Street Food in Srinagar city of Kashmir

Street Food in Srinagar city of Kashmir

We all need to have a plentiful round the clock diet in chunks, so that our body sustains consistency and can create order. In many parts of the world people love to eat on streets; something striking the splash on tongue, and getting of which isn’t possible at home.

So, there are people who job as vendors on the streets. Street food is ready-to-eat food or drink sold by a hawker, or vendor, in a street or other public place, such as at a market or fair. It is often sold from a portable food booth,food cart, or food truck and meant for immediate consumption. Some street foods are regional, but many have spread beyond their region of origin. Most street foods are classed as both finger food and fast food, and are cheaper on average than restaurant meals. The same we have pervasive in the Srinagar city of Kashmir. A variety of snacks and cusines is available to every denizen and to each passerby who yeets on having a meal outsides. There is a diverse bochure on whatever is provided.

The fried peanuts and other truffle like mini comestibles which are sold by the vendors on streets. Pic By: Yasir Yousuf/ KG

Street food itself has it’s own taste and enjoyment that other restaurants cannot provide.

Street food can be unhygienic in any part of Kashmir’s Srinagar city. The dust, grime, and pollution present in many places make it difficult to maintain hygienic conditions, when selling food on the street. The the advantage is that the consumer always has the option of selecting from numerous stalls/ outlets. So, do not miss out on the opportunity of having such amazing foods because as they say,’check the taste once’.

The list doesn’t stop on them, there are in vogue by local name the food called ‘tujje’. These are mutton chopped tad pieces which is penetrated and ordered on a cylindrical pivot, and then grilled and fired. “Biryani and Kashmiri Wazwan” is also found in the streets. Pic By: Yasir Yousuf / KG

However, here is a guide line that can help street food lovers- You must generally avoid water-based dishes as there is a high chance of having jaundice or typhoid after consuming these dishes. Generally, foods that are deep-fried or roasted have a smaller chance of passing on infections as all bacteria die when they are being cooked. Hence, you can take care of your health even if the level of hygiene is low in the  kashmir valley.

In traditional sweets there are huge and round in shape parathas which have the smarmy eloquence of taste. Which is utterly sweet and fulsome. Also the yellow sweety pudding which is always eye catcher to any sweet foodie. Pic By: Yasir Yousuf / KG

Regardless of that, the life of an kashmiri  is now  feeling  incomplete without street food. So I guess it is up to us to take a few precautions before we go for our favourite snacks – you can always do a small check to see the utensils and the surroundings are clean. The seller should have gloves on and one thing you can avoid eating from the streets are cut fruits.

Fried black peas aka “Masaal” in local language is one of the oldest delicacies in the list of Kashmi’s street food. ‘Popcorn’ tastes like a salty butter. Pic By: Yasir Yousuf / KG

To my experience,  Street Food around the area where I analysed in Kashmir’s Srinagar city  were very hygienic, If they didn’t follow the hygienic standards, their business would be shut down.



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