-by Rashika Saini
Street food is a ready-to-eat food or drink sold in a street or other public place, such as a market or fair, by a hawker or vendor. The street food of a region gives the authentic taste of its culture. Other than the fun and flavour, street foods also give an insight into the food history of the place. Following are 29 street foods from the the 29 states of India which are a worth braving.
1. Andhra Pradesh
Punugulu is a famous street food from Andhra Pradesh made with idli or dosa batter. Onions, coriander leaves, yogurt, idli mixture mixed together to form a thick batter and deep fried till golden. Served with peanut chutney, this dish wins over the hearts of many street-side foodies.
2. Assam
Aloo Pitika
Aloo Pitika is the “celebrating food” of Assam. Combining mashed potato with ginger, Assam's version of mashed potatoes is delightfully simple yet flavorful recipe. The addition of mustard oil takes the dish to different horizons of deliciousness.
3. Bihar
Litti Chokha
Litti Chokha is a traditional roadside dish eaten mainly in Bihar and Jharkhad. Litti is similar to Bati in appearance but there is a little difference. The Pitthi(stuffing) to be filled in it is made with Sattu and Litti is eaten with brinjal bharta or mashed potato. This is one of the most cherished snacks that are eaten hot especially while inviting the monsoon showers.
4. Chhattisgarh
Chhattisgarh is the rice bowl of India. Faraa(rice dish) is an interesting yet simple street food of Chhattisgarh. It is like a steamed dumpling. This snack is pretty easy to make, although the dough is a tad delicate to handle. When served with green chutney, adds on to the delectable taste of the dish.
5. Goa
Goan Chorizo/Pork Sausage Chilly
Portuguese chouriço is made (at least) with pork, fat, wine, paprika, garlic, and salt. It is then stuffed into natural or artificial casings and slowly dried over smoke. Hardly requires any effort & time; just adding the staple chopped veggies used in most dish, along with some water to the crushed chorizo & you end up with a some hot, spicy, finger-licking accompaniment to go with some warm bread/pao/pav. Next time you visit Goa, don’t forget to pick some of these yummy sausages on your way back.
6. Haryana
Chole Bature
Chole Bature is the “Haryana Classic” roadside dish. They are served with onions, carrot pickle, green chutney and achaar. There are different varieties of bhature available such as aloo bhatura (bhatura filled with boiled potato), paneer bhatura (bhatura filled with cottage cheese) etc. It is an all time favourite among the among the population of Haryana and even for the tourists, this could make you change your order if you haven't tried it yet.
7. Himachal Pradesh
Himachal Pradesh, is famous local dish is Sidu. It is a kind of bread made of wheat flour moulded along with yeast and the dough, followed to rise for 4 to 5 hours. Later it is stuffed with fat, roasted over slow fire and finally steamed for few minutes. Sidu is served with ghee, mutton or dal. A treat of this dish is a must for everyone who visits.
8. J&K
Kalari Kulcha
The ‘King of The J&K Street Food’ is the famous ‘Kalari Kulcha’. The stuffing is made from Kalari Cheese (known as Maish Krej in Kashmir), available only in J&K. Kalari is a traditional ripened cheese and it beats mozzarella by miles. This food can make you forget every cheese burger you have had and is arresting.
9. Jharkhand
Jhal Muri
Jhal Muri is to Jharkhand like bhel is to Mumbai. This simple yet delicious snack can be put together in minutes.The flavors of this delectable snack is from the special Muri Masala and Mustard Oil that is so closely associated with the vendors. This is the Snack Supreme of all snacks.
10. Karnataka
Akki rott
The specialty of the state is Akki Roti, a spicy bread made from rice flour and server with coconut chutney. The delicious street food is one of the most popular and common tiffin snack quick to make and tastes so good. Akki Roti or Masala Rice Roti can be served as a snack or can be had for a nice 'roadside dinner'. It is sure a better alternative to the usual dosas and its very quick to make too.
11. Kerala
Parippu Vada
Parippu vada or Dal vada, defining in 3 simple words - spicy, crunchy and yummy. It is prepared from Toor dal. Parippu vada with a cup of black tea has been the perfect combination in Kerala through ages. You will love to munch these parippu vadas in a rainy day sitting idle in the balcony.
12. Arunachal Pradesh
Thukpa, a noodle soup prepared with vegetables and/or meats is a very common soup here. This is soup is a healthy as well as a filling one. There are various versions to make thukpa. This soup has come out to be delicious and is perfect for a cold day.
13. Manipur
Kelli Chana
This is an addiction for spice lovers. It is said that a old lady named Kelli used to sell this addictive snack under a tree and people from all over Manipur started flocking around the tree to buy her chana. Great for afternoon snacks with “kadak chai”. A very famous snack among the people of Manipur.
14. Meghalaya
Jadoh is a rice, pork based Khasi delicacy. It is a representative Meghalaya dish, known for its aromatic taste and minimum use of oil. The roadside foodies need not worry about their weights here and enjoy the dish since it uses minimum oil.
15. Mizoram
This is an ethnic Mizo delicacy prepared by boiling meat and rice together. It is a kind of stew made from pork, lamb or chicken. Absolutely delicious, it is surely a must have.
