The great Indian street food culture

If there is one thing that the country thrives on barring cricket and movies, its the street food. Here is presenting food that one can find in almost all parts of India:


Photo credit: Aditi Taraiya

Falooda is a cold dessert popular in the Indian subcontinent. Traditionally it is made from mixing rose syrup, vermicelli, sweet basil seeds, and pieces of jelly with milk, often topped off with a scoop of ice cream. A glass of falooda kulfi is a delicacy in summers, especially after dinner. It makes your mind, body and soul happy and you don’t feel like eating anything after that.

Pani puri

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Pani puri or golgappa is a common street snack in several regions of India. It consists of a round ,hollow puri, fried crisp and filled with a mixture of flavored water, tamarid chutney ,chillies, chaat masala, onion and potatoes. Golgappas are deep-fried delicacies made of whole wheat or semolina flour. The street vendors pinch a hole into the golgappa and add chopped cubes of boiled potato and mashed chickpeas with saunth chutney.

They are then dipped into a bowl filled with spicy tangy tamarind or mint water. There are regional variations of gol gappas within India. In Bundlekhand region, the water is strictly made of tamarind and the fillings are made of mashed potatoes with chickpeas and spices. In other parts of the India, it is mostly mint water and the fillings are simply boiled potato cubes or chick peas.


Dabeli is a preparation of pav (bread) stuffed with a tangy, spicy and sweet potato filling garnished with pomegranates peanuts and sev.  Photo credit: Aditi Taraiya

It is like a sandwich with a spicy potato mixture with different chutneys and buns and garnished by fine nylon sev, chopped onions , spicy peanuts and pomegranate seeds. Dabeli or Kutchi dabeli or double roti is a snack originating in the kutch region of Gujarat. It is a spicy snack made by mixing boiled potatoes with a dabeli masala, and putting the mixture between pav (burger buns) and served with chutneys made from tamarind, date, garlic, red chilies, etc. and garnished with pomegranate and roasted peanuts.

Pav bhaji

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Pav bhaji — a spicy curry of mixed vegetables (bhaji) cooked in a special bend of spices and served with soft buttered pav, is any Indian food lover’s dream. The boiled and mashed veggies give it a smooth yet chunky texture while specially blended pav bhaji masala gives it a irresistible, mouthwatering aroma and taste- serve it with a piece of buttery shallow-fried bun and voila —  it’s a perfect party food that can made in advance!


Aloo ki tikki

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Spicy aloo tikki crisps outside soft inside is a real treat to taste buds. It’s so delicious that that just name itself gets digestive juices flowing in mouth once you have tasted it. Simply put, aloo means potato and tikki means a patty or croquette. Aloo tikkis are fried potato patties stuffed with either just potatoes or lentils and green peas, served with coriander mint sauce and tamarind sauce.

One Reply to “The great Indian street food culture”

  1. One of the best things about India is its strong food culture. People love Indian food culture because there is the variety of Indian food. Thanks for sharing your experience. Love your content.

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