You may think that Nashik would lag behind other cities in Maharashtra, such as Pune and Mumbai, when it comes to street food, but this is not actually the case. Nashik is famous for a variety of street food items. There’s street food from Maharashtra, Punjab, Kolkata and even Tibet.
Most of these dishes are localised to suit the palate of the people living in Nashik so keep that in mind when you try the street food here. If you prefer your food a certain way, then let the street food vendors know your preferences so that you’re not surprised or disappointed after taking your first bite. If you’re the adventurous kind who likes to try out local street food wherever you go, then you’ll find this article helpful.
We’ve put together a list of the top seven street foods that all tourists must eat in Nashik, and included the best food joints at which these items are available.
Here are the types of street foods available in Nashik:
1. Misal Pav
Misal Pav is an awesome street food item that’s available easily in Nashik. It’s a Maharashtrian snack, though it’s made pretty uniquely in Nashik and can be a bit spicier. It consists of the Misal, which is a spicy curry, and pav, a type of Indian bread. Misal Pav is usually topped with crispy potato (chiwda) mix, some onions, coriander and served with lemon wedges.
The pav can be had as is or as a toast with butter. Accompaniments include buttermilk, curd and papad. It can be had at any time of the day -breakfast, lunch, tea time or dinner. There are a lot of Misal Pav joints around Nashik.
Where to eat it: Hotel Vihar, Near KVN Naik College at Gangapur Naka, Nashik, Hotel Shamsunder, B Road, Satpur MIDC and Hotel Sudarshan at Makhamalabad are our picks.
2. Vada Pav
Some people call it the Indian version of a burger, but we prefer to call the burger the western version of the vada pav. This is a very common item and a well-known snack that is widely available. Vada Pav is an extremely popular fast food snack that originated in Maharashtra.
It has a deep-fried potato vada (savoury fritter) that is sandwiched between sliced pav. The pav also has dry garlic powder or chutney and a fiery hot green chutney. If you don’t like spicy food, then avoid the chutneys.Vada pav is served with green chillies on the side.
Where to eat it: Ambika Sweet Mart in Satpur, Ashok Nagar, Krishnai Vada Pav in Ashok Stambh and Jalaram Sweets on College Road are our picks.
3. Pav Bhaji
Another dish served with pav. Pav Bhaji is a fast food that originated in Maharashtra. Though originally from Mumbai, it is widely available in Nashik, too. Pav Bhaji is also a very nutritious snack because it is made by mashing all the seasonal vegetables and had with pav, an Indian bread.
People also like to add a lot of butter to Pav Bhaji, which may make it unhealthy, but it’s very, very tasty (and remember, you’re on holiday!).
Where to eat it: Kulkarni’s Pav Bhaji on MG Road, Poonam Pav Bhaji Center on Nashik Road and Mama’s Pav Bhaji on College Road.
4. Sabudana Vada
Sabudana vada also originated in Maharashtra. It is perennially popular because sabudana vada can be eaten during a fast. The vada is really crispy on the outside and nice and soft on the inside. It’s usually served with a peanut chutney.
Where to eat it: Sayantara Sabudana Vada center is famous for this item.
A delicious item that originated in Gujarat (this is why it is also often called Kachhi Dabeli), but popular across Maharashtra, too. Dabeli is made with a sweet and spicy potato or aloo mixture garnished with freshly cut onions, pomegranates, garlic chutney and crispy sev.
This mixture is stuffed into a well buttered and toasted pav. Don’t expect it to be spicy like a vada pav or pav bhaji. It’s a snack on the sweeter side.
Where to eat it: Viju’s Dabeli Center and Jai Jalaram Kacchi Dabeli
Momos is a Tibetan dish but is immensely popular all over India. It is very similar to a dim sum or dumpling. As with those two, momos can also be steamed or fried and can contain different types of vegetables and/or minced meat. Popular versions are mushroom and cheese or plain old chicken. A good snack or you could even make a meal out of it.
Where to eat it: Canada Corner and the cart behind BYK College
Rolls don’t usually need an introduction because they are ubiquitous. Nashik too has its share of roll joints that serve delectable vegetarian and non-vegetarian rolls, with a local twist. So aside from the usual, you’ll also find typical Maharashtrian rolls, such as Pudachi Wadi (or coriander rolls).
Where to eat it: There are plenty of stalls on Nashik Road and Trimurti Chowk
Now, we’re perfectly aware that street food joints could be hole-in-the-wall establishments that are difficult to find. And there’s a good chance we’ve missed your favourite vendor. Please let us know the inside scoop on the best street food places in Nashik by adding your recommendations in the comments below.