When you arrive in India, whether it’s Mumbai or Delhi, you’ll think to yourself, “I better eat at the hotel, or the fancy TripAdvisor recommendation. Well that is WRONG. Embrace the streets! Indian street food is your most delicious, and in my opinion, safest path towards a wonderful culinary experience in the land of spices. Just think about it: at a street food stall you can see how everything is made, the cleanliness is clear and the popularity of the stand is obvious. Meanwhile, a fancy hotel has a hidden staff of young cooks that don’t care if you come back, and the kitchen and cooking conditions are hidden to the public. To me, the choice of popular public display of delicouness trumps the restaurant kitchen behind door number 4.
Some of our favorite street snacks include:
Vada pav: Spiced and fried potatoes in a soft bun with tamarind and cilantro chutneys.
Bhel Puri: Puffed rice with red onion, chilli, tomato, mint, and the chef’s selection of creative sweet, sour, spicy and crunchy accompaniments.
Panipuri: A tiny crunchy bite-sized container to a whole a flavor bomb of spiced water and condiments – this is literally an explosion in your mouth. It consists of a round, hollow fried crisp (puri) filled with a mixture of water (“pani”), tamarind, chili, chaat masala, potato, onion and chickpeas. Really, when you bite down on the puri, the sweet and spicy water bursts out of its shell.