“I am a lover of street food. ”
In recent years, foodies have retaken the streets celebrating all that great pop-up eating experience on the go. And today as I head to Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium where a total of 175 stalls were meant to spoil me for each of my choice at the Street Food Festival, organized by NASVi, I just couldn’t resist the temptation and it made my mouth water.
Imagine gorging on cuisines from 25 Indian states at one venue. That’s tempting !! This street food festival of 4 days is food haven in the centre of City that starts each day at 12pm uptil 10pm and last till 28th December, 2014. The festival has a ticket of Rs.50 per person.
The festival has dishes prepared specially by chefs coming all the way from Amritsar, Lucknow and other cities. We tasted Litti Chokha from the state of Bihar first. They had three different varieties – Simple Litti Chokha, Chicken Litti Chokha and Palak Litti Choka. This was a great savory experience.
We then moved on to a platter of Kebabs and Roomali Roti (Indian Bread) and must I say, if you are that Non-Veg lover, this is a must have. They were as soft as butter and delicious. The spices were perfectly balanced. No wonder this was the most crowded of all.
No street food taste is complete unless you have had the authentic Gol Gappe along with other specialities of Dilli (Delhi). You could see multiple people in support enjoying local and regional speciality food crafters.
At the fest, you can savor the flavors from Bihar, Lucknow, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh with a diverse array of foods and beverages provided by quality food crafters. Attendees can expect to find a wide selection of flavors to please anyone’s pallet. We just loved how well the stalls were lined. There was everything for everybody.
The festival provides a chance to gorge on popular dishes like chole kulche to a little-known staple of Himachal Pradesh – sepu badi – made of lentils and mandi ki kachori. The festival also, acquaints visitors with dishes like mutton biryani from Karnataka’s Dharwad district and Mysore’s kalini kebab, deep-fried chicken pieces that evoke the flavour of kasturi methi. Stalls from Kerala offer a potpourri of rice dishes like the palappam chicken stew made of rice, chicken and coconut milk; Malabar biryani; Kerala biryani; dum biryani; ghee biryani and Kerala Khichdi.
Dehati murg bhaat, a tribal delicacy of Jharkhand and Bihar’s litti – made of sattu – served with mutton curry are some of the other dishes to look out for.Apart from these, there are stalls of popular street dishes like Punjab’s sarso ka saag and makke ki roti, West Bengal’s fish fry, Mumbai’s famous pav bhaaji, Hyderabadi biryani from Telangana, Rajasthan’s kachori, Delhi’s aloo tikki and chaat.
A dessert is a must have after every Indian food diet. The festival had Jalebi, Laung Lata, Chandramukhi, Mewa Kachori, Candy Floss, Roller Ice-Cream and many sweet delights for that special corner of your stomach. The food was indeed a treat to both your eyes and to your tummy. The most extraordinary dish, that I couldn’t resist was Lehsun ki Kheer. I was full with all the eatery that I could not taste anything more. Should you have a chance to taste it, you must and share your taste-full experience. Ohh, you must have Pan, for that extra fireworks in your mouth to celebrate your tangling tastebuds like never before.
The festival celebrates the variety of food available in and the different cuisines from every corner of our country. The chicken 65 from Dharwar in Karnataka served at the stall of street food and Makke ki Roti with Sarson ka Saag and chipped Paneer at Patiala based food vendor were among those items which became hit at the festival.
As a child, eating street food was something you indulged in without adult supervision. I indulged in the delights and I can never skip classic street food ever. This food festival is a call to all foodies! You are also invited to view, taste, and buy from speciality food exhibitors at this Street Food Festival. Celebrate your taste buds.