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Mouth Watering Delights From the Streets of India!!
The food from the streets of India is as colourful and creative as the country itself. Once you have a taste for it, there's no looking back. If one takes a stroll in the streets of India, one can find numerous stalls and shops preparing the savoury recepies. It takes really less time to cook, it's easy to make and one can really relish it , even if someone is trying it for the first time. This is the reason why so many tourists from different parts of the world get addicted to it. If you have not tried it yet, you should :-)
The top ten dishes as per me that one should definitely try , if one is visiting India are the following :-
1.The Aloo Tikki Chaat
It is a simple recipe of the popular street food of india. The spiced potato patties are flattened and flavored with mint chutney to give the added flavor. The aromatic tast emanating from the chola, the chutneys and the pungent onion, along with that crispy Sev is essentially small pieces of crunchy noodles made from chickpea flour paste which is seasoned with turmeric, cayenne and Ajwain) A serving of lemon juice on the top with coriander leaves makes it an all time favorite Indian street chaat.
Bhatura is a traditional North Indian Punjabi classic bread savored with chola masala - together called as "Chola Bhatura". The Bhatura is a spongy deep fried bread is made my combining flour along with yogurt and yeast that is made to ferment so that it gets that little sour taste from the yogurt which gives that classic favor and yet the softness. The addition of nigella seeds, fennel seeds or ajwain seeds enhances the flavor of the delicious bhatura.
A perfect kachori is one that is puffed up and flaky outside but hollow inside as the filling sticks to the crust. With a flavourful moong dal mixture as filling, the kachori is deep-fried patiently on a slow flame to achieve that deliciously crisp crust and hollow, well-cooked interior. is a delicious tea time snack that is also made for the festive season. This Kachori is served with yogurt, green chutney, tamarind chutney and chopped onion.
Not only is the Bhel Puri such an exciting snack to munch on, it is also a pleasure to watch the chaat wallah (the vendor serving chaat) whip up this tongue-tickling street food! Sold on every street corn in Mumbai, and now widespread in other Indian cities and towns too, Bhel Puri is a wonderful preparation of puffed rice tossed together with a lot of tangy chutneys, aromatic seasonings, crunchy veggies and flavourful garnishes.
Crisp semolina puris filled with sprouts and chilled mint flavoured water make a great snack for a hot summer afternoon. They are known as golgappas in northern india and as poochkas in west bengal, and pani puri in Mumbai. When my favourite "panipuriwallah" (The vendor serving it)is serving me these delightful little puris one after the other, i just go on eating till i can eat no more! Sprouts can be replaced by hot ragda (mashed potatoes) to complement the chilled mint water.
The Pav Bhaji is one a great dosh when cooked right, has all the goodness of vegetables and the pav buns add to the carbohydrates giving the required energy to sit through the classes and the day. I like to pack such dishes along with some comfort food like curd rice as this helps them to digest the pav bhaji and gives them the yogurt protein as well.
This is undoubtedly an innovative low calorie snack! Flour wrappers are filled with a healthy filling of broccoli and bean sprouts, and steamed to make an appetizing snack. The snack is served in a variety of ways - steamed, fried, vegetarian. non-vegetarian and even eaten with soup.
Samosa is one of the most famous street snack in India, especially north India. It has a thick outer covering to retain the shape and hold the stuffing which is mostly spicy potatoes but one can also use paneer (local indian cheese), sprouts, and even chicken stuffing.
In South India, idli is so greatly loved that they would not mind having it for breakfast and once again for dinner too! it is considered ‘safe food’ as it is steamed, and can be had anytime (even when you are unwell), and anywhere. idli is not only easy to make but also extremely healthy and easy to digest. In fact, when stranded on a highway with nothing to eat, people wouldn’t hesitate to walk into a roadside hotel and buy a few idlis, as it is steamed, and therefore quite safe to eat anywhere! It can be eaten alone but usually people prefer to eat it with Sambhar. The aromatic flavours of this traditional South Indian dish are truly irresistible. The speciality of this sambhar is that it is made with minimal oil and loads of vegetables which enhance its nutritive value. When served hot with Nutritious Stuffed Idlis, it makes a meal that is very hard to resist. Alternatively, relish this sambhar with steamed rice to make a wholesome meal.
Kulfi is one of the most delicious frozen Indian desserts, popular in many countries around the world. It is very similar to western ice cream but unlike them kulfi is not whipped hence the result is a solid, dense and rich dessert. The best kulfi's I have tasted are on the streets of Kolkata where they sell the flavors according to seasons - leechi kulfi, seethaphal kulfi, mango kulfi to name a few. These kulfi's are set in the earthen pots and sealed to be frozen. The taste from the earthen pots is very special.
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