Eating Indian Chaats in New Jersey

Then, we drove an hour south to Edison, New Jersey and stopped at Chowpatty Sweets & Snacks on the way. I could see lots of Indian snack shops, sari shops, and more. At Chowpatty, we saw tons of Gujarati and Punjabi snacks, as well as puris for pani puri. Next door is Chowpatty Restaurant, whose walls are painted with scenes from India. In the kitchen, we watched them make two of my favorite street food snacks, raj kachori and bhel puri. They’ve been there for 30 years! The raj kachori was fresh and sweet because of the yogurt and tamarind chutney. The nuts and sev made it crunchy! The bhel puri was crunchy and savory, and a little spicier. The puffed rice and fried dough were really nice! Then, they brought us a chocolate chip naan and Parle G ice cream sandwiches. The ice cream sandwiches are biscuits with vanilla ice cream between them. The naan had melted chocolate chips in it and was topped with powdered sugar! They both have western influences.

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