The street food culture of India has an undisputed charm, essence and attraction which has been intact since a long time. Certain cities and towns, make India the gastronomical hub for street food which every tourist (Read: Foodie!) fancies of. If the lanes of Old Delhi are a treat for non-vegetarians and chaat lovers, the rich Awadhi cuisine of Lucknow simply cannot be kept out of sight. Similarly, while you are exploring the by lanes of Kolkata,make sure you surprise yourself with jhaal-muri and various sweetmeats.Varanasi might be famous for its ghats and the spiritual vibe that drives the city at it’s own pace but the signature kachori and lassi served in every corner of this holy city is what delights a tourist the most. The list doesn’t stop here, therefore we take you on a virtual tour to those cities in India that have earned recognition with their street food:
Referred as “The Food Capital” of India, Delhi is a foodies’ heaven with all that it has to offer. Right from chole bhature, golgappe, chaats to various non-vegetarian delicacies,Delhi has it all. Make your way down to the historic street of Chandni-Chowk to fill your plates and soul with hot jalebis and chaats. If you love swearing by kebabs, chicken and mutton, the narrow lanes near Jama Masjid are surely going to give you food goals.Heard Delhiites talk loud about Rajma Chawal or Kadhi Chawal? The outer lane of Connaught Place dots with numerous eateries that are famous for serving pocket-friendly rajma-chawal.Wind up your food journey with a glass full of Rabri faluda or Lassi.
A city that is synonymous to dhoklas, fafdas,jalebis,khaman etc,Ahmedabad gets high on street food. If you are in Ahmedabad and you haven’t had kitli ki chai at 5 am in the morning,you might be missing out on something splendid. While early morning breakfast scenes in this city is mostly about traditional Gujarati food(dhokla, fafda, jalebi, khaman etc),you would surely not regret having a king-size Gujarati thali for lunch.When the sun sets down, the city turns lively and you too,can visit Khau Gali or Manek Chowk-the two famous places in Ahmedabad that are open till late night serving pav-bhaji, dosas, sandwiches, traditional pizzas, noodles etc.
The Chhapan Dukaan and Sarrafa Bazaar in Indore are undisputedly two such places that treat you with the best of Indori street food. Even though Poha Jalebi is a”must-have” when you are in Indore, leaving this city without indulging in Bhutte Ki Kees, Khopra Patties, Sabudana Khichdi and Dahi Bade would be a sin.
The ardent lovers of kebabs are going to find many varieties of it in the City of Nawabs. Tunday Kebabs, Seekh Kebabs, Galouti Kebabs, Boti Kebabs are some of the famous kebabs that are going to leave you tempted,first with their aroma and later with taste. Chowk is one of the most popular areas,where kebab lovers love to throng in the evening. However, if you don’t fancy kebabs, you can always dig into Lucknawi Biryani. With more than enough options for non-vegetarians, the street food scene in Lucknow seems sorted. Vegetarians need not fret as Tokri Chaat, Kulfi and traditional paans are savored the most amongst vegetarians in Lucknow.
The street food of Mumbai is heavily influenced by the cultural diversity that persists in the city. While Vada Pav is considered to be a national dish here, some of the other culinary delights which would drive you insane include Pav Bhaji, Bhel Puri, Sev Puri, Pulao, Faluda, Dosas etc. The Khau Galis in Mumbai like Carter Road Khau Gali, Ghatkopar Khau Gali, Mohammed Ali Road, Khargar Khau Gali attract foodies in a huge number.
Boasting of delicious food,the City of Joy serves you with a mix of flavours that are going to tantalize your taste buds. You might have had pani-puri at several places in India but when you are in Kolkata, eating Gol-Gappas is a must. Keep some space in your stomach and head down to Burrabazar which is famous for serving Keemar Doi Bora and Kathi Rolls.Consider Samosas and Jhal-Muri to be your evening companion with a cup of tea. And finally, say goodbye to this beautiful city with a wide range of sweets it has to offer.
Hyderabadi Biryani is undoubtedly the first thing a Biryani lover would search for in this historical city of Nizams, and even though this trademark specialty is very much vocal amongst the locals and tourists, you should not miss out on Hyderabadi Haleem, Keema Samosa and Dosas. Wind up your meal by digging into phirni or simply have a cup of Irani Chai, in any case,you are bound to leave this city on a fab note.
“Ohhhh”;”Aaahhhh”- Consider these two expressions to be your only constant while you step in Amritsar,not just to satiate your hunger pangs but when you are in search of soul food. There are numerous dhabas which flock the quaint city,so enter into any one of those and order for an Amritsari Kulcha that goes well with any North Indian sabzi. A glass of lassi, jalebi and langar ka prashad are other things which would do equal justice to your Amrtisar trip.
Lastly we take you to Jaipur, where the Rajasthani culture is going to hurdle you,not only with its palaces and forts but also with street food. Dig into pyaaz kachori or dal kachori before you plan to visit places. The lanes near Hawa Mahal are home to some of the best street food delicacies that can be explored in Jaipur. Needless to say, ghewar and lassi are pure indulgence for the sweet-tooth lovers.
While these cities are an epitome for street food culture in India,every town and city contribute equally to make India a hub for the lovers of street food. Burrrrrpp!