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Street Food In India

Updated on May 22, 2015

Why I want to write on street food?

I have read many hubs on street food of various countries. And it brought into my knowledge many things which I never knew before.So this encouraged me to write hub on such topic.

I have seen that many people are fond of Indian food and they will find it interesting to know about the kind of food sold in streets of India.

Pani puri ( Street food)
Pani puri ( Street food) | Source
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1. Pani Puri - The most famous Street food of India

Pani puri means water balls. It is the most famous street food in India. Indian women just can't live without pani puri.

Puri is made up of all purpose flour.It is served with spicy water which has got many ingredients like mint, green chili, coriander, black salt and many other spices. Mashed potato and black gram are first stuffed in puri and then it is dipped in spicy water, which then fulls up the puri. You can see the picture which has shown puri (balls) , spicy water (green color), Red chutney (it is date and tamarind paste), and other thing is just optional (bundi).

Pav Bhaji ( Street food)
Pav Bhaji ( Street food) | Source

2. Pav Bhaji

"Pav" means "bread" and "bhaji" means "gravy". But the gravy here is made of mashed vegetables which include potato, peas, carrot and cauliflower. It is a famous street food all over India.

Pav Bhaji is mostly sold in a four wheeled cart which can be moved from place to place. They carry with them (in a cart) a large pan ( for frying bhaji), a gas stove, few plates for serving, and bread (pav).

Chicken Tikka ( Street Food)
Chicken Tikka ( Street Food) | Source

3. Chicken Tikka

"Tikka" means small "square pieces". For this dish the chicken is cut into small cubes. Then it is marinated with spices and then grilled.

It is sold in a small shop. The shop has small area for BBQ. Apart from Chicken tikka, they sell many other non-veg varieties like Chicken Tandoori, Mutton tikka etc.

This type of shops( which sells chicken tikka) opens at 5-6 pm and closes at 1 am. Whenever we feel hungry at night and want to have some spicy, then our best option is Chicken Tikka or any other non-veg food from such shop.

Chana Jor Garam ( Street Food)
Chana Jor Garam ( Street Food) | Source
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4. Chana Jor Garam

Chana jor Garam is a snack made from Black gram. It somewhat looks like an oats. Many things are added to it to make it spicy. It includes onion, tomato, black pepper, chaat masala, lemon juice etc.

Person selling chana jor garam, carries a stool sort of thing with him on which he keeps all his required things.

Samosa (Street food)
Samosa (Street food) | Source
Person selling samosa
Person selling samosa | Source

5. Samosa

It is a triangle shaped pastry containing potatoes, peas and other vegetables and spices. Many samosas also have meat in it, but the veg one are more famous. Almost every school canteen, in India, will have samosa in their menu list. As it is very cheap, It is easily affordable even by a poor person.

Famous pani puri centre in Mumbai

Recipe for Pani Puri

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I loved reading about Indian street food. The only item in this hub that I'm familiar with is the samosa. which I enjoy eating. Street food is becoming popular where I live. It's interesting to read about popular street food items in another country!

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      Rumana 4 years ago from Sharjah, UAE

      @ Mr. Rajan : Thanks for reading my hub

      @Kathryn : That seems new to me...Thanks for the information Kathryn.

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Rumana, there are street vendors in Boston, although they are probably different than the ones in India. Our street vendors cook in little trucks or portable cooking areas.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Nice hub and I love all these. Voted up.

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      Rumana 4 years ago from Sharjah, UAE

      Thanks rose-the planner for liking my hub. I really appreciate it!

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      Rumana 4 years ago from Sharjah, UAE

      @ Kathryn Startford: I am glad to know that you enjoyed my hub.I was not knowing that there are street vendors in Boston.

      But I really enjoy eating street food.

      Thanks for commenting and sharing. I really appreciate it. Have a Nice Day!!

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      rose-the planner 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario-Canada

      I have a few friends from India and am aware of their wonderful cuisine. Your article is very colourful and depicts Indian street food well. Thank you for sharing. (Voted up)

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      I enjoyed reading this. I haven't been out of the US much, so reading articles like these are very illuminating! What can be a normal thing for you would seem novel to me, because I have never seen such food sold on the streets.

      I like street vendors. There are many of them in downtown Boston, selling a variety of foods, and it is nice to buy a treat on a nice day, and to smell the wonderful aroma.

      Thank you for sharing this with us.

      Voted up and sharing.

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      Rumana 4 years ago from Sharjah, UAE

      Thanks janetwrites for reading my hub, I really appreciate it.

      Have a nice day!

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      Janet Giessl 4 years ago from Georgia country

      Your hub about street food in India is very interesting. I also loved the pictures and the two nice videos.

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      Rumana 4 years ago from Sharjah, UAE

      Thanks ChitrangadaSharan for reading and commenting on my hub.

      Have a nice day!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      This looks so tempting! Very nice hub about Indian street food. The pictures are wonderful.

      Well done and Voted up!