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Street Foods one must try in Varanasi


Street Foods one must try in Varanasi

When it comes to street foods in India , Varanasi, the holy city of India has a lot of contributions to boast about. Situated on the banks of the river Ganga in Uttar Pradesh , Varanasi is one of the oldest cities in the world, and its street food is as elaborate as the city’s history. Since Aryan culture is found in the holy city, meat and beef is not that common and vegetarian cuisine is mostly followed with some exceptions due to some Muslim habitations. Food is a quintessential part of the Varanasi’s culture. Being frequented by hundreds of thousands of foreign tourists throughout the year, the city’s cuisine is a spin-off between the new and the old, the modern and the old-fashioned. A few handpicked locations and special treats will tickle your taste buds while you’re in Varanasi.

Here are some popular places for Street Food in Varanasi that you must try if you ever visit the city:-

Kachori Sabzi


Kachori Sabzi is the most popular breakfast dish in Varanasi. There are two different types of Kachoris- Badi and chhoti Kachori. While Badi Kachori is stuffed with a spicy mixture made of lentils called Dal Ki Pithi, Chhoti Kachori is stuffed with a spicy mashed potato mix. The flavorful Kachoris are served with a tangy and aromatic Aloo curry, which is made using a generous amount of cloves and black pepper. Green chillies and dry red chillies have added the curry to make it hot and spicy.

Where: Ram Bhandar, Thatheri Bazaar and Kachori Gali

Choora Matar


This street food is a Varanasi version of Maharashtrian Poha and Poha Chiwda of Bihar. Made of flattened rice soaked in desi ghee and cooked with spices along with green peas, raisins and saffron, Choora Matar is a famous breakfast and evening time snack in Varanasi. Spices like black pepper, garam masala and hing are added to this dish to enhance its flavour. No onions are added to the mixture which sets it apart from its Marathi and Bihari counterparts. Milk or cream is also added to the mix here to enhance its texture and flavour.

Where: Gopal Mandir Gali

Dahi Chutney Gol Gappe


Also popularly known as Meethe Golgappe, Dahi Chutney Gol Gappe is a sweet and spicy delight which are loved by children and adults alike. Wafer thin, crisp Gol Gappas are filled with a spicy mixture of boiled potatoes and then topped with tangy chutneys, curd flavoured with Imli, Pudina and other spices along with sev. Pomegranate is also sprinkled as a final garnishment at some joints. Crispy and wholesome, these little packets burst different flavours as soon as you put them in your mouth.

Where: Deena Chaat Bhandar, Gol Ganj

Baati Chokha


Baati Chokha, a favourite delicacy in Bihar makes for a tasty street snack in Varanasi too. Stuffed whole wheat dough balls are stuffed with roasted chana dal and spices inside. These stuffed balls are known as Litties and are roasted over charcoal. Litties are dipped generously in desi ghee and served with Chokha, which is made of a spicy mixture of boiled potatoes, tomato and eggplant.

Where: Puran Das Road and Bati chokha restaurant..

Tamatar Chaat


Tamatar Chaat is a local version of aloo chaat and is made from a mashed mixture of boiled potatoes, tomatoes, onions, green chillies and fresh coriander leaves. This mouthwatering spicy chaat is too hot to handle and is not for the faint-hearted. Spices like pounded ginger, red chilli powder and garam masala are splashed into the dish making it deliciously fiery. It is served in a dona, a bowl made with palash leaves.

Where: Deena Chaat Bhandar, Dashaswamedh Road

Chena Dahi Vada


Chena Dahi Vada is a sumptuous variation to the regular bhallas prepared using lentil. Similar to Rasmalai in appearance, Chena Dahi Vada is usually served with sweet yoghurt sprinkled with a dash of Masala made of jeera and black salt. These dahi vadas are served with a steaming cup of tea and are quite popular as a breakfast item in Varanasi. The snack offers a perfect mix of sweet and sour flavors.



Makhan Malaiyyo or Nimish is a popular winter season street dessert in Varanasi. Influenced by Persian cuisine, Malaiyyo is prepared by churning the milk slowly to create a creamy texture. The milk foam is then flavoured with saffron and cardamoms and garnished with pistachios and almonds on the top. Extraordinarily light and perfectly sweet, it is served in Purva or kulhads. Malayiyyo is a well-kept secret of Varanasi, which one can only experience while visiting this eternal city.I just love it…

Where: Neel kanch, Kachori Gali and Pehalwan lassi..



Varanasi fares high on the production of milk and curd and thus a profound use of these items can be found in most of the city’s preparations. Banarasi Thandai is famous across India for its refreshing taste and celebratory spirit. Made from seasonal fruit puree, Thandai is served in a kulhad topped with Rabri and flavoured with rose essence, ice-cream, dry fruits and nuts. Condiments like fennel seeds, magaztari seeds, pepper, vetiver seeds, cardamom and saffron make the flavours truly rich and refreshing. People add some quantity of Bhang in Thandai on festive occasions like Holi. Thandai in Banaras is available with the kick of bhang if you’re up to try it. Bhang is a mix of dried leaves and buds of the female cannabis plant that is consumed lovingly in ‘Bhole Baba ki Nagri’! Baba Thandai and Thandai Ghar are two places to root for, at Godowlia Chowk. These are the places to visit in Varanasi if you’re craving for some fantastic thandai.

Where: Blue Lassi Shop, Kachori Gali Chowk



Banarasiya Paan is something that you must try when in Varanasi. Paan is made from betel nut leaves with betel nuts or Supari, lime and a mixture of condiments and eaten with tobacco or lime. There is also the Meetha Paan, a version of Paan, devoid of tobacco or lime but filled with sweetened rose petals, fennel seeds and soft and chewy Supari.

: Rajendra Chaurasia Paan, Chowk Thana and Deepak Tambul Bhandar, Dashashwamedh Ghat

Rabri Jalebi


Banaras is the king of Jalebis. The jalebis or imartis (a bigger cousin of the Jalebi) are a sweet treat too excellent to miss. Try them with rabri and you’ll want to come back to Banaras for this one!

Kashi Tea Stall, Assi Ghat


Banarasi chai is a force to reckon with. But wait until you’ve sipped these drops of heaven at Kashi Tea Stall, Assi Ghat.With the regular ginger chai, there exist many other varieties that will blow your mind. Try the Lemon tea, and you’ll be a fan for life!

Kashi Chat Bhandar, Godowlia Chowk


Kashi Chat Bhandar is the one stop shop for chaat in Banaras. Try one plate of each of their offerings, and you’ll part with your money lovingly. Dahi Chat, Tamatar Chat and Alu Chaat are treated to savour here. If you pay a visit to Sankat Mochan Temple, visit the chat stall that lies before the temple. The sheer spread of different varieties of chat at this stall is extraordinarily luscious and attractive. Again, try each array that the stall has on offer!

Keshav Tambul, Ravidas Gate


Want to try the famous Banarasi paan? Look no further. Keshav Taambul near Ravidas Gate offers one of the best paans in Banaras. One stop here, and you’ll be packing paans from Keshav for your folks back home!

I know some of the street food is still missing but there is a lot of different kind of food from different cultures which is also adopted here like Dosa, Idli. of Dhasaswmedh Ghat and Vishwnath gali.. Which brings water in your mouth definitely.. So come, visit and enjoy our food, our spirituality..

If you are just thinking about any place to visit then please come at least a time it will never disappoint you..

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