You ask any Indian about street-side chaats and they will give you a list of at least five stalls that they recommend. Not only that, but if you stroll down any Indian street, you'll see vendors lined up with a range of mouthwatering chaats, each one peculiar to the state's culinary offering. From Delhi's ‘daulat ki chaat’, Kolkata’s ‘jhal muri’ to Mumbai's ‘sev puri’, there's a street offering for everyone. If there is heaven on earth for foodies, it is undoubtedly in the delectable chaats. Chaat is something that can be enjoyed anytime and anywhere because of its tangy taste and plethora of flavours.
Chaat is one item that would undoubtedly be on the menu list, whether as a tea-time snack or as a starter in any guest gatherings and special occasions. Consider this scenario: you're in line, waiting your turn, and then grabbing the first mouthful. Isn't it an out of the world experience? If you, like us, are street food stans, then we've got you covered. Here are some states and their exceptional chaats:
New Delhi - Daulat ki chaat
You know what we're talking about if you've ever eaten this. Take out some time to stroll the lanes of Delhi 6 and get some of this delicacy if you haven’t tried it already. Daulat ki chaat is a classic milk and cream combination. The end result of chaat is a light-as-air meal with kesar, khoya, and occasionally nuts on top. It's also only available throughout the winter months in Delhi.
Gujarat - Dabeli
Dabeli is a snack dish with Kutch origins. It's a spicy snack made with a special dabeli masala.
Dabeli is a type of desi sandwich made by combining boiling potatoes with a dabeli masala and placing them into a pav. It is served with tamarind chutney, roasted peanuts, pomegranate seeds, and Gujarat's signature bhujia. The scent of spices in Dabeli will tempt you to a nearby stall and make you drool over this street food meal.
Uttar Pradesh - Galouti kebab
You'll drool over the flavour of this dish! It is one of Lucknow's most popular street foods because of its exceptional taste. It's also known as Galouti Kebab because it's made with minced beef. The man behind this dish, Haji Murad Ali, only had one hand, hence the name Tunday. It's prepared in such a way that even a toothless man may enjoy it. It's incredibly soft and tasty and a must-try.
Kolkata - Jhal Muri
Jhal Muri is a famous street dish from Kolkata. 'Jhal Muri' is a Bengali dish in which 'Jhal' means spicy and 'Muri' means puffed rice. It includes puffed rice, sev, peanuts, fried lentils, fried peas, chanachur, puri, and other crisps, as well as finely chopped onions, tomatoes, green chillies, coriander leaves, and other fillings. With its exceptionally crispy and tangy flavours, this chaat will certainly delight your taste buds.
Mumbai - Sev puri
Vada pao, misal pao, and pani puri are just a few of the mouth-watering Mumbai chaats. One such delectable chaat recipe is sev puri. On crispy papdis, a wonderful blend of sev with an array of onions, tomatoes, coriander leaves, potatoes, green chillies, garlic, and tamarind.
Madhya Pradesh - Poha Jalebi
Poha Jalebi, a sweet-and-sour combo, is a popular street food item in Madhya Pradesh, particularly Indore and Bhopal. When visiting the state, all you need is a mix of vegetables and flattened rice cooked in simple seasonings, as well as the sweet jalebis. This unusual pairing is enhanced by the addition of onion and fennel seeds, making it even more delectable.
If you have come this far, you must be drooling. Calm your taste buds by rushing to your favourite street food vendor!