India is a big country and is home to diverse cultures. People from different cultural backgrounds consume contrasting foods. But one thing that is common amongst us Indians is our love for “street food.” This is also clearly depicted by the use of street food in the famous 90’s track “Main Toh Raste Se Jaa Raha Tha, Bhelpuri Kha Raha Tha.”
From Kalari Kulcha in the North to Kottu Parotta in the South, no dish will leave you wanting more! Here are some famous street food dishes from each of the states that are to die for.
1Kalari Kulcha – Jammu And Kashmir
Kalari kulcha is a famous delicacy found in the streets of Jammu and Kashmir. It is a dish of mildly leavened flatbread or ‘Kulcha’ stuffed with cheese. Kalari is known as ‘Maish Krej’ or ‘Mozerella of Kashmir’ and is prepared differently in all three regions of the state. This dish is known to make you forget every cheeseburger you have ever had!
2Sidu – Himachal Pradesh
Sidu is typically a kind of bread made of wheat flour molded along with yeast; it is cooked over direct flames till halfway done and is then steamed. This ‘pahadi delicacy’ is available in variations and is often served with ghee, mutton, or dal.
3Chhole Bhature – Punjab
This street food is a must-try for everyone who visits this state. Chhole Bhature is called “soul food” because of its crispy puffed bread and spicy chickpea curry. Often accompanied by pickles, onions, mint chutney, and a tall glass of chilled chaas, this local dish is found at almost all vendors in the state.
4Dahi Bhalla – Chandigarh
Dahi Bhalla is the favorite street food of the state of Chandigarh. These are deep-fried lentil doughs immersed in creamy yogurt, topped with a variety of sweet-spicy chutneys, and then garnished with spicy powders and grated veggies.
5Moong Dal Pakoda – Uttarakhand
Moong dal pakora is one of the favorite innovative snacks originating from Kumaon, Uttarakhand. These are fried fritters served along with mint chutney. Often paired with masala tea, these are the ultimate snacks for the rainy season!
6Bajra Khichdi – Haryana
Bajra Khichdi is a very famous snack sold in the streets of Haryana. It is a healthy and savory porridge consisting of pearl millets, green lentils, and rice. Lassi, curd, papad, pickles, kadhi, and jaggery are some of the accompaniments observed to complement this local delicacy.
7Chaat – Delhi
Originating from Shah Jahan’s kitchen, this north Indian staple is now readily available in almost all streets and corners of the Indian subcontinent. Some famous Chaats are Golgappe, Bhelpuri, Dahi puri, samosa Chaat, and papdi Chaat. Golgappe, in particular, is one of the most loved street foods in India. Spread all over the country, the recipe experiences slight variations, differing from town to town. For example, in the state of Delhi, golgappe is served with a filling of spiced potatoes. However, in Maharashtra, the filling consists of “ragda,” or hot chickpeas.
8Aloo Tikki – Uttar Pradesh
Similar to Golgappe, Aloo Tikki is an evergreen dish relished by several generations of Indians. It is a hot and crispy mix of potato, peas, and various masalas, shallow fried on a Tawa. It is later broken into bite-size pieces, topped with yogurt, sweet and spicy chutney, and garnished with masalas and grated veggies.
9Litti Chokha – Bihar
Considered a staple, Litti Chokha is available at almost all the vendors within the state. It is a lip-smacking, crunchy dish made of ‘Litti’-a dough ball of whole wheat flour stuffed with roasted and spiced gram flour. Once cooked, litti is mixed with lots of ghee and served alongside “Chokha” (consisting of mashed boiled vegetables).
10Dal Baati Churma – Rajasthan
Dal Baati Churma is Rajasthan’s classic signature dish, and one should not leave the state without trying this divine delicacy. Baati is an unleavened bread cooked in a desert area of Rajasthan. Churma, on the other hand, is a coarsely powdered wheat combination that has been crushed and cooked with ghee or jaggery. The dal used to accompany this dish is also a specialty of its own. Panchratna dal is a unique combination of 5 lentils: urad, tuvar, masoor, moong, and chana.
11Dabeli – Gujrat
Comparable to vada pav, Dabeli is an innovative Gujrati street snack with a crunchy texture and a delicate blend. Originating in the Kutch region of Gujrat, Dabeli is made with a sweet and spicy potato mixture filled into a pav and then garnished with onion, pomegranate, fresh garlic chutney, and sev. This street snack is so famous that it is found even in the narrowest lanes of the state.
12 Jetty Rolls – Daman And Diu
Jetty rolls are considered a famous snack amongst the people of Daman and Diu and the tourists visiting the state. It is often referred to as a local version of Kathi kebabs. They are said to have been brought to the region by a Bengali cook and adapted to suit the local taste and flavors.
13Vada Pav – Maharashtra
Vada Pav or Wada Pav is a vegetarian snack originating from the state of Maharashtra. The dish consists of a spicy deep-fried potato dumpling sandwiched between two slices of pav. Accompanied by hot and spicy garlic chutney, this dish is often paired with masala tea to enhance the experience, especially during the monsoon!
