I call these tasty dishes fast food not only because they can be prepared quickly but also because they are in fact, the Indian equivalent of Western fast food. They are all key players in India's vibrant street food culture and hawkers and vendors country-wide, do brisk business cooking and selling them. Here are the recipes...
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Paav Bhaaji is western Indian in origin. Paav means "a small bun", while Bhaaji means "vegetable". Paav Bhaji is so wholesome you can have it as a meal.
A snack with almost iconic status in Western India, bhelpuri is low-fat, nutritious and delicious!
This has to be the most popular North-Indian snack! Chaat parties are a great alternative to a sit-down dinner. In western India, the same dish is called Ragda Pattice.
Also known as Pakoras, these are the perfect snack for a cold, rainy day! Make up a batch and serve them with sweet-sour tamarind chutney. Use any vegetable you like.
his easy, tasty snack can be put together in a flash. It's perfect for picnic meals and kids lunchboxes.
Straight out of the heart of Maharashtra in Western Indian, Vada Pav has iconic status in India. It used to be "poor man's food", but these days even the rich and famous can be spotted eating it at Bombay's (Mumbai) numerous roadside food stalls!
Samosas can be probably be found anywhere in the world! They're a lovely snack for a cold day when you're just a little more than nibbly and a little less than hungry.