Bangalore’s Thindi Beedhi – Food Street

Thindi Beedhi or ‘Food Street’ is located in V. V. Puram – the street hosts a variety of food stalls where you get some delicious vegetarian food on all evenings from about 6.30 pm onwards. I had never been there, and on a recent Sunday was my first visit with my husband and another couple, who are our good friends. The road is not very long but houses dozens of small shops/stalls. The road is thankfully a one-way street for traffic and this doesn’t make the already narrow street too congested.

Location: Google Maps

Landmark: The VB Bakery end of the road culminates at Sajjan Rao circle.

People on Thindi Beedhi

                   People hanging out on thindi beedhi

We started from the other end of the famous V.B. Bakery – the corn guys have their push carts at this end. We had some unique corn snacks – butter baby corn, American baby corn masala, and a few others. The American baby corn masala was tangy and spicy and very nice for the evening hours. We stopped at the bajji stalls next to try the capsicum, chilly, and raw banana bajjis.The bajjis served here are unique in the sense, they are first sliced into two and the slices are stuffed with  spicy raw grated carrots and onions and are topped of with a dash of salt, chilly powder, and lemon.

See one of the bajji guys busy with making bajjis in the pic below.

Bajji Man

There are a number of dosa joints that make a variety of dosas – dosas are served with coconut and onion chutneys. You can see some of the dosa varieties listed in the pic below. Of course, you have to overlook the spelling! :)  For example, I have no clue what a ‘Bath Masala’ (see in the pic below) could be. And I don’t want to imagine too much. :))

Dosa People

Dosa Guys

The dosas are sold for anywhere between Rs. 15-20/-. All of the food is priced reasonably and an evening out for 2 can easily be done for about Rs. 100/-!

Most Chinese food available here is Indianised. We didn’t try any of the Chinese the evening we went. I am told they are quite delicious too. As we walked back to the end of the street, we tried the jamun and holige(poLi) for dessert. The jamuns were really yum. But I cant say the same for holige.  They were alright and nothing to write home about. The way we went about was, we ordered one of anything that we were ordering and all of us dug in, that way you get to taste a little of whatever everybody was having. :)  Really, there is way too much food here. And even if all you want to do is taste the variety offered, you will have to make multiple trips.

There are little table top stalls that serve hot, what looked yummy, pav bhaji.

Pav baji Guys

The street is also famous for the badam milk – you get the hot and the cold variety. Some people really like the mumbai style hot badam milk that you get here.

While I wont recommend this place especially to go and eat, unless you are an absolute foodie (which I am not), the ambiance is very nice for a leisurely stroll with friends and to hang out chatting when you taste a little of everything. Whether you are a foodie or not, you are likely to enjoy the experience. And if you aren’t a foodie, just try a little of this and that, which is what I would do when I go back again. But then, if you are a foodie, well go binge! :)


20 Responses to “Bangalore’s Thindi Beedhi – Food Street”

  1. The pav bhaji did it for me………will be there ………………ASAP:)

  2. Hi … where exactly is VV Puram? Would want to check this place next time when i’m there in Bglr …. any closeby areas / landmarks would help … Tks.

  3. Looks yum. :) I should make a trip too.

  4. Where is VV puram ..I wanna go now :)

  5. Hey Chitra,
    I was *just* telling my friend yesterday that we should make a trip there this weekend – and here you go – with pictures et all ! :)

    The last time I was there was about 5-6 years back – The guy in the first shop to right used to sell Amla Murabba – tasted reaal yumm – I do hope he is still there. :-p drool drool drool

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  7. Shilpa, enjoy. :)

    Ram N, thanks for visiting the blog. I have now included the location/landmark in the write-up. :)

    Which main, enjoy. :)

    Swati, I have now included the location/landmark in the write-up. :)

    Lavanya, enjoy! :)

  8. mmm.yummmmmm

  9. hi chitra, i was just surfung the net when i came across ur blog…..its a nice nice write up about the dosa street……the amla murabba guy is still there…also the various dosas,chat,badam milk and the poli stores are still there but the the place has lost its charm!!there used to be a lot of street hackers which made it intresting but now the cops are not letting these guys put up their stalls…but a few guys manage to bribe the cops and put up their stall only on a sunday….so if u guys have plans of visiting v v puram, make sure its weekend and only after 7pm…and for more info on location its near west gate of LAL BAGH…a lot of the dosa guys have moved on have their shops setup in MNC like DELL and INFOSYS!!!!

  10. Bath masala is a hybrid combo of dosa + chitranna. They replace aloo bhajee of masala dosa with chitranna.

  11. My friend just sent me this site. I am drooling all over it even though I have read it many a times 😉

  12. Bangalore street food is just YUCKKKKKSSSSS!!!! people who like the street food in Bangalore should visit Kolkata and then comment here. You will never feel like returning to Bangalore if u get the taste of Kolkata’s street food. Moreover its so damn expensive. A dinner would cost nothing less than a hundred rupees… The case is different for those who are satisfied just with a dosa or idlis… yucks…. how can someone have idlis and dosas on the streets of Bangalore and boast that the street food here is good? There is just no variety or options here…..
    I am a bachelor living in Bangalore since the past 6 years and every night i am in a dilemma what to have for dinner that would be good to my tongue as well as my pocket….
    Yes you will definitely get good mouthwatering food in restaurants… no doubt about that… but that cannot be a daily option as it will drain our pockets like anything…. An ordinary human being cant afford to spend 150 – 200 rupees daily for each tasty meal he eats…. Its impossible to satisfy both one’s tongue and pocket at the same time in bangalore… i just hate it….

    And regarding Bihar, the food there too is just awesome… People confined to Bangalore…. “There is a world outside Bangalore as well” As a matter of fact, “BANGALORE HAS THE WORST STREET FOOD I HAVE EVER HAD IN MY LIFE”

  13. Arijit, this post is specifically about the food street in V.V. Puram. Not all street food here – guess you didnt realise …

  14. @Arijit: When are you returning back to Kolkata?

  15. Arijit…pls return back to kolkata ASAP

  16. @arjit
    return to kolkatta. what the hell are u doing here in bangalore .

  17. Arjit:- pls return to Bihar.. you can have some yum RAT meat.. spl delicacy… n better learn to talk :)

  18. @Arijit : Get the hell out of here if you hate this place ..|..

  19. Hello Chitra, this is a beautiful blog. I have been to this place. Man! this place is awesome. I am a foodie, so is my hubby and most of my friends. Thank you for this blog, I had to sell thindi beedhi to few of my friends which i have done with ease. Thank you.

  20. Write up was good though you could have avoided the line

    “While I wont recommend this place especially to go and eat, unless you are an absolute foodie (which I am not),”

    @Arijit , remember it was you guys who climbed down from north increased the prices of food here in bangalore.if you can’t eat idly and dosa , cook some crap you eat at home itself.High time you leave our place and go back to bihar,kolkata whatever and we will happily munch on the food options we have..

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