14Poha Jalebi -Madhya Pradesh
Poha – Jalebi is the most exquisite street food and is considered one of the best breakfasts in the world. You can find shops serving this delicacy everywhere in Bhopal at any time of the day. Poha served in this state has a particular flavor profile, characterized by acidic flavors. It is topped with sev, tomato, and pomegranate too. When accompanied by piping hot Jalebis, this makes up for combination!
15Fara – Chhattisgarh
Fara is interesting rice-based street food from Chhattisgarh. It is like a steamed dumpling. Although the snack is easy to make, the dough is very delicate and difficult to handle. It is often paired with different chutney to make the best of the dish!
16Dahi Bara, Aloo Dum – Odisha
Dahi Bara, Aloo Dum is a perfect blend of north Indian and south Indian cuisine accompanied with Sourness of Dahi vada and savory of Aloo dum. It’s a child’s- play to find vendors with big Handis hanging on both sides of bicycles selling these on the streets of Odisha.
17Jhalmuri – West Bengal And Jharkhand
Jhalmuri is the go-to snack for the people of West Bengal and was found in every nook and corner of the state. It is a mixture of Puffed rice, roasted peanuts, boiled potatoes, chopped tomatoes, onions, coriander, flavored with various spices and chutney. Though it originated in the East, it is now a snack loved by everyone!
18 Jadoh – Meghalaya
Meghalaya is best known for its dish ‘Jadoh’, which is a Khasi version of biryani. In the Khasi language, “ja” means rice, and “doh” means meat. All in all, jadoh is red rice cooked with a generous amount of pork meat, sometimes swapped with chicken or fish meat. Authentic recipes of Jadoh even involve using of pork or chicken blood when cooking to absorb the metallic taste into the rice.
19 Pitha -Assam
Pitha is a very famous street food dish from Assamese cuisine. This dish is made of rice batter with a filling of either cabbage, radish, jaggery, or coconut. It is available in both sweet and savory variations. In the authentic recipe, Pitha batter is steamed in a bamboo shoot and served as a breakfast dish and tea.
20Momo – Sikkim
Momo, a dumpling hailing from Tibet, makes up for the most consumed street food in Sikkim. This steamed dumpling is at its best with a fiery chutney consisting of red chili, garlic, and tomatoes. The versatility in the filling of this steamed dish makes it popular in several Northern parts of India as well!
21Thukpa – Arunachal Pradesh
Thukpa is a type of Himalayan soup, usually served with meat and vegetables. “Thuk” means heart, so it is considered a heart-warming dish in general. Apart from being extremely tasty, this dish is healthy, filling, and available in many variations; the heat in the spices makes it perfect for a cold day!
22Smoked Pork – Nagaland
Smoked pork is made by cooking small pieces of pork with a blend of dry spices. On the outside, it’s crispy, yet on the inside, it’s tender and delicious, this dish is one such delicacy of Nagaland that no one can afford to miss!
23Singju – Manipur
Singju is a dish originated by the Meitei culture but has been widely adopted by various other ethnic communities. Singju is typically a salad consisting of Lotus stem, stink bean, cabbage, cauliflower, rice beans, and onions. This dish is considered very light and healthy and consumed in many parts.
24 Sawchiar – Mizoram
Sachar is an ethnic Mizo delicacy prepared by boiling meat and rice together. It is a type of stew prepared with either pork, lamb, or chicken. Heart-warming, this dish is a must-have!
25Awan Bangwi – Tripura
Tripuri people are very fond of having cakes, be it an occasion or no occasion. Awan Bangwi is a type of cake made only in this country. The main ingredient of this cake dish is a type of special rice called Guria. The cake wrap in a leaf, ‘Lairu’; when visiting Tripura, one must try this delicacy!
26Chorizo Pav – Goa
Chorizo Pav is one delicacy of Goa that is thoroughly enjoyed by the locals, especially as a breakfast item or a tea-time snack. Accompanied by bread, this spicy pork meat is prepared using pre-cooked sausage, onions, and potatoes. From as early as 7 a.m., this delicacy can be found anywhere in the state!
27 Punugulu – Andhra Pradesh
Punugulu or Punukkulu is a popular snack in the coastal regions of Andhra Pradesh. It is a deep-fried snack prepared with a batter of urad dal and rice, served along with ginger and coconut chutney. This snack is very light and thus consumed mostly after dawn!
28Akki Rotti – Karnataka
Akki Rotti is a rice-based breakfast item to the state of Karnataka. It is a spicy bread made of rice flour served along with coconut flour. This delicious dish is a repeated tiffin snack as it is easy to make.
29Idyappam – Kerela
Strains of vermicelli cooked in the shape of Idlis – Idiyappam is one of the most consumed foods of Kerela. It is made of rice flour and with chana curry or egg curry. Along with local vendors, the majority of restaurants also serve Idiyappam.
30Kothu Parotta- Tamil Nadu
Typically prepared with mixed vegetables such as carrots, beans, and green peas, Kothu Parotta is irresistible street food. This dish on a Sri Lankan version where it originated as Kothu Roti. Adding different food items creates Variations of this delicacy. No matter the variation, Kothu Parotta is a delicacy popular in the state of Tamil Nadu.