Video showing Incredible Indian Street Food Breakfast Tour Of Fancy Bazaar | Guwahati
Ever since my first trip to India back in February of 2018, I’ve gotten so many recommendations from you guys to visit northeast India. I was told that it’s a completely different world from the more touristed areas like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Hyderabad. I finally got the chance to visit northeast India in March of 2019 and I was blown away by what I found. I can’t wait to share it with you, so come with me and let’s explore northeast India together! My second day in Guwahati in the state of Assam began bright and early with an unforgettable breakfast food tour of Fancy Bazaar. I couldn’t wait to dive into some more Indian culinary delights! But before breakfast, we headed off to a local temple to honor Shivrati, a Hindu holiday that celebrates the marriage of the god Shiva. Before entering the temple, we took off our shoes. Inside, we placed our offerings and were blessed and had some red tikka put on our foreheads. Afterward, you ring the bell three times. It’s a beautiful and peaceful experience. The temple was located just two blocks from my Airbnb. Between my Airbnb and the temple is a turtle sanctuary. Turtles are my favorite animals, so we swung by. There are hundreds of ducks here, who are offerings to a god. They’re all male ducks, so there are no females. Unfortunately, we didn’t see any turtles even though there are about 100 of them in the sanctuary. It was almost 9 in the morning, so I was starving, so we headed off to Fancy Bazaar via a rickshaw. There, we found street vendors selling sweet parathas with aloo ki sabzi, which is a mashed potato curry that also contains chickpeas, tomatoes, and green chilies. The curry is super light and has spices in it, but it’s not spicy, heat-wise. Then I tried it with the paratha, which was thin and freshly made. It wasn’t sweet, but it had a richness to it because there was a lot of ghee in it! I made a little taco out of it. It was so good! And it only cost 20 rupees/$0.29 U.S. for two parathas and the aloo ki sabzi! Next, we went for some chole bhature, which consists of a large puri that is fried in oil and is served alongside a chickpea curry and pickles. Try to tear the puri with one hand if you can, open it up, and add the chickpeas. It was very nice and a little spicy! It was a lot better with the pickle and the onions calmed down the heat. And at only 30 rupees/$0.43 U.S., it’s a really cheap and filling snack! It seemed like I was the only foreigner in Guwahati; lots of locals wanted to see what I was doing and wanted selfies with me! I love my Indian fans! This area, Fancy Bazaar, reminded me of Chandni Chowk in Delhi, except it wasn’t nearly as crowded. There were lots of vendors selling clothing, vegetables, and much more. This area is the business capital of Guwahati. You can get anything here! Next, we went to get some lassi with rose, sugar syrup, and almonds. Lassi is a milky, creamy, yogurt-based drink that is extremely popular in India. It had a different flavor from other lassis I’d had before, but I loved it! It wasn’t as thick as other lassis I’d had, especially the super thick one I had in Amritsar last year but was still creamy. They cost 50 rupees/$0.72 U.S. each. From there, we moved on to puri sabzi, which consists of 4 deep-fried puris and a hot, green pea curry with chilies for 30 rupees/$0.43 U.S. The puris were really hot, crispy, and airy. I stuffed one with the sabzi. It wasn’t spicy but was kind of oily. It contained nice, big chunks of potatoes and the peas were really nice. The sauce was also very rich in flavor!