Varanasi being one of the holiest cities of India, is home to various food dishes prepared with love and pure ingredients. The city is home to many places of worship so you can expect soulful food mixed with the authenticity of flavours. Also, the pungent spices add to the aroma and significance of food dishes here.
As you plan to explore the food scenes of the city, make sure to book Treebo Varanasi hotels for a comfortable stay. Right from the traditional breakfast to the cooling desserts made with pure milk, everything can be found here! Here is your guide to some of the best street food dishes of Varanasi.
Top Food Dishes to Try in Varanasi are –
1. Dahi Chutney Gol Gappe
As the name Gol Gappe strikes, you are sure to experience a burst of flavours in your imagination. If you are looking for a unique twist of spices and flavours in Gol Gappe, Varanasi is the place to be! Dahi Chutney Gol Gappe are served with mixes of potatoes and chickpeas.
The dish is then made tastier with preparation of sweet and spicy chutneys topped with pure curd. You can always relish the beautiful garnish of coriander adding a mouth-watering taste to the dish. Some of the famous places to try Dahi Chutney Gol Gappe are Deena Chaat Bhandar, Rampura Luxa Road and
Kashi Chaat Bhandar.
2. Kachori Sabzi
You cannot miss the very famous delicacy of Varanasi. It is one of the best street foods to try here as Kachori Sabzi is a combination of crisps and soothing preparation of potatoes. The kachori is prepared with lentils and has a crusty texture. It is served with a sabzi, prepared with pungent spices, vegetables and potatoes.
Also, you might be surprised but this heavy dish is loved by locals in the early mornings. Make sure to visit The Ram Bhandar or Thatheri Bazar for the best Kachori Sabzi during morning. It is also a great opportunity to connect with locals and learn about the everyday lifestyle while enjoying the flavours.
3. Choora Matar
You must have heard of Poha being one of the famous snacks in different parts of India. Choora Matar is just a modified version of Poha with a touch of Varanasi flavours and techniques. Choora Matar is made with flattened rice and various other spices are added to it.
The key ingredient is the usage of green peas or matar to give the dish an extra crunch. Cream and milk are also added to the preparation for a blast of flavours. The dish is then topped with raisins, saffron and coriander for the balance. It is generally available everywhere but Deena Chaat Bhandar is a famous name for this.
A culinary trip to Varanasi without Malaiyyo remains incomplete. Malaiyyo is a popular sweet dish available only in the exclusive parts of the city. It is best known for its unique preparation and fine attention to detail put into the making. Malaiyyo is only available in winter making it a must try dish.
The sweet delicacy is prepared by boiling the milk and placing it in open air for the night. As the dew drops help in the foaming of milk, you can literally experience the magic of nature served in earthen pots. Thatheri Bazar and Old Banaras are famous for this delicious food.
5. Baati Chokha
You are not really exploring the city if you do not try an exquisite preparation backed by traditional cooking techniques. Baati Chokha is found in every corner of the city as well as high-end restaurants. Baati is a filling prepared with sattu and baked in a traditional way to give it a smoky flavour.
The other part of the dish, Chokha, is a palatable combination of mashed potatoes, tomatoes and brinjals. It is served along with onions, garlic and spices. Clarified butter is used for garnishing adding smooth texture in each bite. Deena Chaat Bhandar is a popular place to try this one.
6. Chena Dahi Vada
India is all about similar dishes with a unique take on flavours and techniques. Chena Dahi Vada is a version of Dahi Vada where the Vada is replaced with Chena. Chena is a type of cottage cheese soaked in a mixture of yogurt and milk. It is then mixed with pure dahi offering a creamy texture.
To add to this, the dish is flavoured with various chutneys made with tamarind and chillies. A sprinkle of cumin and red chili powder is all that it needs to melt your heart with scrumptious flavours. Ksheer Sagar Sweet House is indeed a famous place to try this delicacy. You can also look for Treebo Varanasi hotels nearbyfor a budget-friendly stay.
7. Tamatar Chaat
You must have heard of so many chaat items but a chaat dominated by tomatoes is indeed rare. Varanasi is best known for its popular street food dish called Tamatar Chaat which is loved by tourists as well as locals. The chaat is predominantly prepared with a mix of tomatoes, onions and potatoes.
The three ingredients are mixed together and fused with many spices and herbs. What’s unique? It is served in a bowl made from the Palash leaves giving it an authentic touch and feel. Godowlia Road and Lahurabir Road are the best places to try this delicacy. If you are fan of food, try looking for Treebo Varanasi hotels for a comfortable stay.
8. Banarasi Paan
When in Benaras (Varanasi), you have to bless your taste buds with the famous Banarasi Paan. This leafy treat best defines the culture and traditions of the pope here. Even the leaf is sourced from special locations considering the size, texture, colour and various elements.
The filling is a delectable mixture of fragrant spices, sweet and sour chutneys and coconut. The symphony of flavours explode in your mouth with every bite elevating the superiority of this delight. Deepak Tambul Bhandar and Dashashwamedh Ghat are the best places for this paan.
While Thandai receives so much attention during the festival of Holi, the scene in Varanasi is different. Thandi is an all time favourite beverage loved by locals. The sweet and spicy drink is prepared with pure milk and other spices including cardamom, saffron, black pepper, fennel seeds and poppy seeds.
To give it a nutty crunch, pistachios and almonds are generally used in a large quantity for the drink. Usage of authentic dry fruits and spices also makes it one of the must-try beverages of Varanasi. Blue Lassi Shop and Kashi Chat Bhandar are a must visit to taste Thandai.
10. Tikki Chaat
Varanasi is all about happy-go-lucky snacks that make you drool with their flavours. Tikki Chaat is just another popular dish found in every part of the city. It is a fried patty made with potatoes, spices and herbs. The frying process gives it a crunchy base.
The patty (tikki) is then flavoured with chopped onions, tomatoes, coriander, yogurt and chutneys. Also, it is a fusion of spiciness and tanginess due to a fusion of many herbs and spices. Kachori Gali and Deena Chat Bhandar are the famous spots for this one.
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Varanasi is one of the best destinations to experience a fusion of flavours. Each street is a remark of the city’s delicious food scene with artistry in cooking. So, why wait? Book your tickets for a mouth-watering getaway.
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