Nervous about getting into a chaat session in a foreign language? Clip this list and take it with you to order like a native.
Batata: potato (synonym for aloo).
Bhel: "rice crispies" mixed with chutneys.
Chaat: Indian snack foods.
Chowpatty: not a veggie burger but the name of a beach in Bombay, famous for its many chaat shops.
Falooda: thin, sweet rice noodles.
Kheema: spicy ground meat preparation, usually lamb; vegetarian kheema substitutes soy beans for meat.
Khus: sweet, fragrant syrup made from the root of a tropical plant.
Kulfi: Indian ice cream whose texture is more icy than creamy.
Lassi: yogurt drink.
Paav: (wheat) dinner roll.
Puri: pastries with sweet-savory (and often spicy) fillings.
Sabza: basil seeds.
Sev: thin, crispy fried noodles made from chickpea flour.