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The Magic of Street Food

Most countries of the world have their own street food which defines their culture and shows us a quick way of understanding their cuisine. In fact, if you want to understand how a country has evolved in terms of taste, and also how they cook and eat, you should first try the street food. For example, the Americans have hot dogs and pretzels, while the British, being an island country loves its fish and chips. And when you travel along the Orient in South East Asian countries like Singapore or Thailand and even Malaysia, you will find a number of exotic creatures being tossed and served along with a quick smattering of noodles.

In India too, we have a long standing culture of indulging in street food. Much of our street food also shows Mughal and other influences which change as you travel around the country. Samosas and jalebis are typically Indian street food and snacks that can be found in any part of the country. Yet, did you know that these have come to us with Mughal influence? Also, Bombay sandwiches and wada pav are favorites for people in the western side of the country. Chaats like gol gappas, Bhel Puri, Dahi Puri, Papdi Chaat and much more mark our street food culture. Ganesh Bhel is one of the foremost names in this industry, with a rapidly growing name in the export of Bhel and other such freshly made ingredients as well.

So what really is the magic of street food in India? Here is a quick look!

  • Anytime, Anywhere: This is one of the foremost qualities of street food in India. Even before you can complete the sentence, you will find street food vendors at any and every corner. You can also walk into the street and find a vendor who can help you satiate those cravings. In the evenings, if you are out for a walk or hanging out with friends, you can very easily just stop for a bite!
  • Healthy Fare: Street food is known to be healthy and one does not have to indulge in highly oily and fatty food in order to meet those hunger pangs. A bowl of chaat or a plate of your favorite Bhel will ensure that you have munched on something that does not pack on calories or cholesterol. You can have Gol Gappas or Bhel Puri with the crunchy puffed rice in order to fill your stomach without any excess oil and fat.
  • Easy on the Pocket: When you go out there to indulge in a spot of street food magic, you will find that you have not had to drill a massive hole in your pocket! Tangy flavors and healthy eating habits that can be found in Chaat do not come for a sky high price. You can easily spend just a few bucks and get some amazing taste and flavour. This definitely beats going to restaurants and spending a bomb!

So the next time you have those hunger pangs, you need to go find yourself the magic of street food in India!

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