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

Capsicums filled with a delicately spiced paneer mixture, 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

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 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

mussels recheado

A slightly hot Portuguese-inspired mussel dish from Goa. 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.

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.