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Mouth Watering Delights From the Streets of India!!

Updated on May 24, 2015
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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.

2.Chola Bhatura

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.

3.Kachori

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.

4.Bhel Puri

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.

5.Gol Gappa

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.

6.Pav Bhaji

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.

7.Momos

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.

8.Samosa

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.

9.Idli Smbhar

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.

10.Kulfi

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.

(With inputs from :

http://www.tarladalal.com/

http://www.archanaskitchen.com/)

Aloo Tikki Chaat
Aloo Tikki Chaat | Source
Chana Bhatura
Chana Bhatura | Source
Kachori
Kachori | Source
Bhel Puri
Bhel Puri | Source
Gol Gappa
Gol Gappa | Source
Pav Bhaji
Pav Bhaji | Source
Momos
Momos | Source
Samosa
Samosa | Source
Idli Sambhar
Idli Sambhar | Source
Kulfi
Kulfi | Source

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      Akriti Mattu 2 years ago from Shimla, India

      Hey i'm glad you like this post and are forwarding it to your wife :)

      In case you wanna visit i have two more posts on the top travel locations as well.

      Cheers :)

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      Robert Morgan 2 years ago from Hutchinson Island, FL - Myrtle Beach, SC - Scottsdale AZ

      Oh my goodness what a great article. My wife has spent a lot of time in India and I am looking forward to coming to visit in the very near future. I love the food and our adopted Indian family. Blessings to you. Oh I am forwarding this article to my wife right now. :)

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      Akriti Mattu 2 years ago from Shimla, India

      Thanks :)

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      Tillie's Tales 2 years ago from India

      Great compilation Akriti, you made my mouth water especially with the photographs which said it all. Yes, the Kolkata kulfis are special with the flavour of the season and their unique packing (orange in a container that looks like an orange :))! In Delhi, matka kulfi and tilli wali kulfi especially from Old Delhi outlets are very tasty and very popular. Enjoyed reading your hub and it is will very useful before a tourist visits India!

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      Akriti Mattu 2 years ago from Shimla, India

      That is so good to know.

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      Sheila Brown 2 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      I have never had the opportunity to try these Indian treats, but I would love to some day. I always enjoy trying foods from different cultures.

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      Akriti Mattu 2 years ago from Shimla, India

      Thank u.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Great hub with details of yummy Indian street food, to which we all are almost addicted.

      Thanks for sharing it with others at HP! Voted up!

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      Akriti Mattu 2 years ago from Shimla, India

      Thanks :)

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      Lee Cloak 2 years ago

      I do love Indian food, great hub, an Indian doctor move into the house next door the smell of his wives cooking is driving me crazy, a really fantastic read, well done, thanks for sharing, voted up, Ler

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      Akriti Mattu 2 years ago from Shimla, India

      Thanks a ton everybody :-)

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      All of these dshes look and sound delicious. Thanks for sharing Akriti, good hub.

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      deergha 2 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

      Very nice hub. Photos are really awesome almost mouth watering he he he. This is the treasure for Indians to dig on. Thanks for this wonderful share. Sharing and voted up useful.

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      Rebecca Mealey 2 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Well put together! Very informative on the delicious and world famous Thai street foods. Beats our fried Snickers bars!

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      Paul Richard Kuehn 2 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

      Thanks for introducing some great Indian snacks. I have never had these, but when I do travel to India, I now know what to order. Voted up as interesting and useful and sharing with HP followers.

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      Akriti Mattu 2 years ago from Shimla, India

      Any time :)

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      Molly Layton 2 years ago from Alberta

      Thank you so much!

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      Akriti Mattu 2 years ago from Shimla, India

      Sure :)

      Here's the recipe :

      Ingredients

      For the Dough:

      1/2 cup wheat flour

      1/2 cup maida

      1/4 teaspoon salt

      2 tablespoons oil

      chilled water to bind the dough

      For the Filling

      1/2 cup readymade Moong Dal Namkeen

      1 teaspoon asafoetida

      2 teaspoon ajwain

      2 teaspoon each (cumin Powder, coriander Powder, red chilli powder, dry mango powder, fennel powder, pomegranate seeds powder - Anardana, chaat masala powder)

      oil for deep frying

      P.S : All the ingredients you're not familiar with can be purchased from any indian food market abroad.

      Method for making the Dough of Kachori

      Mix the flour, salt and oil and rub oil and flour between fingers to get bread crumb like texture. Add the chilled water slowly, mixing with your fingers as you pour. Add just enough water to get all the dough together and knead to make a soft and smooth dough. Cover the dough and let it rest for at least fifteen minutes.

