Street food in Varanasi that you shouldn't miss
It was in the middle of March when I had decided to go and stay in Varanasi for a week. It was an immediate decision as I knew it will only get hotter by the day. March wasn't very pleasant but I am sure better than the months onwards till winter will save us.
Whenever I am traveling, I always go for the street food because that's where I believe really lies the essence of local food. On this trip to Banaras, I have done two things majorly - Eating and chilling (that is why we all travel, no?). Banaras is like a food heaven. I had so many options to explore that I am sure I can come here just for the food walk.
1. Best Chaat - Kashi Chaat Bhandar
We were walking from Dashwamedh Ghat and were really hungry when one of my friends said she wants to eat chaat. She asked a random local lady where she can get the best chaat and this was the place suggested by her. It is a small cozy shop that is always filled with people. And not just tourists but locals as well.
You can order anything here and it will turn out you never had anything of similar taste. Tomato chaat is one of their unique delicacies.
2. Lemon Tea by the Ghats
For this, I didn't go hunting anywhere. The tea-sellers will approach you while you are sitting on the ghats. And this lemon tea tasted as heaven before my early morning boat ride.
3. Best Paans
We all are familiar with the bollywood songs that have Banarasi and paan in same line. So, there was no question of missing on it. I had it everyday, from different places everytime but picking up a favorite would be unfair.
4. Best breakfast in Varanasi - Kachori, Sabji and jalebi
I am not very proud of it, but I love to admit that this is the breakfast I had every day. Not being lazy or anything here, but I the simplicity of this food is beyond compare. This shop called 'Jal paan' at Assi ghat serves the best breakfast.
5. Thandai - At round about of Dashwamedh ghat
Thandai is like the quintessence of Banaras. As soon as I reached a random Thandai shop, the shopkeeper asked me if I want a special one or regular. I obviously wanted Special, but not before I realized the Special one is the one that will take me to trip at some other planet, I changed my mind and had the regular one. I wanted to taste the special one but I had to board my bus in few hours and after missing a train already, I couldn't risk having Special thandai. (also, got a reason to visit Banaras again, though I really don't want one)
6. LASSI or local anesthesia
I can totally judge the ethos of a local place by the Lassi they serve. Baba Lassi is also one of those places that I visited more than 3 times while I was in Varanasi (yes, I stay loyal to my food places). And this shop has more than 20 varieteies of Lassi. And they serve this Special Lassi too sometimes with the "special" cookies. These heavy glasses of lassi sometimes serve as a local anesthesia also.
Shivprasad lassi - You will find Lassi shops in every lane of Banaras. But, make sure to find this shop to taste something different than the regular.
You can check my other blog on this spiritual city here: https://www.travelbugbytes.com/home/2018/4/5/varanasi-indias-spiritual-city-with-roadhouse-hostels