This week’s contributors to my month-long guest post series have chosen to remain anonymous. Their only information I can share: They love street food. Here is a sampling from one of their food outings.
Sadak-Chhaap [pronounced sa-duck ch-ap] means pedestrian or road side but if you are in an Indian city you would know that in the unknown street corners are hidden many culinary gems. One of our starter snack is the Batata Vada – Potato fritters. Served very hot with green chillies and chutneys of various types. Sandwich the vada in between bread (pav) and you get the famous vada paav.
The Indian pav is similar to the dinner rolls in the west, but the Indian version has a slightly more crunchier crust and is extremely soft on the inside.
Next stop is Misal-paav. You would know that you have arrived at the right place by the number of people lining up to be served. It is not unusual to see long line up outside a small stall on pleasant days.
Misal consists of spicy curry usually made of sprouts, mutter, chick peas and chilly powder gravy. The final dish is topped with Sev (Indian noodles),or some kind of crunchy savoury treats. Add onions, lemon and coriander (cilantro) to your own liking. It is usually served with bread toasted with butter and curd and papad.
Personally I enjoy dipping the bread in in the misal to eat. It is a messier way to eat but very enjoyable. Last but not the least, road side tea.You don’t have to go to a fancy restaurant to enjoy the best tea in town (in fact it’s the opposite – the fancier the place , the less likely you are to be served a real masala chai). Enjoy a road side tea with an equally pedestrian way to enjoy it. Take my word it is really worth trying.
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If you have any roadside food adventures that you would like to share please leave a comment.