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Chaats, Street Food & Fast Food

(Chaat Varieties, Sandwiches, Beach Snacks, Road Side Delicacies)

In the last 3 decades, we have seen a great emergence and the rising of street food in India. When I Googled to know more information on “street food in the global menu”, I was indeed surprised that it has been there since the 19th century in many countries. We have forayed into it quite lately, perhaps because of our deep rooted family culture to eat home cooked food, sitting together. Among Indian Hindus, food is viewed in synonymous with god; it is often called as “annalakshmi” meaning goddess or lakshmi, blessing abundant food grains in a house. Food grains or cooked food were given as alms or charity to the poor and needy. As a matter of fact, as per the Hindu traditions, it is a compulsive rule to offer food to the poor before one eats his meal. It is probably due to all these reasons that food was never sold in return for money. With the growing times and change in economics in the country, hotels and restaurants made its entry and mark in our country. But one of the aspects in a hotel or a restaurant needs to be ordered, prepared, served and then billed. So, to eat the simplest dish in a hotel, in this cycle takes at least 30 minutes, which is again not affordable for the people who are on run. Street food or the commonly known “fast food” comes as a savior to both of these issues. It has been the most successful small scale enterprise in any corner of the country. In fact, all big hotels have the fast food section as a part of their enterprise.

What is street food? As per Wikipedia, it is a ready to eat food or drink sold by a vendor in a street or a public place in a food truck for immediate consumption. As far as our country is concerned, street food displays its own diversity on the basis of region, taste and demand. The biggest concern over the street food is the hygiene and cleanliness of the environment and surrounding where the food is prepared. The streets are contaminated and the food prepared in such surrounding is bound to be an invite for all ills and diseases. But, given a second thought, all of these street foods and fast food can be quickly, cleanly and more tastily prepared at home. So, c’mon let us get started to prepare some lip smacking street foods.

Chaats

Chaats are a specific type of street food that is a high demand one throughout the country. It is a assortment of ingredients layered and served so that a mouthful of any chaat gives a punch of flavors in your mouth. The details of different chaat varieties, the specific ingredients used and all other related details are given here. It can be made easily and in a much hygienic way at home.

Chaat Chutneys Chaat Chutneys and other basics Bhelpuri Bhelpuri Bread Chaat Bread Chaat Papdi Papdi
Dahi Papdi Chaat Dahi Papdi Chaat Sev Batata Puri Sev Batata Puri Samosa Chaat Samosa Chaat Channa Chaat (Spicy Chikpea Salad) Channa Chaat (Spicy Chikpea Salad)
Pav Bhaji Pav Bhaji Sev Sev (Oma Podi)

Street Food

Street foods distinctly vary in every region of the country. They are predominantly the local cuisines which are made more spicy and tangy to satiate the taste buds. A visit to marina beach in Chennai, an unavoidable sight is stalls of some steaming hot bajji and pakoda and hawkers selling some spicy sundal in tins which are served in meager newspaper. A similar sight is the masala pav and Manchurian and Kaman dhokla in the streets of Maharashtra and uttarpradesh. All of these can be quickly and healthily made at your kitchen. Try making for your loved ones and they would never ever desire to eat out again.

Masala Pav Masala Pav Bread Omelette Bread Omelette Dahi Balle (Thayir Vadai) Dahi Balle (Thayir Vadai) Falooda Falooda
Khaman Dhokla Khaman Dhokla Bajji (Pakoras) Bajji (Pakoras) Sundal Sundal Plantain Chips Plantain Chips
Chilli Chicken Chili Chicken Kerala Chicken Roast Kerala Chicken Roast Raw Banana Yam Bonda Raw Banana Yam Bonda Fried Egg Bulls Eye Egg
Dahi Vegetable Manchurian Dahi Vegetable Manchurian Vegetable Frankie Vegetable Frankie Butter Corn Butter Corn Cauliflower Pakoda Cauliflower Pakoda
Bread Pakoda
Bread Pakoda
Kappa Vevichathu Kappa Vevichathu Masala Popcorn Masala Popcorn Masala Vadai Masala Vadai
Medhu Vadai Medhu Vadai Kothimbir Wadi Kothimbir Wadi Peanut Sundal Peanut Sundal Masala Peanuts Masala Peanuts
Sambhar Vadai Sambar Vada Khandvi Khandvi Unniappam Unniappam Pazham Pori Pazham Pori
Sukhiyan Sukhiyan Jalebi Jalebi Boli Boli (Puran Poli) Kotthu Barotta Kotthu Barotta
Chicken Lollypop Chicken Lollypop Chicken Tawa Chicken Tawa Tandoori Turkey Tandoori Turkey Whole Roasted Chicken Whole Roasted Chicken
Chicken Tikka Kabab Chicken Tikka Kabab Anchovies Fry Anchovies Fry Crispy Fried Calamari Crispy Fried Calamari Boiled Sweet Potatoes Boiled Sweet Potato

Fast Food

The most sought out fast food is the sandwiches. Gone are the days, when only a bread-butter-jam or cheese sandwiches were the only options. Today we have many creative options of sandwich preparation. These are healthy and can be quickly prepared in the busy morning hours for lunch or as an afternoon snack. Combine it with a delicious drink and it will be just out of the world.

