The Hot Chips Saga: Crunching Snacks in Bangalore
[vc_row][vc_column][mk_title_box] [/mk_title_box][vc_column_text]Even if you have only visited Bangalore briefly, the little Hot Chips shops are, I am sure, something you would not have missed. These outlets are present at every nook and corner in the city, selling a variety of fried goodies. They have survived the test of time, being a remnant of Old Bangalore, and have withstood competition from Lays and the likes. Have you ever, like me, wondered how all those delicious-looking goodies fit into such tiny shops? Have you been mesmerised by the sight of the shopkeeper grating huge potatoes into paper-thin chips into a pan of smoking-hot oil, just outside the store? Have you wondered what to buy from Hot Chips and what not? I have done my fair share of shopping at Hot Chips.My fair share of gawking at them, too. Here is a list of my personal favourites from Hot Chips.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][mk_image src="https://publish.talkingstreet.in:8443/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Salted-potato-chips.jpg" image_width="400" desc="Salted Potato Chips" caption_location="outside-image"][mk_padding_divider size="20"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][mk_title_box font_family="Bookman Old Style, serif" font_type="safefont"]1. Salted Potato Chips [/mk_title_box][vc_column_text] True, Hot Chips has a variety of chips available, from Kerala banana chips to potato chips of the plain, salted and spicy types. The salted potato chips are one of their signature products, though. Most Hot Chips stores are famous for their simple salted potato chips, and it is one of their best-selling products. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][mk_image src="https://publish.talkingstreet.in:8443/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Mixture.jpg" image_width="400" desc="Mixture" caption_location="outside-image"][mk_padding_divider size="20"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][mk_title_box font_family="Bookman Old Style, serif" font_type="safefont"]2. Mixture [/mk_title_box][vc_column_text] Any little store in Bangalore will be able to offer you at least two varieties of Mixture, that ubiquitous South Indian snack. I like the mixture at Hot Chips, the one with lots of kodbele, pieces of fried coconut, curry leaves, and groundnut in it. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][mk_image src="https://publish.talkingstreet.in:8443/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Picnic.jpg" image_width="400"][mk_padding_divider size="20"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][mk_title_box font_family="Bookman Old Style, serif" font_type="safefont"]3. Picnic [/mk_title_box][vc_column_text] Crispy fried tubes that are just the right mix of salty and sweet – that is Picnic for you. I believe Picnic is another ofmost Hot Chips stores’ best-selling products. You can eat your Picnic straight out of the bag or use it to make a tasty chaat with onions, tomatoes, fresh coriander, and spicy and sweet chutneys! [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][mk_padding_divider size="20"][mk_image src="https://publish.talkingstreet.in:8443/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Fryums.jpg" image_width="400" desc="Fryums" caption_location="outside-image"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][mk_title_box font_family="Bookman Old Style, serif" font_type="safefont"]4. Fryums [/mk_title_box][vc_column_text]Does the sight of Fryums not take you right back to your childhood? Fryums are another lovely goodie from Hot Chips, available in a variety of designs. They also come with little variations, like those sprinkled with onion powder or tossed with red chilli powder. I personally like the plain, salted, round Fryums.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][mk_image src="https://publish.talkingstreet.in:8443/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Nippattu.jpg" image_width="400" desc="Nippatu" caption_location="outside-image"][mk_padding_divider size="20"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][mk_title_box font_family="Bookman Old Style, serif" font_type="safefont"]5. Nippattu [/mk_title_box][vc_column_text] Many Hot Chips stores have great nippattu– that famous Karnataka snack that can be had at all times. Nippattu are nothing but little circles of dough, studded with gram dal and curry leaves, deep fried to a perfect crispy-crunchiness. They taste lovely by themselves,and can even be mixed withpuffed rice, onions, tomatoes, grated carrots, fresh coriander, and sweet and hot chutneys, to make a lovely churmuri. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][mk_image src="https://publish.talkingstreet.in:8443/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Palak-murukku.jpg" image_width="400" desc="Palak Murukku" caption_location="outside-image"][mk_padding_divider size="20"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][mk_title_box font_family="Bookman Old Style, serif" font_type="safefont"] 6. Palak Murukku [/mk_title_box][vc_column_text] Hot Chips outlets usually stock a variety of murukkus, the palakmurukku being one of my hot favourites among them. With their bright green colour, they look attractive enough to tempt you into buying a packet. That said, they taste great too –not too crisp and not too soft, just perfect! [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][mk_image src="https://publish.talkingstreet.in:8443/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Congress-Kadalai.jpg" image_width="400" desc="Congress Kadalai" caption_location="outside-image"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][mk_title_box font_family="Bookman Old Style, serif" font_type="safefont"]7. Congress Kadalai [/mk_title_box][vc_column_text]There is an interesting story about how the Congress kadalai came to be called so. Apparently, the Congress party headed by Indira Gandhi split into two in the 1970s. One factionwas headed by K Kamaraj, and the other one was led by Indira Gandhi. At about the same time, this snackwas invented where groundnuts would be split into two parts, fried, and given a generous coating of salt and red chilli powder. The split groundnut or kadalai began to be called Congress Kadalai, to signify the splitting of the Congress party into two. The story behind Congress kadalai is, indeed, fascinating, but that is not the only reason to buy it. The kadalai tastes great too, either had by itself or used in a chaat.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] So, which of these Hot Chips delicacies is your favourite? [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]


