India is well-known for its tasty and spicy food. Indian food is the only food, which makes a simple vegetarian food so tasty that you can’t resist licking your fingers.
The country has a diverse cuisine of fast food as it is a big county with a lot of different cultures living with peace, harmony and love.
Eating fast food is perfectly normal if you know your limits and when to stop. You should chew your food at least 32 times per bite so that it gets digested well.
These fast food items are prepared quickly and easily but they are very diverse and vibrant in taste because of the excessive use of different flavors, chutneys and masalas.
Each of these fast foods is an important member of Indian cuisine. They showcase the vibrant street food culture and street ventures who cook and sell them.
Here we are not talking about the fast food that you get in fast food chains such as McDonald’s, Burger King, Taco Bell, Cafe Coffee Day, etc. You can easily prepare them at home or easily find a road side stall selling these delicious food items. So here we go:
It is a popular south India food, which is available in every city or town in India. People also eat Dosa in breakfast or in the evening as a snack. It is crispy, delicious and easy to make and usually filled with potatoes and paneer inside. You can eat Dosa with your hands by dipping it into Sambhar or coconut chutney.
You can make Dosa from soaked and drained white rice, fenugreek seeds, and black lentils (urad dal). Blend it in a food processor and combine with water. You will notice that the mixture makes a thin batter that ferments until it becomes flavorful.
The fermentation adds a lightly sour flavor to dosa similar to sourdough. This batter is the spread out on a hot pan with oil and cooked until it becomes crispy and the add some stuffing inside it. Plain dosa does not have any stuffing inside it.
It is an extremely popular Gujarati fast food snack. Dabeli is made with Indian pav (bread) and stuffed with a unique blend of masalas, Namkeen, peanuts and different chutneys. It is a well-known street food in the north India also.
The recipe looks very similar to the yummy Maharashtrian dish Vada Pav snack but Dabeli is made with totally different masalas and stuffing inside it. You can eat Dabeli as an evening snack with chai (tea) or even in breakfast.
Samosas are all over the world now and they are everyone’s favorite. It is a popular north Indian snack. People eat it even in the breakfast with chai. Samosas are deep fried fast food snacks made with refined wheat flour (maida) and stuffed usually with potatoes, peas, herbs, and spices.
When you are enjoying something as delicious as samosas, you should stop worrying about it being healthy for a while and just eat for the taste. Deep fired samosas are crispy and yummy. You can find samosa in every street of most of the Indian cities.
Momos are basically Tibetan fast food items. It is a very popular street food in northern cities of India. Momos are also known as Dim Sum. In fact these are basically dumplings made from refined flour with a savory stuffing such as cabbage, paneer and soya chunks. Momos are usually served with chili chutney.
Momos are one of the most consumed street food in north India. You can find thousands of stalls and restaurants which serve this delicious fast food. If you wish to feel the authentic taste of momos, then visit the north-east restaurants in Delhi or visit north-east or hilly states of India.
It is undoubtedly one of the most popular north Indian dishes and Indian fast food. Its perfect for breakfast if you are not that health conscious. It is mouth-watering, spicy, exotic dish from Punjabi Cuisine family.
It is easily available at any road side stall or a restaurant in almost every north Indian city and state such as Delhi and Punjab. The crispy puffed Bhatura is made from refined wheat flour which makes an excellent combo with hot & spicy Chole or Chickpeas curry. Preparing it at home in a healthier & less-oily method is quite simple and easy.
Litti Chokha is no doubt one of the healthiest Indian fast foods. It is very popular is Indian states such as Bihar, Uttar Praesh and Jharkhad and even Delhi.
This traditional dish of Bihar is made with sattu (roasted chickpea flour) and wheat flour dipped in pure desi ghee, served with chokha which is made of potatoes and tomatoes.
Litti Chokha is perfectly healthy for breakfast or even for lunch or dinner. It is not oily unlike other Indian street foods and does not contain refined flour but pure wheat flour with sattu and ghee.
This tasty potato-based dish Aloo Tikki is the foundation for many Indian food recipes such as sandwich, burger, and many chaats.
It is usually stuffed with a spiced filling of peas, potatoes and paneer or chana dal and served with chana masala or chole, which is spicy Indian chickpea curry.
You can then top it with onions, sweet tamarind-jaggery chutney and hot green chutney (cilantro+green chillies dip). In north India sometimes they add curd (yogurt), which adds a unique flavor to it.
Kachori is regular street breakfast fast food in north India. Kachoris are basically deep fried breads made with refined flour. There are many varieties of kachoris in the Indian fast food cuisine and moong dal kachori and Khasta Kachori are popular ones.
kachori is a spicy food with mixture of refined flour, moong dal and other lip vibrant spices which is then deep fired to form a round shape. In addition to khasta kachori and moong dal kachori, there are several other types of kachori such as raj kachori, mava kachori and onion kachori.
