Bangalore may be more popular for microbreweries and nightlife. But the city also has one of the best street food scenes in India. The IT hub offers its residents plenty of choices when it comes to street food delicacies. From local fare to Chinese and Indian dishes, you can enjoy it all in the garden city.
Get pleasant aromas on streets like VV Puram, Malleshwaram and Indiranagar, that are hotspots for foodies in Bangalore. At these street food places, you get some of the most delicious meals and snacks. So, what are the best street foods in Bangalore? Let us have a look.
Best Street Foods in Bangalore
1. Mangalore Buns
With its origins in the Udipi region of Karnataka, Mangalore buns are commonly savoured as a breakfast or a tea-time snack. All across the city, whether on food carts or in restaurants, this delicacy is loved by locals. Deep-fried and sweet, this delicious bun is generally eaten with a coconut chutney and sambar.
- Where to eat: Chetty’s Corner, Shri Sagar (CTR)
There is no shortage of love for dosa in South India, and Bangalore is no exception as it adores the dish. Served with either chutney or sambar, dosa is best eaten hot and crispy.
Dosas are available in a variety of styles, the most famous being sada and Mysore. However, rava and sagu dosas are also quite popular.
- Where to eat: Central Tiffin Room in Malleshwaram, Hotel Dwarka, Basavanagudi
3. Ghee Dosa
The stand out feature of the ghee dosa in Bangalore is that it is always served in a conical, vertical shape. Ghee dosa is made with clarified butter and varies from the regular dosa in that it is crisp, almost resembling a crepe, and loaded with ghee. It is best eaten with coconut chutney or sambar.
Some dosa makers are getting creative and inventing new styles of chutneys. In Bangalore, for example, tomato or mint sauce is also regularly served with this dosa.
- Where to eat: Vidyarthi Bhavan, Basavanagudi; Annapoorani, Indiranagar
The idli is a fermented rice cake that is often eaten as a breakfast item. Served with chutney and sambar, idli is a popular snack in South India. In Bangalore, it is a popular street food snack, with office-goers grabbing a quick breakfast or citizens eating this healthy snack from vendors across the city. Good places to eat idli are Indiranagar, MG Road and Koramangala.
- Where to eat: Veena Stores, Malleswaram
5. Medu Vada
The snack looks like a doughnut but it is not sweet. Made using dal, and deep fried, you can never go wrong when you order a medu vada. In Bangalore, locals prefer pouring a lot of sambar over their medu vada.
- Where to eat: Brahmin’s Coffee Bar, Shankarapura
Yet another local favourite, Uttapam is made using rice flour and onions. It resembles a dosa, but it is much softer. To enjoy an Uttapam, eat it with coconut chutney. Some street food carts and restaurants top their Uttapams with cheese and paneer, but for an authentic taste, it is best eaten plain.
- Where to eat: The Filter Coffee, Kalyan Nagar; Athityam, Jayanagar
Locals Bangaloreans call this dessert ‘Bele Holige’. Made from maida and stuffed with a filling of peanuts and sugar, this sweet is normally prepared in homes during festivals such as Maha Sankranti. However it is also prepared by some local restaurants and street food carts.
- Where to eat: Holige Mane in Malleswaram and Jayanagar, Rotti Mane in JP Nagar
If you are in Bangalore and are craving something delicious for your tea-time snack, we suggest you pick bhajji. Prepared in different ways and with different ingredients, the bhajji is best eaten hot with a dry, spicy chutney and a dash of sweet sauce. To make the experience better, pair Bhajjis with a hot cup of chai.
- Where to eat: Sri Guru Kottureshwara Davangere Benne Dosa in Basavanagudi
The sandwich is a popular street food snack all over India. In Bangalore, the classic sandwich is served with mint chutney and contains a stuffing of potatoes, onions, cucumber and beetroot. You can choose to have it grilled or not.
Other popular sandwich options are potato sandwiches and chicken sandwiches with mayonnaise. Hari’s Sandwich Zone in Jayanagar serves a unique chocolate sandwich that is popular with college kids and children.
- Where to eat: Hari’s Sandwich Zone, Jayanagar
10. Kebabs and Rolls
When it comes to non-vegetarian street food, there is nothing more popular than kebabs. Served fresh off grill, kebabs are eaten with bread, onions and a spicy mint chutney.
Popular among the non-vegetarian foodies in Bangalore, you get kebabs made from chicken and mutton here.
- Where to eat: Sha-E Darbar in Yeshwanthpur
Yet another non-vegetarian favourite, tandoori chicken is a much loved street food item in Bangalore. You’ll find it served at a kebab joint or any Mughlai restaurant or stall. Succulent and tender, the chicken is marinated with a spicy red masala and is grilled to perfection.
- Where to eat: Tandoori stalls at C V Raman Nagar
12. Pani Puri
You would think that pani puri is only popular in Mumbai, however that is not the case. The crunchy puri filled with spiced water and sweet chutney is equally popular in Bangalore. In and around schools and markets in Bangalore, you will find stalls serving yummy plates of pani puri in the evenings. Once you are done with enjoying a plate, do not forget to ask for your free sookha puri.
- Where to eat: VV Puram Food Street
Apart from Indian food, another popular cuisine on Bangalore’s street food scene is the shawarma. Mostly served with chicken, the shawarma is a Lebanese roll with oodles of hummus and pickles. It resembles a khati roll but with middle eastern flavours.
- Where to eat: Just Shawarma, Jayanagara
14. Samosa Chaat
Samosa is a popular tea time snack in any part of India. In Bangalore, they enjoy samosas differently. They throw in chaat to the mix. Street food carts here serve samosas topped with crunchy chaat and many sauces and chutney – it is a delicious food if you love spice.
- Where to eat: VV Puram Food Street
15. Gobi Manchurian
When if comes to vegetarian Chinese food, Gobi Manchurian is the most popular dish. The dish contains cauliflower cooked with soya sauce and tons of garlic. Served hot, this dish can be eaten dry or as a gravy over fried rice.
- Where to eat: Murli in Bellandur
A Nepali and Tibetan delicacy, momos have made their way to Bangalore’s street food scene in the recent past. Made using vegetables, cheese, chicken or lamb, momos are served with a tangy red sauce. In Bangalore, you will find many local vendors selling momos on carts in the evenings.
- Where to eat: Momo Hut in Koramangala
Bangalore has a great food scene. Every evening and during breakfast hours you will find certain streets flanked on either side by food stalls serving up delicious snacks. We’ve listed the best street food in Bangalore that you must sample to fully experience its culinary culture.
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