As we walk through streets of India, we can smell the intoxicating aroma of street food being sold in stalls and food carts. They grab everyone’s attention because they are mouth watering, lip smacking and scrumptious in texture. They are blended with right amount of spice, salt, sweet and tang which will make you run for a bite. Even the thought of these delights give us hunger pangs.
When talking about Indian street food, one cannot proceed without mentioning Lucknow – the city of kebabs and Hyderabad – the perfect place for biriyani lovers. The capital city is nowhere behind in the race. Both the cities food styles have been greatly influenced by the Mughals. Thus conveying that even foods tell us the rich diverse history of the places.
Major part of indian street food constitutes chaats. Chats originated in some parts of Uttar Pradesh but now are immensely popular all over South Asia. The word originally derived from the Hindi word ‘Chaat’ which means ‘to lick’ which itself conveys the finger licking taste of them. They are usually deep or shallow fried and the major contents are Boiled potato, onions, tomatoes and Sev. Samosa, kachodi, pani puri, aloo chaat are everyone’s favorite. As soon as they are put in our mouth, the aroma of garam masala and chat masala evades every corner of our mouth. Then the spicy and tangy taste is hard to resist and remain dear to our taste buds. No one can forget kolkata’s golgappa, Mumbai’s vada pav, Delhi’s chole bature and Bangalore’s bajji once tasted which now are available across many places of India. Most of the chats are served hot with spicy mint chutney and pulpy sweet tamarind chutney.
They are also avoided by health freak people as they drip with oil, ghee and butter. Husbands fighting with wives to taste them and children pestering mothers to buy them is a very common sight. But the joy it gives to our taste buds is worth gaining few pounds. It needs a lot of time, hard work, and patience to prepare them at home. Thus people go out to enjoy these bundle of joys. They are equal to heaven for foodies.
Their easy availability and affordability also attracts many Indians towards them. The saying “the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach” can be modified as, “ the way to an Indian’s heart is through chaats” justifying their popularity.
– Shruthi H.V
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