Banaras is one of the world’s oldest living cities. The winding lanes lined with quaint shops and spicy eateries, lazing cows and milling crowds, lives up to that reputation. Food here blends with religion and culture. Varanasi is famous for its kachoris, chaat, lassi and, of course, paan. Here’s a pick of some favourite eateries to indulge in everything Banarasi.
Kachori sabji makes for the most popular Kaleva (breakfast) option in Benaras. There are two different types of kachoris- badi and choti kachori. Badi kachori is stuffed with masala made of lentils called dal ki pithi and choti kachori is stuffed with a spicy potato mixture. Both of these kachoris are savoured with garam masala wali aloo ki sazi and desi ghee Jalebi. What a way to start your day!
Chena Dahi Vada
Chena is similar to Rasmalai in terms of shape and is dipped in sweet yogurt and a hint of masala made of jeera and black salt. It makes for a perfect mix of sweet and sour. The coriander garnishing makes it more refreshing.
Makhan Malaiyyo is a popular winter street dessert that is influenced by Persian way of cooking. Milk froth is flavoured with saffron and cardamoms and garnished with pistachios and almonds. Served in purvaor kulhads, this creamy froth will literally melt in your mouth.
Dahi Chutney Wale Gol Gappe
Dahi Chutney wale Gol Gappe are also popularly known as Meethe Golgappe that offer both spicy and sweet flavours. This street snack are just like chaat paapdi, the only difference is that it uses wafer thin and crisp Gol Gappas instead of the paapdi.
Thandai and Lassi
Varanasi is a city that produces lots of milk and curd and therefore, you’ll find them in most of their preparations. Benarasi Thandai is made from seasonal fruit puree. Along with that, lassi is available at almost every other street shop from morning till wee hours of the night. It is served in a kulhad topped with Rabri and flavoured with rose essence.
Benaras has its own version of the famous chaat which is made with tomatoes and you’ll only find it here. It is a spicy preparation in which tomatoes are mixed with hing, pounded ginger, green chillies and spices with the addition of boiled potatoes. It is served in a dona (bowl made with palash leaves) along with chaat masala and small sized crispy namak pare.
These mouthwatering street snacks will create everlasting food memories and you must try them! Kyoki bhaiya Banaras gaye aur chaat nahi khaaya toh khaak Banaras gaye?