8 Unique Street Foods Of Nagpur To Try When In The City

Nagpur, renowned for its vibrant culture and rich history, offers a delightful array of street foods that capture the essence of the city. From spicy snacks to sweet treats, each dish tells a story of local flavours and traditions. Here are eight unique street foods you must try when exploring the bustling streets of Nagpur.
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Nagpur's famous Tarri Poha (Image via: @nagpur_tarri_poha/Instagram)

Maharashtrian street food is so much more than the bustle of Mumbai. In fact, it’s so much more than one cuisine. Each region of Maharashtra boasts its own selection of flavours and unique ingredients, shaped by its history, topography and culture, and for a taste of the Vidharba specialities, Nagpur is the place to go.
It’s tempting to associate Nagpur simply with oranges, but the city has a wealthy of local dishes to explore. The Vidarbha region shares borders with Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Telangana whose love for sweet, spicy and fried dishes have been adopted into the cuisine of Nagpur as well..

8 Best Street Foods In Nagpur

If you’re in the city, here are some must-try street foods to better understand the cuisine.

Tarri Poha

Poha is a staple across Maharashtra, but in Nagpur, they do it a little differently. The city is known for its love of spicy food and that extends to their poha which feature is a mix of sprouts and beans called usal cooked in a spicy gravy called tarri. This adds an extra dimension of texture and turns an otherwise dry breakfast into a delicious curry meal.

Santra Barfi

Built around Nagpur’s most famous product, oranges this barfi is a must-try when in the city and makes for a delightful souvenir for friends and family back home. The soft, pliable barfi is full of bright citrus flavours perfectly balanced with sweetness and really encapsulates the flavours of this Nagpur gem.

Samosa

You may be wondering how such a ubiquitous Indian snack could possibly be a speciality. After all, there’s not a city in India that doesn’t serve samosas, but Nagpur has of course innvated their own version. Topped with a spicy tarri, often made with chickpeas, as well as a selection of sweet and spicy chutneys and a handful of fresh coriander, Nagpur’s samosas are all about blending contrasting tastes and textures.

Matka Roti

This thin sheet roti made with a special flour called lokwan wheat is not just a local delicacy but a symbol of dalit empowerment. The traditional art of making them was restricted to dalit women until the 1980s but commercialising their cultural knowledge helped preserve this unique roti, and also provide employment and upliftment to the community.

Kadhi Patodi

A breakfast dish from the more mellow end of Nagpur’s culinary offerings, this Patodi or Patwadi is a steamed besan dumpling stuffed with coconut and coriander and then steamed or fried until the dough is cooked through. Its then served in a dahi kadhi for a milder version or sometimes in the classic tarri for those who can still handle the spice.

Pani Puri

Nagpur has a knack for taking familiar street foods and giving them a personal touch and in the city, the snack is served with a delicious filling of mashed and spiced potatoes. Simply elevated with salt, pepper, chilli powder and onions, it’s then topped off with the traditional tangy pani and sweet imli chutney.

Kulhad Chaat

This Nagpur special takes all the flavours and textures of traditional chaats and combines them into one flavourbomb of a dish. Hot ragda is combined with chilled dahi, mixed with a variety of sweet and spicy chutneys and topped with crispy fried mixtures like sev and cornflakes. The layered creation is dished up in an eartherware Kulhad, and promises a new combination of tastes every bite.

Saoji Cuisine

You can’t visit Nagpur without sampling their speciality cuisine. Since the 1870s, Nagpur has been home to Halba Koshti migrants from Madhya Pradesh who brought their unique 32-ingredient spice blend and love for spice with them. Their techniques and ingredients are integrated with Nagpur’s local culture and now Saoji-style chicken and mutton dishes are must try, maybe with a side Matka Roti.
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