Gujarat’s Fafdas to Arunachal’s Khapse! Chai Time Is Incomplete Without These Indian Snacks | HolidayIQ Blog

Gujarat’s Fafdas to Arunachal’s Khapse! Chai Time Is Incomplete Without These Indian Snacks

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Be it a sunny or chilly, Indians always crave for a relaxed chai time. The chai time is always spiced up with some snacks. From samosa, kachori to khapse, HolidayIQ Travellers list the most staple and the most offbeat snacks to complement your chai.

Gujarat’s Fafdas to Arunachal’s Khapse! Chai Time Is Incomplete Without These Indian Snacks:

  1. Kerala
  2. Mumbai (Maharashtra)
  3. Chennai (Tamil Nadu)
  4. Kolkata (West Bengal)
  5. Jaipur (Rajasthan)
  6. Gujarat
  7. Pune (Maharashtra)
  8. Ahmedabad (Gujarat)
  9. Sikkim
  10. Madhya Pradesh

1. This Kerala-Style Vada Needs No Introduction - Parripu Vada

This Kerala-Style Vada Needs No Introduction - Parripu Vadasource: kichencorner.blogspot.com

Parippu Vada (as it is known in Kerala) or Masala Vadai or Paruppu Vadai (as it is known in Tamil Nadu) is a popular snack of South India. Nothing can beat the taste of a good Parippu Vada with a steaming cup of tea or coffee on a chilly winter morning. You are sure to have tasted this dish while travelling in trains along with Pazham Pori. Parripu Vada is basically dal fritter, crunchy and spicy.

HolidayIQ Traveller Sajeer Ali shares, "Calicut is the only place where I saw the kind people and the spicy sweet foods. Food, especially beach food, that is like rice urathy, kadukka nirachath and parippuvada are famous here."

2. You Can’t Think About Chai Without Kanda Bhajji

You Can’t Think About Chai Without Kanda Bhajjisource: mumbaimag.com

When it’s chai, the first snack that comes to every Mumbaikar's mind is onion fritters or kanda bhaji. These are deep fried onion fritters made with gram flour and spices and are best served with a hot cup of tea or cutting chai.

HolidayIQ Traveller Karan shares, “A good place for a pit stop is Express Inn Hotel when you are visiting Mumbai. Stop at least for their snacks. You cannot miss the kanda bhaji and masala chai served over here.”

3. Crispy Masala Vadai & Hot Chai Are An All-Time Favourite In Chennai

Crispy Masala Vadai & Hot Chai Are An All-Time Favourite In Chennaisource: cookingwithsapana.files.wordpress.com

No evening chai would be complete without a hot and crispy vada in Chennai. 

HolidayIQ Traveller K. Satyanaravana from Mumbai shares, "Try the masala vadai, banana bhajia and cutting chai at karikal bus stand. "

4. Beguni Or Telbhaja Are A Must With Chai In Bengal

Beguni Or Telbhaja Are A Must With Chai In Bengalsource: admin.maamatimanush.tv

Beguni, phuluri, peyaji, alu’r chop, vegetable chop, aada’r chop, lotey maachh’er chop, etc. Kolkata is dotted with shacks and stalls, which provide some of the tastiest fried snacks. ‘Chaa’ is never good without any of these snacks.

HolidayIQ Traveller Shubhodip says, “Beguni, peyaji and alur chop are a must have in Kolkata.” Peyaji and beguni are all time favourite savory snacks, accompaniment with tea on a rainy evening in Kolkata."

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5. Garam Masala Chai & Hot Kachoris In Jaipur

Garam Masala Chai & Hot Kachoris In Jaipursource: grabhouse.com

‘Garam chai’ during winters with some hot kachoris is famous amongst Jaipuris. Kachoris are a favourite tea time snack but eaten at just about anytime of the day here. Any travel itinerary of Jaipur is incomplete if it does not include the famous Rawat Kachori on its list.

