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A WALK DOWN FOOD STREET

Author : Akshaya R Pai , Team Hungry Men , Bangalore

Food Street, also known as Thindi Beedi, in V V Puram, is nothing short of heaven for street food lovers.  The entire street comprises of carts, stalls, shops of really yummy and variety of street foods.  Eat street is also another popular name for this street.  Not only are all the items available here ‘pure vegetarian’, some stalls also offer the Jain variety of food as well.

And when we say variety, we MEAN variety.  From idli, dosa, akki rotti to manchuri and rumali roti, to chaats and all kinds of sweets (made right in front of you) is what you get here.  In this review we are staying clear of normal Darshini type food that you get in a million places in Bangalore, but we would suggest you try the idlis just for the yummy awesome red and green chutneys that is served along with them.  Apart from variety, what is good about this place is the fact that everything is made in front of you once you order and so what you eat is fresh and hot.

The road starts from Sajjan Rao Circle (near VB Bakery) and extends to about 200-300m.  This review though, is going to talk about stalls that begin at the other end of the street. We start off with the stall titled “Idli Mane”.  There are two stalls with the same name, with blue and brown boards.  We first went to the one with blue board to have ‘Curd Kodu Bale’.  Yes, you read that right.  ‘Curd‘ Kodu Bale.  It looks just like the normal Kodu Bale, except that it is crispy on the outside and yummy soft in the inside.  This again is served with the delicious red and green chutneys.  And the best part is, they fry it right in front of you and you get to eat it hot and crispy!

Next stop is Dev Sagar.  This is good for Pav Bhaji and Chaats.  But, what you should try here are the off-beat stuff you do not get commonly.  Mainly Dabeli and the Rasgulla Chaat (again, you read that right!).  Dabeli is like a cross between Vada Pav and Pav Bhaji.  Imagine the Bhaji stuffed in the Pav.  This has a bit of a sweet tinge and is served with some chopped onions and chillies.  Very tasty.  But what is whackier and tastier is the Rasgulla Chaat.  Yes, it sounds like a very odd combination, but it is very delicious and a must try!

Next to Dev Sagar are two stalls, one good for Paneer 65 and the next for Rumali Roti and curry.  But we gave the common items a miss and walked further down to another stall named Vasavi.  Here you must have Avarekalu Dosa!  Winter is the season of fresh Avarekalu and this is the best time to have that dosa.  Beware, the dosa is doused in ghee but that is what makes it super yummy.  The same place also serves Avarekalu Akki Rotti.  Further down from here is where you get hot gobi, baby corn, mushroom manchuri (do not expect culinary delights, just proper street food style) and Hot jalebis, Gulab Jamuns, Phirni and Samosas.  There is also a gol guppa selling guy at the end of food street (opposite to V B Bakery) who during peak winter sells Avarebele Pani Puri.  Unique combination, great taste.

Now we walk back to the other end (away from V B Bakery) and end up at the “Idli Mane” stall with the Brown Board.  This is where you get the best Dal Ubbatus ever!  Again, completely covered in Ghee!  The best part is watching the guy roll them out without any rollingpin (belan).  It is a terrific sight to watch him make those Ubbatus.  If the Ubbatu is too sweet to handle, then bang opposite is the always crowded “Bhajji” stall.  Bangalore style bhajjis are served with spicy chilli powder, green chutney and grated carrot salad on top.

Finally, to end your walk on a sweet note, walk a bit away from Bhajji stall towards Shivanna’s Gulkan Stall.  Gulkan with fruits and ice cream here is a must have!

While this place used to be pocket friendly, the prices have increased in recent times.   The small snacks cost around Rs. 20 and the dosas & chaats are around Rs. 40 – 45, the most expensive is the Gulkan with fruits and ice cream which is priced at Rs. 60.  Nonetheless, you go home with your taste buds satisfied without burning too big a hole in your pocket.

Next time you are in Bangalore, make this street a must visit on your list!

Address : Thindi Beedi, VV Puram, Shankarapuram, VB Bakery, Sajjan Rao Circle, Bangalore, Karnataka – 560004

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