Street Food Craze Grips Delhi

 All roads lead to Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium 
   National Street Food Festival starts with grandeur
National Association of Street Vendors of India hosts its 6th Food Festival, inaugurated on the 25th December by Celebrity Chef Sanjeev Kapoor. The fest continues till 28th of December.   
The first day of the four day fiesta, several Political and Cultural personalities, Social Entrepreneurs and Chefs attended the Inaugural Ceremony which was hosted by NASVI's National Coordinator Mr. Arbind Singh. 
Inauguration Ceremony Talk -
While inaugurating the event Chef Sanjeev Kapoor said, "Its high time the street food vendors got their due recognition. Despite serving the society, they are still neglected lots. Comparing the street food vendors with God, he said that many people’s life depend on them. As today most of the people don’t have time to make their own food and balance it with their hectic daily life. In that case street vendors’ role plays a significant role. We should recognize and encourage their efforts in serving the society. He thanked NASVI and its organizers especially coordinator Mr. Arbind Singh and Food Manager Ms. Sangeeta Singh for inviting him in this Mega event. He wished this festival best of luck and said he hopes that it grows in magnitude by every year.
He also advised the street food vendors to practice safe and hygienic methods to prepare and serve the food to the consumers. He said that the whole world knows that Indian food are very rich and has lots of variety and taste but we only lack proper presentation. If we overcome that we can be the best in the world".

Speaking on the occasion, Coordinator of NASVI Mr. Arbind Singh said, The main objective of organizing this food festival every year is that we want to empower the street vendors as a service provider to the society. Thanking the Celebrity Chef, he said that we are grateful to Sanjeev Kapoor for sparing few moments from his busy schedule. His presence would certainly encourage the street food vendors to achieve excellence. He said that through this festival we are trying to empower the street vendors so that they can get the recognition and respect they really deserve".

NASVI Program Manager Ms Sangeeta Singh said, "We are overwhelmed by the response of the Delhi crowd. We started on a very small scale but today it has turned out to be a mega event due to the love of the Delhi foodies. After few years we plan to develop it in an International Food Festival. This year we have tried to accommodate many more delicious dishes and hope the crowd will love it. She also requested the crowd to give their feedback and valuable suggestions to make this event really world class".

Festival Talk -

The festival nearly has 1000 road - side chefs from 20 states presenting their signature dishes having old age stamps of culinary tradition and culture. There are more than 200 stalls of street foods. Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Delhi, Punjab, Kashmir, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Orissa, Assam and Meghalaya are all lined up in the festival. The display of their culinary skills will satisfy your taste buds.

Food Talk -  

The lip smacking items that are being served include -

Tamatar Chat, Lal Peda, Makke ki Roti aur Sarson ka Saag, Butter Pulao, Amritsari Naan, Kulcha, Cheese bread and Papad, Pizza - Burger - Sandwich, Chhole Bhature, Kadhai Chawal and Paneer from Punjab.

Dal Bati Churma, Mirchi Vada, Mewa ki Kachori and Pyaj ki Kachori from Rajasthan. 

Dhokla, Khakra, Ganthiya, Thepla and Varieties of Laddo from Gujarat.   

Pani Patasha, Bhutte ka Khees, Khoya ki Jalebi, Sabudana ki Khichri, Aloo Bonda from Madhya Pradesh.

 Butter Chicken and Rumali Roti, Tawa Seek Kabab, Malai Chaap, Soya been Chaap, Tawa Roti and Korma, Palak Pulao, Varietes of Paratha, Naan and Spring Rolls, Fish Pakora, Chhole Bhature, Bhel puri, Batata puri, Gol gappe, Moong Daal Chilla, Dahi Papri, Dahi Bhalla, Pav Bhaji, Panne rka Tikka of Delhi.

 Korma, Kabab, Paratha and Pyaj Lahsunka Kheer from Uttar Pradesh.

 Litti Murg Chokha, Garlic Soaked Mutton Rice, Taash Kabab, Chhena Jalebi  Maalpua and Makhanaka Kheer from Bihar.

 Rice Cake from Assam.

 Crab, Kakar Cake, Shorba, Peetha from Orissa.

 Fish Fry, Fish Finger, Prawn Chop, Mochar Chop, Dahi Maachh, Jhinga Maachh, Rohumach,  Payas Sondesh, Rasogoola from West Bengal. 

Mysore Dosa, Chilli Fish, Tamarind Rice, Mysore Special Bhaji, Crab, Chicken from Karnataka.

 Mutton Biryani, Chicken Biryani, Double Ka Meetha from Andhra Pradesh.

  Special Idli, Dosa, Vada, Pongal, Uttapam and varieties of Halwa from Tamil Nadu.

 and Butter Dosa and Fish Curry from Kerala.

Khakhra, Gujarat

Sabudana Khichri, M.P

Sabzi, Madhya Pradesh

Barra, Jharkhand

A couple enjoying Chhole Bhatura

As a child one indulged in Street Food without adult supervision. We all remember those moments after school or during recess. Long chats which included chaat, ice golas and sharbats. Food that lies in the heart of every foodie. 

Ice Gola (Kala Khatta)
Delicacies from Jabalpur - Madhya Pradesh, Mumbai, Bihar and Jharkhand have really long ques.

Dabeli, Jabalpur


Veg Grilled Sandwich, Thane Mumbai

Apart from food, the festival has special attractions like interactive competitive games for children such as make the poster on the spot, extempore speech, sing your own food song and write slogan on promoting street food. A small section of the entry pass if filled with details has a incentive too to enlighten the soul and mind of food lovers. 

Major highlight  - The event has launched an Android application named "Street Saathi". The free application enables users to search nearby street food vendors by proximity, popularity and cuisine type. 

The festival will end Sunday night i.e 28th December 2014. An award ceremony will applaud master street food vendors in categories like hygiene, nutrition, serving, customer relation, innovation and popularity. So if you have not been there yet, you are missing the delicacies and the culinary skills presented by 20 states. 

Entry for 1 person Rs 50/-
Food Tickets are provided inside. 

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National Street Food Festival from December 25-28 at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium - See more at:

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