Top 7 Indian Street Foods You Must Try Once In A Lifetime

       

Indian street food manifestations are like none other. Chowpati (Indian street food market) is full of mouth-watering and delicious foods. Once you find your go-to street food places, I guarantee you that you will go back for more. These street food vendors are masters of their craft and foodies find their heaven in these chowpatis.

Vada Pav

Vada Pav, also known as Bombay burger is by far the most popular street-side snack in India. This is classic Maharashtrian street food for Vegan food lovers and is packed with tones of flavours. Spiced mashed potatoes deep fried with crispy batter guarantee to tantalize your taste buds. Placed inside a soft roll and covered with coriander chutney and tamarind this little gem for foodies has been on the top must-try street foods from the streets of Mumbai. Sprinkled with Maharashtrian ghati masala it is a burst of flavours. It is Fiery, It is toasty. It is a must-try Indian Street snack. Swadish Vada Pav will definitely remind you of Mumbai streets.

Pani Puri

Pani puri or Puchkas are hollow wheat bubbles originated in the Indian subcontinent. A crispy round puffed puri filled with refreshing flavour bursting water, masala potatoes and tamarind. The whole thing is eaten with great excitement by most of the Indian Men and woman. It is the main street food for cosmopolitan cities like Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata.

Bhel

Bhel consists of puffed rice, soft and buttery potatoes and chutneys. Totally a unique and easy street food and is popular amongst young people. It is a marriage of crispy masala vermicelli, fresh onions, crispy fried Indian puri, coriander chutney, imli chutney. A dash of freshly squeezed lemon juice adds a refreshing touch. Bombay styled bhel is usually topped with toasted peanuts for extra crunchiness.

You don’t find any beach and chowpati (Indian name for street food market) in India where Bhelwalas (street vendors who sell bhel) doesn’t exist.
I had learnt this simple yet flavour-packed recipe from a street vendor in Delhi whom I consider the Bhel Master. I am proud to bring this simple yet unique street food on Swadish street food menu.

Pav Bhaji

Vegetables and potatoes are the cornerstone of an Indian household and commercial cooking and Pav Bhaji proved how beautiful this combination can be. Spicy mashed potatoes, Vegetables, sweet red onions, coriander and lemon with loads of butter results in this amazingly curried bhaji sauce which is served with a buttered roll and coriander chutney. The magic ingredient in bhaji is the native Maharashtrian ghati masala. This is the all-time favourite Indian and Swadish street food.

Momos

A migratory roadside street food from Tibet and Nepal has become one of the most popular street food in India. Momos are quite similar to Japanese gyoza. Momos are steamed dumpling loaded with hot vegetables or chicken has flavours one just cannot resist while walking on the Indian roads. Momos are eaten with fiery hot chutney made with dry red chillies, vinegar and garlic. I came to love these pockets of love in Himalayan city Darjeeling and love to eat on any given chance.

Kachori

One of the most sensational and loved Indian snack. Kachoris are deep-fried flaky bread made with sautéed ground lentils and spices wrapped into pastry made with refined flour. Kachoris are the popular snack of North India and Rajasthan. These are eaten mid-day snack with rasedaar aloo (curried potatoes) you won’t be able to resist.

Kathi Roll

Kolkata’s signature Kathi Rolls are made of think and soft tortilla wrap filled with a delectable filling of kebabs or vegetables. Treat your taste buds with these sensational filled wraps in style. Kathi rolls can be stuffed with chicken kebabs, lamb kebabs or crunchy vegetables layered with spiced lip-smacking chutneys and salads. When at Chaupati, a Kathi Roll is a must!

Bhalla Papdi Chat

Word ‘Chat’ literally means ‘lick’. This is what actually you end up doing while eating your Bhalla Papdi chat. Bhallas are dumplings made with ground urad lentils, ginger, green chillies and curry leaves and soaked in think sweet yoghurt and spices. Topped with tamarind, green chutney, sultanas and crispy vermicelli makes them stand out of the rest of the street food snacks. The sweet and sour combination makes it the ultimate favourite of everyone.

Making street food is fun and if anyone who has witnessed being in an Indian ”Chowpati” knows how these food stalls make people go out every evening and relish this street food of those expert chefs known as “Rehri-walas”.

Street food at Swadish is inspired by these street food hawkers and chefs at Swadish take this mouth-watering Indian street food goodies to a new level by using the best of the British produce and by presenting in a contemporary way.

 

10 Most Popular Indian Curries in Glasgow

Indian cuisine has become one of the most popular cuisines in the United Kingdom. In England, there are more curry houses than all the fast-food establishments throughout the country. Indian chicken tikka masala has become as popular as fish and chips, the national dish of UK. Glasgow houses some of the best Indian restaurants and Glasgow’s contribution to this popular cuisine was recognized in 2010 when it won the title of Curry Capital of Britain and that too, for the fourth time. Glasgow won the Curry Capital of Britain title in 2002, 2003 and 2006. It was runner up in 2004, 2005 and 2007. In 2016 the Glaswegians were ordering more curries than any other major city in the UK and it is probably true today too.

 

Here are to top 10 best Indian curries in Glasgow.

 

 

Chicken Tikka Masala

Claimed to have been invented in Glasgow, Scotland Chicken Tikka Masala remains on the top of the list of favourites of Glaswegians. Chargrilled marinated chicken cooked in tandoor in onion and the tomato-based sauce tastes heavenly. Cooked with ginger, garlic, yoghurt and a ubiquitous blend of Indian spice blend-the garam masala. Scoop it up with naan/chapatti or savour the flavour of this most popular dish across the United Kingdom with basmati rice.

