Ten mouth-watering street food items that you must try in Central India
The central part of India is well known for its love of Poha, but this not all that it has to offer. If you ever travel to this part of the country, you will realize that its nothing less than a food lover’s paradise irrespective of the fact that whether you are a vegetarian or non-vegetarian. The passion for tasty food lies in the lifeblood of the people in this region. If you take a stroll in the evening along the market, you will find plenty of food stalls selling crisp jalebis, piping hot samosas with tangy chutney, Khasta Kachori or the most loved local street food.
If you are fond of street foods, then Indore is sure to lure you with its variety of vegetarian and non-vegetarian cuisines. In this city, there is a street called Sarafa that is famous for its food stalls serving lip-smacking snacks, namkeen, chaats, and decadent sweets like :
- Khopra Pak
- Lavang Lata
You can find these delicacies in every nook and corner of other central Indian cities like Bhopal, Ujjain, Khandwa, and Gwalior, etc.
If you move along the region to the Malwa plateau, the local cuisines have been influenced by Mughlai traditions. The truth is that since the 16th century this region has been connecting juncture between Delhi and Deccan. Wheat and meat is a common ingredient in the delicacies that are served and displays a close resemblance to dishes hailing from Rajasthan, Gujarat, and Maharashtra. For instance, Dal Bafla has a close resemblance to Rajasthan’s Dal Bati that is served with sweets cooked in ghee such as ladoo.
Until now, we have not discussed nonvegetarian dishes. Let us get on with it. Here you can find popular Mughlai dishes like
- Rogan Josh
- Murg Cheap
In this regard, mention could be made to the Chatori Gali in old Bhopal that is famous for traditional Muslim delicacies like Paaya and Nali Nihari including desserts such as Shrikhand and Phirni.
Well, by know your mouth must be watering to get a taste of some local dishes from central India. Hence, we present ten popular street food items that you can get started with.
Bhutte Ka Kees
This dish is a combination of sweet corn cooked with spices and simmered in milk making for an unusual vegetarian dish. It is a much-loved street food hailing from Indore.
It is a popular breakfast across the state of Madhya Pradesh that is made from flattened rice, onions, potatoes, and seasoning like chilies, lemon and curry leaves that combines for a tasty and satisfying treat.
Papad Ki Sabzi
It is a crispy and spicy snack soaked in curd, which makes for a delightful and lip-smacking retreat.
This is another tasty breakfast recipe in which sabudana or tapioca pearls are tossed with spices and nuts.
This dish has a sharp resemblance to dal bati. In this dish ghee, laden dough balls are first boiled and then baked before grinding them and topping with dal.
This a popular breakfast in which deep-fried bread is served with potato curry or aloo sabji and pickle. A dish hails from Khandwa region in Madhya Pradesh.
Bhopali Gosht Korma
It has a lineage that roots back to the royal Nawabi kitchen of Bhopal. In this dish, mutton chunks are dipped in a rich and spicy gravy seasoned with whole spices.
This is a popular non-vegetarian dish from Jabalpur that is made from minced lamb and skewered till crisp on the outside. Generally, people have it with sauce or chutney.
This is a dessert that has a resemblance to the pancake in West. It is fried in ghee, soaked in sugar syrup, and served with rabdi for a delightful treat.
Khasta Kachoris are a popular snack of Indore in which a dough made from wheat flour and ghee is packed with a spicy flavoured lentil mixture before being fried crisply in bubbling hot oil.