Sunday, February 7, 2016

Fantastico Street Snacks of North India



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The mouth-watering fantastico street snacks or foods with which you can smack your taste buds easily at road side stalls without losing much penny, more of a common man food. These snacks are served in restaurants too but the street side vendor’s pulls maximum crowd doing brisk business. It’s not that hygienic everyone is aware of but its peppy tastes titillates the taste buds and the crowd gathered at the stalls speaks volumes of its fame among people and the impact on pockets is minimal within the reach of a commoner. The details are as under. I am sure after reading, you will be tempted to navigate in any of the stalls nearby….mouth-watering snacks and smack your tongue around.



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 The topper of the list is Samosa: A triangular stuff stuffed with masala flavoured mashed potatoes deep fried in oil. You will get at every nukkad shop in the early evenings and hot Samosa is preferred. Fantastico evening refreshment of North India is Samosa, normally you will find frying at every corners in the evening time. Even if you drop in at someone’s place randomly, you are sure to be served with hot & crispy samosas & tea. Studies say that it is high in cholesterol but who cares when it comes to the taste of the tongue.


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Panipuri or Golgappa: Panipuri or golgappa, is a street snack. Preparation of refined wheat and semolina, shaped as round, hollow puri, crisp fried and served with a mixture of spicy tamarind water, chilli, chaat masala, potato, onion and chickpeas. Round the corners, you will find numbers of road side stalls selling Panipuri and a good crowd waiting for their turn. It is a top running item in evening snacks. Once, it was famous in womenfolk’s but now you will find men of all groups savouring Golgappa’s. There are stalls who sell a good lot of Panipuri two to three hours. They do a brisk business.



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Chaat is a mixture of potato pieces, gram or chickpeas and tangy-salty spices, with sour home-made chutneys, curds & hot spices. There are varieties of Chaat, the common variant, samosa chaat, papri chaat, mixed chat etc. It is garnished awfully and is served hot and the people love eating chat especially the young fellows. Sometimes, it is a dating ground for the perky youngsters.





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 Litti Chokha is a wholesome treat made of wheat and sattu (powdered gram) formed into balls with spices, cooked on medium lit charcoal and then filled with ghee and Chokha is mashed preparation of boiled potatoes and roasted round brinjals. The taste is superb. It is one of the famous food of Bihar and has gained popularity worldwide. This dish was not famous with road side stalls but now with its gaining popularity, numerous stalls have come up in different localities and the vendors make lot of money selling litti-chokha. The preparation is cumbersome and in fast life and disintegrating families, people don’t find time to prepare so they visit these stalls to relish the taste. 

(Litti recipe: http://nishamadhulika.com/en/351-litti-chokha-recipe.html)


These refreshments are savoured in evenings while strolling out with friends and families and often a meeting place or dating ground for teenagers…wink wink, spicing friendship with hot, tangy and spicy mouth-watering snacks smacking your tongue around…smack smack. Senior citizens too are found navigating down the street lanes during evening walk hours and hopping around the stalls to tickle their taste buds after having served simple healthy foods at home to control sugar level or maintain lipid profile balance…Awww…if spotted they too turn around feigning & shielding themselves giving flimsy excuses like teenagers caught dating…


The vendors do a brisk business with these savouries and enjoy peppy chit chat of the crowds and it’s a major gossip ground to discuss politics, films, peppy music and much more that you cannot think of till you are one of the participants and peppy songs are played loudly adding life & spark to the crowd.

This blog post is inspired by the blogging marathon hosted on IndiBlogger for the launch of the#Fantastico Zica from Tata Motors. You can apply for a test drive of the hatchback Zica today.

4 comments:

  1. Really mouthwatering seeing these pictures, i miss some of them!

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    1. Do drop in, in your free time to relish your taste buds...you will certainly get only in India

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  2. Dahi chaat is my weakness. You just got my appetite running.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by. :) Ashween

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