Quick & Easy Indian Street Food Recipes at Home

Need some quick and easy Indian street food recipes to make at home? DESIblitz has picked out a few scrummy favourites, from kathi rolls to bhel puri.

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aloo tikki is a versatile, yummy and very quick snack

Indian street food is famously found in various restaurants across the world. However, we sometimes have those days where we want to enjoy quick and easy Indian street food in the comfort of our own homes.

There are several Indian street food dishes which are all tasty in their own, unique ways.

We have narrowed it down and have picked out some of the most popular ones to try out.

These quick and easy recipes are fantastic if you are throwing a small party or even if you are having a family gathering.

Show off your culinary skills with these quick and easy Indian street food recipes.

From a scrummy papdi chaat to a tangy nimbu pani, there is something to suit everyone’s taste.

DESIblitz highlight a few quick and easy Indian street food recipes that are popular and loved by many.

Aloo Tikki

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Whether you want to simply eat them with chutney or in a burger, aloo tikki is a versatile, yummy and very quick snack to make.

They are great for small parties, gatherings or even a family dinner.

Aloo tikki is best served as a snack or as a starter. They are loved by many Desi people, especially as a form of Indian street food.

Ingredients

  • 4 potatoes
  • 1 tsp ginger paste
  • ¾ tsp garam masala
  • ½ chaat masala
  • Finely chopped coriander
  • 2 tbsp cornflour
  • ½ tsp red chilli powder
  • 2 green chillies, chopped
  • 3-4 tbsp bread crumbs (not fresh)
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil for frying

Method

  1. Boil the potatoes until they are soft enough so that they can be easily mashed.
  2. Mash them into a mixing bowl then add the coriander and green chillies.
  3. Add garam masala, chaat masala, ginger paste, red chilli powder and salt. Add flour and bread crumbs and mix well.
  4. Make small balls from the aloo tikki mixture. The smaller they are, the crispier they will be. Press them slightly until they are flattened.
  5. Meanwhile, heat some oil in a pan. When the oil is hot, add the aloo tikki, frying on both sides until each one is golden brown.

Recipe adapted from Swasthi’s Recipes.

Chicken Kathi Roll

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Kathi rolls are a popular quick and easy Indian street food item and originate from Kolkata, West Bengal.

They consist of either chicken, lamb or even marinated vegetables rolled inside a paratha with peppers and onions.

They are fairly quick and easy to make and are enjoyed by many. As soon as you take one bite, the enticing flavours burst into your mouth as the rich, creamy flavours kick in.

Typically, one kathi roll is enough for one person as they are quite filling. This is down to the fact that parathas are fairly oily and heavy and the filling used inside it is also heavy.

Ingredients

  • 200g chicken breast
  • ¼ cup Greek yoghurt
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp tandoori masala
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tbsp ginger-garlic paste
  • 1 sliced onion
  • Chaat masala
  • 1 sliced green pepper
  • Pack of frozen paranthas

Method

  1. Slice the washed and cleaned chicken breast into strips.
  2. In a bowl, mix the chicken with the salt, ginger-garlic paste, tandoori masala, lemon juice and yoghurt.
  3. Heat oil in a pan on medium heat then add the peppers and onions. Fry for 30 seconds then add in the chicken and the remaining masala from the bowl and cook for another 3-4 minutes.
  4. Cover and cook for 5-7 minutes until the chicken has fully cooked.
  5. Place the cooked chicken mixture into a bowl and set aside.
  6. Meanwhile, add a few drops of oil into a frying pan and cook the frozen paranthas until golden and heated through.
  7. Once they are cooked, place the chicken mixture onto one parantha, sprinkle some chaat masala on top and simply roll it.
  8. Serve with pickles, salad or even masala fries.

Bhel Puri

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Bhel puri is a simple Indian street food element and is a savoury snack. This delicious chaat-like dish is often found on the beaches of Mumbai.

This quick and easy snack is great if you are feeling a bit peckish and want something quick but scrummy to eat. Simply serve it to those last-minute guests or as a canape at your next party!

The peanuts and puffed rice are what makes this snack so unique, it sure sounds bizarre, but it does indeed taste good.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of puffed rice
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped onions
  • 3-4 tbsp finely chopped tomatoes
  • 3-4 tbsp boiled, chopped potatoes
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped coriander
  • 1 chopped green chilli
  • ½ tsp chaat masala
  • 2 tbsp roasted peanuts
  • 10 papdis
  • ¼ cup sev
  • 1 tbsp imli chutney
  • 1 tbsp green chutney
  • ½ tsp red chilli powder
  • Salt to taste (if needed)

Method

  1. Place all the ingredients together in a mixing bowl.
  2. Mix the ingredients together gently, making sure all of the flavours combine together.
  3. Taste it and add extra salt or chutney if needed.
  4. Serve immediately after garnishing it with extra nuts and sev.

Recipe inspired by Swasthi’s Recipes.

Papdi Chaat

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Papdi chaat is one of the most famous street foods in India and is so quick and easy to make.

Using the ingredients below, all you need to do is quickly assemble the papdi chaat together and serve it to your guests.

Papdi chaat acts as an appetiser and can also be great for canapes at weddings or parties. All you need is a bunch of shop-bought items and you are good to go!

To mix things up a little, you can also garnish your papdi chaat with a few pomegranates.

Ingredients

  • 28 papdis
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • 2 cups whisked curds
  • 1 cup boiled, chopped and peeled potatoes
  • 6 tbsp green chutney
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds powder
  • 8 tbsp tamarind
  • 1 tsp chaat masala
  • Pomegranates

Method

  1. Crush all the papdis on to your serving plate.
  2. On top of the crushed papdis, add the potatoes, curds, green chutney and tamarind.
  3. Sprinkle over a bit of salt, the chaat masala, cumin seed powder and the chilli powder.
  4. Serve it straight away after garnishing it with coriander, sev and pomegranates.

Nimbu Pani

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Stepping away from things you can eat, here is a quick and easy recipe of a drink famously found on the streets of India.

Nimbu pani is enjoyed in the summer period as a cold, refreshing, tangy drink.

It is basically lemonade with an Indian twist. Serve it at your next garden party or at your next family gathering.

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 3-4 tbsp lemon juice from a large lemon
  • Salt to taste
  • 2½ cups chilled water
  • 1/4 tsp black salt
  • 5-6 ice cubes
  • Mint leaves

Method

  1. Cut the lemon in half and squeeze out the juice. Add the sugar and black salt into the lemon juice.
  2. Pour the lemon juice into a mixing jug then add the chilled water. With a spoon, stir the liquid until the sugar dissolves.
  3. Once the sugar has dissolved, pour it into serving glasses.
  4. Add in a few ice cubes and garnish your nimbu pani with a few mint leaves.

Recipe inspired by Spice Up the Curry.

These recipes ensure that you can enjoy authentic street food from the comfort of your own home.

So, grab your ingredients, get into your kitchen and whip up some Indian street food easily and quickly. While you are it, why not invite over a few friends and enjoy it all together?

Indian street food has never been easier!

Suniya is a Journalism and Media graduate with a passion for writing and designing. She is creative and has a strong interest in culture, food, fashion, beauty and taboo topics. Her motto is "Everything happens for a reason.”

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