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The street food and vendors of India
From Kerala to Mumbai to New Delhi, an intimate look at the street food of India
The streets of India are fertile grounds for food exploration. Pavements are crowded with makeshift stalls, stands, and people pulling entire kitchens out of their packs to set up on top of a cardboard box. Each walla (street vendor) has his own style, his own recipe -- generally for just one dish he regards his specialty -- and tries making even the cheapest of setups look attractive to draw customers.
In India, life spills out onto the pavement, meaning every stage of the preparation process is on display, and not just the finished product.
Here's a look at different vendors hawking their street food specialties in Mumbai, New Delhi, and Kerala.