In the world divided by creed, race, region, language and much more it’s important for us to have at least one thing that unites us and eradicate the differences. For me and most of us, it’s always been food. Just imagine the world where we can get free food, what else you desire for?
WARNING (Varanasi street food)
From the viewpoint of hygiene, street food in Varanasi could be a little setback for most, as it’s not one the those cleanest place to eat.
Generally, hygiene is not the primary criteria for many street vendors as the water and the venue of their shops in not very clean or well maintained, but exceptions are always there. Just for the care, you can take these measures.
Carry sanitizer with you and use it often
Make sure whatever you eat is fresh and not dirty or near dirty place
Always carry your water with you and never drink water from outside “unless you have a badass immunity like me”
if you’re in dilemma about the quality then don’t eat there, precaution is always better than cure
Kashi Chaat Bhandaar is located in Godowlia, one of those crowded alleys of the city. This place has been mesmerising people of Varanasi and all over the world since more than 50 years. They have been serving one of the best chat in the Varanasi and is no less than an institution when it comes to Indian street food. Their chaat and other dishes are pretty renowned. You can easily see their fame by seeing there walls which if full of different certificates of appreciation from Zomato and other certified websites. They also have lots of pictures of renowned celebrities from all around the world visiting their shop that definitely is a great marketing factor.
I visited this place on my recent trip of Varanasi/Banaras. After nearly getting crushed in the streets of Godowlia which is the busiest market in the Varanasi, I found this place.
Located on the main road only you can easily locate this place. They have a diverse menu when it comes to chaat, with more than 10 variety like tomato chaat, samosa chaat, tikki chaat, spinach chaat and much more, with few other side dishes also, but as the name suggest their chaats are must try. They have 2-floor building so getting place to sit should not be an issue, but in the crowded place like this you can’t even blame your luck
I tried tomato chaat theirs. As fancy as it sounds this masterpiece is a true definition of food porn. With the thick orange gravy garnished with freshly chopped tomatoes, coriander and the secret blend of spices, it was mouth-watering and truly mesmerising. The tikki of the chaat had the perfect crisp layer outside with mouth melting, buttery inner part. I asked one of the staff there about their recipe, they gave me really modest answer “nothing is secret it’s all people’s love”. Apart from the chaat I ordered there lassi also. It was pretty normal, not something to crave for. If you specifically wanna try lassi you should go for Pahalwan lassi shop in Lanka.
One thing that really moved me was the customer’s satisfaction. I personally feel good food is something which should instantly change your mood and rejuvenates your mind. It does not have to be expensive, but it should satisfy your soul. I saw that in here. People were really enjoying what they were eating whether it goes for kids in front 0f me, mid-age ladies who were enjoying their kitty party or everyone else who were present there. Everyone was really happy and satisfied. It is hard to explain, but it was wonderful.