Street food is a very important part of Indian culture. With most of the life being done outdoors it normal that there are so many food stalls. They are literally everywhere!! Normally so cheap and ready in seconds it was our choice for lunch many days.
The first few days we were a little bit cautious regarding where to eat, we didn’t know if our stomachs were ready to deal with the street cooking, but in the end we just relaxed and enjoyed it. If you go to India don’t forget to try some of these snacks:
- Samosas. Probably one of the better known Indian savory snacks, samosas are triangle shaped stuffed and fried pastries. They can have different fillings and they can be served with chutney or in chaat (broken into pieces and adding either curry or chutney to it).
- Pakora. This vegetables dipped in spicy butter and then deep fried snack is an all time favorite in India.
- Vegetable cutlets. Deep fried delight, this vegetarian patties are mix of vegetables and spices. A great afternoon snack with a spiced chai, or as a side dish with dinner.
- Pav Vada. Another vegetarian snack. Pav vada can be described as the Indian version of a burger. It consists of vada (is a spicy potato mixture coated with gram flour batter and deep fried) served in a Pav (a soft bun bread, inherited from the Portuguese). We tried this in Mumbai in a stall that was claiming to be the runner up to “the best Pav Vada in Mumbai” contest.
- Pav Bhaji. Not my favorite I have to say, but I would still recommend you try it. Pav Bhaji, a spicy blend of vegetables in tomato gravy served with a generously buttered pav, is very popular in Mumbai.
- Kurkure. Isma became addicted to this spiced crunchy cheetos-like (or risquetos-like) snack. There were many flavors but our favorite was Masala Munch.
There are so many other snacks, like pani puri, that for one reason or another we didn’t have the chance to try, so we will have to come back to taste them.
Indians have a very sweet tooth, and with sweet shops everywhere, it is very difficult not to succumb to the temptation… These are just a few of them:
- Jalebi. Very very very sweet pretzel shaped snack. As soon as you take a bite It melts in your mouth, but believe me when I say that with one jalebi you cover your sugar needs for three days!
- Kheer. Rice pudding delicately flavored with cardamom and full of nuts, this was probably our favorite dessert.
- Barfi. Another of the “not for those dieting” Indian sweets. Also known as burfee, this delicatessen is made of condensed milk and sugar. Plain, with cashews, with pistachios, saffron flavored… it doesn’t matter, they are all yummy! It brought us so many good memories from our childhood when In Udaipur they gave us the barfis on a plate made of Boomer chewing gum covers!
- Boondi ladoo. Aromatic sweet balls that we tried in Udaipur. Boondis are round deep fried small balls soaked in a fragrant sugar syrup, then drained before being pulled together to form balls (ladoos). Soooo soooo delicious!
- Banana fritters. As the name well says they are deep fried battered bananas. Mainly available in south India.
Aren’t you hungry yet? ;)