Cook the Book: 'Street Food of India'


When traveling to a new place, oftentimes the memory of your first bite sticks with you. For Sephi Bergerson, it was a backpacking trip to India when he had a pakora from a street vendor. That humble fritter inspired Bergerson to relocate to Delhi and write a cookbook devoted to the curbside cuisine of India.

Coming from a photographer-turned-cookbook-author, Street Food of India is equal parts exotic recipes and gorgeous photos. Thumbing through the pages, you'll find snapshots of vibrant street snacks, bustling marketplaces, faces of the wallahs who dole an astounding selection of street food. It's enough to make you want to book a ticket to India for snacking alone, or at least make a trip to your local Indian market to experience the flavors at home.

This week we'll be sharing a selection of small bites from Street Foods of India including Mirchi Vada, deep-fried green chiles stuffed with fragrant mashed potatoes, Jalebi, sweet red curlicues of fried dough doused in syrup, and Bhel Puri, chickpea pastries topped with puffed rice and tamarind and mint chutney.

Win 'Street Food of India'

Thanks to the generous folks over at I. B. Tauris, we are giving away five (5) copies of Street Food of India this week. All you have to do is tell us about your most memorable street food experience in the comments section below.