In India fast foods take on many forms depending on the city where they are sold. They are tasty and can be prepared and assembled quickly. They are a part of the vibrant street food culture and the vendors do brisk business cooking and selling them practically throughout the country.
•Pav Bhaji: is a product of Western India, particularly Mumbai. Pav is a small bun which is served with a spicy mixed vegetable. This combination is very wholesome and healthy too, what with the number of vegetables that go into it. In fact quite a few people have this for their meal.
•Bhelpuri: is a mixture of puffed rice, onions, potatoes, tomatoes and a few chutneys. This too is a product of Mumbai streets and it is low in fat and both nutritious and delicious.
•Tikki ki Chaat: this is perhaps the most popular North-Indian snack! Small potato tikkis are topped with matra (boiled dried yellow peas), sweet tamarind chutney, green chutney, crushed papdi and served. Very often one can find people preferring chaat parties to sit down dinners.
•Ragda Patties: In Western India the same snack takes on the name of ragda patties. Here the topping includes fine sev and chopped raw onions too.
•Bhajia/Pakora: these are batter fried vegetables, served with a spicy chutney. Very popular during the monsoon season. They make a wonderful accompaniment to cups of hot tea.
•Green Chutney and Vegetable Sandwich (also known as Bombay Sandwich): This definitely is the most popular and fast selling snack. You find vendors doing brisk business outside colleges and business areas. They are also great at picnics.
•Vada Pav: Also referred to as the Indian burger, vada pav is a creation of Western India. These are potato dumplings, batter fried and served sandwiched in small buns, with a spicy dry chutney. This was known as the ‘poor man’s food’ and has now become the favourite of rich and famous too.
•Samosa: famous all over the world, samosa represents Indian fast food at its best. Crisp topping enclosing spicy filling, which is mostly potatoes, it is a snack for the rainy day or a cold day. Have it over cups of hot tea or coffee and feel completely satiated.
These are just a few. There are many more that can be found through the length and breadth of India. And the best part of these tasty snacks is that they can be made healthier by changing the mode of cooking. Like for example, the samosa which is deep fried can be baked. Vada pav can be made healthier by using whole wheat pav. Options are many if only one uses the imagination constructively.