- By Sarthak Singhal and Lavanya
Indian street food is famous across the globe. So much so, that the gol gappas are known as water balloons. Almost every street or a lane in India is sure to offer some unique street food spreading its aroma over distances attracting people for a quick bite at least once. Despite the classy restaurants, street food has a charm of its own.
Come what may, neither can the French fries replace the chaats nor will the club sandwiches ever be able to take over the hot steaming samosas. No wonder the newly opened Clarion Hotel in Bangalore’s Whitefield area decided to throw a street food festival – “Khao Galli” – open to the public. Interestingly, “Khao Galli” is the name of a popular street food by-lane in Bangalore.
Va Bene restaurant’s menu included delicacies like the famous behl puri, gol gappas ala paani puris and pav bhajis of Mumbai. What caught my interest were the paani puris filled with curd instead of water. Once you can shed your hygiene conscious cloak, the more will you enjoy your street food; but with the clean environ and chefs using gloves, that was the last thing on my mind.
But I must admit that tweaking does not always help. The behl served in a plate with banana leaf which tried to give a mish-mash taste of some sorts was too sophisticated. A proper traditional style preparation might have done the much needed trick. The samosas and kachoris left me wanting for more and the bare minimum oil usage kept my guilt conscious in check.
The main course on offer was equally tempting with vegetarian and non vegetarian dishes. So were the desserts that included a wide range of sweets like barfi, peda and gajar halwa. Though the halwa was not its traditional best red colour, but donned an orange shade. It was the ice gola with different flavours that added the street food spice to the desert section.
“It looks like a grand success, I am planning a Bengali food festival during Dussehra. Watch out for it,” said executive sous Chef Vikram Kumar, the one behind this festival.
So, what is stopping you from street hopping for food?
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