By Money Sharma
Edited by - Ankita Mukherji
Varanasi, while being the synthesis of several age-old religious traditions, offers an even more divine and enriching experience in the form of its popular street food. With a wide variety of street food available in every flavor known to man, be it spicy, sweet, tangy or even the mix of all, I have come to conclude that street food is at its authentic best in Banaras. I assert this fact with such conviction after being disappointed with several places in the country claiming to serve Banarasi food; they never quite get it right.
As a tribute to my hometown and for all the tourists and foodies eager to savor the delights of this ancient city, here is my list of must-have delicacies, carefully compiled after years of eating around the streets of Varanasi. Although a lot of these items are famous at their particular shops, having these anywhere, at any outlet in the city, is a mouth-watering and fulfilling experience. Have a look for yourself!
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Varanasi’s highly demanded breakfast dish. Kachoris – with a similar appearance of puris, stuffed with a thin layer of grinded masala moong dal. Sabji – a variety of vegetables mixed with potato (the sabji is different everyday) prepared in gravy.