Banaras is known as the hub of Indian street food, and if you're in Banaras your trip is incomplete if you haven't visited Kaashi Chaat Bhandar. This iconic place is another reason why people make a trip down to Banaras. The Tamatar ki Chaat served here is made with tomatoes, potatoes, boiled white peas, sugar syrup, ghee, some spices and is topped with crunchy namakpara. This dish is a celebration of flavours; one bite and you'll know what we're talking about. This chaat is exclusive to Banaras. One can also try the Chura Matar which is basically peas and beaten rice mixed together with some spices and of course ghee. Another popular dish is the Dahi Puri, which is golgappe filled with chana, yoghurt, tomato chutney and green chutney, topped with some namakpara. Kaashi Chaat Bhandar has a lot to offer, so if you're a picky eater trust us you will find something you'll like. Next, we had the palak patta chaat or spinach leaves that are coated in besan and deep-fried. This is then topped with some yoghurt, chutneys and spices.
One of the most popular things in Banaras is Thandai and Bhaang, so we made our way to Baba Thandai. Thandai is cold milk mixed with saffron, dry fruits, a few spices and sugar. The thick cold milk infused with the flavours of saffron and cardamom is very refreshing at any time of the day.
We then went to a shop called Rasvanti which is literally hidden in the streets of Banaras. This sweet shop has a wide variety of sweets. We tried the Malai Gilori and Rasvanti. Both these sweets have a unique flavour and texture. So if you are in Banaras, look for Rasvanti and enjoy the sweets!
Later we went for some more sweets at Shree Jee Sweets and Milk. We tried the Shrikhand which is sweet hung curd flavoured with cardamom and saffron. Another dish to try here is the rabri which is condensed milk topped with dry fruits and saffron. We then went on to have some Malaipuri.
Next, we went to Badal Thandai for some more Thandai. Unlike others, we only tried the Bhaang-less ThandaI, but the most popular one has to be the one flavoured with Bhaang!
1. Kashi Chaat Bhandar
D-37/49, Godaulia, Varanasi
2. Baba Thandai
Hauz Katora, Varanasi
CK 21/24, Sugga Gali, Thatheri Bazar, Govindpura, Varanasi
4. Shree Jee Sweets & Milk
Near Shri Gopal Mandir, Thatheri Bazar, Varanasi
5. Malai Puri
Thatheri Bazar, Varanasi
6. Badal Thandai
Sonapura Rd, Godowlia, Varanasi