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.

three differently coloured capsicums stuffed with paneer

paneer stuffed capsicums

Spiced paneer stuffed capsicums, bharwan simla mirch, are perfect for a vegetable dish on their own, as part of a feast, or as a starter.

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

tandoori chicken

The classic North Indian tandoori chicken. Originally 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 have anda chaat, another great street food from Delhi.

a bowl of fruit chaat

fruit chaat

Fruit chaat, or phala chaat, is a mix of fruits, tossed with potatoes and chaat masala.

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 bowl of mussels, cooked in recheado masala, with a portuguese dinner roll

Goan mussels

Goan mussels is a slightly hot Portuguese-inspired dish. Xinaneao recheado can be served as a starter, a snack, or even a main meal.

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.

serving platter of kerala prawn fry

Kerala prawn fry

Kerala prawn fry is a simple dry dish of crispy fried prawns. Nadan chemmeen varuthathu is one of Kerala’s best-known street vendor snacks. It is slightly hot and tangy and highlights the flavour of the prawns.