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Indian Street Food: 22 Most Popular Desi Food You Must Try.

Date: 2021-03-23 14:37:19

By Srishti

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Who doesn't love eating yummy mouth-watering Indian street food? When it comes to our desi food, there is no limit to how much you should eat.

From gol gappe to vada pav, Indian has a variety of street food that can be found all over the country and some being staple street foods of particular states.

Well, if you didn't know which street food belongs from which Indian state and what key ingredients your yummy snack includes, don't stress over it, we have the full details ready.

We have put together a list of street food that are most famous in India which you have been eating since your childhood but didn't know much about.

1. Pav Bhaji:

A fast food dish from the state of Maharashtra, this dish is a thick curry made with vegetables and served with bread rolls called Pav. This dish is enjoyed best with extra butter on the bhaji and the pav. This dish starts from a price of Rs.100 per plate in which a bowl of bhaji in served with at least two pavs.

Key Ingredients:

Potatoes, Green Peas, Cauliflower, Onions, Carrots, Ginger Garlic Paste, Tomatoes, Capsicum, Red Chilli Powder, Turmeric Powder, Pav Bhaji Masala, Coriander Leaves, Pav Buns.

2. Pani Puri:

Known as Pani Puri in Maharashtra, known as Fuchka in West Bengal and Gol Gappe in North India, this is a sweet and spicy snack, that is loved by every single Indian. The price range of this snack is Rs. 20 per plate in which at least 6 gol gappas are served and each gol gappa is made with different water, some spicy, some tangy and some sweet.

Key Ingredients:

Round/Ball-shaped hollow deep fried puri, Flavoured Tangy Water made by adding imli, Flavoured Spicy Water made by adding red chilli, Flavoured Sweet Water made by adding sugar, Imli Chutney, Chilli Powder, Chaat Masala, Potato Mash, Chickpeas.

3. Vada Pav:

This is a vegetarian fast food snack that is famous in Maharashtra. This snack consists of a fried potato stuffing in a bun/pav served with dry garlic chutney and green chutney. The price of this delicious snack is just Rs. 15 per piece. This is one of the most loved snacks when it comes to eating something with tea.

Key Ingredients:

Garlic, Coconut, Red chilli powder, Cilantro, Cumin Powder, Ginger, Curry Leaves, Potatoes, Turmeric, Bun/pav.

4. Misal Pav:

Originated from Vita in Maharashtra, Misal Pav is a dish that is a sprouts bean curry that is topped with onions, cilantro, and farsan/sev that is served with bun/pav. A plate of this delicious meal costs Rs.100 per plate in which a bowl of missal is served with two bun/pavs.

Key ingredients:

Sprouts, Onions, Tomatoes, Ginger garlic paste, Chilli powder, Water, Farsan/sev, Buns/pavs.

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5. Dabeli:

Known as kutcha dabeli or double roti, this snack is a famous Indian snack that originated in Gujarat in the region of Kutch. This tasty, sweet and spicy snack is famous because of the variety of flavors that is has to offer. A plate of dabeli costs around Rs. 30 per plate in which one piece of dabeli is served.

Key Ingredients:

Coriander seeds, Saunf, Dry coconut, Bay leaf, Aamchur, Potatoes, Tamarind chutney, Green chutney, Pomegranate, Radish, Spiced peanuts, Pavs/buns.

6. Bhel Puri:

This street snack is something that people love eating and is available at every nook an md corner. Made with rice puffs, vegetables and tamarind sauce. Originally from the state Maharashtra, this snack is available in almost all parts of India. A plate of this snack costs just Rs.50 per plate.

Key Ingredients:

Puffed Rice, Onions, Tomatoes, Potatoes, Green Chilli, Coriander leaves, Peanuts, Imli Chutney.

7. Aloo Chaat:

The most famous street food in India, Aloo Chaat is a sweet, salty, spicy dish that contains aloo and papdi served with curd, imli chutney and green chutney. Originated in North India, this dish is famous in parts of Eastern Indian as well. A plate of aloo chaat costs Rs.100.

Key Ingredients:

Aloo, Papdi, Imli Chutney, Green Chutney, Sev, Onions, Chickpeas, Pomegranate, Curd.

8. Samosa Chaat:

Yet another famous chaat originated from North India. This chaat is made up of Samosa, curd, imli chutney, and green chutney. This street food yet less famous, this is other yummy treat that is worth trying. A plate of samosa chaat costs Rs. 100.

Key Ingredients:

Samosa, Sev, Curd, Imli Chutney, Green Chutney, Pomegranate, Onions, Chaat Masala.

9. Batata Vada:

Famous in Maharashtra, this dish that is made of mashed aloo and different masalas that are combined together and fried together. A dish of Batata vada costs Rs.50. This yummy fried aloo is best eaten with bread..

Key Ingredients:

Potatoes, Green Chilli, Turmeric powder, Coriander, Besan, Rice Flour

10. Papdi Chaat:

Originally for the state of Uttar Pradesh, now famous in entire North India, this street food is a traditional dish. What make this dish special are its sweet and tangy flavours with the combination of crisp Papdi used in it. A plate of Papdi chaat costs about Rs.100.

Key Ingredients:

Papdi, Chickpeas, Curd, Imli Chutney, Green Chutney, Chaat Masala, Coriander, Potatoes.

