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22 Vegetarian Indian Street Foods That Will Make You Salivate Unattractively

Thanks, delicious Quora thread. Now I'm craving something that's 1,000 miles away.

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1. Jalebis (Varanasi)

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Gloriously sticky orange coils of deep-fried wheat flour soaked in sugar syrup. You can also find them across south Asia, the Middle East and east Africa.


4. Malaiyo (Varanasi) / Via

A winter dessert peculiar to Vanarasi. Made with cardamom and pistachio, it tastes buttery but feels foamy on the tongue, and it's served in little clay pots which you smash on the ground when your meal is over.


10. Idli vadas (Bangalore)

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Idlis are steamed rice cakes (the one in the photograph is a "kottle idli", which was steamed in a banana or jackfruit leaf), and vadas are spicy savoury doughnuts, eaten across south India as a breakfast food.

11. Benne dosas (Bangalore) / Via

Dosas are savoury, south Indian pancakes made from rice batter and black lentils. "Benne dosa" translates as "butter pancake" – these are made with extra butter and served with different toppings of your choice.


15. Paratha (Delhi) / Via

Wholewheat unleavened bread, pan-fried with butter (ghee) and stuffed with vegetables like boiled potatoes, radishes, cauliflower, or Indian cheese (paneer). Serve spread with butter as an accompaniment to curry, or with a side of chutney, yoghurt, or pickles.

17. Momos (Jammu) / Via

These boiled dumplings originated in Tibet and Nepal but are served all across India. Traditionally filled with yak meat, you can now buy vegetable versions (and those filled with beef and lamb) on street corners with a dip or, in winter, a hot clear soup for dunking.

18. Grilled sandwiches (Mumbai) / Via

Not just any grilled sandwich, this is one filled with spiced mashed-potato, coriander leaves, masala, and green chutney. Available on all self-respecting street corners.


"Varanasi" originally misspelled.

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