5 Indian Street Food Recipes

Here are 5 Indian street food recipes that will give you a taste of authentic Indian flavor. Real Indian food does not come from the kitchen of a five-star hotels, but can only be found from the stalls that lining back streets. If you can't make it to India, you can cook up an Indian street food buffet at home

1. Chaat is a famous Indian street food recipe from the north of the country. Chaat is more than the name of one particular food, but is used to describe any number of tangy and spicy dishes in Northern India.

  • 3  potatoes, peeled
  • 1/2 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1 tsp roasted cumin powder
  • 1 tsp chaat masala
  • Tamarind Chutney
  • Mint Chutney
  • Chopped Coriander Leaves
  • Optional Garnish – chopped onion, tomato julienne, fresh pomegranate seeds
  • Oil for frying
  1. Dice potatoes into 3/4 to 1 inch cubes.
  2. Heat oil in a pan and deep fry potatoes until golden brown and cooked through. Drain well.
  3. In a bowl, place the fried potatoes and toss with red chilli powder, cumin powder, chaat masala.
  4. Add mint chutney, tamarind chutney, to taste, and toss to coat evenly.
  5. Serve garnished with coriander leaves,chopped onion, tomato julienne or pomegranate.

2. Aaloo Tikki is a crunchy and satisfying Indian street food recipe that can also be found in the North.

  • 3 large boiled potatoes
  • 1 tsp salt or as per taste
  • 1/4th tsp ground black pepper
  • 2/3rd cup matar cooked or (frozen peas defrosted)
  • 1/2 tbsp scrapped and minced ginger
  • 1/4th tsp garam masala
  • 1/4th tsp salt or to taste
  • Red chili powder to taste (optional)
  • 1 tsp coarsely ground dry-roasted cumin seeds
  • Oil
  1. Mash the peas, using a fork. Combine the stuffing ingredients except oil and mash briefly. Divide into 10 portions and reserve.
  2. Peel the cooked potatoes and mash them very finely into smooth mashed potatoes. Add salt and pepper and knead until properly mixed. Divide into 10 portions.
  3. Take each portion of potato mixture and make a ball.
  4. One at a time, gently flatten each ball into a round patty of about 1/2-inch thick and place a portion of stuffing in the center and fold the edges together.
  5. Flatten it into a 2-inch patty. Repeat for the remaining portions.
  6. Heat 1 tsp. oil in a non-stick pan over a low heat. Pan-fry until golden brown on each side over very low heat.
  7. Serve with chutney.

3. Pav is an Indian street bread from the western part of the country.

  • 7 oz Active Dry Yeast
  • 3 tsp Sugar
  • 2 Tbs Milk
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 3 cups AP flour
  • 7 oz Active Dry Yeast
  • 3 tsp Sugar
  • 2 Tbs Milk
  • 1 tsp Salt
  1. Prepare a bake tray with butter and dust with flour.
  2. Mix the sugar and yeast. Add a 1/2 cup of warm water.
  3. In a mixing bowl, mix together flour and salt. Add the dissolved yeast solution and mix well. Add around half of cup of water to the mixture and knead into a smooth dough.
  4. Add butter and mix completely. Cover and let sit for one hour. Punch down and let rise again, one hour.
  5. Form lemon size balls of dough and place on the prepared baking tray.
  6. Preheat oven to 375F.
  7. Brush on a milk wash and bake for twenty to 25 minutes.

4. A street food stall favorite is the Hara Bhara Kebab.

  • 2 potatoes
  • 1 cup peas
  • a piece ginger
  • 2 green chillies
  • 3 coriander leaves
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • oil for frying
  1. Boil, peel and grate potatoes
  2. Boil peas and strain.
  3. Make a fine paste from ginger and green chilies.
  4. Finely mince coriander.
  5. Heat 1 tbsp oil in a pan and toast cumin seeds.
  6. Saute peas, ginger, green chilies paste, coriander, salt, and black pepper powder.
  7. Mix well.
  8. Add to the potatoes mixture and form several 6-inch logs.
  9. Heat oil in a pan and deep fry until golden brown.

5. A favorite and must try Indian street food is the Banana Lassi

  • 1 cup plain non-fat yogurt
  • 1 peeled and sliced ripe Banana
  • 2 Tbp sugar
  • Ice
  1. Combine all ingredients and blend until smooth in a blender.
  2. Pour in glasses and serve chilled.
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