If you go to the streets of India then you will see food stalls on the market streets which are usually surrounded by customers. Eating out at street stalls has been a very popular activity in India. The stalls are filled to the brim with the most delicious and innovative creations; with tangy savouries being the main type of dishes on offer. The great thing about the street food is that they are prepared fresh daily and are created menus that have been passed on from generations. The streets really are full of colour, texture, and flavours. What’s not to love?
Yet, the problem is that most of us would have to fly to India if we wanted to experience this! Why? Surprisingly there are very few Indian restaurants in London that actually sell street food. Nevertheless, all hope is not lost. With a bit of careful research you will find that the very top Indian restaurants in London do include street foods on their menu. And better yet; they are cooked exactly how they would be on the streets of India.
Masala Zone is a prime example of this. Masala Zone is a chain of restaurants situated in London. They have achieved massive success and deserved recognition since their doors opened in 2001. And one of the reasons why this is the case is because food critics appreciate how the owners have made the effort to ensure proper Indian cuisine is represented. Their menu is an accumulation of different regional dishes, dishes cooked in homes, and of course street food. In fact they have a whole section on the menu dedicated to street food and probably have the widest choice of Indian street food in London.
Let’s delve a little bit deeper into the fantastic street foods offered on the Masala Zone menu. This should give you a great idea of the extensive selection available – and just what you are missing out on if you have never tried it before…
Bhel – Tangy crunchy salad with puffed rice, vegetables, peanuts, and chutneys
Gosht Dabal roti – A rich lamb curry with hunks of toasted bread, freshly topped with herbs and crunchy sev
Shikampuri Kebab – Minced lamb patties stuffed with herbs
SevPuri – Whole wheat biscuits filled with spiced mash and various fresh chutneys
GolGuppa – Lentil and tamarind stuffed whole wheat biscuits and a spicy dressing
Chana Dabal roti – Tangy chickpea curry, lotus root with hunks of toasted bread
The dishes mentioned are only six of a great selection. Typical curry restaurants do not offer these street foods and the main reason for this because they are not Indian restaurants at all.
If you really want to get a taste for what India is all about then you need to go to a London based restaurant that offers street foods – like the Masala Zone. Prepare to be amazed.