Food is so incredibly intertwined with our culture, we often don’t even realize it. In India, street food is a big part of society. Typical street foods include bhel puri, pani puri, vada pav, pav bhaji, chole bhature, dahi bhalla, tikki chole, poha, papdi chaat, raj kachori, kathi roll, pakora, and samosa. As you can see, there’s quite a few! These street foods are wonderfully unhealthy and delicious. They are served hot and they make it just the way you like right in front of you. My personal favorite is pani puri, which is a small, hollow puri that is fried until crispy, then stuffed with a combination of flavored water called pani, tamarind chutney, chaat masala, potatoes, onions, hot chillies, and chickpeas. Not only are they incredibly fun to eat, but the delicious taste has everyone reaching for more!
The street food cart itself serves as a hotspot for casual social gatherings as people come together for quick, tasty food. On a cold day, you can find a long winding line of people waiting for some warm, spicy food as the flavorful aroma makes everyone’s mouths water. Street food plays an important role to many people, and as an Indian growing up in a different country, it is one of the things that I miss the most. While American fast food joints provide cheap, quick meals, it is far from the same. The social aspect of it is missing, not to mention the authenticity that Indian street food has.