10 Famous Street Food of India

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Written By Santana

Unveiling India's Treasures from the eyes of an insightful author

India is a treasure house of mouthwatering varieties of street food available at affordable rates at every corner in India. Let’s try some!!

1. Samosa

A samosa is a savory pastry dish originating in the Indian subcontinent. It is usually made with a delicious filling of spiced potatoes, onions, peas, and other vegetables and then wrapped in a flaky pastry dough.

They are typically fried in oil and served hot with chutney as an appetizer or snack. Samosas are famous throughout the Indian subcontinent and other parts of South Asia, as well as in the Middle East, Central Asia, Southeast Asia, and even the United Kingdom.

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2. Masala Dosa

A popular South Indian snack, masala dosa is made with a batter of rice and lentils and stuffed with a spicy potato filling. The dosa is then cooked on a grill until it is crisp and golden. Masala dosa is usually served with chutneys, sambhar, and coconut chutney.

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3. Idli

Idli batter is a fermented batter made from a combination of rice and black lentils used to create a traditional South Indian snack called idli.

The batter is made by soaking the rice and lentils overnight, grinding them into a paste, and then allowing the mixture to ferment for several hours. The fermented batter is then steamed in molds to make the idlis.

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4. Batata Vada

Batata Vada is a popular Indian snack made from potatoes. It is typically caused by mashing potatoes with spices, coating them in a batter of chickpea flour, and then deep-frying them.

It is a popular street food in Mumbai served with various chutneys. It is also served as a side dish in many Indian restaurants.

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5. Uttapam

Uttapam is a traditional South Indian dish made from a batter of fermented rice and lentils. It is similar to a dosa but thicker in texture and served with chutney, sambar, and other accompaniments.

The dish is often garnished with onions, chilies, coriander, and other spices. Uttapam is a popular breakfast dish and is served in many restaurants in India.

6. Upma

Upma is a savory breakfast dish popular in South India. It is made from roasted semolina, spices, vegetables, and herbs. Cooked in oil and water, it is typically served with coconut chutney, pickles, and podi.

Upma has a dense and grainy texture and is often garnished with freshly grated coconut, chopped coriander, and lemon juice.

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7. Pongal

Pongal is a harvest festival celebrated in India, mainly in the southern states of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, and Telangana. It is celebrated for four days, beginning with Bhogi, which is celebrated on the first day of the Tamil month of Thai.

Pongal is celebrated on the second day of Thai and is marked by making and offering Pongal, a sweet dish made of boiled rice, jaggery, and milk, to the Sun god. The third day is celebrated as Mattu Pongal, and the fourth is known as Kannum Pongal.

People dress in new clothes, prepare unique dishes, decorate the house, and visit family and friends during the festival.

8. Pav Bhajji

Pav bhaji is a popular vegetarian dish from India that is made with a mixture of cooked vegetables and spices cooked in butter and served with a bread roll called pav.

It is a favorite dish among Indians and can be found in most restaurants. It is typically done with a side of onions, lime wedges, and chutney.

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9. Chole Bhature

Chole Bhature is a popular North Indian dish that consists of chickpeas cooked in a spicy gravy and served with a deep-fried, puffy round of bread (bhatura).

It is a popular breakfast option in many parts of India and is usually served with pickles and yogurt.

Chole Bhature

10. Pani Puri

Pani Puri is a popular street food in India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. It is made of small round-shaped hollow puri, filled with flavored water, tamarind chutney, chili, chaat masala, potato, onion, and chickpeas.

The puri is then topped with sev and coriander. The combination of all these ingredients creates a unique and delicious flavor. Pani puri is a great snack any time of the day and is very popular with people of all ages.

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