      Method for Filling of Kachori

      Crush Moong Dal Namkeen in blender to a coarse powder.

      In a pan dry roast all the masalas for filling and mix nicely with crushed namkeen, adjust salt and seasoning as per taste.

      Method for making the Kachori

      Once the dough has rested for 15 minutes, knead the dough just once more to make it smooth. Divide the dough in large lemon size equal parts.

      Take one part of the dough and with your fingers flatten the edges and make into 3-inch circle. Leaving center little thicker then edges around.

      Mold the dough into a cup and place 1 teaspoon of filling in the center. Pull the edges of the dough to wrap the dal filling. Repeat with the rest. Let the filled ball rest for 3 to 4 minutes before rolling.

      Set the kachoris on a surface with the seams facing up. Using the base of your palm, slowly flatten them into about 3 inch circle.

      Preheat oil for deep frying in a frying pan on medium heat. Fry these stuffed moong dal kachori's on medium-low heat. After they start to puff, slowly turn them over to the other side. Fry until golden-brown on both sides.

      Serve the Moong Dal Khasta Kachori with yogurt, Green Chutney, Tamarind Chutney and chopped onion.

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      Molly Layton 2 years ago from Alberta

      Honestly, I meant to click on your Mocktails hub, but mis-clicked. I saw that picture and knew I had to read this one too. The Kachori looks so good! Do you know any recipes for it?

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      Akriti Mattu 2 years ago from Shimla, India

      Me too :)

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      Divya Sarjolta 2 years ago

      Light on the pocket and full of flavours. Love them all :)

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      Akriti Mattu 2 years ago from Shimla, India

      Thank you. Do try them when you get a chance :)

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      they look wonderfully mouth watering voted awesome

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      Akriti Mattu 2 years ago from Shimla, India

      I know it really is :-)

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      Anthony Godinho 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      It's difficult to pick just one favourite :) I've tried all these and look forward to having them every time I go back to India!

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      Akriti Mattu 2 years ago from Shimla, India

      Thanks

      I look forward to read your blog :)

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      Megha verma raghav 2 years ago from delhi

      Hey @Akriti, i know all the recipes..made them several times.. Soon i will be publishing on my blog... Quite good list... :)

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      Akriti Mattu 2 years ago from Shimla, India

      Yes it is available but it did not originate in India. It's available else where in the world easily so why should a tourist visit India to try a snack that is anyways popular around the world. I've mentioned stuff exclusive to India here.

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      anil nathta 2 years ago from shimla

      i think spring rolls is missing there ......which you can easily find on the streets of shimla , solan and Chandigarh delhi etc....

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      Akriti Mattu 2 years ago from Shimla, India

      Thanks :)

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      Akriti Mattu 2 years ago from Shimla, India

      Yeah they are. Try them sometime :)

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      Akriti Mattu 2 years ago from Shimla, India

      Thanks :)

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      Patty Inglish 2 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      The street foods you selected for this Hub look delightful! I remember the movie recently, "The Hundred Foot Journey", in which an Indian chef in Paris once again tastes the food of home and it makes him cry, it is so flavorful and full of memories.

      Rated Up and many more.

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      Rebecca Mealey 2 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      I've heard lots of good things about the street food in India. And this confirms it. What delicious looking dishes!

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      Akriti Mattu 2 years ago from Shimla, India

      So good to know that :)

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      Akriti Mattu 2 years ago from Shimla, India

      Thank you :)

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      GlenR 2 years ago from UK

      The pictures make my mouth water. I ate in the homes of Indian friends whilst working in Leicester, in the UK, and once a week at a lunch club run by elderly Indian ladies. The food was very different from restaurant food. Loved the sweets that the used to bring in to work at Divali.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 2 years ago from Washington, DC

      Wow! I had no idea of all the varieties of favorite Indian foods. Everything looks so delicious. I will have to try some. The pictures are beautiful and really shows off the food well. Very informative and well done presentation. Thanks for the detailed descriptions and education on Indian foods. Voted up and interesting.

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      Akriti Mattu 2 years ago from Shimla, India

      Try it sometime :)

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      Mel Carriere 2 years ago from San Diego California

      I haven't sampled Indian street food, but my son swears by Indian food. Looks delicious. Great hub.

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      Akriti Mattu 2 years ago from Shimla, India

      Thanks for reading :)

      I have friends in UK.They keep telling me about some really good outlets that have sprung up in UK which specialize in Indian food.

