Know the Top 10 Street foods and mouth watering delicacies from Fuze’s point of view.
The heart of the Indian culture is the food we eat. From culinary excellence to traditional bites, food has played a major role in shaping out identity in the global market. Although a form of survival, Indians relish not only delicacies but also the savory street foods which we love so dearly. Here are some Fuze favorites.
Pani Puri and Sev Puri
This popular street food originated in the Varanasi region, where it is often referred to as Golgappa, which means watery bread. True to it’s name, Pani Puri is a piece of hollowed fried bread, the puri, which is then chipped and stuffed with variations of potatoes, chickpeas, tamarind pulp, amongst other spices. The stuffed puri is then dipped in a watery concoction of spices including tamarind sauce and mint leaf chutney. Although it can be a messy dish, the people of India enjoy it with their both hands in the air. Sev Puri is another snack in the chaat variety. This snack is sold by the street vendors and is also available at restaurants. The Sev Puri’s main element is the puri, onions, potatoes and tomatoes are generally used to top the puri, along with sev and two or three types of chutneys.
Hailing from Uttar Pradesh, this savory dish is a mouthwatering twist on the single snack, samosa, is loved by many. A samosa – consisting of chickpeas and spiced potatoes – is crushed into small pieces. It is then mixed with fresh yogurt, tamarind sauce, onions and mint sauce and dried ginger.
The pride of South- Indian culture, this long crisp rice cake is the very definition of a bite worthy snack. Traditional eaten for a breakfast meal, the Dosa has become the fastest growing any-time entrée in the northern region of India. Despite its many variations, such as Cheese Dosa, Sada Dosa, Italian Dosa, Maggi Dosa, the most popular is the Masala Dosa. Masala Dosa is stuffed with potatoes, peanuts, raisins and coriander. It is served with coconut chutney, and mint sauce.
Rabdi – Jalebi
This anytime sweet combination is best served piping hot on a lazy winter night. Originated in Mathura the delicious combination of rabdi and jalebi is a favorite of Indian food lovers everywhere. Rabdi is a warm milk pudding with dry fruits and saffron, thickened to perfection after hours of boiling down. Its accompaniment, the jalebi is a friend desert created with flour, yougurt, sugary syrup and a hint of saffron.
If you are looking for a quick an easy yet filling snack, there is nothing better than a Vada Pav. Dubbed the Indian burger, Vada Pav is the specialty of Maharastra. The core of the sburger is made from mashed potatoes, green chilies, coriander, and garlic. The patty or vada is then topped with coconut sauce, tamarind sauce and a hint of chili sauce. It is then enclosed in unsweetened bread (the pav) and served piping hot with a side of green chilies.
Another Maharastian street food is the traditional twist on the classic munch menu. Instead of the daily five course meals Mumbai mill laborers preferred a light meal, which allowed them to remain active throughout the day. To avoid heavy meals, local vendors came up with the Pav Bhaji. They replaced rice with bread and whole vegetables with an amalgamation of everyday favorites such as cabbage, potatoes, onions, peas, among other vegetables. The concoction is garnished with lemon juice, coriander and freshly chopped onions.
Pakodas and Kebabs
Another famous street food is the pakodas and kebabs. Just thinking about Pakodas and Kebabs makes one mouth water. On a rainy day pakodas are the best enjoyed delicacy. The hot, hot pakodas and kebabs sooth and when eaten they are savored and relished with every bite. Whether it is the fried pakoda or the grilled, roasted kebab both are mouth watering snacks.
Ice Gola is another street food which are sold by vendors on the streets. Made with ice and coated with different flavours Ice Gola is very popular. During hot summers Gola is the best way to cool oneself. The Ice Gola is coated in syrup and the most popular one being Khala Khatta. The gola is not expensive and hot day it is the best way to drive away the heat.
Cotton Candy (Budhi Ke Baal)
To each kid, his own candy – even the fluffy kind. Although originated in Europe, the pink fluff ball became a beachside favorite for Indians around the world. You just simply cannot take a walk at the beach without biting down into this disappearing wonder.
Corn in sold cups is another famous street food. Sweet Corn is sold on roadside and also in malls, theaters ans shopping centers. Corn is also enjoyed mixed with butter, cheese, masala, pepper and is among the popular savory treats. They are sold at small and big food joints.
Author: Diana Lydia