5 Indian street foods not to miss in India

If are travelling to India then you have to try the famous street foods of India. Although I have advised against it previously but if you are up the mark and have all your jabs in place (cholera, typhoid and hepatitis C) then be a devil and go for it. You can find more about health tips in my India travel guide book.

Here are 5 street foods you just have to try when in India

Gol Guppa

The gol guppa (or gol gappa) has many names; some call it “panipuri” while some call it the “phuchka” while gup-chup and pakodi in some parts of India. The golguppa is a Marathi snack that originated in the state of Maharashtra. Mainly eaten as snacks, it consists of small water hollow “puri” filled with filled with a mixture of spiced masal water. The water is typically made of chickpeas, chilies, tamarind chutney, potatoes, onions and a mix of Indian masalas. While you stand there, the waiter will serve you a golguppa and you quickly put it in your mouth and while you’re eating, you’ll get another one. Don’t miss on the golgappa, it will make your mouth water.

Gol Guppa
Gol Guppa

Chaat

This is one of my favourite roadside snacks and I am sure you will like it too. Most chaats would consist of samosas, chickpeas, tamarind sauce, an aloo tikki, yogurt with a mix of Indian spices. There are a variety of chaats such as aloo chaat, papri chaat, sevpuri and so on. You can read more about chaats here.

Bhalla Papdi Chaat
Bhalla Papdi Chaat

Pav Bhaji

Pav Bhaji is very popular in Mumbai but you can get this in most places in India. It basically consists of bread and called the “pau or pav” with a mix of mashed up vegetables “bhaji”. It started as a quick fix for laborers in 1850’s but it became so popular that people from all walks of life eat it.

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Stalls selling Pav Bhaji food on Chowpatty Beach

Chole Bhature

Although not strictly street food but the best Chole Bhature I had was on the streets. This one is a Punjabi dish that consists of chole or chickpeas and the bhatura which is fried bread. There are slight variations where some bhatures are stuffed with cheese or potato. You’ll find many street side stalls selling the Chole Bhature.

Chole Bhature
Chole Bhature

Kachori

The simple Rajasthani snack called the kachori is one of India’s favourite roadside snacks. These are round flattened balls made of fine flour stuffed with vegetables and spices. Some locals might call it dal baati churma, pakores or mawa. People from Delhi like to call them ‘Khasta kachori’ or ‘Raj Kachori’.

Kachori
The kachori

So if you have the stomach for it and would like to try some of these Indian street foods feel free. Here’s a street food guide if you are concerned about cleanliness. Oh yes I almost forgot, don’t forget to try Indian tea as well!

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31 thoughts on “5 Indian street foods not to miss in India

  • August 20, 2014 at 3:21 am
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    Hi Shalu,

    Who doesn’t love street food, especially in our country? :)

    I think everyone would like one of the many delicious yummy foods you’ve mentioned here. My kids love all of these, so it’s a real treat when we are dining out as each time there is a variety of such fast foods they order and have fun eating them too. Perhaps not as healthy as the normal food, but once in a while it’s great to have.

    Thanks for sharing. Have a nice week ahead :)
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    • August 20, 2014 at 6:48 pm
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      Absolutely right Harleena, who doesn’t like them. Like you said, perhaps not too healthy but once in a while is fine.
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  • August 20, 2014 at 4:50 am
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    Hi Shalu, Nice post all about Indian street foods, Those can’t be miss in Indian ! Shalu these are such a amazing food those are favorite of most of Local Indian & no one wants to miss at any cost ! Gol Guppa, Pav Bhaji, Chole Bhature & Kachori ! These are local food which may get anywhere in India !

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    • August 20, 2014 at 6:46 pm
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      Thank you Disha. Indeed, you will get them in most places in India. All of them mentioned are equally good and can’t have enough of it.
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  • August 20, 2014 at 5:38 am
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    Aha, brought water in my mouth :) Thank you Shalu mam for sharing this wonderful post. I am glad that I met yet another blogger from Bihar :)

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  • August 20, 2014 at 6:40 am
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    Really nice and next door post! I feel like having Chole Bhature today! Another thing I just love is “Dahi Phuchka”!

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  • August 20, 2014 at 10:50 am
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    Awesome Post Shalu Here world famous Pav Bhaji in Krishna nagar Delhi and and I love Pav Bhaji.

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  • August 21, 2014 at 4:09 pm
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    Great Post, Shalu. Street food is getting more and more creative all over the World – it’s cool to see that India is no exception.

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  • August 23, 2014 at 9:04 am
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    Hi Shalu,

    After reading this post my mouth is full with water, and I’m going to have Gol Guppa right away. 😉

    Just kidding will certainly have it at evening. And you really mentioned some delicious street foods which I love to have on each weekend.

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  • August 26, 2014 at 5:25 pm
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    Hi ,

    These all street foods are weakness of all Indians. It is very common in India. When I was in School I usually ate Gol Gappa and Cholle Bhutere in Recess. They were always the best days of my life.

    Regards

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  • September 1, 2014 at 7:52 am
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    Thank you Shalu to Great Pos,Street I miss Gol Guppa, Chole Bhature & Kachori.

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  • September 2, 2014 at 5:50 pm
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    Thanks Shalu for such a mouth sweatening post…I’m lovin’ it.

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  • September 7, 2014 at 5:51 am
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    The street food of India is mostly better then what is served in most of the restaurants, the simple reason being that most of the ingrediants used are fresh! I love our street food, cant seem to have enough of them!
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    • September 9, 2014 at 5:54 pm
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      Hi Aarti, they are certainly very good and I like them too. Thanks for your comment.
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  • September 8, 2014 at 8:36 am
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    I have never been to India and you made me get all these lists of food to my archive already. And going by your description, I would love to eat the Bhalla papdi chaat. At least its one of your favorites, and even the look says chaaty!
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  • September 13, 2014 at 7:17 am
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    Shalu Ji As usual Awesome Information… I personally Love Gol Gappa, Chat, Paw Vaji and kachoris. Basically I am from Nepal But My Father is from India and My Wife also From Delhi, India.

    She took me to Chandni Chowk, Old Delhi there we had Gol Gappe, Paw Vaji, Allu Tikki and Much more… I love all of them.

    I am Planning to move permanently to Delhi In coming December.
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  • September 14, 2014 at 4:19 am
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    It is very true that your visit is not complete until you taste the street food of that place. I had my best street food experience in Kolkata. Now living in Delhi, I love to have Chandni Chowk street food.

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  • October 15, 2014 at 3:30 pm
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    I love Gol Guppa , some people even call it Paani Puri 😀 LOL !

    So much delicious !!

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  • October 18, 2014 at 11:09 am
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    Delicious food Ma`am.
    Really a must try food. But one must be easy on his stomach. What do you say?

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  • December 7, 2014 at 12:34 am
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    Gol Gappa is really all time favorite.But I think Samosa is better then Kachori.No offense my opinion.

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  • October 5, 2015 at 1:41 pm
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    “Chole ki chaat” is also popular but i like khasta kachori of my own city.

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  • October 18, 2015 at 8:50 am
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    Publishing Something about indian food is amazing idea. Lets make Indian Food famous and people go mad for indian food. Thank You !

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  • November 1, 2015 at 3:29 am
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    HI shalu,

    I really love to that type of street food. Because every one enjoy while eating these types of food. Gol Gappa is my favorite and Dahi Bhalay is also like Chat in my country and I liked it very much.

    Thanks Shalu for sharing such great street food with us.
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    Areesha Noor!
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