Assam is famous for its beautiful sightseeing places and the wonderful tea gardens. This North Eastern state avails delicious street foods to the locals and the tourists. When you compare Assam Street foods with other states, its taste is unique because of the usage of meager spices, less degree of cooking, and using plenty of fruits and vegetables. The blend in the street foods attracts everyone to eat more and more. Let us have a quick look at some of the most popular street foods of Assam.
Jhaal Muri is a popular lip-smacking snack of Assam. Here Jhaal means SPICES & Muri means Puffed rice. The puffed rice is the main ingredient along with chopped onion, green chilies, coriander leaves, tomatoes, potato, and cucumber. Besides the vegetable, inclusive of mustard oil, tamarind pulp adds taste to the item. This delicious snack is the most liked by all Assamese. Eat Jhaalmuri in the winter and rainy season takes the eater to heaven.
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Bhel Puri, the most uttered word by most of us, especially children. The snack is not only popular in Assam, but also available all over the country. Most of the street vendors sell Bhel Puri in different ways. However, the spicy snack main ingredients are Sev, Puffed rice. This low-fat nutritious snack fulfills the appetite in the evening time.
Momos are extremely popular in the Northern East States including Assam. The key ingredient is flour. Small dumplings with the meat or vegetable fillings make the eaters ask more and more. The base of Momos is Tibet and it is frequently fed to the children as it is easily digested. Chutney is the best combination for Momos.
Though Wontons are similar to momos, the fried wontons have a crispy texture. Red garlic sauce is the best pair to wontons. This crispy snack is enjoyed in the evenings on the streets of Assam.
Laksa is the most famous street food in Assam. This Malaysian based peppery noodle soup will definitely kindle your taste buds. Rice Vermicelli, tamarind-flavored fish paste and Coconut milk are the main ingredients of Laksa. You should know to eat the Laksa with a Chopstick. It has been the first choice of everyone in the street foods of Assam.
This spicy evening snack is popular among Assamese. Ghugni, a drooling dish has the main ingredient such as boiled peas, mixed with tomatoes, chopped onion, green chilies, and coriander leaves. The blend of all the ingredients with tamarind paste gives a tangy taste. Eating Ghugni with sprinkled coriander leaves is a real delight.
The Chinese food Chow Mein is abundantly available on the Assam Streets. The cooked noodles with plenty of vegetables or tender chicken pieces along with Chinese sauces keep the eaters healthy. The yummy street food is available for both vegetarian and non-vegetarian lovers. It is an evening appetizer available at economical price.
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Cooked tender chicken with a mix of onion flakes, green chilies, and capsicum brings out an exotic flavor and taste.
This is a typical puri. Potato curry is the most wanted side dish to Luchi. Luchi is available in the streets of Assam as well as at the houses.
The main ingredient is mashed potatoes with chopped onion, curry and coriander leaves, mustard oil and chili powder, salt satiates the heavy hunger of eaters.
Assamese never miss chewing Paan after their meal. There are a number of Paan shops in the streets. Betel nut, gulukand, tobacco are the key items to Paan. This is also a simple mouth refresher after heavy meals.
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Assam Tea is popular all over India. Assam is the origin of the tea. All over the street and every corner of the lanes, the tourist could find out Assam tea stall. This tea is called as “Saah” in the Assamese language. The Assam tea is a concoction of tea essence, sugar. Some people add them to milk.