The real India doesn’t dwell in malls and international food chains. It dwells in the colourfulness and vividity of the local market. The street food shows how intriguing can the local fast food be.
A tangy travel for tongue – Indian markets
The walk begins with the sweet and sour golgappe, the crispy shells stuffed with potatoes and chickpeas, and sweet ‘saunth’ immersed in spicy water. Moving ahead, there’s a corner reserved for samosas. This middle east snack is now being filled with Indian masala aloo. Samosas are bathing in hot oil in a large metal pot. The shopkeepers takes one out for you. Served with red sweet chutney, while some prefer the thick chickpea gravy.
When you are done with this snack, notice the Kachori vendor cycling around. It’s puri stuffed with spiced lentils, potato, or beans served with spicy potato gravy. A few meters aways would be the chhole bhature stall. Thin plates of fermented dough are fried and served with thick chickpea curry. The raw onions (previously immersed in vinegar) and mango pickle (Indian style) also accompany the meal.
And yes, these days momos are trending. The hot steamed dough balls stuffed with cabbage and offered with red hot chili sauce and mayonnaise. What a delight for winters. But, this local journey doesn’t finish without a good tea contained in earthen pots. Flavored with cardamom and ginger, a huge relief for throat and tongue both!