Idli Sambhar is one the most favorite south Indian dishes. It is a very common breakfast item in south India and even in North India. It is served with combination of chutney and sambar. Sambhar is made with tamarind and pigeon peas.
You can dip idli in sambhar and chutney and have it with your hands or spoon. Idlis and vada sambhar are the best food in the streets of Chennai, Tamil Nadu.
These a fried puffed crispy round shaped hollow puris that makes the base of the Pani Puri or Golgappa.
They are filled with a spicy potato and black Chickpea filling and chutney and filled with spicy flavored water and then you can pop them in your mouth in one go.
Golgappas are no doubt one of the India’s most popular street and fast foods that every Indian is fond of.
It is a popular Maharashtrian fast food. It like an Indian version of burger and most popular road side food straight from Mumbai, Maharashtra. A few other similar Indian fast food items are pav bhaji, dabeli, batata wada and kande pohe.
Vada Pao is the most loved and ultimate staple food item in all over the India. It consists of a fried potato dumplings called vada served in a bun, pav with condiments such as red or green chutneys and fried green chilies.
Pav Bhaji is one of the most popular Indian snacks and breakfast foods, specially in Maharashtra and also in North India. It is a unique and delicious combination of different vegetables cooked and mashed together with masala (spices).
You can find pav bhaji in also street of Mumbai. It is loved by every Indian. Pav Bhaji gives you all the nutrients of mix vegetables with special masala without compromising the taste.
Pav Bhaji is spicy, so flavorful and can be easily made vegan style also. If you have never had a chance to taste pav bhaji in your life, you are seriously missing out on something important in life.
Ghugni Chaat is a popularly available street food and Indian fast food from the Northern and Eastern parts of India especially West Bengal. It is a delicious snack made of dried peas. This is an ultimate healthy snack without compromising in taste. It also offers you a perfect curry to go with most breads.
It’s made of dried white peas and sometimes potatoes with the topping of chopped tomatoes, onions, green chilies, cilantro and tamarind chutneys, ginger, and a wide variety of spices. It is usually served with naan bread or as a chaat snack, it’s beloved throughout the country especially in Kolkata.
These are extremely popular in the streets of Delhi and north India. Nagori Halwa and Bedmi Poori is an amazing combination that you can’t resist.
The crispy Bedmi Poori made using fine Urad Dal (black lentils) and refined flour, with a perfect mix of masala such as black salt, dry mango powder, fennel powder, coriander powder and red chilly powder. A spicy and tasty potato curry to go along with this combo, is a heavenly combination.
Nagori Halwa is a sweet dish made with semolina & pure ghee. It perfectly balances the heat & spiciness of the Bedmi pooris.
Spicy, tangy and yummy Jhal Muri is a popular street food of Bengal. It is made using puffed rice. The pungent taste of raw mustard oil makes it quite unique and interesting.
In Bengali language, ‘jhal’ means spicy and ‘muri’ means puffed rice. This is a vegan snack is made with puffed rice and other ingredients such as onions, roasted peanuts, tomatoes, boiled potatoes, masala and some herbs.
It is one of the most popular Indian snacks and street breakfast options available in India. It originated from the Punjab state of India but is popular in every state and every city in India.
Kulche are delicious combination of refined flour breads cooked in butter along with tangy and spicy chole.
Chole is made with white peas with spices like red chili powder, coriander powder and salt and topped with some chaat masala and onions. You can top it with butter and some salads to make it more tasty.
Bharwa Bhindi is a popular Indian dish. It is so simple yet tasty. The okra (bhindi) is stuffed with a some unique spicy filling. This is a vegan dish which even goes really well with flatbread like roti or paratha. You can have it in breakfast, lunch or dinner.
It is a sweet dish, which is a very popular dessert in India especially in festival season. It is often served in breakfast also with a cup of hot milk or rabdi.
Jalebi is a traditional Indian spiral shaped crunchy sweet dish made with refined flour, dipped in saffron laced sugar syrup. It is very popular in the festival seasons such as Diwali and Ramadan and enjoyed with milk, curd (yogurt) or other Indian snacks.
It is a popular Gujarati snack, which one of the most loved and popular snacks across the country even in the north and south India.
Dhokla is served with peppy green chutney at tea time. Microwave khaman dhokla has an unique texture and appetizing flavor, and it is surprisingly easy to make.
Dhokla is typically made with besan, however you can also make it with Suji. A besan (chickpea flour) batter consisting of citric acid, salt and turmeric is mixed with baking powder and cooked.
A favorite across the entre Indian subcontinent, this Indian dessert Gajar Ka Halwa or Carrot Halwa is a delicious Indian Dish of carrot (gajar) with milk, nuts and sugar, perfectly cooked in desi ghee that adds an amazing flavor to it.
Personally, this is my one the favorite desserts. Any sweet dish cannot be better than Gajar ka Halwa. This is one of the easiest and tastiest desserts which can be prepared by anyone following some simple instructions.
It is typically served warm with the topping of mava / khoya, but can also be served with vanilla ice cream scoop or without any topping.
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