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Street Food Of Punjab: 12 Things You Must Eat When You’re In Punjab

Saumya Srivastava | September 21, 2021

Punjabi’s love for food makes their city the land of delectable street foods. Once you enter the lively local markets of Punjab, you’ll see what’s it like to visit street food heaven. You’ll see vendors selling Amritsari kulcha on cycles, chole bhature being golden fried in hot oil, and aloo tikkis ready to get soaked in tangy green and sweet tamarind chutney. Easy on the pocketbook and incredible on the tongue, street food in Punjab will leave you watching for more.  

12 Street Food Of Punjab That You Cannot Resist

1. Amritsari Kulcha

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Visiting Punjab is incomplete without relishing the flavours of Amritsari kulcha. Amritsari kulcha is so crunchy and is very similar to the usual naan. Amritsari kulcha is one of those Punjabi street foods  that you can find any almost every nook and corner of the city. Served hot, with chole and butter spread over the bread, Amristsari kulcha will win your heart. And the best part is that Amritsari kulcha is extremely wholesome and delicious.

2. Lassi

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Punjabi lassi needs a special mention when talking about the famous food of Punjab. Punjabi lassi is delicious and provides an instant cooling effect if you’re exploring the city during the summer season. This lassi comes with a thick and creamy layer of malai and is garnished with pieces of dry fruits. 

3. Chole Bhature

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Chole bhature is not only a signature dish of Punjab but is also considered the traditional food of Punjab. Chole bhature is an absolute delight for avid foodies, and Punjabi chole bhature will leave you speechless. Whether you are walking in the lanes of Amritsar or Chandigarh, you can easily sense the smell of this popular street food due to its aromatic flavours.

4. Samosa

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Samosas which are like golden crust are extremely delicious for their filling of mashed potatoes and aromatic spices. While you are exploring street food in Chandigarh, then do not forget to drool into the flavourful taste of everyone’s favourite – samosa.  Samosas are so tasty that it is one of the best and most preferred Indian snacks. So, munching samosa while you visit the tourist attractions in Punjab becomes a must.

5. Pinni

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Do you have a sweet tooth? If yes, then eating pinni in Punjab becomes a must for you. Pinni is such a delectable dessert that you cannot say no to it. Made with the goodness of ghee and assorted with a lot of dry fruits like nuts, raisins, etc that it becomes very wholesome. Pinni is a loved food item of winters and also counts as one of the most nutritious food items. 

6. Butter Chicken

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A non-vegetarian food lover cannot say no to the most loved meat – butter chicken. And it is butter chicken which is not only a signature dish but is also the traditional food of Punjab. You can find butter chicken in every Punjabi household and even in the local streets of Punjab. The creamy butter chicken when flavoured with butter makes butter chicken a must-try food for non-vegetarian food lovers.

7. Aloo Tikki

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Aloo tikki chaat is enriched with crispy aloo patties, curd and chole and is no less than a delight for potato lovers. When green and tamarind chutney is added to aloo tikki, the dish becomes totally irresistible. So, relish the flavours of aloo tikki with your group while you are exploring a lot of other local dishes in Punjab.

8. Paratha

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The Punjabi breakfast remains incomplete without the wholesome taste of paratha. From aloo paratha to paneer paratha there is a range of parathas that can treat you while you stay in Punjab. Parathas in Punjab also tops the Punjabi street food list and these parathas are best enjoyed with curd.

9. Makki Di Roti

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Your Punjabi friend must have told you a lot of stories about the legendary food item of Punjab – makki di roti. Sarso ke saag is what completes this authentic dish of Punjab such that no Punjabi festivals can be completed without the aromatic presence of makki di roti and sarso ki saag.

10. Paneer Tikka

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Just the name of paneer tikka is enough to raise the excitement of paneer dish lovers. And imagine the fun when you spot the golden and crispy paneer tikka while exploring the street food of Punjab. The caramelized onions and capsicum when added to paneer tikka makes it hard for you to say no to this mouth-watering speciality of Punjab. 

11. Dal Makhini

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Dal Makhani rules the heart of thousand of Indian foodies who loves exploring different types of food items. It is not only the street food in Chandigarh but is so popular that you can easily find it even outside Punjab. It is the addition of butter that takes the flavours of dal makhini to another level. The dish is so tasty that you can enjoy it with crunchy naan or even with rice.

12. Golgappe

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Golgappe is undoubtedly one of the most easily found street food in India. Golgappe is so crunchy that no one can deny its mouth-watering taste. Just a piece of golgappe is enough to make you want for more. The tamarind water, mashed potatoes when added to golgappe makes this food item a real treat for your taste buds.

So, get to explore the famous food of Punjab and make your Punjab memories even more cherishable.

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Saumya Srivastava

Saumya Srivastava is a passionate reader who likes writing poetry. She is an avid foodie who keeps exploring new types of cuisine. Besides, she also has a strong love for literature.

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