You enter a market and what all you feel is the fragrance of food shooting up your appetite. You stop by to have that mouth-watering Paani Puri, the Dahi Bhallas, the Chaat Papdi and the next moment you see yourself in the paradise of flavours. Until you feel the rush of spices inside you, you haven't had something you could call Street Food. And, Indian Street Food is something that could bring a Tsunami of simple yet exotic flavours within you. You may visit countries and try their prominent street foods, but we bet the taste won't match the one you'll have in the Indian Continent. As diverse as is the country, it experiences a manifold of cuisines, each having at least one speciality of Street Food.
So hang on as we give you major street food goals with the top 24 Street Food of India:
1. Lakhanpur De Balley straight from Jammu and Kashmir
Apart from the entry point of the state, Lakhanpur is also known for its delicious 'Bhalley'. It is a fried snack prepared from pulses served with green chutney and shredded radish. The tangy aroma and mix of spices make this dish one of the most edible street foods throughout the country. As soon as you enter the Lakhanpur lane, you'll see several vendors selling the delish delicacy. This would surely make your breakthrough the street eating stigma, and you'll dig into the yum Bhallas.
2. Momos, the King of Street Food in Delhi
If you are in Delhi, you won't find a single street that doesn't have a momo stall. Momos in Delhi are as famous as Nick and Priyanka's wedding is on social media. Though it is a Tibetan Dish, the North Indians here love it to the core. Adding the twists of masalas and stuffings, a massive variety of momos are sold in the state. Every shop or stall you visit will at least have four types of Momos. From Dolma Aunty's Momos in South Delhi to Momos Point in North Delhi, you'll find hundreds of varieties of this one particular dish. You can't resist the hot piping stuffed dumplings. Mutton, Paneer, Wheat, Tandoori, Fried, Gravy, etc. you name the type, and it will be served. No matter how much you eat these, they'll never be enough!
3. Puchkas, the Tiny Bombs from Bengal
Also known as Gol Gappas and Pani Puri, this tangy, minty street food dish is the best solution for all your mood swings. Crazily loved by the Indian Women, puchkas taste the best when eaten from a roadside stall. No one could ever think that the filling of mashed potato and boiled chickpeas dipped into the coriander water and tamarind paste would taste so heavenly. Also, the spicier it gets, the better it becomes. So waiting for what? Grab some for yourself by from your nearest street vendor.
4. The Famous Vada Pao of Aamchi Mumbai
Every Mumbaiker's quick bite, Vada Pao is an Indian Style spicy burger. From a school student to an elite businessman, everyone makes a pit stop at a vada pao stall irrespective of what time of the day it is. This is an authentic Marathi dish that heats up your belly, all thanks to the spicy chillies inside it. To add more to its taste, Vada Pao is served with different chutneys, coriander being the most common one. When in Mumbai it becomes necessary to have one.
5. Dabeli of Gujarat
Badeli is a snack food having its roots in Kutch. You'll be surprised to know that around 20 lakh dabelis are consumed per day in the region of Kutch. It is a spicy snack prepared as a mixture of special dabeli masala and boiled potatoes which is then put into a burger like a bun also known as 'ladi pav'. The dish is accompanied by different chutneys like garlic, tamarind, date, chilli, etc. The garnishing of roasted peanuts and pomegranate add seven stars to its taste. Served with namkeen, the aroma of spices in Dabeli will surely hook you to a nearby stall, making you drool over this street food dish.
6. Akki Rotti from Karnataka
The staple breakfast of the people in Karnataka, Akki Rotti or the rice bread is one of the favourite dishes when it comes to eating from roadside stalls. People start flocking to the stalls serving the Akki Rotti before they begin with their office work or college lectures. This quick bite can also be feasted as an evening snack served with coconut chutney and hot tea.
7. Mirchi Bajji from the Land of Charminar
We all must have eaten Mirch k Pakode but trust me when we say this, none of them could match the ones found in Hyderabad. The Mirchi Bhajji here spills out heaven. A burst of spices served with onion and lemon; this street food dish makes its way to everyone's tummy.
