While the typical chaat landscape in Bangalore varies from south-indian style masala peas to north-india-based channa masala and tikkas to the spice-bred Chintamani/Bangarpet delicacies to the funky Mumbai-wala chaats.
There are some outliers whose definition of a chaat go beyond the regular and have become an expert in the art of integrating offbeat ingredients into their version of a chaat.
Presenting the 5 best offbeat chaats in Bangalore:
Kedia’s Fun Food, Jayanagar 4th Block
Kedia’s has been serving delicious Gujarathi-influenced street food in the guise of parathas, mithai and chaats for 15 years.
It is their Rasgulla Chaat which ticks the right taste buds with fresh rasgullas acting as the base (like Papadis) of the chaat. It’s not overly sweet to kill the taste of the chaat.
- What to eat: Rasgulla Chaat
- Orientation: 6th C Main, 4th Block, Jayanagar, Bangalore Link to Google Maps
- Opening Hours: 10 am to 10 pm (all days of the week)
Thengu Mane, Rajajinagar
Thengu Mane means ‘Coconut House’ which translates to everything they make is coconut-based – from coconut lassi to tender coconut soup to tender coconut green tea and even coconut-based milkshakes (which are delicious).
The tender coconut pani puri is served with pani made from coconut water whereas most of the other ingredients/masalas resemble any regular pani puri.
- What to eat: Tender coconut pani puri
- Orientation: 185, 19th Main, 1st Block, Rajajinagar, Bangalore Link to Google Maps
- Opening Hours: 10 am to 3 pm & 4 pm to 9:30 pm (all days of the week)
Arvind Ladduwala, Mittal Towers MG Road
Mittal Towers is popular 2 things – paid parking for cars & delicious marwadi & north Indian food outlets in the ground floor serving parathas, poori-sabzi, chole bathura, rajma chawal, mithai and chaats.
Arvind Ladduwala serve jalebi chaat, made with deep-friend jalebis (without being soaked in the sweet syrup) acting as the base of the chaat (like papadi). The jalebi used in the chaat has mild sweet flavor which doesn’t overpower the overall taste.
- What to eat: Jalebi Chaat
- Orientation: Ground Floor, Mittal Towers, MG Road Bangalore Link to Google Maps
- Opening Hours: 11 am to 8 pm (all days of the week)
Sri Sairam’s Chaats and Juice, Malleswaram
Easily the maximum varieties of chaats (close to 99 variations) available under a single roof in Bangalore, Sri Sairam Chaats has been serving whacky chaat combinations since 20 years in Malleshwaram and all this at an average price of 35 INR/chaat.
Student’s special chaat is the coming together of all the possible flavored fryums & chips prepared in bhel puri style – absolutely delicious!!
- What to eat: Student’s Special, Crazy Chaat, Chips Masala
- Orientation: 35/1, Near MES College, 16th Cross, 8th Main, Malleshwaram, Bangalore Link to Google Maps [They have 2 outlets in Malleshwaram – one near MES College & another near Kadu Malleshwara temple]
- Opening Hours: 10 am to 10:30 pm (all days of the week)
Punjabi by Nature, Koramangala
A proper dining place serving Indian & Mughlai cuisine, while their lunch buffet is popular during the day, their pani puri with served with vodka is a crowd favorite in the evening.
- What to eat: Vodka pani puri
- Orientation: 6, Krishna Industrial Area, Hosur Road, Near Forum Mall, Koramangala Bangalore Link to Google Maps
- Opening Hours: 12:30 pm to 11:30 pm (all days of the week)