By Anusha Sethi
There are naan-stop dining options in India, but Masala compiles our favourite street eats to ensure an unforgettable culinary experience.
Whether you are in a rush and need to grab a bite on the go, or are missing authentic home-cooked meals, street food offers us the comfort that we all need. From old-school, traditional recipes to creative takes on classic dishes, Masala has put together a list of must-try places in Delhi and Mumbai, with all dishes under Rs 150 to keep both you and your pocket full.
Old Famous Jalebi Wala Dariba Kalan Road, Chandni Chowk
If you have a sweet tooth, the Old Famous Jalebi Wala is the perfect place to get a snack or dessert. For only Rs 50, you can indulge in the crispy jalebis, famous for their huge size and satisfying crunch, guaranteeing a full belly and a big smile.
Chawla De Mashoor Special Naan Gupta Road, Bazar Sangatrashan
Naan is known for being a staple food in India, but very few street food stalls seem to do it better than Chawla De Mashoor. For a multi-sensory experience, you can pair the crispy naan with a range of other dishes offered, including daal makhani, raita and chole, for just Rs 130.
Pakode Ki Dukaan Gupta Market, Karol Bagh
Pakode Ki Dukaan offers a range of light, easy-to-digest fritters for only Rs 12. The place is best known for their onion fritters, served with a vibrant coriander chutney. However, as the stall does not offer any seating, be sure to prepare for on-the-go eating!
Sardarji Malai Chaap Wale Subash Nagar, Block 17
Soya chaap has become an increasingly popular meat-free alternative to mutton, and it is enjoyed by vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike. At this stall, you can pick which chaap you want to indulge in, with varieties ranging from tandoori to malai soya chaap, for an average of Rs 130.
Sita Ram Diwan Chand Rajguru Marg, Chuna Mandi
This place is best known for their chola bhatura, which you can enjoy without worrying too much about calories. The oil is drained from the bhature before being served, making it considerably lighter and healthier than other stalls. For just Rs 100, you can enjoy a portion for two either at the restaurant or packed to go.
Badshah Pani Puri Charni Road East, Chowpatty
Opening after 2pm, this pani puri stall is situated near the beach, making the robust mouthfuls a perfect snack to grab before taking a stroll. The combination of sweet, sour and salty flavours in the tamarind water and chickpeas explodes in your mouth. Try this delicious treat for only Rs 30.
Ashok Vada Pav Kashinath Dhuru Marg, Dadar West
Vada Pav has been referred to as ‘the street food that defines Mumbai,’ so it is definitely a must-try when traveling here. We encourage you to brave the likely line, because for only Rs 20, you can try the famous mashed potato patty served in a fluffy bun, offered with a range of chutneys to create an exquisite balance of flavours.
Anand Dosa and Vada Pav Stall Gulmohar Road No.1, Vile Parle West
While the menu is extensive, the mouthwatering paneer tikka dosa, paired with cilantro and tikka sauce, is a must-try dish! The crispy, yet soft dosas are sold for Rs 150, which is great value for money, considering the large portion sizes.
A1 Samosa Road 24, Sindhi Colony Sion West
Just thinking of samosas is enough to make anyone drool, but A1 Samosa offers varieties you won’t be able to find anywhere else. With their out-of-the-box fillings, you can indulge in baked or fried samosas with a corn cheese, palak paneer or even noodle and pasta filling for Rs 20.
Taj Ice Cream Bohri Mohalla, Kumbharwada
Taj Ice Cream is well known for their speciality, hand churned ice cream. Using only three ingredients—milk, sugar and fresh fruits— they produce their rich and creamy treats for only Rs 60. If you are here, be sure to try the freshly made strawberry ice cream!