8. Cholle Bhaturey from Loving Punjab
Initially a street food rampant in parts of Punjab, now this dish is crazily loved by other parts of North India too. The luscious chickpeas prepared in a bundle of spices is eaten with the fried bread made from majorly maida. As a bite goes in you are in a paradise of flavours. The street food dish tastes so good that you just can't resist yourself from having it. It is a favourite dish of Punjabis and is usually found the best in streets only. The taste of Cholla Bhatura isn't justified if you have it in a lavish restaurant. Until it has the touch of the street, it won't taste the way it is supposed too. The onion and chilly salad along with pickle make it all the way more yum.
9. Tunde Kabab, the Shahi Awadh Culture
This dish will make you drool over its taste! Exceptionally succulent, it is one of the most preferred street food items in Lucknow. Prepared with minced meat, it is also known as Galouti Kebab. Haji Murad Ali, the man behind this dish, had one hand and hence the name, Tunday. It is made in a way that even a toothless man can get foodgasms. Extraordinarily soft and heavenly delicious, it is a must-have when in the Nawabo K Shahar, Lucknow.
10. The Simplicity of Bihar, Litti Chokha
The Bihari version of Daal Bati Choorma, Litti Chokha is a dish from traditional Bihari cuisine which can be eaten during any time of the day. Be it your breakfast, lunch, brunch or dinner, Litti Choka is an epic rescuer from hunger. A spicy curry made from mashed potato and brinjal is served with little which is a bread prepared from grams ? the taste doubles when Desi Ghee enters your plate. Making its way from the streets of Patna, it has now reached t several corners of the country.
11. Paya Soup from Bhopal
Want to have a non-vegetarian feast? Drive straight into the Chatori Gali of Bhopal and get your hands on the Mutton Paya Soup! Perfect for beating the dropping temperatures of Bhopal, this soup is an ultimate favourite when it comes to street hogging. This lamb trotter's soup is a delightful and soothing stew cooked in different spices. Thin in texture it renders your taste bud with a bundle of flavours.
12. Thukpa Soup From the North-Eastern Territories
Long noodles, strong spices, and fresh veggies combine to form this Tibetan 'not-so-desi' dish. The noodle soup is full of flavours and is your shield to deal with the chilly winters of Arunachal Pradesh. You can also find its non-vegetarian variant which is two times tastier than the vegetarian one. It is readily available in the streets of North Eastern India and now has become famous in other states too.
13. Aloo Tikki, the Renowned Street Food dish of Indian Subcontinent
Be it a wedding, a house party, a market stroll, or a visit to the mall; everything is incomplete without having the delicious aloo tikki. Though its exact origin is unknown, you'll find it in every corner of the country. No matter you find any other street food item or not, Tikki is something that'll catch your glimpse every time you are on a street food stroll. The mashed potatoes mixed up with spices are fried to get hot and crispy Tikkis. Sometimes served with Tamarind chutney and sometimes with a combo of tamarind and mint, this delish is a bomb of flavours. There are a few vendors who also garnish the dish with reddish and onion adding more to its taste.
14. Paddu, the Little Twin of Dosa
These little joys are Sold in the streets of South India. The batter for the same is prepared from rice and black lentils which is later poured in a mould to get the final product. It is a perfect start to a day and can be had as evening snacks too. If added onions, the dish becomes tastier. The tiny dosa balls become a delicious companion for your office breaks. These can be best eaten with coconut chutney and filter coffee.
15. Kathi Rolls from Calcutta
Okay! So this is the yummiest street food item you can ever have in India. Made with a delectable filling of veggies and kebabs, the Kathi Rolls are a treat to your taste buds. The outer crispy covering is made of maida making it softer to eat. The love for these rolls can be seen on the streets of Kolkata which is highly justified when you have one for yourself. Park Street aces in delivering you the tastiest of Kathi rolls once and for all.
