Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Newsprint Wrapped Delicacies: Street Foods in India

This is part of the popular street food, Chaat /Bhelpuri  in India and variations abound.
This is Ma's version with puffed rice, spice powders, chickpea-sev,  chopped vegetables and herbs.
An after-school snack for my niece.

Here is a collection of snapshots, taken over the course of our vacation / past 3 months in India.
One street snack that is missing here, one that I very much wanted to try and photograph was the Jhal Muri vendors plying the eastern railways route: old blue barley water tin cans,Britannia biscuit-tins,  painted red, yellow and blue cans, sleek steel cans. All fixed around a squat, square 'tin' then filled with condiments: some in clear polythene, some in upturned, sawed-off-bottom plastic/soda bottles, others in colourful plastic containers.
Further travel and ill health, stopped one from sampling this delicacy.

Puffed Rice=2 and half cups
Cucumber, cubed fine
Tomatoes, seeded and chopped, 1 Cup
Green chillies, chopped fine [ optional]
Fresh Coriander, chopped fine, 3 tbps
Mango Powder
Red Chilli powder
Lime Juice

Mix everything together, sprinkle with lime juice, serve topped with fried
chickpea flour mixture/sev

Onion Pakoda's fried crisp
Crisp Onion Fritters
Added to the Lunch Platter: Tasty with rice too!

Spicy Medu Vada's and Mirchi Bhaji's at Shilparamam, Hyderabad.

 Crisp fried vegetable samosa's: vendors ply around the Miriyalaguda Railway Station route.

Tea on the East -Indian Railways- in tiny disposable clay matka's
An old clay Ganesha presiding over bags of American Corn
Roasted American Corn at the Marina Beach, Chennai
An old paint can turned into a charcoal brazier with a hand-cranked bellow.

Roasted Corn Cobs outside the theme-village of Shilparamam

Ice gola's
Shaved ice soaked with rose syrup
Shaved Ice with a variety of syrups: rose, khus, dates


  1. Wowwww... Wonderful post.. thanks for sharing :)

  2. wow, so nostalgic, loved all the pictures, so many great memories attached :)

  3. Looks like you are having loads of fun!!!! Enjoy! I loved the gola with rose syrup!!!

  4. Slurp...slurp!!! Looks sooo.... good!!!!

  5. Thanks HChandana, Priya, Preeti and Divya

  6. Omg, just drooling rite now here..loved that gola with rose sryup,yumm!

  7. ?
    Beautiful captures.Ice gola superb...

  8. wow lady your holiday seems like so much of fun! i envy you for the goodies you at and the period you stayed ... gorgeous pic :)

  9. Thanks Ananda! It was exciting but these were the bonus in between work!:-)

  10. Hi ?, I have just seen that you have commented on some of my posts and I really appreciate that. You have obviously had a fab trip - what amazing food,amazing places. I have just finished The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai - I am fascinated by India.
    Thanks so much for coming by my blog x.

  11. Your post brought back so many memories that I miss home now!!All mouthwatering stuff...topped with the shaved ice! Wish I could dig into all those right now!!


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