11 of the Best Street Foods in Bangalore

Bangalore is not just about advanced technology and plush IT hubs, but also a whole lot of mouth-watering delicacies, particularly the ones found in the streets, sold in roadside carts or even mobile food trucks the city boasts of. The VV Puram area is the most famous street food hub where the stalls are opened post-midnight. The other significant places include Malleshwaram, Jayanagar, and Basavanagudi.Street Food in Bangalore

Dosa – A Crispy Pancake

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These tasty pancakes made from a batter of rice are widely available in most tiffin centers all over the city. Whether you eat it plain or stuff them with potatoes or other fillings, the best part of dosa lies in its crispy texture and the finger-licking vegetable stew (sambar) alongside coconut and tomato chutneys that it is served with.

Varieties: Plain dosa; masala dosa; butter dosa (plain, masala); ghee dosa; rawa dosa (with semolina)

Best places to get it:

Shri Sagar, Malleshwaram (specializes in butter masala dosa); Vidyarthi Bhavan, Basavanagudi (ghee dosa is its USP); 99 Varieties of Dosa, Koramangala (stuffings of noodles, pav bhaji, corn, cottage cheese); Om Sai Skanda dosa (Ulsoor, Indiranagar, Camp); Shri Vasavi Mane Tindi, VV Puram (specializes in Chinese and North Indian dishes too); Empire Restaurant (open till late night, serving dosa with chicken curry)

Approximate cost:

Rs 30 to 40 (plain dosa); Rs 45 to 50 (masala dosa); Rs 80 to 90 (rava dosa)

Mangalore Buns –Famous Bread Street Food from Bangalore

Mangalore Buns Best Street Food in Bangalore

Soft, fluffy buns prepared from a mixture of flour and banana, they taste the best when eaten with sambar or coconut dip.

Best places to get it:

CTR, Malleshwaram; Mavalli Tiffin Room, Basavanagudi; Chetty’s Corner, Malleshwaram

Approximate cost:

Rs 70 to 80 for 3 pieces

Flavored Rice – A Nutritious Preparation

Flavored Rice Healthy Street Food in Bangalore

When it comes to flavored rice, no one can beat the South. Lemon, tamarind, curd, bisi bele bhath (spicy lentil rice) — you would get all of it in Bangalore. You can team this healthy street food, with sambar and an array of chutneys or even veg and non-veg curries.

Best places to get it:

Puliyogare Point, Basavanagudi; Khau Galli, VV Puram; Mavalli Tiffin Room, Indiranagar

Approximate cost:

Rs 60 to 70 per plate (curd rice); Rs 70 to 80 per plate (bisi bele bath); Rs 30 to 40 per plate (lemon rice)

Obattu – A Tasty Flatbread

Best Veg Street Food in Bangalore

Also called Bele Holige by the locals, it is a dessert dish prepared from flour and stuffings of sugar and peanut, eaten mostly during festivals or auspicious occasions.

Varieties: Plain holige; Dry fruits holige; badami holige (with nuts); kharjura holige (dates); coconut holige; sugar holige; carrot holige

Best places to get it:

Holige Mane, Malleshwaram

Approximate cost:

Rs 10 to 15 per piece (plain holige); Rs 15 to 20 per piece (coconut holige); Rs 20 to 25 per piece (sugar and carrot holige); Rs 30 to 35 per piece (dry fruits holige)

Idli – White Fluffy Rice Cake

Idli Famous Street Food of Bangalore

These soft, steamed savories, made from rice batter and lentils is a popular breakfast snack, served with hot sambar and varieties of chutneys (coconut, tamarind, chilly).

Varieties: Thatte idli (large-sized); rawa idli (made from semolina)

Best places to get it:

Brahmin’s Coffee Bar, Basavanagudi; Brahmins’ Thatte Idli Menu, Sanjay Nagar; Veena Stores, Malleshwaram; Idliiies, Jayanagar

Approximate cost:

Rs 10 to 15 per piece (pain idli); Rs 15 to 20 per piece (thatte idli)

Medu Vada – Soft Crispy Savory

Medu Vada Must Eat Street Food in Bangalore

The crispy exterior and soft interior, has earned this doughnut-shaped snack the name “medu”, which in Kannada means ‘soft’. One of the must-eat street foods, it is made from black lentils, and has sambar, alongside coconut, mint and tamarind chutneys as accompaniments.

