One needs to have a bat eye because some of the best street food can be found in tiny little carts or a little hole in the wall.
The city that never sleeps, the IT Capital of India and the World’s Most Dynamic City but seems like somebody missed out on the ‘Gateway to Street Foods’. A huge aspect of Bangalore’s culinary culture is its street food. Apart from the Idli, Dosa, Bada, Sambar, and the Cutlet, it boasts of numerous street bites you would regret missing. Your ‘filter coffee’ cannot be complete without the quintessential snacks at the food stalls that you can spot at every nook and corner of the city. Get ready to tantalize your mind, if not your taste buds as yet, as we list down some of the most irresistible street foods of Namma Bengaluru.
Bringing to Light The Best Street Food in Bangalore
1. Idlis, Vadas, and Dosas: The Southern Slurp
Ask any South Indian what they would like to have for breakfast and they will probably say the Idli, Dosa and Vada. Food made from the batter, these signature delicacies can be conveniently found across the city from your run-of-the-mill restaurant chains to local vendors in their carts. But forget the restaurants and head to those local stalls. Best Served with chili chutney, coconut chutney, and Karnataka’s popular sweet sambar this exceptionally tasty food item can be enjoyed in just INR 25 to 50. If you are looking for the yummiest street food in Bangalore, start with them.
Where to try: Brahmin’s Coffee Bar, Central Tiffin Room in Malleshwaram, Basavanagudi and numerous roadside stalls on Thindi Beedi at VV Puram
Must try dishes: Paper Dosa, Butter Dosa, Rava Dosa, Poori Saagu, Kesari Bath, Masala Vada, and Lemon Bath Dosa, which is made with the filling of lemon rice and potato palya
2. Chaat and Pani Puri – Finger-licking Good
As soon as the sun sets, the streets of Bangalore go live with rousing food stalls. Though Panni Puri and Chaat isn’t native to Bangalore, the city has profoundly adopted the Chaat culture. Right from the crispy bhel puri to khatta-meetha Pani puri, you can easily spot these delicious treats in stalls all around the city on any cool evening. The yummy filling of chhole and aloo in pani puri and the ultimate combination of chips, wafers, bhujia, dahi, black salt, and imli chutney will be a treat for your taste buds.
Where to try: Puchka in Sri Sairam Chaats and Marathahalli and Juices in Malleshwaram. However, the best Pani Puri is available at Rakesh Kumar Pani Puri stall in 3rd Block, Jayanagar
Must try: Aloo chaat, dahi puri, and papdi chaat. Also, try pani puri made of rava or sooji with meetha. Trust me! it’s heavenly.
3. Rolls and Kebabs – Quick Bangalorean Street Food
Why have flat abs when you have kebabs — is something every Bangalorean seems to follow sincerely. The city’s abundant rolls and kebab joints will have you spoiled for choice. Right from the Succulent and tender rolls (chicken, mutton, Vej) to whole grilled chicken and delicious sheek kebabs to Shawarma rolls, you have all of it. However, taste-wise do not try to match with typical Calcutta Rolls as Bangalore has its own tasty version.
Where to try: Chakum Chukum Calcutta & Khan Saheb on A Roll in Indiranagar and Sha-E Darbar in Yeshwanthpur
Must try: Non-vegetarian delights include mutton bhuna, chicken kathi wrap, double-egg chicken roll, reshmi kebab and mutton tikka. Mixed vegetable-tikka roll, mushroom roll and tikka, paneer roll and tikka, baby corn tikka, and the veg roll are simply irresistible.
4. Gobi Manchurian – Indo-Chinese Gastronomy
Regarded as the best street food in Bangalore this spicy, tangy, and crispy preparation made by deep-frying cauliflower balls and tossing them in dark soya sauce is quite famous and most consumed street food by the youth. You can go for dry or gravy variant as your taste speaks and don’t forget to ask the owner to garnish it with some chopped spring-onion that adds taste to it.
Where to try: Spicy Corner in Jeevanbheema Nagar, Murli in Bellandur, and Srinathji in Marathahalli
5. Mangalore Buns – The Sweet Obsession
A sweet, tender and fluffy fried bun made from a mix of wheat flour and bananas, Mangalore buns are a favorite breakfast and tea-time treat from the Dakshina Kannada region. Easy to prepare these sweet delicacies are often relished with coconut chutney and sambar for a balance of flavor.
Where to try: New Krishna Bhavan in Sirur Park and Chetty’s Corner in Serpentine Road
Relish with: Nothing tastes like a day-old bun eaten with potato bhaji or kurma. Mangalore Buns can be served hot or cold.
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6. Obbattu – The Kannad Delight
Originated from Mysore Obbattu or Holige is a flatbread local dessert which is made from Maida and stuffed with a mix of peanuts, ghee, jaggery, cardamom powder, and lentils is a popular street food in Bangalore. Locally called puran poli or bobbatlu, this dish is normally made around festivals like Maha Sankranti, Ugadi or Deepawali. But that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy this sweet delight all around the year. Obbattu is served piping hot with ghee sprinkled on it.
Where to try: Holige Mane in Malleshwaram
Shelf life: Dal Obbattu can be stored at room temperature for 2 days.
7. Bhajji with Filter Coffee – Best Street Food in Bangalore for rainy evenings
Bhajjis are the best tea-time snack and is one of the best ways to enjoy Bangalore’s famous rainy evenings. Whether it’s a classic bonda, boiled egg or spicy chili, you’ll certainly spot these crispy in a number of roadside stalls winning the heart of millions of foodies in Bangalore. They are best served with mint chutney and you can always get a hot cup of filter coffee or chai to accompany the treat.
Where to try: Basavaraj’s Bhaji Bandi in JP Nagar, Shivraj Bhaji Cart in Vijayanagar, and Pramod’s Jalebi & Bhajji in Koramangala
Must try variants: Raw banana bhaji, Mirchi bhaji, Capsicum bhaji, Aloo Bonda, and Uddin Vade
Q. What are the best places in Bengaluru to eat street food?
A. Jaynagar 8th Block, Basavanagudi, St. Marks Road, Chamarajapet, Jayanagar 3rd Block
Q. Where can I find Gujarati Farsan and Gujarati Street Food in Bangalore?
A. Panchavati Gaurav — Bellandur Junction, Food and You — Koramangala 6th Block, Village The Soul Of India — Jayanagar, Grand Village Restaurant — Gandhi bazar main road