Called Food Street, Thindi Beedi, Chaat Road/Street, VV Puram is by far the largest of street food stretches in the city. I was lucky enough to be working a stone’s throw away from this street eons ago and the one thing we looked forward to post 7pm was the hot aloo bondas and chutney that our office boy would religiously bring for us each evening. We even took turns to sponsor the snacks for the evening. Now years later, I was back to revisit the place.

Jalebis

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Though tradition demands that you start at VB Bakery with their sweet buns, congress bun etc, I arrived a little later than my pigging out partners and they were done with their round at VB Bakery. So we went a step ahead, and right opposite it stopped to start on a sweet note — jalebis. Hot, really crisp, not sickeningly sweet and served on a newspaper. We each broke off pieces trying to outdo the other in size and our sweet start was done.

Gobi ‘Manchuri’ Roll

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Next up was Chinese Fast Food Corner right after jalebis. We ordered a Gobi Manchuri Roll that turned out to be really yummy. Steaming hot inside a roomali roti, the Manchuri was not a mash of cauliflower as most street side vendors tend to give you. Nor was it Chinese. It was an Indianised version with a final smack of tomato ketchup.

Bath Masala Dosa

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Next stop was at a dosa store that had a board promising that everything will be doused in butter. I have never had a bath masala dosa though I figured it must be a close relative of the MLA Pesarattu — upma stuffed in a green gram dosa and in this case it was chitranna or lemon rice in a crisp dosa. I didn’t really think they would add some potato palya to it, but they did, making this dosa a meal in itself. The lemon rice could have been more lemony.

Aloo Bonda

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We stopped at the bhajji center that seemed the most crowded {Rule of thumb: most crowded place is generally the one with the best stuff}. And in my quest for aloo bonda, ended up eating everything but that. Bhajjis here are deep fried, slit, filled with chopped onions, coriander, carrots and then sandwiched together. We had chilli, capsicum and banana bhajjis with one helping of masala vada. There is just nothing like a hot bhajji, off a newspaper plate while standing on the road.

Rasgulla Chaat

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Now it was time for chaat or ‘chaats’ as they call it here. I did see a lovely tava with pav bhaji going on it but did not want to fill up. What caught my eye was the rasgulla chaat. I checked with them to make sure that it was not a sweet dish and was assured that it was not. The rasgulla chaat uses two rasgullas, which have not been dipped in sugar syrup and is placed in a puddle of sweet curds with a thick lassi like texture to it. To that is added chaat powder, chilli powder, boondi, shredded coriander, and some pomegranate seeds plus cashews thrown in. A really delicious cold chaat in my opinion. We also spotted some malpua and when I was told that it comes with rabdi, there was no thinking twice. The malpua was soft, sugary and a perfect match for the grainy and sweet rabdi.

Floating Pani Puri

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I had read about Ganesh Chaats located in VV Puram, online, and the fact that on a parallel road near it, is served what is called the floating pani puri. After searching high and low for this chaat guy, and finally found him right opposite Ganesh Chaats.

Ganesh Chaats has a whole lot of interesting things on the menu, like Gold Finger Chaat, floating pani puri, a host of other chaat or chaats as it is called here, and drinks. I had my mind set on the floating pani puri and so it was that. A slightly deep plastic dish, with the puris, filled with a pea mix, topped off with boondi and sev, with some peanuts and a whole lot of tangy pani. It was definitely worth the trek looking for this dish.

Gulkhand With Fruits And Ice Cream

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Once done with the floating pani puri, it was time for dessert, and gulkhand with ice cream and fruits was on the cards. There is only one shop offering this on this stretch and there we headed. The fruits are cut in front of you and the bowl created is very pleasing to the eye. The combination is pure heaven. The gulkhand is all the way to the bottom, so make sure you dig in.

We had a great time at VV Puram. At the end of eating to our heart’s content, we had hardly spent INR 125 per head. Weekdays give you ample elbow space but if you are adventurous and like the feeling of being in a war zone, then weekends is when you should try it. Carry your own water, though there are shops that sell it. And oh, yes, beware of cows, they love to butt in and butt you, if you are in the way. I have always found it strange how people, despite having life-size dustbins still manage to miss aim. Civic sense is still something people need to learn about.

Where: Begins at VB Bakery, Sajjan Rao Circle, VV Puram

Price: INR 30 upwards

Timings: 6 pm onwards

The post first appeared on the blog Bangalore’s Restaurants. Read the full post here

All Photos courtesy: Ruth Dsouza Prabhu