10 Of The Most Famous Food In Bangalore To Try
The culture of a city is best described through its street food and this statement is extremely true when it comes to street food in Bangalore. The city boasts a number of restaurants and pubs that serve anything from the humble idli to a more elaborate sashimi platter. But food in the city goes beyond glitzy and quirky restaurants. It’s the street food in Bangalore brings out the city’s soul.
Uncovering The Best Street Food In Bangalore
Bangalore is called home by people from all over the world and of course, being human many of these people brought their culture and food to share with the rest of the city. Some of the best street food in Bangalore can be found in tiny little carts or a little hole in the wall. Here are our picks for the most famous food in Bangalore and where to find them.
1. Idlis, Vadas, and Dosas
Ask any South Indian what would be their ideal breakfast and they’ll probably say dosa or idli and vada. Made from rice flour and urad dal, these delicacies can be found all over the city from your run-of-the-mill restaurant chains to local vendors in their carts. But forget the restaurants and head to those carts. Just spare anything from INR 25 to 50 and you’ll get a plate of steaming idlis or crisp masala dosas with a side of coconut chutney, red tomato and chilli chutney and Karnataka’s popular sweet sambar.
Where to go: Brahmin’s Coffee Bar in Basavanagudi, Veena Stores and Brahmin’s Thatte Idli in Malleswaram (actually any place in Malleswaram works for hot idlis and crisp vadas and dosas) For a filling dosa, try the dosas from any 99 Variety Dosa Cart in Bangalore. Find a dosa camp anywhere in the city and you’ll thank me later.
2. Chaat and Pani Puri
As the sun sets, the streets of Bangalore come alive with exciting food stalls across the city. Though chaat isn’t native to Bangalore, the city loves it. Right from khatta-meetha pani puri to crispy bhel puri, you’ll find these delicious treats in stalls all around the city on cool evenings. A few chaat varieties to try are dahi puri, aloo chaat, and samosa chaat.
Where to go: Karnataka Bhel and Sri Sairam’s Chaat in Malleshwaram, Srinivas Chats in Tata Silk Farm KR road. Puchkas in Marathahalli, Rakesh Kumar Pani Puri stall and Thengu Mane in Rajaji Nagar
3. Rolls and Kebabs
“Why have abs when you can have kebabs” is something every Bangalorean seems to follow. The city’s numerous kebab joints will have you spoiled for choice. Right from whole grilled chicken to sheek kebabs and delicious Shawarma rolls, you can have it all.
Where to try: Shivaji Nagar, Johnson Market and Frazer town are great places to try kebabs and rolls, especially during Eid.
4. Mangalore Buns
A favourite breakfast and tea-time treat from the Dakshina Kannada region, Mangalore buns are fluffy buns are made from a mix of wheat flour and bananas and are deep fried to a light golden-brown. These slightly sweet delicacies are often served with spicy coconut chutney or sambar for a balance of flavour.
Where to try: Chetty’s Corner on Serpentine Road, Hallimane in Malleshwaram, and many darshinis in Frazer Town
Obbattu or Holige is a flatbread dessert like none other. Made from maida and stuffed with a mix of peanuts, sugar, ghee and lentils, this dish is normally made around festivals like Maha Sankranti. But that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy this sweetmeat all around the year. You can pick up these treats in roti shops and tiny joints around the city.
Where to go: Holige Mane in Malleswaram and Jayanagar, Rotti Mane in JP Nagar
6. Fresh Fruit Juice
No other city seems to love fresh fruit juice as much as Bangalore, especially during summer. Anything from sweet watermelon juice to thick avocado shakes, you’ll find it here. It all started off with Sri Ganesh Fruit Juice about 70 years ago and the craze has taken over the city. You’ll see everyone from school kids to guys who’ve just finished a workout heading here.
Where to go: Any Sri Ganesh Fruit Juice stall, Cool Joint in Jayanagar, Juice Junction in Koramangala and Lassi Shop anywhere.
The bhaji is the best tea-time snack to grab during Bangalore’s famous rainy evenings. Whether it’s a classic potato filled bonda or a spicy chilli bhaji, you’ll certainly find these crispy in a number of roadside stalls. They’re normally served with a side of chutney and you can always get a hot cup of chai or coffee to accompany this treat.
Where to go: Sri Guru Kottureshwara Davangere Benne Dosa in Basvangudi, Bugle Rock, Shivraj Bhajji Cart in Vijaynagar, and Basavaraj Bajji Bandi in JP Nagar.
Momos are a delicacy that has made their way to the city all the way from the misty North East and Bangaloreans can’t seem to get enough of it. These soft dumplings are either served with juicy meat or vegetable fillings and side of spicy red chilly chutney or peanut chutney. And don’t worry about them burning a hole in your pocket, you’d be able to get a plate of 8 to 10 momos ranging from anywhere from INR 50 to 100.
Where To Go: Momo Hut in Koramangala, Street vendors in Kammanahalli, Street cart near Sony World Signal
9. A Plate Full of Flavoured Rice
Karnataka loves flavoured rice! Right from bisi bele bath with a crunchy mixture to aromatic chitranna (lemon rice) people in Karnataka will enjoy these dishes for every meal. If you’re running low on cash, this category would work for you. You’ll get a plate of curd rice or tangy puliyogare (tamarind rice) dish from street carts and tiny eateries anywhere in the city from morning to night.
Where to go: Try the puliyogare at Bugle point, Khau Galli in V.V. Puram for lemon rice
Corn is a worldwide favourite and whether you like it off the cob or as popcorn, you’ll find your favourite on the streets of Bangalore. Wherever you go, you’ll find corn carts selling boiled corn combined with butter, chilli, tomato, cheese and so much more. Just choose a flavour and you can enjoy a steaming bowl on a rainy evening.
Where to go: V.V. Puram food street, Cubbon Park, Commercial Street, and MG Road
So there you have, the next time you’re craving a crispy dosa or juicy kebab, head to the streets. Sample all the food you can and you’ll never run out of choices in the city.