Indian cuisine consists of a wide variety of regional cuisines belonging to various parts of India. India is a land of diverse climate, culture, ethnic group and occupations. It’s cuisines vary significantly from every region in spices, herbs, vegetables and ingredients. Indian food is also heavily influenced by religious and cultural choices and traditions.
Street food or food of the common man is one of the most important dish that the region or area is known for and there is a huge variety of street food across the nation.
Chole bhature is a Punjabi dish but very popular in major urban cities of India. Delhi is well famous for the best chole bhature, commonly eaten for break fast or snack often enjoyed with a glass of chilled sweet lassi. Chole (Chickpea) is soaked overnight and prepared with lots of masalas,the bhaturas are made from a dough of refined flour and fried until they turn golden.
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The desi version of burger and most popular road side food straight from the heart of Maharashtra. Vada Pav is the most loved,pocket friendly staple food item, consists of fried potato balls called vada served in a bun, pav along with red or green garlic based chutneys and fried green chillies.
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Egg Rolls are one of the most popular street foods in Kolkata. A fried egg wrapped inside a refined flour paratha served with chutney or sour dipping sauce. In many roadside stalls, now a days a modern version is sold all over India which has stuffing of chicken and veggies inside the rolls served with a dip or ketchup.
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The most favourite southern Indian dish, Eaten as a breakfast item and served with combination of chutney and sambhar. Sambhar is made with tamarind and toor daal. Idlis and vadas are light on the stomach and easy on pocket.
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Poha-Jalebi is one of the best street food and a specialty of Indore and the central Indian region. Namkeen farsaan and with jalebi. Poha is made of flattened rice puffs which is fried after soaking in water along with spices, jalebi on the other hand is sweet dish made from refined flour paste and is deep fried and then soaked in sugar syrup. The combinations of sweet and salty is what makes this dish very interesting
Across India, there is a huge variety of chaat served namely the Gol gappa’s (also called Puchka or Pani puri), Dahi papdi (also called dahi bhalla or papdi chat ) and Tikki, served along with Chutney, curd, and lots of masalas.
Although they might not have originated in India but is very popular in the hilly regions of Himachal and north eastern states of India, Momos are Dumplings made of refined flour sheets usually stuffed with veggies or meat and then either steamed of deep fried, and are now commonly available through out the country now on small stalls.
As the name suggests the origin of this dish was in Amritsar, Punjab. The for the kulcha is knead and kept overnight with yeast for fermentation and the final product is a potato stuffed bread witch has several layers and is super crispy always served with Chole(chickpeas) and a tamarind Chutney which has chopped onions in them.
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Pav Bhaji is a hurried meal for the man on the street originated in Western India meal is a spicy blend of vegetables in onion and tomato gravy served with pav that is cooked with butter.
Kebab’s and Tikka’s
For the non vegetarian lovers this is the best food available on the streets of India. Chicken, mutton, fish, cottage cheese, potato, mushroom kebabs are all available at roadside Bar-be-que shops across the country.
In my opinion these dishes belong to all corners and cover almost all of India, so what are you having tonight?