Punjab is the land of food lovers, who enjoy nothing more than a heavy meal washed down with a glass of lassi. The morning starts with a heavy breakfast followed by a rich lunch and even richer dinner. Punjabis know nothing about moderation when it comes to food and love to add lots of butter and spices in their food. Despite the fact the Punjabi food is not very health friendly, the fan following of this cuisine is on an increase around the country as well as the world. The street food of this state is very popular among locals as well as tourists, as you can enjoy a full meal at a very small price.
Here is a list of Top 10 Street Foods of Punjab:
One of the best street foods in Punjab is chole bhature, which has a huge fan following in Punjab, as well in India and the whole world. This wholesome meal consists of boiled chick peas cooked in spices along with crispy fried bread (bhatura) accompanies with pickle and chutney. Best served at breakfast or lunch!
Another delicious Punjabi street food is a specialty of the city of Golen Temple, Amritsari Kulcha, which is a special kind of parantha stuffed with mashed potatoes and other chopped vegetables, cooked till crisp in tandoor and topped with a dollop of butter. It is also served with chana (chick peas) and curd.
Amritsari is another hot favorite on the list of best street foods of Punjab. This deep fried fish delicacy prepared with lots of masala, has a wonderful flavor you will find nowhere else than the city of Amritsar.
A healthier street food option in Punjabi food is the roasted or tandoori chicken, which is given an amazing smoky aroma and taste because of being cooked in a tandoor over burning coal. It is coated with butter, lemon juice and a special masala to make it tangier.
A quintessential tea party dish in Punjab is the samosa, a triangular shaped piece of dough, stuffed with spiced up mashed potatoes and deep fried till golden brown. The crispy treat literally melts in your mouth and tastes delicious as an evening snack.
Chaat is another one of the top street foods in Punjab. It is made by heaping up papdis, vada and boiled potatoes pieces, with lots of curd, tamarind chutney and spicy masala.
A slight variation of chole bhature is puri chole, which differs in respect that puri is made of whole wheat flour which has not been fermented as in bhatura, but this is what makes a whole lot of difference in its taste. The dish is served with chole and aloo bhaji. It tastes best accompanied with Amritsari lassi.
Amritsari Lassi is the best street food to wash down your meal and at the same time cool you down on hot summer afternoons. It is a real treat, made by churning up curd with sugar and lots of ice. A trip to Punjab without Amritsari Lassi is considered incomplete.
Next on the list of top 10 street foods of Punjab is the delight for non vegetarians, called mutton tikka. Mutton is chopped up into small chops, which are cooked in generous helpings of desi ghee over tawa with special masalas, to lend it the most amazing flavors.
Aloo tikki is another popular street food in Punjab, which consists of fried potato chops heaped with curd, onions and lots of tamarind and mint chutney. It is a great tasting evening snack.
All these street foods are must-try items if you are planning a trip to Punjab.