A guide helping the diner interpret the menus of Indian restaurants in North America, expand their understanding and enhance their enjoyment of one of the great world cuisines.
STREET FOOD IN INDIA
PART I: OVERVIEW AND INTRODUCTION
Every city, town, and village in this vast country of over 1 billion people has its roadside stands and hawkers. Indians eat street food at breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as an afternoon snack (often taken home for “tea”), and during festivals when special dishes are prepared. Vendors set up shop near office buildings, schools, railway stations, beaches (such as Bombay’s Chowpatti Beach or Chennai’s Marine Drive), places of worship, and in crowded markets, such as Delhi’s ancient Chandni Chowk or Mumbai’s Khao Gali (food lane). There are an estimated 300,000 street food vendors in Delhi and 130,000 vendors in Kolkata alone.
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Colleen Sen has studied and enjoyed South Asian cuisine for years, sharing her understanding, insights and appreciation of Indian food culture with readers and audiences around the world.