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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

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

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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