Savory Street Food

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From the galliyan (streets) of Mumbai to the busy roads of Karachi, one sight and smell that cannot be missed is the never ending variety of street food. Growing up eating the top hits of street food from samosas to kathi rolls, yes of course pani puri, and lassi, my childhood has been blessed with such flavorful foods. Unfortunately, during this global pandemic, many street food vendors have been facing fall in business and customers. With the rising number of cases in the most popular South Asian cities, street foods have become sort of a hazard for many, while vendors still try to take every safety precaution to run their homes. 

The impact of street vendors in India has gotten so much global attention that you find variations in every corner of the world, that it has sparked businesses ideas for several individuals across the globe. Youtube Food Bloogers, ‘Best Ever Food Review Show’, “Amachi Mumbai’, ‘Buzzfeed India’, ‘Our Collection’ and so many more search, review, and promote vendors and their services to the mass population of their followers. Because of such global exposure, South Asian street food has shifted as inspiration to continents like North America, Europe, and Africa. 

Here in America, here are some top pick South Asian street food restaurants by popularity:

NationLocationSpecialty
BadmaashLos Angeles, CAPizzas topped with tikka varieties
Surati Farsan MartSan Diego, CASweets, snacks, fasting foods
Bollywood BitesLos Angeles, CAFrankie wraps
Bollywood TheaterPortland, ORPav bhaaji, cheese veggies
Bombay ChopsticksChicago, ILIndo-Chinese
Chai PaniAtlanta, GA & Asheville, NCSamosa chaat, masala chai
Indian AccentNew York, NYVegan foods, butter kulcha, Makhan malai
Dimple’s Bombay TalkEdison, NJHakka noodles
HimalayaHouston, TXKebabs and  biryani
IndebluePhiladelphia, PAMasala fries
JunoonNew York, NYUttapam, rice

At Rutgers, at almost every South Asian event, you will find yourself dwelling at the food section. The Desi Intercultural Youth Association, known as DIYA, has its annual Samosa Eating Contest, where 12  South Asian Fraternities, Sororities, and Organizations compete to eat the most samosa. Through events like these, they have given adventurous and new ways for American-South Asians to reconnect to their cultural roots through food. Be it street food, or traditional dishes, meals from every region have made an impact for businesses, events, or even recognition, globally. Now with rising social media platforms, creators and 


Paneer Frankie

by Pallavi Patel

A personal hobby of mine, is to cook. I make almost every south asian dish that you can name and throughout the process of learning, I have come up with many recipes of my own. Below is a paneer frankie recipe that is for sure to make your mouth water and impress your brown mother.

Stuffing Ingredients
1 tbsp ghee or oil
1 package paneer / cottage cheese, cubed
1 onion, finely chopped
1 cup tomato pulp
1 capsicum, sliced
1 tbsp ginger garlic paste
½ tsp salt
1 tsp kashmiri red chilli powder
½ tsp coriander powder
½ tsp cumin powder
½ tsp turmeric
1 tsp garam masala
2 tbsp coriander, finely chopped
Frankie Masala 
½ tsp amchur
¼ tsp salt
½ tsp kashmiri red chilli powder
½ tsp coriander powder
½ tsp garam masala 
¼ tsp turmeric
½ tsp cumin powder
½ tsp chaat masala
Assortment Ingredients
3-6 wraps 
Shredded cabbage
Shredded Carrots 
Sliced Onions 
Grated Cheese
6 tablespoons of mayonnaise
4 tsp chilli sauce or maggi sauce
2 tsp sriracha (Optional)
3 tsp lemon juice 

STUFFING PREPARATION

  1. In a kadai/pot heat 1 tbsp butter/ghee/oil and roast 1 cup/package cubed paneer. Roast until golden and keep aside 
  2. Heat 1 tbsp oil and saute the onion, garlic and ginger. Saute until onions turn golden brown.
  3. Add turmeric, chilli powder, coriander powder, cumin powder and garam masala.
  4. Saute on low flame until spices turn aromatic.
  5. Add in tomato pulp and mix well (tomato pulp: blend 3 ripened tomatoes to a smooth paste or use canned) 
  6. saute until the oil separates from tomato paste.
  7. Add 2 tbsp water, ½ tsp salt and mix. 
  8. Add in roasted paneer, capsicum and mix well.
  9. Simmer and Cover the mixture for 5 minutes.
  10. Add 2 tbsp coriander and turn off flame. 

FRANKIE MASALA PREPARATION

  1. Mix all listed ingredients for Masala together, and will be used for assorting the frankie. 

PANEER FRANKIE PREPARATION

  1. Take wrap or homemade wrap 
  2. Mix the mayonnaise, chilli sauce/maggi sauce, sriracha, and lemon juice in a bowl and spread it on the wrap.
  3.  sprinkle in prepared frankie masala on the mayo layer
  4. Add the paneer stuffing and spread.
  5. Add cabbage, carrot and a few onions.
  6. Grate preferred cheese on mixture
  7. Roll wrap tight and secure ends without allowing the stuffing to come out.
  8. Toast on a flat pan if preferred and Enjoy 🙂


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