HolidayIQ Traveller Dipak shares, "The famous snack foods is kachori in Jaipur and that is of Rawat, near Sindhi camp."

6. Fafda-Chai & A Fried Green Chilly Is What Gujjus Live By

Fafda-Chai & A Fried Green Chilly Is What Gujjus Live Bysource: dashofcreativity.files.wordpress.com

You would definitely kill for a cup of hot chai if you are eating the fafdas. Gujarati nasta is never complete without the fafda-jalebi and chai.

HolidayIQ Traveller Dhananjay Beke says, “You have to taste Gujarati sweets, fafda and dhokla - they are delicious.”

7. Bun Maska & Irani Chai In Pune

Bun Maska & Irani Chai In Punesource: static.dnaindia.com

Bun maska and chai have become synonymous to a sumptuous weekend breakfast in Pune. These are a number of Irani cafes in Mumbai and Pune. These cafés serve ‘bun maska’ (bread and butter) and ‘paani kam chai’ (a strong Iranian tea), or khari chai (very strong tea).

HolidayIQ Traveller Shalini Tiwari says, “Next on out list is the famous and young Ferguson College Road. Take an auto and head up straight to Good Luck Cafe and get the best tea and bun maska combination served to start a perfect evening. Please, do not forget to shop.”

8. The Star Of The South: Medu Vada & Chai Or Filter Kaapi

The Star Of The South: Medu Vada & Chai Or Filter Kaapisource: recipeshubs.com

Medu vada is fried lentil fritters, crisp on the outside and soft on the inside. This south indian fritters are a perfect snack with evening chai or filter coffee.

HolidayIQ Traveller Rashesh bhagwati  shares, “Parathas, shavige bath (vermicelli upma), khara bath (plain upma), kesari bath (pineapple sheera), medu vadas, idlis, were lip smacking.”

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9. Nothing Can Be More Appetising Than Chai - Samosa

Nothing Can Be More Appetising Than Chai - Samosasource: eloogg.com

Chai and samosas are quintessential for every Indian. Be it Delhi winters or Mumbai rains, a hot crispy samosa with chai is the staple evening snack at most Indian households. Nothing trumps the appetising combo of samosa, chutney and chai.

HolidayIQ Traveller Nidhi Singh says, “If one wants to savor some local flavors head to the Chowk area. The lane called 'Loknath' is highly recommended for its local chaat, and samosas."

10. The Exotic Tingmos, Sauce & Tea In Sikkim

The Exotic Tingmos, Sauce & Tea In Sikkimsource: gayathriscookspot.com

Steamed Flower buns is a traditional dish made in Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh. This is a Tibetian dish and is best enjoyed with hot sauce and tea. Tingmos are also served with stew or soup at times. Usually when stew is made, a steamer is placed on top of the stew pot. The shaped buns are placed in the steamer and the steam from the stew or soup cooks these buns making it flavourful.

11. Khapse & Butter Tea

Khapse & Butter Teasource: sherpanichef.wordpress.com

Khapse is a Sherpa biscuit that is traditionally prepared during the Tibetan/Sherpa New Year or Losar. The dough for the khapse is usually made with flour, eggs, butter and sugar and is then shaped into different shapes and sizes. This is best enjoyed with butter tea. It is common in Sikkim, Darjeeling and some parts of Ladakh.

12. Ratlami Sev & Chai Is A Popular Snack In Madhya Pradesh

Ratlami Sev & Chai Is A Popular Snack In Madhya Pradeshsource: ksmartstatic.sify.com

This is a popular snack from city of Ratlam in Madhya Pradesh, also known as Ratnapuri in Malwa region. The sev can be best enjoyed with a cup of chai.

HolidayIQ Traveller Rahul Upadhyay shares, "The main attraction of ratlam is Devi Kalka Mandir. Other than this, ratlami sev is very famous. For ladies the ratlami sarees are also very famous."

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