Pop It Like Its Chaat

Prior to the AIF Clinton Fellowship I had spent two years in Namibia as a Peace Corps Volunteer. I lost about 25lbs that I did not have to spare, and I needed to put back on some weight. Fortunately, for about USD$5 per day the streets of Delhi are an all you can eat buffet.

One of my goals during my AIF Fellowship is to try all of the interesting and amazing food that India has to offer, especially the street food. I am constantly amazed and impressed with the unique, delicious, inexpensive food that is ubiquitous on the streets of Delhi.

Chaat is a word used to describe some of the savory street food in India, but as it is derived from the word chattei which means to devour or to eat noisily, I think this can be applied to all street food. In no particular order, here is a list of some of the street food I have encountered so far.

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Chaat stand in Chandni Chowk, Old Delhi, where you can find almost every kind of street food Delhi has to offer.
chaat stand
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Chole Bhature – $0.32
Deep fried bread puffs served with chickpeas, sabzi, raw onions and radish, and achar.
chole batura
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Papri Chaat – $0.48
Crunchy chips with random snacks covered in sweet and spicy chutney and dahi.
papri chaat
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Deep fried things with Chutney – Samosas, Pakora, Kachori, Fried Peppers – $0.08 +
Pakoras are deep fried fritters made of potato, spinach, onion and covered in masala seasoning and chutney.
Samosas and deep fried triangles usually filled with aloo.
Kachori is a deep fried circle of dough, can be filled with vegetables, and usually covered in sauce.
fried pakora    fried peppers and kachori and pakora
fried pepper and hara bhara kabab    fried samosa kachori with pudina chutney    fried samosas and kachori
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Kala Chana Usal – $0.08
Chickpeas, tomatoes, onions mixed with lime, masala, chilies and coriander.
kala chana usal
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Kheer – $0.32
Sweet pudding, served cold or warm
kheer
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Pani Puri – $0.08
Little hollow crispy shells filled with spicy mystery liquid.
pani puri 
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Aloo Tikki Burgers – $0.32
Crispy fried potato patty served on a toasted greasy bun with shredded lettuce, tomato and chutney.
Aloo Tikki Burgers - crispy fried potato patty served on a toasted greasy bun with shredded lettuce, tomato and chutney. $0.28
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Dahibala – $0.40
Sweet yogurt, syrup, and masala covering a deep fried crispy bread.
dahibala
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Lassi – $0.40
Sweet yogurt drink, covered in a thick later of cream, served in a variety of flavors, sometimes has fruits and nuts in it.
lassi
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Bhel Puri – $0.16
A mixture of many different snacks including peanuts, peas, chunna, rice puffs, and namkeen, topped with shredded onion and mixed with masala seasoning, lime juice and coriander.

Bhel Puri - a mixture of many different snacks including peanuts, peas, chunna, rice puffs, and namkeen, topped with shredded onion and mixed with masala seasoning, lime juice and coriander. $0.17                           Bhel Puri

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Aloo Chaat – $0.40
Fried potatoes, chickpeas, crunchy fried things, and other fun surprises topped with spicy sauces, sweet chutney, and shredded cabbage.
Aloo Chaat - fried potato chunks, chickpeas, crunchy fried things, and other items topped with spicy sauces, sweet chutney, and shredded cabbage. $0.45
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Sonpapri – $0.16
Flaky sweet, kind of like cotton candy.
sonpapri
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Shakarkandi Ki Chaat – $0.48
Sweet yam covered in masala spices and lime juice.
shakarkandi ki chaat 1    shakarkandi ki chaat
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Dhokla and Khandvi – $0.08
Dhokla is a sponge cake, and Khandvi is a rolled up wonton wrapper, both mixed with lime juice, coriander, nuts, chilies and spices.
dhokla and khandvi
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Pav Bhaji – $0.48
Soft greasy bread served with chickpeas, sabzi, raw onions and radish, and achar.
pav bhaji
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Puri – $0.16
Fried bread puffs served with sabzi.
puri
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Rasmalay – $0.40
Cold, sweet cheese curd in milk.
rasmalay
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Vada – $0.48
Fried dough in a sweet and spicy sauce, with coconut curry and sabzis.
vada
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Grilled corn – $0.08
Fresh corn grilled over an fire and coals, covered in lemon juice and masala seasoning.
grilled corn with lemon
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Coffee with Vanilla Ice Cream – $0.64
ice cream coffee
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Mango Ice Cream – $0.16
Made fresh daily.
mango ice cream
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Sweets – $0.08 +
Cubes of sugar and dairy and spices, sometimes covered in tin foil.
sweets 8 sweets 7
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Adam grew up in New Jersey and attended the Pennsylvania State University where he received his BA in Philosophy. After graduation he tapped his entrepreneurial spirit and launched a chain of successful restaurants at Universities throughout Midwestern America. After five years of owning and operating restaurants, he decided to sell his businesses and join the U.S. Peace Corps to follow his passions for international development and traveling abroad. As part of the Peace Corps Small Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Development Program, Adam successfully secured several hundred thousand USD in grants and loans for the various organizations. Adam spent the first half of his two year service working with the Cheetah Conservation Fund, and had the opportunity to work on a UNDP initiative aimed at environmental conservation and community economic development. During the second year of his service, Adam worked at Elephant Energy Trust, which makes quality solar products accessible to rural villages throughout Namibia.

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