Street Food in Varanasi – VEGETARIAN CHAAT HEAVEN + HOLY Indian Street Food in Benares, India!
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Welcome to VARANASI, the holiest city in INDIA and a treasure trove of DELICIOUS Indian STREET FOOD. In this episode we will be introducing vegetarian food only!
We start our day down at the ghat along the Ganges River for an early morning boat ride. We get to see the incredible shore line, worshippers dipping into the river, and the sunrise! Make sure to agree on a price prior to your ride! (250 INR for 1 hour).
Breakfast time! We headed into the ancient city to find a stall selling Varanasi style kachori (22 INR) and jalebi (350 INR/kg). Served with chana masala and in a chaotic alleyway, this was the perfect way to start the day! Next, we searched for a special winter dish known as Malaiyo (30 INR). This is a Varanasi delicacy! Malaiyo is made of milk foam flavoured with cardamom and saffron, and is topped with almonds and pistachios. It’s so light and fluffy, it almost has the texture of shaving cream!
Another Benares specialty is lassi, so we went to a stall serving some unique and beautiful lassi. We ordered 3 kinds: apple, pomegranate & banana and papaya (90 INR each). Each had a different look and taste! The Varanasi lassi is much sweeter than the others we have tried, in Amritsar and Delhi.
We were quite full and decided to head back down to the ghat to take a rest near the peaceful water. Later in the day, we ventured back into the ancient city to visit a chaat shop (which are small Indian snacks). We ordered 3 different chaats: tomato chaat, puffed rice chaat, and a spinach fritter chaat (35 INR each). All were very unique in flavour and made FRESH!
Just down the street from the chat stall, is a man serving hot buffalo milk! We ordered 3 kinds: regular hot milk (10 INR), top cream (35 INR) and sweet rabri (45). Buffalo milk is rich in nutrients and is perfect on a winter day in Varanasi. The difference is in the way he prepares the milk. The top cream comes from the thick layer created after boiling the buffalo milk. It is really light yet delicious. The rabri comes from reducing the buffalo milk until it’s very thick and adding sugar! 1 ingredient with much different textures and flavours! Have you ever tried buffalo milk?
Address & Restaurant info:
1 – Panchkot Ghat
Ghats of Varanasi, Shivala, Varanasi
2 – The Ram Bhandar
C.K. 15/29 Katra Ratanlal, Thatheri Bazar, Govindpura, Varanasi
3 – Shreeji Sweets (SEASONAL)
K 26, 17, Choukhamba, Ghasi Tola, Varanasi
4 – Blue Lassi Shop
CK 12/1 Kunj Gali, Kachaudi Gali, Near Rajbandhu, Govindpura, Varanasi
5 – Kashi Chaat Bhandar
D.37/49 Godowlia Road, Girja Ghar Chauraha, Badadev, Godowlia, Varanasi
6 – Buffalo Milk Shop
Next to Hotel PN Ganga
D.37/56, Badadev, Opp.Girjaghar Petrol Pump, Varanasi
We hope you enjoyed this episode, make sure to subscribe because we have one more Varanasi street food episode coming soon! Let us know what you thought looked the most delicious, and tell us about your trip to Varanasi (Banaras)! After India, we will be posting our INDONESIAN STREET FOOD series. Stay tuned for food from West Sumatra, Java, and Yogyakarta!
Hi we’re Luke Martin and Sabrina Davidson, food lovers and world travellers! We make videos about local, authentic and unique foods from across the globe. We particularly like to sample street food across Asia. We are based in Taiwan where we frequent the best Taiwanese street food stops and create travel content to make finding food in Taiwan easier for YOU! Although we are based in Taiwan we travel the majority of the year around the world in search of the best food. We’ve filmed in Japan, China, The Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Korea, Indonesia, India, Vietnam, Turkey, Israel, Lebanon, Palestine, The Netherlands, Italy, Spain, Greece, Sri Lanka, Canada and the list is still growing! Our mission is to create content that is entertaining, informative, honest and fun! We love what we do and we are always grateful for your support! Thank you and see you on the next episode!