Achari Cheese Toast Achari Cheese Toast Pita Pocket Sandwich Pita Pocket Sandwich Chicken Baguette Chicken Baguette Banana Sandwich Banana Sandwich
Mushroom Hotdog Mushroom Hotdog Spinach Pizza Spinach Pizza Bhaingan Bartha Sandwich Bhaingan Bartha Sandwich Green Chutney Sandwich Green Chutney Sandwich
Chilly Paneer Sandwich Chilly Paneer Sandwich Macaroni Sandwich Macaroni Sandwich Hakka Noodles Sandwich Hakka Noodles Sandwich Crepes Crepes
Chicken Burrito Chicken Burrito Bread Omelette Bread Omelette Quesadilla Quesadilla Chicken Burger Chicken Burger
Pancake Pancake Waffle Waffle Wonton Soup Wonton Soup Chimichanga Chimichanga
Biscuit and Gravy Biscuit and Gravy Pizza Pizza Banana Stem Soup Banana Stem Soup Sunny Side Up Fried Egg Sunny Side Up Fried Egg (Bulls Eye)
Fried Chicken like KFC Fried Chicken like KFC


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Comments (26)

Person suraj kc   (June 15, 2016)
i want some chat recipes
Person Dahlia (S.I.R. Author)   (June 17, 2016)
There are a few chaat recipes above. Just click on the link to get the full recipe.
Person Navneet singh gaur   (February 27, 2016)
Plz update me with New recipes
Person Dahlia (S.I.R. Author)   (February 28, 2016)
Please add your email id to the subscription box in the right side. You will get email alert whenever new recipes are added.
Person dheena   (November 4, 2015)
i want indian easy chat items which i easly ready for selling in shop and can u give prize and list of chat items
Person prakash   (March 6, 2015)
Dryae food chat recipes
Person sacv   (February 6, 2015)
Pizza is Italian not indian . fast food should be fast to make....... think and use brain.
Person Dahlia (S.I.R. Author)   (February 10, 2015)
Pizza is not Indian by prigin. But for the last 10 years it very very commonly available in India. Fast foods keep the pizza dough ready and make instant pizzas as per the customers order. :-)
Person sruthi   (November 19, 2014)
good for the housewife
Person Dahlia (S.I.R. Author)   (November 21, 2014)
Thanks... :-)
Person naresh sharma   (September 29, 2014)
Froot chat
Person Dahlia (S.I.R. Author)   (October 6, 2014)
Will post soon...
Person Leela   (September 16, 2014)
I want some biriyani recipes
Person Dahlia (S.I.R. Author)   (September 21, 2014)
Here are some Biriyani recipes...
http://simpleindianrecipes.com/biriyanivarieties.aspx
Person pizza recipes   (February 13, 2014)
I want to know pizza recipes. I want to cook it my self.
Person Dahlia (S.I.R. Author)   (February 13, 2014)
Person ram   (October 13, 2013)
i need perfect reciepe of rabri falooda like giani shop delhi......... plz reply soon.
Person pritika sharma   (May 17, 2013)
CHEESE CHILLI DRY
first of all, marinated a paneer in one egg & cornstarch.after a few minutes deep fry the pieces.in other pan, put some oil, then onion, capsicum,tomatoes and stir fry. then add salt, black peeper,ketchup,vinegar,soya sauce,sugar and stir.then add fried paneer& stir for a minute. serve with naan or parantha
Person Dahlia (S.I.R. Author)   (June 2, 2013)
Thanks for sharing your recipe pritika. You can email me the recipe with photo to recipes@simpleindianrecipes.com. I'll upload them in the site.
Person malavya   (March 2, 2013)
i want some sweet corn recipes lyk crispy corn nd etc.
nd some crispyy items
Person Dahlia (S.I.R. Author)   (March 2, 2013)
Here are some recipes with sweet corn. http://simpleindianrecipes.com/Corn.aspx
Person chandran   (September 18, 2012)
i need recipes of fried chicken,
i need marination of fried chicken
Person Dahlia (S.I.R. Author)   (September 18, 2012)
Here are some fried chicken recipes. http://simpleindianrecipes.com/nonvegsidedishes.a...
Person biff malibu   (April 6, 2013)
Chicken Marinade:

2 cups butter milk
2 cups water or beer
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup Siracha hot chili sauce
3 tablespoons(tblsp) kosher salt
1 tblsp coarse black pepper
1 onion (sliced thin)
1 lemon (sliced thin)
3 garlic cloves (crushed)


- combine all ingredients in large bowl
- add chicken
- marinade 24 hours
- wash off marinade before cooking chicken
Person biff malibu   (April 6, 2013)
Southern Fried Chicken:


2 cups flour
2 cups bread crumbs (PANKO)
1 teaspoon(tsp) garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp cayenne/red pepper
1 tsp salt (or more to taste)
1 tsp black pepper(or more to taste)

eggs for dredging


-combine all DRY ingredients in shallow dish
- mix eggs in seperate dish(salt and peper ok in mix as well)
- dip chicken in dry mix
- now, dip into eggs
- replace in dry mix and coat thoroughly
- cook in oil @ 375 F until cooked through

Enjoy Y'all!
Person Dahlia (S.I.R. Author)   (April 7, 2013)
Thank you for sharing your recipe.

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