litti Chokha is a delicious and never to miss food from the streets of Bihar. Looks much like Dal batti from Rajasthan’s cuisine, Litti Chokha is actually different in taste and in servings.
6. Chole bhature
A maida poori served with a spicy chole made from horse gram, is a finger-licking snack available on the streets of India, mainly Northern regions.
7. Bombay Sandwich
Bombay Sandwich has come up with being the most savoury roadside food of Mumbai. Two slices of bread are made into a pampering delicacy by adding a variety of fillings, sandwiched in between, such as slices of beetroot, cucumber, onion rings, boiled potatoes and with a gentle spread of mint chutney over it. It is served toasted to add a crunchy tinge to the taste.
Jalebi is the most eye-pleasing, irresistible delicacy of Indian cuisine. It is made from wheat flour into a rich orange coloured coils which are deep-fried and later soaked in sugar syrup.
Dabeli is the most gloriously delectable contribution to the street foods of India by Gujarat. “Kutch ki Mashoor Dabeli” is sometimes used by vendors as a prominent label to highlight the roots of this delicious street food of India.
Momos, once a popular food of Tibetan culture, is now one of the most popular street foods in India, mainly in the North-East India. It is actually a steamed dumpling filled with veggies or meat and served with thick spicy sauces.
Vada pav is now a crucial part of Mumbai’s rich metropolitan culture. Being the most popular street food of Mumbai, Vadapav feeds the hunger in masses everyday as it is the cheapest yet the most mouth watering snack available on the streets of Mumbai.
12. Poha and Jalebi
A deliciously perfect mix of sweet and spicy, Poha-Jalebi is the most savoured breakfast on the streets of India, but a culture of combining Jalebi with it if dotted back will end up on the streets of Indore.
13. Pav bhaji
A mixture of mashed veggies, prominently potato, that just needs a little more smashing, with a specially designed utensil, before serving, will surely on your sight if you are wandering the streets of India, especially in Mumbai. It is served with pav and chopped onions with a few drops of lemon and a small butter cube that melts in the warmth of bhaji, which altogether gives a taste which is heavenly delighting.