Showcasing India’s Culture & regional diversity through Zhatpat Snacks
While every nation in this world has its own food culture and history, we Indians have a penchant for thinking (quite rightly) that we can’t do without our favourites. After all, every occasion in this country–religious, personal or related to anything else under the sky–is incomplete without a few dishes to celebrate with.
And that’s something we need to be really thankful to our country for. We are spoiled for choices from Kashmir to Kerala, from Gujarat to Nagaland.
Initially a street food rampant in parts of Punjab, now this dish is crazily loved by other parts of North India too. The luscious chickpeas prepared in a bundle of spices is eaten with the fried bread made from majorly maida. As a bite goes in you are in a paradise of flavours. The street food dish tastes so good that you just can’t resist yourself from having it. It is a favourite dish of Punjabis and is usually found the best in streets only. The taste of Cholla Bhatura isn’t justified if you have it in a lavish restaurant. Until it has the touch of the street, it won’t taste the way it is supposed too. The onion and chilly salad along with pickle make it all the way more yum
Every Mumbaiker’s quick bite, Vada Pao is an Indian Style spicy burger. From a school student to an elite businessman, everyone makes a pit stop at a vada pao stall irrespective of what time of the day it is. This is an authentic Marathi dish that heats up your belly, all thanks to the spicy chillies inside it. To add more to its taste, Vada Pao is served with different chutneys, coriander being the most common one. When in Mumbai it becomes necessary to have one.
Badeli is a snack food having its roots in Kutch. You’ll be surprised to know that around 20 lakh dabelis are consumed per day in the region of Kutch. It is a spicy snack prepared as a mixture of special dabeli masala and boiled potatoes which is then put into a burger like a bun also known as ‘ladi pav’. The dish is accompanied by different chutneys like garlic, tamarind, date, chilli, etc. The garnishing of roasted peanuts and pomegranate add seven stars to its taste. Served with namkeen, the aroma of spices in Dabeli will surely hook you to a nearby stall, making you drool over this street food dish.
Shawarma is vastly popular across the middle-east, specially Lebanon. Now a popular street food as well, chicken shawarma has quickly garnered appreciation across the globe, particularly in India. You can prepare this easy shawarma at home as a side dish for brunch or for evening snacks.Chicken baked in a yogurt marinade, rolled up in pita bread and served with tahini or mayonnaise. This seems like the perfect dish for your evening binge.
Mouthwatering, hot, spicy, and full of flavours bhaji is served with butter oozing pavs. With a pinch of lemon and onions beside makes it completely dreamy. This dish having thick vegetable curry combined with rolled bread took birth in the Maharashtrian region of India and now the whole continent is crazy for its tastes. From handcart vendors to 5-star hotels, you can find it everywhere. Nevertheless, the juicy and flavorful Pav Bhaji tastes best when eaten at a Chai Tapri! Until you get your hands all soaked in butter, you haven’t had its real taste.
This dish will make you drool over its taste! Exceptionally delicious, it is one of the most preferred street food items in Lucknow. Prepared with minced meat, it is also known as Galouti Kebab. Haji Murad Ali, the man behind this dish, had one hand and hence the name, Tunday. It is made in a way that even a toothless man can get foodgasms. Extraordinarily soft and heavenly delicious, it is a must-have when in the Nawabo K Shahar, Lucknow.
Pani puri and Chatt
Pani Literally translates to water and here the Puris are fried puffed crisp dough balls which are hollow. Generally, the water or pani is sour, tangy as well as spicy. This spicy pani is balanced with the addition of sweet tamarind chutney.
The chaat variants are all based on fried dough, with various other ingredients. The original chaat is a mixture of potato pieces, crisp fried bread dahi vada or dahi bhalla, gram or chickpeas and tangy-salty spices, with sour Indian chili and saunth (dried ginger and tamarind sauce), fresh green coriander leaves and yogurt for garnish, but other popular variants included aloo tikkis or samosa (garnished with onion, coriander, hot spices and a dash of curd), bhel puri, dahi puri, panipuri, dahi vada, papri chaat, and sev puri.
If you are in Delhi, you won’t find a single street that doesn’t have a momo stall. Momos in Delhi are as famous as Nick and Priyanka’s wedding is on social media. Though it is a Tibetan Dish, the North Indians here love it to the core. Adding the twists of masalas and stuffings, a massive variety of momos are sold in the state. Every shop or stall you visit will at least have four types of Momos. From Dolma Aunty’s Momos in South Delhi to Momos Point in North Delhi, you’ll find hundreds of varieties of this one particular dish. You can’t resist the hot piping stuffed dumplings. Mutton, Paneer, Wheat, Tandoori, Fried, Gravy, etc. you name the type, and it will be served. No matter how much you eat these, they’ll never be enough!