11. Ragda Pattice:

Famous in the state of Gujarat, these pattice are one of a kind. This dish is made up of gravy and potato patties. This street dish is almost similar to the famous North Indian dish chhole tikki. A plate of this amazing pattice costs Rs.70 per plate.

Key Ingredients:

White peas, Jaggery powder, Coriander powder, Garlic, Hing, Tamarind powder, Potatoes, Poha, Ginger, Onions, Tomatoes, Cilantro, Sev, Chaat Masala.

12. Tawa Pulao:

Made either for lunch, dinner or for tiffin, this dish is eaten as a snack. This dish is also called Mumbai Tawa Pulao or Pav Bhaji Pulao. Famous in the state of Maharashtra, is the very easy to cook and eat. A plate of this delicious snack costs Rs.160.

Key Ingredients:

Rice, Onion, Carrot, Peas, Beans, Pav Bhaji Masala, Potatoes.

13. Mughlai Paratha:

A popular street food dish in West Bengal, this dish is said to have been originated when the Mughal Empire riles Bengal. This dish costs Rs.120, this tasty dish is a stuffed parantha which is best served with raita.

Key Ingredients:

Flour, Onion, Chilli, Capsicum, Carrot, Coriander Powder, Dry Mango Powder, Paneer.


14. Chole Kulche:

Famously found in the streets of North India, this dish is usually eaten at lunch or dinner. This mouth-watering dish is made of chickpeas that are cooked in a lot of masalas that is served with kulcha. A plate of this delicious dish ranges from Rs.150 to Rs.300.

Key ingredients:

Chickpeas, Kulcha, Garam Masala, Tamarind, Aamchur, Red Chilli, Turmeric, Hing, Chaat Masala.

15. Kothu Parotta:

Also known as Kottu, this dish originated from the country of Sri Lanka. This dish is made up of vegetables, egg/meat, spices and godhamba roti. Mainly found in South India, this dish costs about Rs. 120.

Key Ingredients:

Onion, Tomato, Carrot, Beans, Cabbage, Potato, Coriander, Curry leaves, Paneer, Sri Lankan Curry powder, Frozen parotta.

16. Daulat ki Chaat: Famously found at the Khemchand Daulat Ki Chaat shop in Chandni Chowk, New Delhi. This chaat is made out of milk and heavy cream and is sweet. This dessert is worth trying as it melts in your mouth. This chaat costs Rs.60 and is worth a try once.

Key Ingredients:

Whole Milk, Heavy Cream, Brown sugar, Saffron, Kurchan, Edible silver, Pistachios.

17. Mirchi Bajji:

Also known as Mirchi bada, this dish is most famous in Rajasthan. This is a spicy deep fried snack, that all people who love eating spicy food will enjoy. It costs Rs.30 per kg and melts in your mouth and is best served with chutney.

Key Ingredients:

Mirchi/green chilli, Besan, Oil, Red Chilli powder, Green chutney, Turmeric powder, Garam Masala.

18. Katori Chaat:

Originated from the state of Uttar Pradesh, this chaat is a unique form of chaat that is served in a deep fried crispy edible katori. This is a sweet and spicy dish which gives your taste buds something to crave for once you have tried it. It costs Rs.120 per plate.

Key Ingredients:

Maida, Oil, Chickpeas, Potatoes, Green Chutney, Moong Sprouts, Curd, Onion, Tomato, Sev.

19. Sardar Pav Bhaji:

Available only in Mumbai, this is the place people visit to taste the best pav bhaji in the city. Owned by Nissar Ansari, this famous shop was set up as his father wanted to sell something that was a full meal that could be sold at the price of a snack. The pav bhaji here costs Rs. 155.

Key Ingredients:

Potatoes, Green Peas, Cauliflower, Onions, Carrots, Ginger Garlic Paste, Tomatoes, Capsicum, Red Chilli Powder, Turmeric Powder, Pav Bhaji Masala, Coriander Leaves, Pav Buns.

20. Jhal Muri:

Popular in the state of West Bengal, this street dish is made from puffed rice combined with different spices and vegetables. This is a spicy snack that is enjoyed by everyone in North east of India. The cost of this is Rs.120 per kg.

Key Ingredients:

Puffed Rice, Potato, Onion, Tomato, Cucumber, Chilli, Coriander Leaves, Chaat masala, Roasted peanuts, Sev.

21. Ghugni:

An iconic dish famous in West Bengal, this dish is a chaat that is made with white peas, it is sweet and spicy in taste and is served with naan. A plate of this tempting snack costs Rs.100.

Key Ingredients:

White peas, Potatoes, Onion, Green chilli, Jaggery, Mango Powder, Green chutney, Imli chutney, Naan.

22. Matar Kulcha:

Famous in Punjab, this dish is one such dish that is served mostly at lunch or dinner. It is a combination of peas/matar that is served with flatbread/kulcha. A plate of this yummy dish costs Rs. 200.

Key Ingredients:

Dried White peas, Chaat Masala, Mango powder, Garam Masala, Mint leaves, Onion, Tomato, Jaljeera Chutney, Kulcha/flatbread.

Disclaimer: The prices of the street food may vary from region to region.


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