a platter of onion bhaji

onion bhaji

Onion bhaji are one of the great staters or snacks. The trick to making vengaya bhaji is to ensure there is more onion than batter.

a serving plate of crisp fried spinach with chaaat dressings

spinach chaat

A dish from the street-vendor tradition of Delhi. Palak chaat is made from crispy fried spinach leaves and chaat dressings.

a bowl of chickpea, tomato and onion salad

chickpea, tomato and onion salad

A street food favourite. Chole chaat can be served on it’s own, as a snack, a nourishing lunch or as a side dish to a more complex meal. The flavour combinations from the chickpeas, tomato and onion, the chaat masala and the chutney and the crunch of the sev make this a quite special dish.

pieces of tandoori chicken

tanduri chicken

The classic North Indian dish. From Persia, it is not hot, but has a gentle and subtle spice background. Part of the flavour comes from the slightly charred outside of the chicken.

a serving of egg chaat

egg chaat

Take some boiled eggs, onion, tomato and a few spices and you haveĀ anda chaat, another great street food from Delhi.

a bowl, with Parsi scrambled eggs and a roti

Parsi scrambled eggs

Scrambled eggs done the Parsi way. Akoori can be served at breakfast, as a snack, for lunch, or for a light evening meal.

two masala dosa on a plate with serving dish of coconut chutney

masala dosa

Masala dosa – spiced potato in rice and lentil crepes – are one of life’s great joys. Simple, easy, fast and ca be served as a starter, snack, lunch or as a light dinner.

a plate of lentil dumplings with cocnut chutney

lentil dumplings

These are savoury fried snacks, originating from the south of India. They can be described variously as fritters, cutlets, doughnuts, or dumplings. This recipe for medu vada is our family recipe for a simple lentil-based vada.

a piece of Goan prawn cake

Goan prawn cake

This Goan dish, apa de camarao, has a wonderful taste combination – a hot, savoury and slightly sweet filling of prawn, baked inside a sweet coconut cake.

four chicken roti rolls on a platter

chicken roti roll

From the street food vendors of Kolkatta comes this spiced chicken, wrapped in an egg soaked flatbread. Kolkatta kebabs are quite possibly the world’s best snack.

two paneer roti rolls on a plate with a serve of kachumber

paneer roti roll

Spiced paneer, wrapped in an egg soaked flatbread; paneer kathi kebabs could be the world’s best vegetarian snack.

a plate of fish tikka pieces

fish tikka

Maachi tikka is simple fried marinated fish dish. Easy to make and can be prepared overnight then finished just before serving. It is a very Mumbai-style dish.