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Top 10 Weirdest Indian Snacks And Drinks

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Indian cuisine, filled with variety of flavors and textures, is outrageously tasty yet intriguing class of foods for many. Like the people of Indian, Indian food will never cease to surprise you; here I bring to you a list of the Top 10 weirdest Indian snacks and drinks that might overwhelm the palate of the most global foodie around...                                                                                                                                                           


The Indianized flavors of Lay's Potato chips


1. Strangely flavored Potato chips: When in Indian eat like Indians…and even the global conglomerate PepsiCo realized this and has come up with “Indianized” versions of potato chips to cater to the local tastes. The exclusive Indian flavors of Lays potato chips include Lime N Masala, Magic Masala (Indian Curry flavored chips), and Chat Street. There are speculations of more varieties like tamarind, raw mango, watermelon, and honey-garlic flavors being introduced. 


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Mirchee Bhajee or Indian Chilli fritters2. Mirchee Bhajee: This popular snack is the epitome of Indians’ love for everything spicy. Mirchee bhajee is nothing but fritters made from breaded hot green chillis served with chutney made from garlic and red chilli powder. Carry a fire extinguisher before trying this spicy treat! 


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Sweet Phantom Cigarettes - Candies shaped like Cigarettes3. Sweet Cigarette: It is as much of a cigarette as whale is a fish and bat is a bird. Sweet Cigarette marketed under the brand name of Phantom Cigarettes is actually a candy, shaped like a cigarette complete with a red tip similar to the glow of a lighted cigarette. Made from corn syrup, corn flour, sugar, gelatin, and artificial flavors and colors; this is a type of cigarette that will not injure your health. 


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Paan a beetle leaf preparation will color your mouth deep red4. Paan: Paan is a preparation made from beetle leaf smothered with slacked lime paste, areca nuts, and a variety of spices and condiments. Chewing the paan will color your teeth and the rest of the mouth deep red – truly a dentist’s nightmare! 


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Gomutra or Bovine urine is consumed by Hindus in India5. Gomutra: Want to know what cow urine tastes like then, you needs to taste Gomutra. The Hindus revere cow and consider all products produced by this animal sacred. Gomutra or Bovine urine is consumed by many Hindus in India for religious and alleged medicinal values. 


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Chouricos - A Goan dish made from Pig skin and fat6. Chouricos: This is a classic Goan dish very similar to the Portugese Chouricos, but with a local twist. This sausage like pork delight is made from pig skin, fat, and stuffed into pork chitterlings. They are usually served fried with bread. 


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Khiri Kebab - An Udderly Delicious dish7. Khiri Kebab: Unlike the popular belief, Indian food is not just about vegetarian dishes and includes a whole range of offal delights. Khiri Kebabs are nothing but marinated chunks of goat udder grilled in the traditional tandoor – “udderly delicious” may I say. 


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Dry Pickled Mackerel Fish8. Dry pickled mackerel fish: According to Andrew Zimmermann of the infamous “Bizarre Foods,” this dish “smells like lime and tastes like fish soaked in ammonia for 2 yrs!” 


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Bhang Thandai - The Marijuana laced milk shake9. Bhang Thandai: Be very careful of the drinks offered to you during the colorful festival of Holi. Bhang Thandai, a popular drink, is type of milk shake made by adding nuts, dry fruits, sugar, and a generous amount of marijuana to chilled milk. Bhang is known for its psychotropic effects. 


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Yak Butter Tea - A tea with a twist10. Yak butter tea: Up north in the foot hills of Himalaya, the Tibetan monks love to drink tea with a twist - instead of adding milk as a tea whitener, they add yak butter and salt to the traditionally brewed tea! 


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So this is my list of weird Indian snacks and drinks. However, the term weird is a highly subjective concept and what is weird for me may be a delicacy for others. If you are aware of any Indian snacks or drinks that you feel are weirder than these then do share them with me. 


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tenzin dokche norbu-sha's picture
wow u think its all weird---all of these things r quite delightful and yes including cow piss which has ayurvedic properties-how dare u make fun of our time honoured traditions and tastes what do u want r snacks 2 be fried bacon sour cream grease potato skins coated in grease and butter fats
smruti's picture
Hello Tenzin Dokche Norbu-sha, firstly thanks for reading my blog. And, I am in no way trying to make fun of any culture here. I have mentioned in the blog as well, that the whole concept of "weird" is subjective and whats weird for me may not be weird for u. That said, I do enjoy mirchee bhajee, paan, and have eaten quite a few sweet cigarette as well.
jeremy's picture
if you ever get to go to the northeast, don't forget to add dog/snake/fox/deer/elephant/etc. meat, ant lion boiled with sugar, all kinds of insects including the white worm in the bark of trees(this one is good) burnt with lemon.. of course you won't get it easily..... but if you're at the right place at the right time, you're gonna love it.. try pan cigarette in manipal, baby shark in goa...