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 14 Popular Street Foods of India

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Chaat is a term that is very tightly bound with Indian Cuisine. Traditionally street food, chaat has now found a place at famous restaurants, parties and weddings the world over. These savory snacks are as plenty as they are popular. Each part of India has its own provincial chaats, using local ingredients and seasonal veggies or fruits too.

Various types of savories, chutneys, spice powders and fresh produce are deftly arranged on dishes in such a way that the appearance and aroma lure passers-by to the vendor. The chaatwala works like a magician, briskly mixing the perfect ingredients in the perfect quantities, sprinkling the right masalas, and loading just the right amount of the right toppings, in a suave fashion that holds your attention.

What if we help you recreate the chaatwala’s magic in your own kitchen with ease? Yes, here we have some amazing chaats that will add a thousand chatpata moments to your life. Try innovative recipes like the Aloo aur Shakarkand ki Chaat, those with an international touch like the Chinese Bhel , our indigenous all-time favourites like the Sev Puri , or those with a healthy twist like the Low Calorie Sev Puri .

14 Popular Street Foods Of India Indian Roadside Food

 by Tarla Dalal
Betel leaves, used mostly as a mouth-freshener, also lends itself to make Paan ki Chaat, a traditional North Indian favourite that many people recall fondly as one of the most unforgettable experiences of trips to regions like Benaras. The betel leaves are batter-coated and deep-fried till abs ....
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Tangy, crisp and tongue-tickling are the first words that come to mind when one thinks of this chat-pata snack. An arrangement of puris or papdis loaded with potatoes and chutneys, garnished with crispy sev and peppy coriander, Sev Puri is a snack worth many accolades! A steady stream of prais ....
Pani Puri, have it spicy sweet or balanced – just the way you like it! it is a delight to watch the vendor skilfully punch a tiny hole in each puri thereafter adding the fillings and dipping it in the meetha chutney and teekha pani. Once you are done don’t forget to have a free sip of teekha p ....
 by Tarla Dalal
Aptly called the poor man’s burger! deep-fried potato patties served between laddi pav smeared with an assortment of chutneys, this serves as a meal at a meagre price of just rs 5 to rs 10. Serve with fried green chillies if you like stuff a tad spicier, and perk it up further by adding finely chopp ....
 by Tarla Dalal
Pakodas don’t always have to be onion-based. Here is an irresistibly crunchy and excitingly flavoured pakoda made with cabbage. Cabbage and coriander, held together with besan and spiced with chilli powder, make awesome pakodas, which taste great with green chutney. Serve the Cabbage Pakodas hot ....
 by Tarla Dalal
Not only is the Bhel Puri such an exciting snack to munch on, it is also a pleasure to watch the chaat wallah whip up this tongue-tickling street food! Sold on every street corner in Mumbai, and now widespread in other Indian cities and towns too, Bhel Puri is a wonderful preparation of puffed r ....
 by Tarla Dalal
A lip-smacking chaat that is loved all over India, and now globally too, the Chole Tikki Chaat is most enjoyed at roadside stalls, but is definitely more satisfying when you make it at home for your family or for a Party . Here, we show you ho ....
This is Mumbai’s own version of Mysore Masala Dosa. While the traditional Mysore Masala Dosa features chutney-smeared dosas with a simple potato masala rolled inside it, Mumbai’s street vendors offer a more exotic version, in which crispy dosas are smeared with a sweet, spicy and tangy Mysore chutne ....
Amiri khaman is nothing but a spicy tea-time snack made of crumbled khaman dhoklas tempered with garlic and mixed with pomegranate seeds and coconut. Why, we can even say that this recipe was invented with the intention of making good use of leftover khaman dhoklas! Serve garnished with sev an ....
 by Tarla Dalal
It is a delight to watch an experienced chef swirl the kadhai to make a perfect bowl-shaped Appam! You can master the art too, within a few tries. Appam is a delectable South Indian dish, which is comparable to dosa, but with a special texture and shape. ....
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A snack that has become almost synonymous with oriental cuisine, Momos are made of a plain flour cover filled with sautéed veggies. An apt combination of garlic, ginger, green chillies and Schezuan sauce flavours the vegetable mixture, and the outcome is simply tongue-tickling! Traditionally ....
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Falooda is a dessert, if you look at it technically, but practically it is an any-time snack! This exciting combination of sweetened rose-flavoured milk with falooda sev, subza seeds, vanilla ice-cream and all the works is a delicacy that appeals to all. It is quite sumptuous and satiating, and you ....
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Mumbai’s favourite street food merges with Oriental culture, in this exciting version of Bhel. Rather than being made with puffed rice, this unique Chinese Bhel is made with fried noodles, tossed with colourful sautéed veggies and garnished with crunchy spring onions. A generous dose of sauces is al ....
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What happens when two super stars act together in a movie? Well, the Chole Samosa Chaat creates a similar effect because both chole and samose are hot favourites with almost all Indians. When the two are combined and topped with myriad exciting ingredients like tangy chutneys, crunchy onions and cri ....
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14 Popular Street Foods of India
 on 20 May 17 09:03 PM

14 Popular Street Foods of India
 on 24 Feb 17 05:31 AM

Awesome post !! Did u forget to add ur super awesome Pav Bhaji recipe to this list !! That''s a massive hit among my family and friends too !!
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Tarla Dalal    Delighted to hear to hear from your side Vidhya. Happy Cooking!!!
24 Feb 17 09:04 AM
14 Popular Street Foods of India
 on 18 Feb 17 10:36 AM

Indian Street chaat is everyone favourite. Good article......
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Tarla Dalal    Hi Harish , we are delighted you loved the Street Food article. Please keep posting your thoughts and feedback and review the articles you have loved. Happy Cooking.
18 Feb 17 11:10 AM
14 Popular Street Foods of India
 on 20 Jan 17 03:38 PM

Loved the collection of Indian street foods and the Chinese Bhel tastes great. Also a must try is the Chole Tikki Chaat.