16. Nagaland
Kinalas is Naga City’s homegrown version of mami or noodles. The broth is made from strips of meat from cow or pork head that is boiled until tender. The soup is topped off with a serving of gravy, scallions some kalamansi on the side. The dish is prepared with remarkable innovation by the roadside hawkers.
17. Orissa
Ghugni is an evening snack in Eastern India. Black gram or dried yellow peas or dried white peas is cooked with gravy, in the traditional eastern Indian style. It is then served with kurmura (puffed rice), and at times with hot onion pakoda/ bhajiya. The combination of tangy and spicy is what makes it extremely desirable!
18. Punjab
Punjabi Chole
This is a delicious chana curry from Punjabi cuisine is popular all over India. A spicy and tempting curry is prepared from white chickpeas (kabuli chana), tomatoes, onion and basic Indian spices and best enjoyed with bhatura (deep fried stuffed Indian bread) as evening snack or dinner. This roadside snack will not only please your tastebuds, but also your tummy since it is filling enough.
19. Rajasthan
Mirchi Bada
Mirchi Vada or Jodhpuri Mirchi Bada which is a very popular namkeen street snack in the state of Rajasthan. The traditional Mirchi bada is made of the large variety of green peppers stuffed with a spicy potato mix, coated with gram flour and deep fried until slightly golden in colour. Sprinkled over with some chaat masala, topped with little beaten curd and tangy tomato sauce makes the eating experience all the more heavenly. It is a delightful and prominent snack in Jodhpur among the Jodhpurians as well as the tourists visiting that place. The thought of Mirchi Bada makes many mouths water, when taken a bite of the mirchi bada, it is luscious, lip-smacking and is an outburst of spices and flavours bursting into your mouth that make you crave for more.
20. Sikkim
When it comes to simple, delicious, one-meal dishes of the 7 sisters, you can't beat the famous MOMOS. The momo is the Himalayan dumpling, hailing from Tibet and consumed enthusiastically from Nepal to Bhutan to India. The Momos are consumed piping hot with soup and home-made chilly sauce. They have already entered commercial production and is well placed in menus of all local hotels/ restaurant.
21. Tamil Nadu
Kothu Parotta
Kothu Parotta is a delicacy popular in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Based on a Sri Lankan version where it originated as Kothu Roti, Kothu Parotta is prepared with mixed vegetables that include carrot, beans and green peas, egg kothu parotta calls for scrambling eggs while chicken kothu parotta has chicken pieces with salna gravy going into it. Whatever the variation, it is surely an irresistible fast food.
22. Telangana
Pulhora pulusu
The Pulihora pulusu’s a traditional Andhra / Telangana food recipe. This part of India’s so much around sour ‘n spice that neither can one escape chillies, nor sour. The sourness is usually brought in by lime or tamarind. It does take a bit getting used to the general sourness and chilly in the food. In fact, tamarind rice also exists in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. But it’s usually served as a rice dish. Extra tamarind along with the rice is a very Andhra/ Telangana food thingy.
23. Tripura
Pork Bharta
The tribals of Tripura are fond of pork and they consume it in two different ways. One is a plain pork curry with very little spice while the other is ‘Bharta’ which prepared with boiled pork mixed with pieces of peeled onion, ginger, roasted chilly, a flavoured plant leaf and salt. This non-veg delight is on the favourite list of many.
24. Uttar Pradesh
Aloo Tikki
One of the most popular street foods, aloo tikki is an evergreen dish, loved by several generations of Indians. Hot and crisp aloo tikkis are to be relished right off the tava, to warm your body and soul even on a cold, rainy day!
25. Uttarakhand
Aloo-Moong Daal Pakoda
Aloo-Moong Daal Pakora is served as a snack and is one of the favourite snacks of the locality of the Kumaon. It is served with chutney or tomato ketchup. It is an innovative food of Kumaon. Moong Dal pakodas are really easy to prepare and healthy too, as green gram is a rich source of nutrients.
26. West Bengal
Egg Rolls
Kolkatta, Egg Rolls are one of the most popular of all street foods in Kolkata. A fried egg wrapped inside a parantha served with chutney or sour dipping sauce in many roadside stalls. This dish is now being enjoyed not only in West Bengal, but all over India due to its inevitable taste.
27. Gujarat
This is traditionally sold on the streets of Gujarati towns. It is another version of vada pav made with a sweet and spicy potato mixture which is filled into a small burger bun and then topped with onion, pomegranate, fresh garlic chutney and sev. Instead of pomegranate, you can use black or green grapes cut into small pieces. Many try to replicate this snack, but Gujarat does it the best.
28. Maharashtra
Vada Pav
Straight out from the heart of Maharashtra in Western India, Vada Pav has iconic status in India. It used to be the "poor man's food", but these days even the rich and famous can be spotted eating it at Bombay's numerous roadside food stalls! The vada is made of a spicy potato filling deep fried in a gram flour batter. Along with hot and spicy garlic chutney, it becomes impossible to ignore this one.
29. Madhya Pradesh
The heart of the “heart of India” lies in this delight. Poha-Jalebi is the most exquisite street food and the specialty of Madhya Pradesh served with sev & nukti and with jalebi. This Indori dish is counted among the best breakfasts in the world. A must have for the lovers of “Good Morning Nashta”.