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      Mike 2 years ago from Wales, United Kingdom

      This hub has made me very hungry. I wish that the Indian food in the UK was half as good as street foods featured here.

      Thank you for sharing these with us.

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      Akriti Mattu 2 years ago from Shimla, India

      Thanks :)

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      Colin Garrow 2 years ago from Kinneff, Scotland

      This is making me very hungry! Great Hub.

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      Akriti Mattu 2 years ago from Shimla, India

      Thank you :)

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      Padmajah Badri 2 years ago from India

      I super like this hub ..Excellent information about Indian food ..

      Must read for travellers /tourists visiting India

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      Akriti Mattu 2 years ago from Shimla, India

      Thank you for reading. In case you're a lover of traveling as well as good food, you can check out my latest post as well. If you ever plan a visit to India, you should explore these gorgeous places :)

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I love the Indian food that I've tried. The street food that you've described sounds delicious! Thank you for sharing all the great information.

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      Akriti Mattu 2 years ago from Shimla, India

      Hey that's good.

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      Mary Norton 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Just wonderful flavours. What with all the spices that go with it. We had been to India many times so we do savour Indian food.

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      Akriti Mattu 2 years ago from Shimla, India

      Hey if you feel like , you can check out my latest post on top destinations for women in India .It'l be helpful :)

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      Anna 2 years ago from New York, NY

      I wish I had this guide when I traveled through India. We were only in Delhi and got a car to travel through Rajasthan but we hope to go back in a couple of years and this will come in very handy. Thank you!

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      Akriti Mattu 2 years ago from Shimla, India

      Thanks for reading and willing to try new food :)

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      Akriti Mattu 2 years ago from Shimla, India

      Hey that is so great. You're welcome in my country :)

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      Audrey Hunt 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      I love Indian food and this is just awesome. The photos are beautiful. I would love to visit North India.

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      Anne Harrison 2 years ago from Australia

      The food looks amazing! When travelling, I always try to find local specialties, and it doesn't come more local than freshly cooked before you on a street stall. Thanks for the suggestions

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      Akriti Mattu 2 years ago from Shimla, India

      Hey thanks for the comment.

      I've been to Kerela thrice and every time the state has something new to offer. The people are so warm and the food is good.

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      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 2 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

      These are extremely delicious and inviting. I have tasted most of these dishes and only a few remain to be tried. India is a great nation with diverse features. Obviously mouth watering dishes like these make it a very different country in the world. I too have done some hubs on the food interest but pertaining to my own state-Kerala. Keep on writing such nice stuff. Shared here for maximum reach.

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      Akriti Mattu 2 years ago from Shimla, India

      Hey thanks for reading. I'm glad my post could convince you to try Indian food. I'd be writing about more dishes from India in the future :)

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      Momma-Jess 2 years ago

      I can honestly say I have never had the opportunity to try Indian cuisine, but after reading this article my mouth is watering. All the dishes looked so good. Thank you for sharing that!

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      Akriti Mattu 2 years ago from Shimla, India

      Your'e most welcome pal.

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      Andrew Spacey 2 years ago from Near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire,UK

      Such a country you have, bursting with energy and spice. One day I might be tempted to visit to devour a couple of kulfis. Lovely images, mouth watering, thank you.

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      Akriti Mattu 2 years ago from Shimla, India

      Thank you.

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      Frida Rose 2 years ago from Maryland

      I love Indian food and I learned about a few dishes I hadn't heard of before. Great hub.

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      Akriti Mattu 2 years ago from Shimla, India

      Hey thanks. Please do so whenever you get a chance.

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      DebMartin 2 years ago

      Okay. Now I want to go and eat my way through India. Wonderful photos.

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      Akriti Mattu 2 years ago from Shimla, India

      That's good to know.

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      Ranya Snowden-Shamily 2 years ago from Detroit, MI; Frankville, AL

      Yes, these all sound delicious... and look just as tasty! Chicken, potatoes: two of my favorite foods

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      Akriti Mattu 2 years ago from Shimla, India

      When you do so, give me your feedback.

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      Amanda M 2 years ago from Unknown

      Looks very delicious! I would love to try these some time!

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      Akriti Mattu 2 years ago from Shimla, India

      How nice . Have some more :)

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      Besarien 2 years ago

      I just ate lunch at an Indian restaurant and this is making me hungry again!

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      Akriti Mattu 2 years ago from Shimla, India

      Try them whenever you get a chance.

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      There are so many india food that ihavent try befire, mistly capati, tosai and pratas