1. Lays Magic Masala View this photo on Instagram instagram.com India loves its Lays, just like the rest of the world. But Indian Lays are amped up, and most people will tell you that of all the flavors India has to offer, Magic Masala is by far the best. Guess what? They're right. 2. Pakoras Rawpixel / Getty Images Often found on every street corner in India, pakoras are essentially batter-fried vegetables laden with a myriad of spices. They're perfect for an afternoon snack, accompanied by a steaming cup of chai. 3. Bread-Butter-Jam View this photo on Instagram instagram.com White bread. Pure, full-fat butter. Sugary, fruity jam. It's the simplest of combinations and that's what makes it so magical. 4. Jalebis Percom1 / Getty Images Fried dough spirals soaked in a cardamom-infused sugar syrup, these sinful snacks are often called Indian doughnuts. Up North, they're eaten alongside rabdi, a sweetened condensed milk dish, for breakfast. Their South Indian counterpart, the jaangiri, is equally delicious. 5. Kaalaan View this photo on Instagram Instagram: @undefined A dish often found on the streets of Southern India, kaalaan combines fried mushrooms with an addictive curry base. Coupled with corn flakes, it's the perfect junk food indulgence – you can pretend the mushrooms make it healthy. That's what I do. 6. Pork Shapale View this photo on Instagram instagram.com This Tibetan fried meat pie, filled with a blend of mixed meat, onions, and spices, is popular in Northeast regions such as Sikkim. It gets amped up with the addition of chili sauce but honestly, it's just as mouthwatering on its own. 7. Mirchi Bhajji Mtreasure / Getty Images These little fried delights are found all over India and while they go by different vernacular names, the fried chili exterior + spicy, vegetable-laden stuffing is universally loved. 8. Bakharwadi Ajaykampani / Getty Images These little spirals are the perfect mix of sweet and salty. They find their home in central India – Maharashtra, to be exact – and their unique stuffing of coconut, poppy seeds, and sesame seeds makes for an addictive, anytime snack. 9. Kurkure instagram.com, Mds0 / Getty Images Cheetos' Indian cousin, Kurkure blends tangy, spicy, sweet, and salty together in ways that'll make your heart sing. And if you think Cheetos are addictive, just WAIT 'til you try these. 10. Shankarpale View this photo on Instagram instagram.com These sugary nuggets have a host of names. In the Northern States of Maharashtra and Gujarat, they're called Shankarpale. In my Tamil home, we call them chakkara beda, translating quite literally to "sugary dough." There are variants, of course, but I'd like to think these would give a churro quite a run for its money. 11. Bread Pakode Manu_bahuguna / Getty Images This is literally just deep-fried bread with spices. It's also arguably the best way to carb-load, ever. 12. Banana Chips Ajaykampani / Getty Images These aren't any ordinary chips. Found in Kerala, a Southern coastal region, these humble plantain chips get fried in coconut oil to give them a taste that's unlike anything you've ever had before. 13. Vada Pav Chotaniaman / Getty Images This little slider has been called India's answer to the burger. I'm not quite sure I'd agree, given that there's a whole lot of starch and not any cheese or veggies, but I WOULD say it's more satisfying than any burger you could ever eat. A fried potato patty nestled inside a fluffy bun, topped with just the right amount of chutney – you won't even miss the meat. 14. Chakli Ajaykampani / Getty Images Some call them chakli. Others refer to them as murukkus. Regardless, it's easy to get lost in these swirls of fried rice and lentil flour. Now, excuse me while I go eat 20. 15. Maggi Noodles View this photo on Instagram instagram.com Every country has its version of instant noodles, and India is NO different. Indians love their Maggi as much as everyone loves their Cup O' Noodles, and you can often find this slurpable delight transformed into a burger bun, loaded on top of a pizza, or even deep-fried to make some tasty snacks. I like mine OG though, with some extra masala to pack a punch. 16. Khakra Kailash Kumar / Getty Images The Western Indian state of Gujarat has a LOT to offer, and khakra is just the beginning. Made with wheat flour and a blend of addictive spices, you can't stop with just one. Or 10. 17. Masala Peanuts Kailash Kumar / Getty Images By now, you might've noticed a trend: Indians really like their spice and if there's one thing we know how to do, it's to make simple snacks better by adding some masala to the mix. Take these peanuts: add a dose of your favorite spice blend to some flour, dredge peanuts, and fry. Magically addictive. 18. Tandoori Chicken Momos Siraj Ahmad / Getty Images This dish takes the humble, steamed, and relatively healthy Tibetan momo, or . stuffed savory dumpling, and amps it wayyyyyyyy up. And tbh, I'm not complaining ONE bit. 19. Medhu Vada Shashikantdurshettiwar / Getty Images I often bribe my grandmother to make these for me whenever I go home, and one look at them will probably tell you why. Savory lentil batter, deep-fried, and often served with some spicy condiments like chutney and sambar, a vegetable stew. You can't get any better than that. 20. Aloo Bhujiya Kailash Kumar / Getty Images Part of a larger category of snacks called namkeen, bhujiya is yet another fried food favorite. Best of all, it's extremely easy to make: throw together some boiled potato, nutty gram flour, salt, and spices, and your dough is done. All that's left to do? Fry. 21. Mixture Kailash Kumar / Getty Images I always used to wonder why we called this snack "mixture" at home but honestly, there's no better way to describe it. I've had hundreds of variants over the years and while the details might differ, this snack always consists of some fried dough in a myriad of forms, salted and spiced nuts, and, if you're lucky, some sweet-and-spicy cornflakes for the perfect bite.