16. Maharashtra's Pav Bhaji
Mouthwatering, hot, spicy, and full of flavours bhaji is served with butter oozing pavs. With a pinch of lemon and onions beside makes it completely dreamy. This dish having thick vegetable curry combined with rolled bread took birth in the Maharashtrian region of India and now the whole continent is crazy for its tastes. From handcart vendors to 5-star hotels, you can find it everywhere. Nevertheless, the juicy and flavorful Pav Bhaji tastes best when eaten at a Chai Tapri! Until you get your hands all soaked in butter, you haven't had its real taste.
17. Poha Jalebi from Madhya Pradesh
A combination of sweet and sour, Poha-Jalebi is one of the renowned street food dishes in parts of Madhya Pradesh especially Indore and Bhopal. A mix of veggies and flattened rice prepared in very basic spices plus the sugary jalebis is all that you need when exploring the state. This unique duo is served with onion and fennel seeds which makes it tastier to eat.
18. Bhelpuri, Yet Again from Mumbai
When at Chaupati, Bhelpuri is a must! Tunnelling its ay from the beaches of Mumbai to other parts of India, Bhelpuri has become one of the staple street food items to have whenever in a marketplace. You'll find hundreds of Bhelpuri walas in a day selling this light snack. Also, it is a paradise for the ones on a diet. They can munch on Bhelpuri without counting calories as it is very low in calories. It is prepared from puffed rice that are mixed well with tangy spices, chutneys, finely chopped onions, and tomatoes.
19. Bikaneri Kachori from Rajasthan
Nothing can beat the Rajasthan's heat as the huge Bikaneri Kachori. A blast of flavours, this street food dish is stuffed with spicy chutneys and hot gravy. Especially found in Bikaner as the name suggests, if you have it once, you'll never want to leave a chance to have it again.
20. Bhalla Papdi - Dahi Walo Ki Dilli
India's love affair, Bhalla Papdi is a dish which you'll find in all family functions, every street, and at times homes too. Its sweet and sour combination makes it an ultimate favourite of almost every person. Vada is soaked in a thick mixture of dahi/curd and spices. Topped with cashews, green chutney, and sweet tamarind chutney, Dahi Balla catches your eye whenever you are on an evening stroll. It is one of the best ways to beat the hot and humid temperatures of Delhi during the summer time.
21. Misal Pao from the Streets of Bombay
One of the few wonders of Mumbai includes this super go to street food feast, Misal Pav. It includes two-three buns served with a curry made from beans and a melange of spices. Poha or Chidva, coriander leaves, namkeen and chopped onions are added to the curry which makes it taste thousand times better. Almost every street food vendor sells Misal Pav which is a great snack during the roadside gossips.
22. Aloo Chaat from Delhi and Uttar Pradesh
Crispy potatoes tossed in a mix of spicy and sweet chutneys; this street food dish is a pleasure for your taste buds. The sour, and flavorful the cubed fried potatoes are served with variations in different states. It's best to have them with coke in summers and masala chai in winters. At times lemon water is added to make Tangier and yum. 23. Ghugni Chaat from Bengal
In Kolkata or any other part of West Bengal? Have this and thank us later. Boiled yellow dal tossed in some lemon juice and spices makes a go-to snack while you are in the market. Moreover, as it is a dish made from pulses you can eat it and still continue your diet regime. You'll hardly find any street in the state having no Ghugni chaat vendor.
24. Idli Sambhar, Chennai Love
You cannot resist yourself from having the famous idli sambhar of Chennai! When in the streets there are 100% chances that you'll treat your taste buds with the delicious idli sambhar. To the distance, till your eyes can see, you are to spot at least five idli sambhar vendors on roads. No matter how much you eat it, you'll never get bored.
Lastly, we are sure the words above would have given you irresistible hunger pangs. Calm them down by heading straight towards your favourite street food wala!