Updated: 11 December 2018
Indian cuisine is as diverse as the land and its people. This is because the range in diversity concerning soil type, ethnic groups, culture, climate, and occupations make the cuisine vary from one place to another. Indian food is also heavily influenced by religion, Hindu, traditions, and cultural choices. It is as colorful and as vibrant as the saree that women don. If you have never tried Indian food yet, this is the best time to do so and awaken your senses to the flavors and smells of this subcontinent. Let us introduce you to some of the best Indian street food.
Vada Pav is Indian version of a burger. It is synonymous with the city of Mumbai and residents from all walks of life unabashedly declare their love for it. More than 2 million of these crispy creations are consumed in the capital city of India daily. Potato patties called batata are deep fried in sizzling hot cooking oil and sandwiched in soft, square bread called pav, but not without a generous slather of green-chili coriander chutney. To most people, the vada pav is their first eating out experience and their introduction to Indian street food, so it is the perfect way to present to Indian cuisine to anyone.
Pani Puri is a typical street snack in several regions of the Indian subcontinent. It composed of a round, hollow puri that is fried to a crisp and filled with a mixture of flavored water, known locally as imli pani, chili, tamarind chutney, chaat masala, potato, onion or chickpeas. Chefs are always eager to present exciting variations on the age-old recipe, and one such innovation is the cucumber pani puri which uses cucumber juice to fill up the puris.
Another favorite sold extensively on Mumbai streets is the sev puri. As the name indicates, sev puri is sev topped with puris or papdis and eaten alongside with chutneys and potatoes. Some of the adjectives that come to mind when this recipe is described are tangy and crispy. The very thought will make your mouth water. This Indian snack is a type of chaat and is sometimes seasoned with raw mango or chaat masala.
The roadside bomb is guaranteed to blow you away, pun intended. It consists of an entire potato sliced in half – with tomatoes, lemon, spicy garlic chutney, onion, and coriander.
This all-time roadside favorite is made with commonly available ingredients and regular bread. Samosas, along with other veggies, are stuffed in bread slices and grilled or toasted. Tasty and filling, samosas are eaten with pav or bread. Bread is buttered, lined with green chutney and sandwiched with a flattened samosa. The crunchy and juicy veggies add more oomph to this scrumptious snack.
Dosa is a type of Indian pancake made from fermented batter. it closely resembles the crepe and is made from rice and black gram. It is part of the Southern Indian diet and is famous well over the Indian subcontinent. It is traditionally served with a stuffing of potatoes and chutney, but might also be eaten with idli podi as well.
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