6 Street foods you should not miss in Varanasi

Tripoto
24th Mar 2018
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Street foods depict the culture and domestic lives of locals living in the city. It helps you understand the daily prerogatives of the common people. It defines the tradition of this holy city. Nothing can beat the kachoris and the Paan of this place. Most of the street foods are very cheap and yet delicious.I would list some of the famous foods along with their prices and their costs.

1. Kachori Sabzi - This is the most popular breakfast option in the city. You will find almost every street vendor is oozing with people during the morning hours. There are two types of Kachoris available termed as chhota and bada. The large ones is served with aloo ki sabzi and stuffed with lentils while the chhota ones are stuffed with spicy mixture of mostly potatoes. It can combine it with desi ghee ke jalebi. Each plate costs around 30 INR. One can find it in many shops around the Gowdawli chowk. We tried it from the Sandeep Chaat Bhaandar and the taste still lingers in my tongue.

Photo of Godowlia, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India by The_Budget_Backpacker
Photo of Godowlia, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India by The_Budget_Backpacker

2. Peanut masala - Though in the cities we mostly have it as a snack with our drinks, in this city it is readily available in the mornings. People use them as a source of energy for the whole day of toil. The crunchy peanuts with spicy dhaniya chatney along with onions and slitted green chiilies goes perfectly with a hot kulhad (earthen pot) wali cha(tea). Plates are available in variable quantities cost ranging from 10 INr to 30 INR.

Photo of Dashashwamedh Ghat Road, Bangali Tola, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India by The_Budget_Backpacker
Photo of Dashashwamedh Ghat Road, Bangali Tola, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India by The_Budget_Backpacker

3.Fried Idli - Though the food belongs to South india but I encountered the fried version of Idli for the first time. The crunchy exterior with a fluffy interior is a perfect complement with a cup of coffee. Each plate will cost you around 15 INR.

Photo of Assi ghat, Shivala, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India by The_Budget_Backpacker
Photo of Assi ghat, Shivala, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India by The_Budget_Backpacker

4.Veg Thali - I would always recommend people to try a thali whenever you move to a new city becuase no matter the menu remains the same the technique of preparation and the use of spices are always different. We tried Daal with mix veg. Teh daal is on the spicer side but only with green chillies and the mix veg was so fresh it felt like a salad. They will cost you 100 INR.

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5. Thandai or Lassi - There are many shops offering thandai and lassi in the main Chowk and also in the ghats. The famous one is the Blue Lassi Shop close to the Assi ghat. There are many flavors available like strawberry, mango , chocolate but I would suggest to try the basic one to get the taste. The important part is that Bhaang (byproduct of weed) is legalized here and you can always ask for Bhaang lassi . Each glass range from 50 INR to 150 INR depending on the flavors.

Photo of Blue Lassi Shop, Lahori Tola, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India by The_Budget_Backpacker
Photo of Blue Lassi Shop, Lahori Tola, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India by The_Budget_Backpacker

6. Banaras paan - No one can come back from the city without having this delicacy. The texture of the betel leaf with the sweet inside stuffings felt like a burst of flavors in my mouth.

Photo of 6 Street foods you should not miss in Varanasi by The_Budget_Backpacker

Let me know what all things I missed . Maybe I will try in my next visit.

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