21 Street foods of Varanasi which you should never miss while travelling in Varanasi. Indians have developed their own taste of street foods. We still prefer famous street foods over junk foods like pizzas and burgers. India is generally known for delicious and spicy street foods. Travelling and Fooding are complimentary to each other.
Almost in all the streets a lot aroma flows which creates mouthwatering greed. Street foods of this religious place are consumed without any other thought because these are meant to satisfy the taste not the stomach. There are many foodies and travellers who only travel Varanasi for street foods.
Below are 21 food items which you must grab while travelling in Varanasi.
#1- Kachori Sabji : Almost half of the Banarasis love this breakfast item. You can find best taste in Kachori Gali. Karraari kachoris will definitely force your stomach to ask for one more plate 🙂
#2- Ghughri Jalebi : Ghughri Jalebi is the second option for breakfast. Many people prefer Ghughri Jalebi over Kachori Sabji. Here Ghughri means spicy black chana and Jalebi means Karraari Jalebi. You can find this food almost everywhere.
#3- Makkhan Malaiyyo : Sweet creamy layer prepared from the milk. Do not get confused it with Old Delhi’s ‘Daribe Ka Chaat’. It is a much different food item. It is very lite and you can eat 4-5 purva (Kulhadds). Seller will pour some flavored milk also moment you finish the kulhadd. Enjoy the delicious milk too. You can find this item near Godowlia Chowk.
#4- Aloo Kachori : You should try this item at Madhur Jalpan near KCM Cinema. A must try food item with chutney. This special kachori is filled with spicy mixture of potatoes.
#5- Desi Ghee Wali Jalebi : After Aloo Kachori at Madhur Jalpan you can try Desi Ghee Wali Jalebi from the same shop itself. Best part of this jalebi is that you can tell the seller about your choice. Here choice means ‘Karraari or Soft jalebi’, and you will have that.
#6- Thandai : If you are in Bhole ki Nagri then you should have Bhole Baba ka prasaad called Thandai. Banarasi Thandai is popular all over the world. You can try with or without bhang. Generally, you will get bhang free Thandai. You can try this at Badal Thandai Ghar at Godowlia Chowk.
#7- Chhena Dahi Bada : Dahi Bada is common item but Chhena Dahi Bada is perfect balance of sweet and sour. This recipe do not has common Bada, instead Chenna Bada. Here Chhena Bada means the mixture of ingredients from which Rasgullas are made. Dhaniya topping makes the mouth-watering presentation. Try this at Ksheer Sagar.
#8- Aloo Tamatar Chaat : Do Not Miss This !! When you will have this then you will realize what is difference between other Chaats and Banarasi Chaat. It is not just the regular Aloo Tikki. If you are near Godowlia Chowk then try this at ‘Deena Chaat Bhandar’ or ‘Kashi Chaat Bhandar’. If you are at Ram Nagar side then try at ‘Murari Chaat Bhandar’ or ‘Ajay Shivam Chaat Bhandar’. Go for it.
#9- Golgappe : Not just Golgappe, it is Banarasi Golgappe. Banarasi Golgappes are stuffed with chopped mixture of Aloo, Choley, Pyaaz, Sonth and Dhania with Imli paani. Do not miss it. You can try these at Kashi, Deena, Murari or Ajay Shivam Chaat Bhandar.
#10- Sankat Mochan Ke Laddoo : Moment you enter Sankat Mochan gali you will feel the aroma of this special laddoo. Delicious !!
#11- Laal Pedas : If you are fond of Pedas then Sankat Mochan is perfect place for you. You can call it Authentic Laal Pedas.
#12- Chooda Matar : Do not get confused it with Poha. It seems like Poha but have little different taste. Peas and flattened rice are added to it. It is simple and lite snacks for evening. You can try this at any Chaat Bhandar. Enjoy it with a cup of tea.
#13- Gajar Ka Halwa : It is a dish which you will find in all North India but try this dish in Banaras also. You will surely love that.
#14- Buniya : Buniya or ‘Bundis’ are very very delicious items of sweets of Banaras. It tastes very Rasila.
#15- Dahi Chutney Wale Golgappe : It is also called Meethe Golgappe which has awesome taste. It is a bomb of chatpate swaad.
#16- Banarasi Paan : ‘Khaike Paan Banaras Wala’…. you must have heard this song from the super hit movie Don. Yes.. this is the same Paan. Banarasi Paan have Kattha, Chuna, Snuff, Kiwam, Gulab Chutney, Baba Chutney, Gulkand, Paan Chutney, Coconut and many more ingredients. Pan is considered as auspicious leaf and are used in Indian wedding rituals also.
Kuber Paan Bhandar near Godowlia Chowk and Keshav Tambul Bhandar at Ravidas Gate (Lanka) are famous Paan shops. Paan is also known as Tambul.
#17- Launglata : It is for extreme sweet lovers. It is filled with Khoya materials which generates an awesome taste. One or two piece will fill your stomach.
#18- Lassi : Banarasi Lassi have Rabdi topping combination. Banarasi Lassi is a meal in itself. In other parts of India you may need to say ‘Bhaiya Ek Lassi Dena Malai Maar Ke‘ but in Banaras you need not to say this. It is already in nature of the lassi. It contains thick creamy layer. Do not miss it.
#19- Laaiya Chana : Banarasi version of Bhelpuri or Jhaalmudi you can say. You can enjoy this during evening time with a cup of tea sitting at the ghat.
#20- Kulhadd Chay : Enjoying a Kulhadd tea sitting at the ghat is an awesome feeling. A Chay that refreshes you in just seconds and delights your mood. It is available in glasses too.
#21- Baati Chokha : You will find this dish all over the city cooked on wheeled carts. Baati is a type of round roti balls filled with chatpate Sattu and Chokha is a scrumptious mash of boiled potatoes, tomatoes and baked brinjals. If you need a comfortable environment like restaurants for this dish then Baati Chokha Restaurant is recommended. You can find this restaurant near Anand Mandir Cinema at Teliyabag.
Yes, that is me… enjoying Baati Chokha at Baati Chokha Restaurant.
Bon Appetite !!