Even if you have only visited Bangalore briefly, the little Hot Chips shops are, I am sure, something you would not have missed. These outlets are present at every nook and corner in the city, selling a variety of fried goodies. They have survived the test of time, being a remnant of Old Bangalore, and have withstood competition from Lays and the likes. Have you ever, like me, wondered how all those delicious-looking goodies fit into such tiny shops? Have you been mesmerised by the sight of the shopkeeper grating huge potatoes into paper-thin chips into a pan of smoking-hot oil, just outside the store? Have you wondered what to buy from Hot Chips and what not? I have done my fair share of shopping at Hot Chips.My fair share of gawking at them, too. Here is a list of my personal favourites from Hot Chips.


Salted Potato Chips
1. Salted Potato Chips True, Hot Chips has a variety of chips available, from Kerala banana chips to potato chips of the plain, salted and spicy types. The salted potato chips are one of their signature products, though. Most Hot Chips stores are famous for their simple salted potato chips, and it is one of their best-selling products.


Mixture
2. Mixture Any little store in Bangalore will be able to offer you at least two varieties of Mixture, that ubiquitous South Indian snack. I like the mixture at Hot Chips, the one with lots of kodbele, pieces of fried coconut, curry leaves, and groundnut in it.


3. Picnic Crispy fried tubes that are just the right mix of salty and sweet – that is Picnic for you. I believe Picnic is another ofmost Hot Chips stores’ best-selling products. You can eat your Picnic straight out of the bag or use it to make a tasty chaat with onions, tomatoes, fresh coriander, and spicy and sweet chutneys!


Fryums
4. Fryums Does the sight of Fryums not take you right back to your childhood? Fryums are another lovely goodie from Hot Chips, available in a variety of designs. They also come with little variations, like those sprinkled with onion powder or tossed with red chilli powder. I personally like the plain, salted, round Fryums.


Nippatu
5. Nippattu Many Hot Chips stores have great nippattu– that famous Karnataka snack that can be had at all times. Nippattu are nothing but little circles of dough, studded with gram dal and curry leaves, deep fried to a perfect crispy-crunchiness. They taste lovely by themselves,and can even be mixed withpuffed rice, onions, tomatoes, grated carrots, fresh coriander, and sweet and hot chutneys, to make a lovely churmuri.


Palak Murukku
6. Palak Murukku Hot Chips outlets usually stock a variety of murukkus, the palakmurukku being one of my hot favourites among them. With their bright green colour, they look attractive enough to tempt you into buying a packet. That said, they taste great too –not too crisp and not too soft, just perfect!


Congress Kadalai
7. Congress Kadalai There is an interesting story about how the Congress kadalai came to be called so. Apparently, the Congress party headed by Indira Gandhi split into two in the 1970s. One factionwas headed by K Kamaraj, and the other one was led by Indira Gandhi. At about the same time, this snackwas invented where groundnuts would be split into two parts, fried, and given a generous coating of salt and red chilli powder. The split groundnut or kadalai began to be called Congress Kadalai, to signify the splitting of the Congress party into two. The story behind Congress kadalai is, indeed, fascinating, but that is not the only reason to buy it. The kadalai tastes great too, either had by itself or used in a chaat.

So, which of these Hot Chips delicacies is your favourite?
Location:
Bangalore
Cuisine:
South-Indian Snacks
Maheima Kapur

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