Cuisine of Varanasi

There is no doubt that food is a significant part of Varanasi's culture—especially its piping hot kachoris at breakfast, refreshing paans, sweets, lassi and thandai.

Since Aryan culture is found in the holy city, meat and beef is not that common and vegetarian cuisine is mostly followed with some exceptions due to Muslim habitations. The food of Varanasi is influenced by nearby states including Bihar and West Bengal, which has been given a different flavour by the locals of the city.

Here are some popular Varanasi street foods that you must try if you ever visit the city:

  • Kachori Sabzi. Kachori Sabzi is the most popular breakfast dish in Varanasi.
  • Choora Matar
  • Dahi Chutney Gol Gappe
  • Baati Chokha
  • Tamatar Chaat
  • Chena Dahi Vada
  • Malaiyyo - Famous Sweet of Banaras
  • Thandai
  • Lassi
  • Launglata
  • Buniya
  • Banarasi Paan
  • Lemon Teas at Ghats