Lamb Bhoona

Lamb bhoona is semi-dried lamb dish cooked in north Indian style. Lamb is slowly fried with a combination of aromatic whole spices in a casserole dish over a low/medium fire until they release their aromas. Equal quantities of sliced onion and tomatoes are added after ginger and garlic has been cooked through. This is a must-try dish in the best Indian restaurants. Scottish grass-fed lamb cooks beautifully with whole cinnamon, black cardamom and cloves. Almost every Glasgow based Indian restaurant serves lamb bhoona. A buttered smothered plain naan bread is best to eat with lamb bhoona.

Chicken Jalfrezi

Jalfrezi was a British invention and got hugely popular in the UK. It is hard to find anyone who does not love Jalfrezi. A thick delicious sauce is tossed with a stir-fry mix of vegetables and strips of succulent chicken breast. Smoked garlic, onions and peppers quickly fried in pan impart mind blowing flavours in tangy and spicy sauce. This dish is finished with fresh ginger and sprinkle of garam masala. A thin chapatti is best to go with jalfrezi.

Chicken Korma

Unlike traditional Indian Korma, Glasgow Indian food loves have come to adore coconut and cream-based korma sauce. This is a mild dish with the hints of sweetness. The creamy and nutty flavour of coconut and tender chicken chunks have becomes a British sensation. A good chicken korma sauce and peshwari naan bread (coconut and almonds stuffed) are all you need to make your curry night delightful.

Lamb Rogan Josh

Rogan Josh sauce is part of original Kashmiri cuisine of India. I personally, have come to love Kashmiri cuisine simply because of its simplicity and mouth-watering aroma. Traditionally, rogan josh is made with goat meat in Dampokhtak cooking technique (Slow cooking). Lamb shank rogan josh at Swadish menu has been the best selling dish right from the first day of its opening. Grass-fed Scottish lamb shank pairs very well with this Kashmiri flavours. The name, Rogan josh comes from the deep-red colour of beautiful Kashmiri dried red chillies and the use of alkanet flower/root gives this curry a unique flavour. The heat is toned down by sugar present in onions and yoghurt. All flavours are beautifully balanced with aromatic spices. Try mint flavoured paratha (Indian fried flaky bread) with this beautiful curry.

Garlic Chili Chicken

This is by far one of the most ordered curries in any Glasgow based restaurant for a good reason- it is seriously delicious. This is a blast of flavours in your mouth. Bursting flavour of this smoky curry dish can make you an addict. Onions, tomatoes, paprika and burnt garlic flavors this curry-like none other. Furthermore, Swadish chilli chicken curry is served with garlic flavoured chilli oil. All these flavours in a curry bowl make your taste buds go crazy. Try this smoked-hot curry in one of the best Indian restaurants in Glasgow. A garlic and coriander naan go great with garlic chilli chicken.

Dal Tadka

This wonderful creamy spiced lentil goes well with every Indian meal. This is probably one of the most wanted dishes on any Indian restaurant across the world and most of the Indian restaurants in Glasgow have Dal tadka sitting on their menu and it is the favourite of vegan and vegetarian dinners at Swadish. Ghee fried cumin, onion, tomatoes and garlic flavour this humble dish. Final tadka or bhghaar just before the dish is served transforms this dish to a new dimension. Dal is best eaten with boiled/steamed rice.

Kofta Curry

This is a real delicacy for any vegan/vegetarian. Koftas are made of mashed potatoes and vegetables like sweet corn, peas, mushrooms and carrots. Nicely spiced with cumin, green chillies, cardamom and garam masala these koftas are a treat. Koftas are shallow/deep-fried for a crispy texture. These can also be stuffed with dried fruit. Koftas are served tomato-based sauce flavoured with fenugreek. You can’t go wrong with a layered paratha with a kofta curry. Swadish wild mushroom kofta curry has been a hit with vegan diners and is unique in many ways.

Chana Masala (Chickpea Curry)

A classic Punjabi chana masala has become one of the popular side or main dish on Glasgow’s Indian restaurants. Often, chana is paired with Indian leavened bread like Poori or Bhatoora. Vegan/vegetarian dinners at Swadish enjoy poori and chana and it has been so popular that we have not been able to replace it. A simple onion and tomato-based sauce with the Punjabi styled masala blend make chana stand out from the rest of vegetarian or vegan options.

Saag Alloo/Paneer

Nothing more than spinach and mustard leaves saag stands out for its simplicity. Saag is mildly spiced with garlic, onion and ginger. Fenugreek leaves add another layer of herby flavour. Many south-side Indian curry houses in Glasgow are proud to serve this Punjabi dish in home-made style. Saag tastes best with flatbread. Growing up in Punjab (India), I learned so much about how to cook this green leaves based dish of Indian village household perfectly. Pair saag with potatoes, mushrooms or even with tofu to see how basic ingredients can produce an amazingly delicious dish.

 

Swadish offers the best vegan menu and a very unique take on the traditional curries on the main menu. Located on Ingram Street of Merchant City of Glasgow city centre, Swadish is one of the best Indian restaurants.

Modern Indian Cuisine
33 Ingram Street,
Glasgow
G1 1HA

Phone: 0141 553 0581

info@swadish.co.uk