We all must have eaten Mirch k Pakode but trust me when we say this, none of them could match the ones found in Hyderabad. The Mirchi Bhajji here spills out heaven. A burst of spices served with onion and lemon; this street food dish makes its way to everyone’s tummy.
The staple breakfast of the people in Karnataka, Akki Rotti or the rice bread is one of the favourite dishes when it comes to eating from roadside stalls. People start flocking to the stalls serving the Akki Rotti before they begin with their office work or college lectures. This quick bite can also be feasted as an evening snack served with coconut chutney and hot tea.
Kebab is a piece of food,mostly meat grilled over charcoal fire.There are so many kebab varieties out of which chicken kebab has very unique place ,when grilled the chicken absorbs all succulent flavors and moist inside will be very delicious
Be it a wedding, a house party, a market stroll, or a visit to the mall; everything is incomplete without having the delicious Aloo Tikki. Though its exact origin is unknown, you’ll find it in every corner of the country. No matter you find any other street food item or not, Tikki is something that’ll catch your glimpse every time you are on a street food stroll. The mashed potatoes mixed up with spices are fried to get hot and crispy Tikkis. Sometimes served with Tamarind chutney and sometimes with a combo of tamarind and mint, this dish is a bomb of flavours. There are a few vendors who also garnish the dish with reddish and onion adding more to its taste.
One of the most loved Indian snacks, kachori is absolutely sensational. Kachoris are deep fried breads made with ground dal sauteed along with spices and filled into a cover of maida and baking powder. This is the most popular road side snack that you’ll find across north India, specially parts of Rajasthan. Kachoris have a number of varieties, most popular ones being Khasta kachori and Dal kachori. Super crisp, flaky and utterly delicious, kachoris are the ultimate snack or mid day meal that you just won’t be able to resist!
Dal vadas (lentil fritters) are fritters that are super crisp and tasty. Quite enjoyed as street food in cities like Ahmedabad in Gujarat and in Southern India. Freshly fried, steaming hot & crispy Dal Vadas are relished by people especially in monsoons and winters. These are made with chana dal or a combination of split moong dals, along with onions, chillies and basic Indian spices. Served with Pudiney Ki Chutney or coriander dip and onions slices, it offers a perfect hot, spicy and tasty treat to your tastebuds. A few ingredients for the fritters and a killer chutney to go along serves for an ideal street snack that tastes wonderful!
One of the few wonders of Mumbai includes this super go-to street food feast, Misal Pav. It includes two-three buns served with a curry made from beans and a melange of spices. Poha or Chidva, coriander leaves, namkeen and chopped onions are added to the curry, which makes it taste thousand times better. Almost every street food vendor sells Misal Pav which is a great snack during the roadside gossips.
When at Chaupati, Bhelpuri is a must! Tunnelling its ay from the beaches of Mumbai to other parts of India, Bhelpuri has become one of the staple street food items to have whenever in a marketplace. You’ll find hundreds of Bhelpuri walas in a day selling this light snack. Also, it is a paradise for the ones on a diet. They can munch on Bhelpuri without counting calories as it is very low in calories. It is prepared from puffed rice that are mixed well with tangy spices, chutneys, finely chopped onions, and tomatoes.
A combination of sweet and sour, Poha-Jalebi is one of the renowned street food dishes in parts of Madhya Pradesh, especially Indore and Bhopal. A mix of veggies and flattened rice prepared in very basic spices plus the sugary jalebis is all that you need when exploring the state. This unique duo is served with onion and fennel seeds which makes it tastier to eat.
These little joys are Sold in the streets of South India. The batter for the same is prepared from rice and black lentils which is later poured in a mould to get the final product. It is a perfect start to a day and can be had as evening snacks too. If added onions, the dish becomes tastier. The tiny dosa balls become a delicious companion for your office breaks. These is best eaten with coconut chutney and filter coffee.
The Bihari version of Daal Bati Choorma, Litti Chokha is a dish from traditional Bihari cuisine which can be eaten during any time of the day. Be it your breakfast, lunch, brunch or dinner, Litti Choka is an epic rescuer from hunger. A spicy curry made from mashed potato and brinjal is served with little which is a bread prepared from grams? the taste doubles when Desi Ghee enters your plate. Making its way from the streets of Patna, it has now reached t several corners of the country.
Whether it was Holi, Diwali or Raksha Bandhan, these were always on the table.Dahi Bada is what we call them in eastern Uttar Pradesh, in Delhi they are usually called Dahi Bhalla.Well, whatever you call them the bottom line is they are delicious and a must have for festivals.These are deep fried fritters made with lentils.They are served with topping of yogurt and chutneys and that’s what makes them so delectable.