A recent trip to India once again brought back the nostalgia of my childhood memories when, on a hot summer day, we would take a trip on a Cycle Rickshaw through the busy and humming streets of Kanpur in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh just to have some street food. Uttar Pradesh is known for some of the best street foods in India. Now a lot of those recipes have been replicated in other parts of India including Mumbai. However, Mumbai has its own very strong street food culture which can be seen at Chaupaati or Chowpatty. Chaupaati is one of the busiest and well-known public beaches in India and is known for a wide variety of street foods in Mumbai.
I spent a whole afternoon watching locals come to take in the sunset and enjoy Samosa Chaat, Pav Bhaji, Ragda Patties, Tikki Chaat, Bombay Frankie, Channa Jor Garam, Paani Puris, Dosas with Sambhar and Chutney and dessert like Kulfi ice cream and finally a hot cup of tea in clear glass.
As of late, street food seems to fascinate people in India much more than the traditional cuisine. I suspect it is because its where the locals can enjoy a quick meal packed with flavor at a very affordable price.
I have always enjoyed street food and have tried to incorporate some of the most popular street food concepts to satisfy the growing interest among our customers in the US. During my recent trip, I took a lot of pictures to transport you there for a few moments, trying to replicate the raw experience provided by the street food vendors in India. To further enjoy the experience with the same authentic flavors, try Monsoon Kitchens Samosa Chaat, Pao Bhaji or Tikkis Chaat recipes. It’s a true taste of India!