Silicon Valley and the hub of IT in India, Bangalore is a city of people, colors, and culture. It is also the city of sumptuous and mouth-watering delicacies.
From its dazzling plethora of splendid gastronomy, we bring you the best street food in Bangalore. We put together everything you must know — popular eateries as well as their must try delights — before trying the finger-licking street food in Bangalore.
Most Popular Street Food in Bangalore: Cuisines From The Peninsula
1. Mangalore Buns – The Sweet Obsession
A local delicacy of Udupi region, Mangalore Bun is sweet, tender and fluffy puri made of bananas. Easy to make, these Mangalore banana buns are generally relished with coconut chutney and sambhar. If you are looking for the yummiest street food in Bangalore, start with them.
Where to try: Chetty’s Corner in Serpentine Road and New Krishna Bhavan in Sirur Park
Relish with: Nothing tastes like a day-old buns eaten with potato bhaji or kurma. Mangalore Buns can be served hot or cold.
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2. Dal Obbattu – The Kannad Delight
Obbattu is a local dish of Mysore region and a popular street food in Bangalore. Locally called bobbatlu or puran poli, Dal Obbattu is made of toor dal, jaggery, cardamom powder, flour, and rava. It is one of the delicacies savored during festivals like Diwali and Ugadi. Obbattu is served piping hot with ghee sprinkled on it.
Where to try: Holige Mane in Malleshwaram
Shelf life: Dal Obbattu can be stored in room temperature for 2 days.
3. Idli, Vada and Dosa – The Southern Slurp
The South Indian breakfast – piping hot idlis, soft vadas, and crispy dosas – is also the signature street food in Bangalore. These south Indian delights are easily available, affordable, and exceptionally tasty. They are best served with hot sambhar and coconut chutney. The neer dosa available at some outlets is an integral part of the Karnataka cuisine.
Where to try: Central Tiffin Room in Malleshwaram, Brahmin’s Coffee Bar, Basavanagudi and numerous roadside stalls on Thindi Beedi at VV Puram
Must try dishes: Butter Dosa, Paper Dosa, Rava Dosa, Kesari Bath, Poori Saagu, Masala Vada, and Lemon Bath Dosa, which is made with filling of lemon rice and potato palya
4. Bhaji with Filter Kaapi – Best Street Food in Bangalore for rainy evenings
Eating the hot and crispy bhaji is one of the best ways to enjoy the typical Bangalore ‘mausam’. A number of roadside stalls sell these deep fried vegetable bhajis, winning the hearts of millions of foodies in Bangalore.
Where to try: Shivraj Bhaji Cart in Vijayanagar, Basavaraj’s Bhaji Bandi in JP Nagar, and Pramod’s Jalebi & Bhajji in Koramangala
Must try variants: Mirchi bhaji, Raw banana bhaji, Aloo Bonda, Capsicum bhaji, and Uddin Vade (Vada made of Urad Dal)
Relish with: Sold with grated carrot and onion salad, and dhaniya-pudina chutney, they are the perfect rainy day snack, especially with a cup of refreshing filter coffee.
5. Vada Pav – Yummy and Filling for Evening Hunger Twinges
Vada Pav, the popular street food of Mumbai, is quite loved in Bangalore too. Vada Pav is nothing but a sandwich made of bun-bread stuffed with vada. It is a spicy delicacy,served with gunpowder chutney and fried green chillies. In fact, there is a non-vegetarian version too. Replace the veg vada with stuffed minced meat and it becomes spicy and yummy keema pav.
Where to try: Dadan Vada Pav in Indiranagar and Chatar Patar in Jayanagar
Must try: Aloo, Chatpata, Schezwan and Paneer Vada Pav
North Indian Dishes Relished as Popular Street Food in Bangalore
6. Sandwich and Parantha – Breakfast Bonanza for North Indians in Bangalore
The young population of Bangalore is always looking for a quick bite that is filling and yummy at the same time. Sandwiches and parathas are the best options for them. Bangalore has some awesome sandwich outlets that serve healthy and reasonably priced variants.
For those who don’t mind a little butter, there are parathas – choose from gobi, aloo, mooli, pyaaz, and more stuffings. This lip-smacking street delight tastes best when served with melting butter on top, a tangy pickle, and green chili.
Where to try: Hari Super Sandwich Zone in Jayanagar, Tiwari’s Ghee Paratha & Chai in Banashankari, Paratha Plaza in Koramangala, and Golmaal Paratha in Jayanagar
Must try: Chocolate sandwich and Beetroot & Carrot Paratha
7. Kebabs and Rolls – Quick Bangalorean Street Food
Reasonably priced crunchy rolls and freshly grilled kebabs are also among the popular street food in Bangalore. These wraps, in the form of crispy parathas, have both vegetarian and non-vegetarian variants. Succulent and tender chicken rolls, mutton rolls, vegetable rolls, grilled tikkas, and juicy kebabs must not be missed.
For the health conscious people, there is an option to replace the paratha of the roll with roomali roti. However, taste-wise do not try to match with typical Calcutta Rolls as Bangalore has its own tasty version.
Where to try: Khan Saheb & Chakum Chukum Calcutta On A Roll in Indiranagar and Sha-E Darbar in Yeshwanthpur
Must try: Non-vegetarian delights include chicken kathi wrap, mutton bhuna, double-egg chicken roll, mutton tikka, and reshmi kebab. Mixed vegetable-tikka roll, paneer roll and tikka, mushroom roll and tikka, babycorn tikka, and the veg roll are simply irresistible.
8. Gobi Manchurian – Indo-Chinese Gastronomy
The crispy, tangy, and spicy preparation of Gobi Manchurian is quite famous. Regarded as the best street food in Bangalore by the youth, it is a pocket-friendly delicacy made by deep-frying cauliflower balls and tossing them in dark soya sauce. Chopped spring-onion garnishing adds to the taste. Though the dry version is a popular snack, gravy variant is also available.
Where to try: Murli in Bellandur, Spicy Corner in Jeevanbheema Nagar, and Srinathji in Marathahalli
9. Chaat and Pani Puri – Finger-licking Divine
Though chaat and pani puri are not native dishes, Bangalore has adapted the chaat culture. You will find many roadside stalls and small restaurants selling mouth-watering varieties of khatti-meethi pani puri and chaat. The yummy filling of chhole and aloo in pani puri and the awesome combination of wafers, chips, bhujia, dahi, black salt, and imli chutney will be a treat for your taste buds.
Where to try: Puchka in Marathahalli and Sri Sairam Chaats and Juices in Malleshwaram. However the best Pani Puri is available at Rakesh Kumar Pani Puri stall in 3rd Block, Jayanagar.
Must try: Dahi puri, aloo chaat, and papdi chaat. Also, try pani puri made of sooji or rava with meetha paani – it’s heavenly.
10. Bhel – The Crunchy and Chatpata Plate
Bhel puri is a delicacy from the chaat genre, made of puffed rice, vegetables, tangy imli chutney, and bhujiya, seasoned with chaat masala. A close cousin of this pocket-friendly street food in Bangalore is sev puri. It is a closer variation made of small pieces of potato, curd, garlic, and tamarind dip, garnished with small and crispy noodles or sev.
Where to try: Karnataka Bhel House in Basavanagudi, Tikki Tikki at Koramangala and Sri Sairam’s Chats and Juice in Malleshwaram
Must try: Aloo Dahi Puri and Masala Puri
To all the foodies of Bangalore, if you have not tried the street food in Bangalore, plan immediately with friends and folks. If you know about some other street food delicacies, share with us right away. Happy eating!
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