11 Best Mouth-Watering Street Food Of India You Must Savor, from north to south India has to offer from so many options you can explore. 2
Being an avid traveler on an incredible trip to India, there is only one thing you can't afford to miss apart from the monuments, heritage, and iconic sites. The answer to that is Indian street food! Street Food in India is as diverse and rich as its culture, tradition, and ethnicities. Needless to say, this social and cultural diversity is what makes the street food palette of India so full of a large number of street food options.
From the Vada pav in Mumbai to the Aloo Tikki of Lucknow, such succulent offerings across the streets of India are irresistible! While you explore entire North India, you get to fill your mouth with chunky pani puris or savor some chhole bhature. Coconut chutney along with Idlis, Dosa, and Uthappam exist to soothe your taste buds and your soul during your trip to South India. Since it is difficult to figure out what to eat and where to find it, we have created an exotic list of the most mouth-watering street food of India that you need to grab a bite of! Read on!
Here is a list of best street food of India:
1. Aloo Tikki
3. Aloo Chaat
4. Ghugni Chaat
6. Frankie/ Kaati Roll
7. Kebab/ Tunde Kebab/ Galouti Kebab
8. Pani puri/ puchkas/ gol gappas/ pani ke patashe
9. Pav Bhaji
11. Vada Pav
Let us understand them in brief further:
1. Aloo Tikki
Let us start off our list with the delectable street food of North India! No other than Aloo Tikki! Mashed potatoes mixed with various spices that are shallow fried on a pan are carved by all Indians.
It is not much known about its origin but foodies don't really bother about its history. Juicy and spicy potatoes are best served with tamarind chutney or a mint green chutney. Its enigmatic fragrance would get your juices flowing!
Although it is a speciality of North India, Aloo Tikki is found all across the country thus makes it to the list of one of the best street food dishes available in India!
A dish that is a wild assortment of white puffed rice, chopped green chilies, small chunks of diced onions and laced with sweet tamarind sauce! This sweet and spicy combination of edible material is called as Bhelpuri!
Quite famous on the Juhu beach of Mumbai city, Bhelpuri is a popular street food available all across the country in different variants. With a long list of its origin theories and stories, Bhelpuri has always struck a chord with people of all age groups and backgrounds.
It is so popular that even a Bollywood song is named after it that goes by 'Mai toh raste se jaa raha tha bhelpuri khaa raha tha!' (I was having bhelpuri while on my way). Its remote variant is known as Bhadang which is dry and originated in Western Maharashtra.
3. Aloo Chaat
So here we are now talking about Chaats! First, let's focus on the palatable snack called Aloo Chaat! Just by the name, you would understand what it's made of. The spicy and flavorful blend of chutneys and chunks of potatoes is something your tastebuds would crave again and again!
You might be wondering it is the same as that of Aloo Tikki! No, my friend! What makes aloo chaat unique is the huge punch of tangy-salty Chaat Masala. This adds a tangy-sour flavor to the mix that would make you drool.
Its origin can be traced back to parts of North India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. Other versions of Aloo chaat include Aloo Kabali that is available in West Bengal.
4. Ghugni Chaat
Speaking of West Bengal, the City of Joy, Kolkata offers the most affordable street food all around! At just INR 10, you can a spicy-tangy dried gravy of white peas that melt right away as you take a spoonful.
It is served in a small bowl made of a leaf or aluminum foil sprinkled with diced onions, coriander, and tomatoes. It is part of the city's heritage and a cultural gastronomic trademark of Kolkata.
How could we possibly miss out on the most significant food of South India! One of the very few South Indian dishes that has made its mark all across the streets of India - Dosa. It is the Indian version of Crepes made from fermented batter of rice and black gram.
These white colored juicy crepes having different types of fillings the most popular being spicy mashed potatoes. Originated in the town of Udupi, Karnataka, it is a staple diet among people of South Indian origin.
There are various types of Dosa that are tasty enough to make the inner foodie in you go rogue. These include Masala Dosa, Rava Dosa, Mysore Dosa, Uthamppam and many more!
