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Best cities in India for street food

Best cities in India for street food


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When one thinks of India, their mind might go straight to the Taj Mahal, Bollywood or a spicy curry. However, India's cuisine extends way further than just hot curries. The country is made up of thousands of diverse subcultures, each bringing their own language, religion, rituals, architecture and food. While most people are familiar with the classic Indian dishes like Chicken Tikka Masala, Lamb Rogan Josh and Butter Chicken, many are yet to uncover India's version of fast food.

Indian street food offers a wide and wonderful range of delicious dishes that are easy to carry and eat on the bustling streets. Here's our list of the best street food dishes in India's cities. 


Delhi

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Delhi is India's capital territory and is a massive metropolitan area in the country's north. It is also one of the best places to find and try street food.

Although Chole Bhature is a Punjabi dish, Delhi is recognised as having the very best rendition of this popular dish. It is a combination of spicy white chickpeas and a fried bread made from maida flour, and is accompanied with green chutney or even a lassi if you choose to have the dish for breakfast.


Mumbai

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Being India's largest city and the heart of the Bollywood film industry has exposed Mumbai to a great variety of on-the-go Indian cuisine.

Vada Pav is the perfect grab and go snack! The potato patty is mashed with garlic, chillies and coriander, dipped in chickpea flour and then fried until golden. If that isn't enough carbs, it is then laid in pav, a fluffy bread roll that's buttered and spread with coriander chutney and sprinkled with garlic and chilli powder.  


Kolkata

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Kolkata is known for its grand colonial architecture, art galleries and cultural festivals, as well as being the headquarters of the Missionaries of Charity that was founded by Mother Teresa.

Regarding food, it is known for Kathi Rolls. The flaky flour paratha is rolled up with egg, skewers of mutton or chicken, paneer and is combined with sauces, spices and veggies. The roll can be easily held in one hand and is loved by students and office workers. 


Amritsar

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Amritsar is the holiest city of the Sikhs. At the centre of its walled town is the gilded Golden Temple, which is the holiest religious complex of the Sikh religion.

For those seeking salvation through food, Phirni is a must have. The thickened milk, dried fruit and rice based dessert is served with almonds or pistachios and cardamom flavour. The dessert can be easily eaten on the streets but is also a must on festive occasions like Diwali. This super creamy and rich dish is the perfect way to end a day of eating hot Indian food.

If you aren't planning on hitting up the streets of India anytime soon, you can still easily enjoy the taste of India from your own kitchen. Enjoy classic Indian dishes by using Asian Home Gourmet spice paste for  Tikka Masala, Vindaloo Curry and our personal favourite, Asian Home Gourmet Butter Chicken. For a colourful explosion on your taste buds, more ideas on dishes and ingredients, check out Asian Home Gourmet's wide range of products here




Popular Easter Traditions in Asia

Popular Easter Traditions in Asia

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The celebration of Easter is one of the most important days on the Christian calendar, as millions rejoice and commemorate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. In western culture, this holiday is losing its religious significance as the commercialisation of the Easter Bunny and chocolate eggs take over.

Although Asia does not typically follow the same traditions as the western society, there is an abundance of surprising and unorthodox traditions which are celebrated each year.


Philippines 

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In comparison to the exchange of the chocolate eggs in western society, the Philippines takes a more traditional and literal route to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. In the Philippines, men from the province of Pampanga re-enact the whipping of the stations of the cross and are nailed to a wooden cross with stainless steel nails into their hands and feet. This physical sacrifice is believed to bring upon the forgiveness of sins but also to rejoice new life. 


China 

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China celebrates the holiday by decorating and exchanging eggs as gifts, (as the religious implications are not so poignant within their culture.) The symbolism of painting an egg is meant to represent: new life, rebirth, growth and fertility. These eggs are drained and then painted with images of women or traditional designs. Alternatively, materials such as jade and wood are also carved into egg shapes. 


India

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Well known for its melting pot of diverse cultures and religions, India celebrates Easter with equal enthusiasm as any other holiday. However, instead of eggs given as gifts, India prepares Simnel cakes, flowers, and colour lanterns as presents to share. The start of Easter also signifies the end of winter, whereby India celebrates Holi festival also known as the "The Festival of Colour" which honours the start of a fruitful spring harvest season. 


If you aren't planning to visit Asia for Easter this year, easily achieve an authentic taste at home with out spice paste and sauces. For a colourful explosion on your taste buds, more ideas on dishes and ingredients,check out our wide range of products here

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