10 Famous Indian Snacks

Here are some of the most famous sweet and savory snacks from my colorfully diverse country!

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1. Samosa

The samosa is a deep-fried savory pastry filled with either spiced mashed potatoes, onions, peas, lentils, chicken or other meats varying from region to region in the country.

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2. Medhu Vada / Uddina Vada

Medhu Vada or Udin Vada are deep-fried doughnut-shaped fritters from south India, with a crispy exterior and soft spongy interior. They are generally made with Urad Dhal or black lentils and a mix of rice flour.

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3. Desi Bhutta

A classic Indian version of corn-on-the-cob, it is often sold by hawkers on the street who prepare it fresh to order. A treat for those rainy monsoon evenings.

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4. Puran-Poli/Boli/Obattu/Holigae

Puran Poli is a sweet flatbread stuffed with a sweet lentil filling made from husked spilt Bengal gram (chana dal) and jaggery. Puran Poli is a popular Maharashtrian recipe made during Ganesh Chaturthi or Diwali or any other festive occasion.

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5. Bombay Frankie

As unique as its name, Frankie is made from juicy naan bread coated with egg, stuffed with mutton or chicken and then rolled up. A unique combination of spices is sprinkled to improve the flavors.

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6. Calcutta Chop

The name is quite deceiving as this dish is more of a croquette or a cutlet than a chop. It usually involves either minced meat or a whole egg that has been batter-coated and deep-fried.

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7. Dahi Puri/Dahi Chaat

This is a famous snack from the state of Maharashtra but one that has become a staple across the country. The dish is a form of chaat (Snack or Quick Bite) and originates from the city of Mumbai.

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8. Bhel Puri/Jal Muri

Bhelpuri is a savory snack, which is a type of Chaat (Snack or Quick Bite). It is made of puffed rice, vegetables, and a tangy tamarind sauce, and has a crunchy texture.

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