Indian Street Food can be Healthy too

Street food

Street food is often considered unhealthy and unhygienic – a reputation which we think is rather ill-deserved. India has an amazing array of grub on the street and many snacks are both nutritious and delicious. We pick out the healthy options for you that you can enjoy without guilt or the fear of falling sick.

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You know winter has arrived when you see peanut sellers at every street corner. Nothing beats the joy of soaking the sun in a park and munching on nuts. Groundnuts are rich in protein, fibre and minerals such as manganese, magnesium and phosphorus.

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Whether you like it roasted with a squeeze of lime and salt or boiled with a dusting of chaat masala, corn is a great pick-me-up during the monsoons. This cereal is a storehouse of B vitamins and has moderate amounts of fibre too.

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Sweet Potato

Sweet Potato

Whenever you see a vendor with smoking coals, know that sweet potatoes are not far way. This vegetable is roasted and served with starfruit, ber (jujube berries) and a sprinkling of lime and chaat masala. These nutritional powerhouses are packed with complex carbohydrates, fibre and beta carotene.

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Sugarcane Juice

Sugarcane Juice

Is it healthy if it’s full of sugar? Yes! Anybody who’s had a glass of chilled sugarcane juice on a searing summer day will vouch for its restorative properties. The drink is rich in antioxidants and electrolytes. According to Ayurveda, it strengthens the liver and relieves constipation.

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Sprouts chaat

While chaat is not what one associates with nutrition, there are healthier versions of this dish, such as, chaats made of moong dal sprouts, puffed rice, cucumber and fruits. Hiralal Chaatwala (in Chawri Bazar, Delhi) makes an interesting chaat in which bowl-shaped chunks of seasonal fruit are scooped out and stuffed with a spiced mixture of chickpeas and pomegranate seeds.

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