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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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’.
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!