A bite-sized tour of India’s favourite street food snacks
Don’t know your pav from your pani puri? Getting confused between kulfi and kati rolls? You might assume Indian food is all curries and rice, but venture out onto the vibrant streets of India and you can follow the local sights and smells to the most popular place to eat – the humble street food stall.
With a world-renowned foodie culture and access to some of the world’s finest and freshest ingredients, each region of India boasts its own street food specialities and creations. For easiest, and arguably the tastiest, way to experience the world of local Indian cuisine, look no further than the fragrant food carts that line the streets of every city. Typically referred to as nukkadwala food, Indian street snacks are cheap, vibrant and delicious, giving you a real flavour of regional cuisine and flavours.
Explore some of our favourites street food snacks below:
Originating in the 1850’s as a quick lunchtime snack for mill workers in Mumbai, this spicy veggie curry is topped with diced onions, lemon, a lashing of butter, and then served with a soft white bread roll.
A type of pancake and a South Indian staple, these savoury rice and bean flour crepes are fried and stuffed with your choice of fillings and chutneys.
Kolkata’s most famous street food consists of marinated chicken or lamb kebab wrapped in a soft Indian flatbread. They normally contain coriander chutney, egg and chicken but the types may vary.
A popular street snack of Arab origin, India’s favourite sweet treat is made of coils of deep fried batter, smothered in syrup often flavoured with rose water or lemon. It’s served hot or cold.
A common street food snack across India, it consists of hollow, crispy dough balls stuffed with spicy chickpeas, potatoes and tamarind chutney, then topped with flavoured water and eaten all in one bite!
Widely thought of as North India’s favourite street food, these spiced potato and pea fritters are deep fried and served with fresh chillies, onion and chutney.
Also known as the Bombay Burger, this Mumbai favourite consists of a spicy potato fritter popped inside a generously-buttered white bread roll and topped with chutney and green chilli.
Similar to ice cream in appearance and taste, this frozen dessert is served on a stick and comes in a wide variety of flavours, from rose to pistachio. It’s denser and creamier than Western ice creams, making it the perfect indulgent treat.
Looking to try some street food inspired plates? Check out our Small Plates menu and sample some delicious Indian delicacies here at Asha’s!