Different people have different opinions about street food in India as well as abroad. A few people don’t like eating out in open, standing and surrounded by crowds. Few others have concerns about cleanliness. These are valid points indeed, but it’s a fact that no one can deny that the innovation and unique flavours offered by street food vendors can be very rare in fancy restaurants. Street food in India as well as other countries all over the world is cheap and very delicious. As far as hygiene is concerned, most good vendors have better cleanliness standards than many established food chains. One reassuring point is that one can see the food being cooked right in front and conditions with own eyes. It’s quite unlike most established restaurants. Apart from that, vendors have their recipes for generations and guard them zealously just like big businesses do.
Street food in India
India in is blessed with an amazing variety of street food. A truncated list of food available here can easily fill a small book. Different regions in India have their own unique cultures and cuisines. Some one traveling through India will go through enough cuisines for a large continent. For sake of simplicity and focus, some more popular traditional Indian street food snacks are Bhel poori, Chole Bhatoore, Gol Gappe, Poori Kachori Aaloo Tikki, Dahi Bhalle, , Chaat, Samosa, kathi roll, Pakode with stuffings and many many more. Different types of chaat are some of more popular among street food dishes in India. When one considers the numerous varieties of food available here, neither one of which tastes, smells or looks like any other, it’ boggles mind. You can choose almost anything depending upon what you want . Some foreign food items like momos (dumplings) and some other Chinese dishes like Chowmein cooked in an unique Indian style have become popular too.
Street food in India is eaten as a snack as well as a meal. But not every street food item is a healthy alternative to a proper meal. Deep fried food like samosa is not good for arteries when eaten too often. Some Indian dishes like idli, biryani, dosa,, idli, vada paav etc, are considered proper meals in their places of origin are often eaten as street food snack elsewhere. It can get confusing for foreigners who may know a little about Indian food but not the details such as this. You need to spend some time and effort learning all this or get some one to explain all this.
In many places in India many people will often give directions or identify a locality on basis of a famous eating joint. It’s quite true in New Delhi, capital of India.? If you find it hard to believe , you should ask someone, preferably a Delhi local about, Matke Waali Gali, Paranthe Waali Gali Pan Mandi and a few more. The only claim to fame that these places have is the delcious street food served there. Old Delhi which consists of Chandani Chowk and Chawari Bazar areas is the main hub of most street food available in Delhi. Some of street food vendors there have been selling food for multiple generations
Even after arrival of numerous multinational as well as Indian branded food chains and truckloads of money spent on their promotions, street food in India has maintained it’s popularity and is also gaining a foothold in other countries across the world. A lot of businesses involved in selling Indian food in foreign countries are usually run by people from other countries who haven’t ever visited India. The food served in such places is just a very poor imitation of authentic Indian food.
To properly enjoy all types Indian street food, you must visit India and taste the real flavours at least once. Our Indian street food tours are meant to showcase best of Indian food for our guests. Contact us on India Food Tour’s contact page for more information, feedback or to book a food tour.