10 Exotic street foods of India that will get you drooling

When it comes to street food, India is one proud nation where every state – every city has its own specialty. Simple yet exotic flavors make Indian street food different and our all-time favorite. These wide varieties of scrumptious, quick and cheap street food are known for giving hunger pangs.

If you happen to be a die-hard street food lover who just cannot resist the urge of digging into roadside delights, we intend to take you on a delicious journey of these street foods of Real India.


  • Vada Pav

This Indian version of the burger is popular in the streets of Maharashtra. Every people there hang out near the vada pav stalls almost every day is quite common. Spicy Vadas with fried chilies which gives the satisfying taste is something that keeps people herding on these stalls. Vada neatly placed between buns with spicy powder and chutney is the secret of the amazing taste of this Indian burger.

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  • Aloo Tikki

Aloo Tikki is a delicacy of the city of Lucknow. Owing to its popularity every city has now made its own versions of this exotic cuisine. In Mumbai, this is Ragda Pattice while in Delhi it is often confused with aloo chat. This small puffed mashed potatoes ‘Aloo Tikki’ assorted with curd, red and green chutney, namkeen and pomegranate seeds is sure to crave you more.

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  • Chhole Bhature

This Punjabi street food is also a staple breakfast in a majority of Punjabi Households. Mouthwatering green peas cooked in traditional Punjabi spices and curry along with puffed hot bhaturas is enough to salivate your taste buds. If you happen to be in Punjab, then you’re likely to find many street stalls offering this delight.

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  • Dahi Puri

This exotic cuisine is famous for its tangy and spicy flavors found in the streets of Maharashtra and all over India. Dahi puri is the best way to soothe your palate. The semi puffed pooris with the sweetness of curd and tangy chutney are the perfect way to treat yourself.

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  • Momos

A migratory food, however, momos is native to Tibet and Nepal. Stuffed with a variety of fillings, momos taste the best when paired with fiery red sauce/chutney. Apart from the metropolitan cities, you are most likely to find these street-side snacks while traveling to hill stations. If you wish to savor authentic momos, then the ever-so-beautiful northeastern states of India can offer you a great spread.

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  • Paani Puri

Paani puri is widespread in every state of the country. Some people call it pani puris and gol gappas, whereas, in some states, it is termed as puchkas, gup chup or even paani ke patashe. The joy of munching on crispy atta or sooji puris, filled with tangy water, chickpeas, mashed potato and a varied mixture of spices makes ourselves drooling. Salivating already, aren’t you?

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  • Ghugni chat

This Bengali street-side snack is quite popular in other north Indian states as well. Traditionally prepared by cooking white or yellow Matar (peas) in a whole load of spices, ghugni is served like a chaat. Squeeze a little lemon juice on top of it to enhance the flavor of the delicacy.

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  • Pav Bhaji

pav bhaji is one such street food in the state of Maharashtra, which is loved by locals and tourists at the same time. This Spicy, hot and flavourful bhaji served with butter-oozing pavs is a perfect blend of a myriad variety of veggies along with exotic spices is what makes this delight different from the rest. The generous portions of tomato and onion slices that are served along, add a nice tangy flavor to the entire dish. Squeeze a little lemon juice on the bhaji and you’re done for the day.

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  • Paddu

Paddu, appe or ponganalu is one of the popular dish in south India. These shiny (rice batter) balls taste exactly like dosa, but with a slight hint of sourness. A perfect companion in your sutta break, these tiny dosa balls taste best with filter coffee and coconut chutney.

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  • Dabeli

Known to have originated in the Kutch region of Gujarat, dabeli is an interesting blend of softness and crunch in one go. Enter Gujarat and you’ll see big streets and narrow lanes thronged with dabeli stalls. This scrumptious cousin of vada pav is prepared by stuffing spiced potato mixture in buttered pavs that are grilled on a tawa. A special dabeli masala goes into the making of this delight along with garlic and tamarind chutney. To add an extra crunch to the dish, generous portions of sev gathia and juicy pomegranate seeds are sprinkled over the same. This Indian street food is also very common in the state of Maharashtra and is immensely loved by locals.

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Sandeep Debnath

Written by Sandeep Debnath

The future belongs to the curious. The ones who are not afraid to try it, explore it, question it and turn it inside out. Being a blogger, I started sharing my knowledge and interests here on BlogPoke.