6. Frankie and Kathi Roll
- So let's talk about some rolls and wraps! Frankie Roll is a popular street food of Mumbai that finds its origin back in the 1930s. It consists of a flatbread filled with veggies, spicy mashed potato filling and various sauces including schezwan, mayonnaise, tomato sauce and much more. Topping of cheese, mushrooms, and Manchurians make them more juicy and delectable!
Quite similar to Frankie Roll but also quite unique, Kathi Roll is one of the notable street foods of Kolkata. It is also a flatbread roll with quite different fillings!
Kathi rolls are usually filled with meat, paneer, soya, veggies, and spices! An irresistible combination of flavors, it is also wrapped differently than the Frankie roll.
- Fan of spicy juicy meat? Then you definitely would love to have a bite of Indian Kebabs! Though Kebabs have been discovered in the Middle-East, the influence of Mughal rule in India and its culture left behind the gems of Mughlai cuisine. Therefore they have become an integral part of Indian cuisine and most importantly the street food of India.
- Indian kebabs taste different than those found in other countries due to the usage of various Indian spices. There are various types of popular Kebabs that draw foodies across the streets of India. These include Paneer Kebab, Shami Kebab, Sheekh Kebab, Tunde Kebab, Galouti Kebab, and many more.
- Tunde Kebab that is part of the Awadhi cuisine is among popular street food options in Lucknow. They are made from minced buffalo meat along with spices, yogurt, ghee and onions. Another famous street version of Kebab is the Galouti Kebab that is made from finely minced meat of goat. These kebabs are a must-try for all the non-veg lovers out there!
8. Puchka/ Panipuri/ Golgappa/ Paani Ke Patashe
Divided by different names but united under the same eternal love for this snack, Pani puri lovers all across India follow a sort of foodie cult. The most popular street food in India, irrespective of city, village, state or region.
Puffed hollow deep fried crepes of small sizes filled with sweet and spicy flavored water along with boiled chickpeas or onion come together to offer a burst of aesthetic tasty delight in your mouth. No doubt its so popular.
You can either choose a spicy green chutney filling or a sweet tamarind water filling, just be quick since it's loaded quickly onto your plate before it goes soft. Its variants include Dahi puri that is filled with sweet yogurt and ragda puri filled with mashed spicy potatoes.
They are available all across India and known by different names such as Pucka in West Bengal, Golgappa and Paani ke Patashe in the rest of North India and Pani Puri in Mumbai as well as other western regions.
9. Pav Bhaji
Thick and spicy vegetable gravy topped with melting butter and chopped onions. Just the words might have intrigued your tastebuds right? This is the iconic street food of Mumbai - Pav Bhaji!
Originated within the city itself, local vendors starting serving this unique gravy of various vegetables along with Pav (Indian white sofbread) for the mill workers during their lunch time.
Till this day, Pav Bhaji never seems to lose its charm and has become a significant part of the street food culture of Mumbai! Therefore it rightfully takkes it place to this list of best street food of India!
- Whether is tea time or a snack break in office or maybe a special occasion, this one snack has become quite mandatory in the Indian cuisine and the best street food not only in India but across the world. None other than the Samosa!
Craved throughout the Indian subcontinent, Samosa finds its root way back in the middle-east that were triangular shaped pastries filled with meat and spices. The Indian version is an exotic combination of spicy mashed potatoes, peas, dry fruits that are deep-fried until they turn brown and crisp!
It is popular all across the world and therefore rightfully takes its place in this list of best street food of India.
11. Vada Pav
What is the ‘City of Dreams’ - Mumbai known for? Is it Pani Puri? Is it the scrumptious Pav Bhaji? No dear travelers, it the one and only, spicy, sweet, soul-shattering, taste-bud ravaging dish called as the ‘Vada Pav’
Known as the ‘Indian Burger’ by everyone new to the city, Vada Pav is the staple food of Mumbaikars for more than 40 decades. You can have it as a breakfast, like lunch, or as an evening snack with tea or even as dinner on your night outings.
The city of Mumbai has evolved with time in a lot of ways, but the spicy potato filled patty between a bun has always been part of the city’s inherent legacy.