5 Must have Indian Street Foods to Try Out at Lala’s Kitchen in Melbourne
India is a land of diverse culture. This diversity reflects in its cuisine as well. One of the most vital as well as delicious parts of Indian cuisine is its variety of street food. Every state in India has its own street food with distinct flavours. While there is a plethora of this throughout the Indian subcontinent, there are a few street delights that every food lover should try at least once in their lives. Given below are a few mouth-watering treats from lanes of the land of spices that you can taste at one of the best Indian restaurants in Melbourne — Lala’s Kitchen.
1. Pani Puri:
Crispy fried, hollow dough balls filled with mashed potato or sprout-based stuffing, a tamarind or date based chutney and a spicy mint flavoured water. This is what makes up one of the most popular street foods in India, Pani Puri. Originally associated with Mumbai, this Chaat is known by various names throughout the country such as
● Pakodi in Gujarat
● Patashe in Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan
● Puchka in West Bengal and Assam
● Gol Gappa in Northern states and Delhi
● Gup Chup in Telangana, Hyderabad, Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand
● Phulki in Eastern parts of Uttar Pradesh and Nepal
While the base of this dish remains the same throughout, contents of the stuffing as well as flavours of the water and chutney differ as per the local taste.
2. Vada Pav:
There is nothing that says Mumbai quite like its native street food, the Indian burger or Vada Pav. Not many street foods can match up to the satisfaction that this dish emanates. In fact, it is a meal in itself. A fried potato patty stuffed between a Pav bread sliced in the middle, served along with garlic chutney and fried green chilli on the side is what makes up this marvellous delicacy. The best part about this is that it resonates with the fast-moving lifestyle of Mumbai and can be eaten easily on the go.
Dabeli has forever been associated with the Kutch district of Gujarat. This is yet another street food that has a bread base like Vada Pav, except the Dabeli bun is softer and less dense. These buns are parted in the middle and filled with a sweet and tangy mixture of mashed potatoes, pomegranates, peanuts and spices. This is then often topped with sev and served with sweet red chutney and spicy mint green chutney. The tangy flavour is unique to Dabeli and is the main reason that this dish has gained so much recognition.
4. Chole Bhature:
Chole Bhature is indigenous to the capital of India, Delhi. These consist of fried refined flour chapatis or Bhature served with a chickpea curry, pickle and onions. Unlike other street foods, this is more like a main dish in itself. This hot and satiating delight is not only a favourite in North India and Punjab but throughout the nation. In fact, this dish is often savoured as a vegetarian breakfast option in the Indian subcontinent.
5. Aloo Tikki:
Lucknow has forever been associated with meat-rich kebabs and heavy Nawabi cuisine. However, one gem that the street food scene in this city has given the world is Aloo Tikki. This culinary indulgence consists of potato croquettes served with a spice-filled peas curry, spicy and tangy chutneys, sev and sometimes yogurt. In the western parts of India, it is served without yogurt and is referred to as Ragada Pattice. In some parts, it is served without the peas curry and is referred to as Aloo Chaat. This savoury and tangy love affair is an epicurean’s pleasure.
If these scrumptious preparations have you salivating, Lala’s Kitchen is the best place to try these at. Our chefs don’t just follow recipes, they create culinary experiences. Moreover, our dishes are loaded with authentic flavours that will tingle your taste buds. Book a table today or order online. Give us a call on 03 9532 1579.