Photo Essay | God food guide

It's always open season on the streets of Varanasi

A Varanasi experience is incomplete without the how, where, why and what not of stuffed ‘kachori’ with ‘aloo ki sabzi’. Photographs by Priyanaka Parashar/Mint
1/8A Varanasi experience is incomplete without the how, where, why and what not of stuffed ‘kachori’ with ‘aloo ki sabzi’. Photographs by Priyanaka Parashar/Mint
‘Thandai’, a cool drink laced with marijuana
2/8‘Thandai’, a cool drink laced with marijuana
Sixth-generation paanwala Rajkumar Chaurasia says his sons don’t want to take on his profession
3/8Sixth-generation paanwala Rajkumar Chaurasia says his sons don’t want to take on his profession
Murari Lal Nigam carries around a hot pan selling roasted fresh peas with sliced onions and green chillies
4/8Murari Lal Nigam carries around a hot pan selling roasted fresh peas with sliced onions and green chillies
Dip these orange-hued or cream-yellow feni in sugared milk for breakfast or dessert
5/8Dip these orange-hued or cream-yellow feni in sugared milk for breakfast or dessert
What’s a ‘kebab’ without a ‘khameeri roti’? A roadside cook rolling out ‘khameeri rotis’
6/8What’s a ‘kebab’ without a ‘khameeri roti’? A roadside cook rolling out ‘khameeri rotis’
Life in Varanasi without the creamy ‘lassi’ served in earthen ‘kulhads’ would be a little less divine
7/8Life in Varanasi without the creamy ‘lassi’ served in earthen ‘kulhads’ would be a little less divine
Homemade multi-flavoured ‘papads’ are a local speciality, with mint and black pepper the top-selling ones
8/8Homemade multi-flavoured ‘papads’ are a local speciality, with mint and black pepper the top-selling ones
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