What makes a city unique? The language, architecture and weather for sure but what stays with you and gives you a tasty memory is the local food of that place. KFCs and Pizza Huts are same everywhere. It is the vernacular food that brings out the charm and character of the place.
Pune being predominantly a young city, with professionals and students from all over the country, exuberates the same flavour. Punekars love their street food, and you will enjoy exploring the amazing and beautiful city while chomping some delicious food too.
When in Pune, Eat as a Punekar- Street Food with a local Flavour
Maharashtrian misal or best known as “Puneri Misal” is the ultimate street food of Pune. It is delicious, it is quick, it is healthy, and it gets the job done.
Whenever you are feeling like a quick snack to fill you up on the go or just roaming around with friends in Pune and feel like having a nice munch, just find a good place that serves Misal Pav. Bedekar Tea Stall and Katakir’s misal are some of the most famous joints of misal.
2. Vada Pav
I cannot think of any other snack that comes as cheap as 10 rupees and fills your stomach and satisfies your taste buds like Vada Pav. It is basically a potato cutlet known as “batata vada” sandwiched in a “pav” smeared with spices.
Like Punekars if you too like to spice things up, just add a green chilly to it, and if you have a cup of tea to accompany, it is pure delight. Although you can find vada pav in literally any corner of Pune, the best-known places for Vada pav in Pune are Garden Vada Pav Stall near Aurora Towers, Shivshakti Vada Pav, Sainath vada pav among others.
3. Kande Pohe
Everybody love snacking, but what makes it great and guilt free is when your delicious snack is also healthy, and Kande pohe is one such street food of Pune. It is traditionally a breakfast for many Punekars, but it easily qualifies as an evening snack with tea or any other beverage of your choice.
Consisting of onions, poha, lemon, coconut, green chillies, cilantro, Kande Pohe is delicious, high fibre and energising snack. Best places to try it would be Joshi Vadewale, Bedekar Tea stall or any homemade Poha by a Maharashtrian cook.
4. Bhel Puri
Street food is best when you can have it on the go. This is true for our next treat that is bhelpuri. This spicy, tangy street food is popular all over India but its most famous in Mumbai and Pune.
Again the good thing about this street food is that it is not heavy on your wallet or your health, just grab a bhel and keep strolling in the beautiful city of friends. Best places to have bhel in Pune would be Kalyan’s bhel, Murli best bhelpuri among others.
5. Pav Bhaji
If there is one street food of Pune and Maharashtra more famous than the place itself, it is the great Pav Bhaji. It doesn’t matter if you are a Punjabi, Bengali, and South Indian or from anywhere. You must have had Pav Bhaji at least once, and if you had it once, you surely have craved more. So when you are in Pune, savour authentic buttery, delicious pav bhaji.
Trust me, street food of Pune cannot get better than this. It will serve you appetite, satisfy your taste buds and save your pocket as well. The places in Pune that can give you a foodgasm with Pav Bhaji are Supreme corner at JM Road, Sidharth pav bhaji, and Mayur pav bhaji among others.
6. Bun Maska – Irani Breakfast
Just like our country, Pune is an amalgamation of varied cultures. Being a young city majorly with a lot of good quality colleges and universities plus the booming IT offices, young people from all over the country are coming to this city, falling in love and settling here.
Many years ago many Iranians came and settled here making Irani cuisine a part of the culture. Today Bun Maska, puddings, cheese omelettes and cakes are an integral part of the street food in Pune, especially breakfast. The people of Pune love their Irani cafes. Vohuman Café and Café Goodluck are among the most famous Irani cafes in Pune.
What else can make a heart grow fonder than a sweet delight? Especially when the sweet delight is Pune’s very own mastani? If legend is to be believed, the name, in fact, goes back to the Mastani who stole Pune’s very own mighty Bajira Peshwa’s heart. Mastani is a very thick milkshake, traditionally a mango shake, with cut fruits and dry fruits. It is topped with whipped cream.
There are now more than 20 flavours of Mastani available, but if you are a sucker for tradition and originality, try the mango. Mastani is available in every corner of every market in Pune, but Sujata Mastani, whose original outlet is in Sadashiv Peth is the most loved Mastani outlet there is.
Savour the many flavours of Pune when in the city. From the spicy and tangy savouries to the sweet treats, you are sure to find more than one favourite among the street food options here. Do remember to share your spicy story with us!