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 14 Popular Street Foods of India

  Last Updated : Apr 21,2018






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14 Popular Street Foods of India, Indian Roadside Food

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 street food 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

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 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 absolutely crisp. They are then broken into pieces and topped with spice powders, chutneys and curds to make a mind-blowing chaat. You will be amazed to see that despite the number of other ingredients used, the paan leaves still retain their unique flavour, which is what makes this chaat so exclusive! Tickle your tongue with many more delightful and unusual chaat recipes like Aloo Ka Bomb , Chila Chaat , Corn Sev Puris , Crispy Palak Chaat , Gajar Aur Moong Dal ki Chaat , Fruit Tart Chaat , Meva Moodi and Moong Aur Mooli ki Chaat .
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 by Tarla Dalal
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 praise usually follows every mouthful, so full of crisp papdi, fresh chutneys and crunchy veggies like onions and raw mangoes. But some just lose themselves in the myriad flavours and textures, and stay silent till they finish the whole plateful! Feel free to have it your way… After the explosion of tangy, spicy flavours and textures that the sev Puri treated you, a glass of Sweet Lassi or Mango Lassi will be a welcome drink to soothe your taste buds and tummy.
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 pani and a sukha puri to bring the delightful experience to a fitting end! Also try out other popular Mumbai street food snacks like Kaanda Bhajji Pav , Ragda Pattice , Pav Bhaji and Jini Dosa .
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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.12. Serve with fried green chillies if you like stuff a tad spicier, and perk it up further by adding finely chopped onions along with the chutneys. Also do try other popular Mumbai street foods like Samosa Sandwich, Ragda Pattice and Veg Frankie .
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 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 and fresh, with a cup of steaming tea . Do not add too much water while mixing the ingredients because cabbage will also slowly let out water if you have shredded it thinly. That, along with a tablespoon or two of water, is enough to bind the batter. If the batter becomes watery, the pakodas won’t be crunchy enough. This video will help you understand the right consistency of the dough and the texture of the pakodas. Khichdi Pakodas , Stuffed Methi Paneer Pakoda , Stuffed Spinach Pakoda also make a tasty accompaniment to a cup of hot tea or coffee.
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 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 rice tossed together with a lot of tangy chutneys, aromatic seasonings, crunchy veggies and flavourful garnishes. Now, you can recreate the magic in your own kitchen with this simple recipe. Check out for many more popular recipes of Chaat / Bhel and more .
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 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 how to make the potato and peas tikkis flavourfully perked up with nigella seeds, and the chole too. Also pay special attention to arranging this preparation, with curd, chutneys and fresh, crispy sev!
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 chutney and rolled up with a unique masala of chopped and grated veggies perked up with our very own pav bhaji masala. This gives it an absolutely peppy and ‘local’ taste, as well as an interesting mouth-feel! Very sumptuous, this snack is nothing short of a complete meal, when served with hot sambhar and fresh coconut chutney.
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 and relish the unique flavour of this quick recipe. Those who do not like garlic can omit it. Here are some more Gujarati farsan recipes like Doodhi Muthia , Rice Panki , Dakor na Gota , Damni Dhokla , Ghughra and Khandvi that can be had as a snack or as a side dish to complement the main course.
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 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. The raw rice batter and the unique manner of preparation give it a crisp bowl-like structure with a spongy bun-like centre. Drizzle a little coconut milk over the Appam and enjoy it hot with a spicy Kadala Curry or mouth-watering Coconut Stew . While Appam is traditionally made with yeast, to get the fluffy centre, it can also be made through a natural fermentation process, without using yeast. Here is how to do that...
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 by Tarla Dalal
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, Momos are steamed in bamboo baskets, but you can also cook them in a regular Steamer or cooker, the way you make dhoklas or Idlis . You can innovate on this recipe by adding other veggies or bean sprouts to the filling, but make sure you choose colourful, juicy and crisp veggies to achieve the right appearance and to get the mild crunch that makes Momos so enjoyable! Serve along with Vegetable Chow Mein and Chinese Fried Rice .
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 by Tarla Dalal
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 will often find people stopping by at a roadside vendor to have a glassful of Falooda to keep them comfortably going till the next meal. Indeed, what a tasty way to chase hunger away!
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 by Tarla Dalal
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 also added to bind the Bhel together in a tangy way! Prepare this snack just before serving, as the fried noodles tends to get soggy over time.
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 by Tarla Dalal
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 crisp sev, the resulting chaat is totally irresistible. This mouth-watering Chole Samosa Chaat is an ever-popular roadside treat in Delhi, and you can find several vendors equipped with large, flat kadhais where the chole keeps simmering, ready to accompany crisp samose with snazzy toppings. You can prepare the chole and the samose in advance, but remember to assemble the chaat just before serving.
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14 Popular Street Foods of India
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 on 06 Feb 18 04:15 PM


Thank you Ma''am for the recipes right now I really need it in one place.
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Tarla Dalal    Thanks Sangeeta for your feedback. Happy cooking.
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21 Apr 18 01:04 PM
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 on 03 Oct 17 10:25 AM


Thanku so much 4 your lovely recipes..♡♡♡
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Tarla Dalal    Thanks Priya, we are delighted that you loved the article on street foods. Keep posting your comments. Happy cooking.
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03 Oct 17 11:41 AM
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 on 22 Jun 17 04:23 PM


Hello mam, I follow your many raciepies but this was amazing food for eat and yummy too. Thank u so much
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Tarla Dalal    Thanks Nilam. Great to hear from you. Happy cooking.
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22 Jun 17 05:56 PM
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 on 17 Jun 17 06:00 AM


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Tarla Dalal    Thanks Bharati, we are delighted you liked the article on Indian Roadside Food.
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17 Jun 17 09:18 AM
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Tarla Dalal    Thanks Atul, we are delighted you liked the article on Indian Roadside Food. Keep posting your comments.
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17 Jun 17 09:20 AM
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 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!!!
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24 Feb 17 09:04 AM
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 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.
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18 Feb 17 11:10 AM
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 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.