India is a land brimming with diversity. You will find a unique culture, unique language, and even unique cuisine every 100 km. Mughlai Cuisine, South Indian Cusine, Kashmiri Cuisine, Gujarati Cuisine, Punjabi Cuisine, Goan Cuisine are just a few amongst a plethora of cuisines that India has. Along with these sumptuous cuisines, the country has the most mouth-watering street food. Ranging from light snacks like dosa and idli to the heavier counterparts like kachoris and chole bhature, you will find every item that suits your hunger and taste-buds too. Trying the lip-smacking street food of this wonderland is a must in every itinerary.
11 street foods you must try in India
This Indian version of a burger is a specialty of the state of Maharashtra. Spicy potato cutlets dipped in gram flour batter is deep-fried to create a crunchy yet soft patty. Served with pav (Indian bread) and fried chilly, vada pav packs a delicious punch.
The land of Punjab swears by this food and is a breakfast item for many households. With Chole Bhature, be prepared to have that feeling you get when you have had enough but cannot stop. Tangy chickpeas curry cooked with onions, tomatoes, ginger-garlic paste and Indian spices is served with fried bread.
Lucknow is renowned all over the world for its delectable Awadhi cuisine, and this street-food offering is no less. Minced buffalo meat is marinated in a blend of yogurt and Indian spices and then shallow fried in a pan. The kebabs are so soft and succulent that they melt in your mouth.
This native food of neighboring regions of Tibet and Nepal has trickled into most states of India and found a place in its cuisine. Steamy dumplings loaded with meat or vegetables are served with extra hot sauce.
This unique dish from the state of Bihar requires some excellent culinary skills. Wheat flour balls stuffed with gram flour and baked in an oven to achieve a hard texture, which is then dipped in hot clarified butter to soften them. These littis are served with spicy eggplant and potato curry. Litti Choka can be eaten for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
A delicious offering from Gujarat, Pav Bhaji primarily consists of two elements, the curry, and the bread. The creamy curry is a mixture of a myriad of vegetables and spices served with bread. It is garnished with plentiful onions, coriander and a dash of lemon.
Appe also called as paniyaram or ponganalu is sold on the streets of South India. These tiny balls are just another form of dosa made using the same batter. Served with spicy and sweet coconut chutney, appe are perfect for breakfast and evening snack.
The old streets of Delhi will introduce you to this tasty snack, which is like a bomb of flavors exploding in your mouth. Dahi Bhalla is a lentil-based fritter soaked in a thick mixture of yogurt and spices. Garnished with a mix of tamarind and mint chutney, Dahi Bhalla will leave you wanting for more.
Poha, though a specialty from Madhya Pradesh, it is a breakfast item in most of the Indian households. A unique blend of sweet and sour flavor is infused in flattened rice and is garnished with coriander and coconut scrappings. Poha is served with a combination of sugary jalebi.
These chilly fritters are not for the faint-hearted. A non-spicy chilly (according to Indian standards) dipped in gram flour batter is deep-fried. In some versions, the fritter is slit and stuffed with onions and tangy spices. If you can handle the spice, we bet you can’t have just one.
Also known as gol gappas, pani puri or puchkas is a hot favorite amongst all Indian Women and some men too. A tiny puri stuffed with potato is filled with the tangy and spicy-sweet mint-based concoction and served on a tiny plate. Once you pop the puri in your mouth, it feels like a small explosion of flavors running down to your stomach.