Varieties: Rava vada, pudina vada

Best places to get it:

Vidyarthi Bhavan, Basavanagudi; New Samrat Restaurant, Seshadripuram

Approximate cost:

Rs 25 to 30 for 2 pieces

Bangalore’s Special Sandwich – A Delicious Fusion

Sandwich Tasty Street Food at Bangalore

Sandwich is a common find no matter wherever you go, and Bangalore is no less behind in dishing out a host of tasty slices of bread stuffed with potatoes, cucumber, beetroot, and onions. Mint, tamarind and coconut dips are served with it.

Varieties: Chicken sandwich; chocolate sandwich; cheese sandwich; capsicum sandwich; American sweet corn sandwich

Best places to get it:

Hari Super Sandwich, Jayanagar; Cool Joint, Jayanagar

Approximate cost:

Rs 20 to 25 per plate (plain potato sandwich); Rs 25 to 30 per plate (American sweet corn sandwich); Rs 35 to 40 per plate (chocolate sandwich)

Bhajji – Hot and Crispy Fritters

Bhajji Cheap Street Food in Bangalore

Bhajjis are crispy savories made by dipping slices of potatoes, capsicum, brinjal, carrots, or onions in a batter of gram flour. Dhania (coriander) or pudina (mint) dips are eaten along.

Varieties: Mirchi (capsicum) bhajji, aloo (potato) bhajji, onion bhajji, raw banana bhajji

Best places to get it:

Shivaji bhajji cart; Sri Guru Kottureshwara Davangere Benne Dosa, Basavanagudi; Sri Annapoorna Bajji Center, Jayanagar; Pramod’s Bhajji stall

Approximate cost:

Rs 15 to 20 per piece (mirchi bhajji); Rs 5 to 10 per piece (aloo bhajji)

Filter Coffee – Bangalore’s Popular Beverage

Filter Coffee Top Street Food in Bangalore

Being the capital of the highest coffee producing state (Karnataka) in India (followed by Kerala and Tamil Nadu), Bangalore is famed for its strong, frothy, aromatic coffee, served in small steel glasses. Be it in the morning, evening or night, there is never a lack of customers lining up for their favorite drink.

Best places to get it:

The Filter Coffee, Kalyan Nagar; By 2 Coffee, Basavanagudi, Malleshwaram

Approximate cost:

Rs 10 to 25 per cup

Masala Puri – A Lip-Smacking Snack

Masala Puri Popular Street Food in Bangalore

Famous street food in Karnataka and the other South Indian states, it is prepared by soaking crushed puris (deep-fried flatbread) in a tangy gravy made of puffed rice, peas, and variety of spices. Onion and tomato slices, coriander leaves and sev (small, crunchy noodles) come as toppings.

Best places to get it:

Karnataka Bhel House, Basavanagudi; Nandi Chats, BTM

Approximate cost:

Rs 35 to 40 per plate

Gobi Manchurian – A Spicy Chinese Preparation

Gobi Manchurian Chinese Street Food in Bangalore

Prepared by dipping cauliflower (gobi) florets in a gram flour batter, deep frying them and further sautéing in chili, soy, and Manchurian sauce, gobi manchurian is a sought-after Chinese street food in Bangalore, either sold in carts,  or eateries. A plate of gobi manchurian teamed with fried rice is a staple food for most college or office goers.

(Off late, these roadside stalls have come under the scanner of Bangalore’s Health Ministry since flavor enhancers are used in preparing the dishes, the consumption of which may take a toll on one’s health.)

Best places to get it:

Mr. Manchurian, Marathahalli; joints near Kumaraswamy Layout Police Station

Approximate cost:

Rs 15 to 20 (half plate); Rs 30 to 40 (full plate)

Though the list above features all vegetarian dishes, Bangalore also shows its versatility in providing some of its best non-vegetarian street foods, including grilled kebabs, mutton samosa, chicken lollipop, biryani and tandoori chicken, most of which are popularly available as iftar foods during Ramadan in Shivajinagar, Mosque Road, and Koramangala. The variety of chaats, pani puris and chola batura in the city, keeps the tradition of North Indian street food alive even down South. Restaurants around Indiranagar and Commercial Street also house a variety of Burmese dishes like atho, sejo, and mohinga.

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