Bangalore: Bun Nippat with Masala Thums Up

[Editor's Note] The chill of the winters makes for a great excuse to indulge appetites and tickle the taste buds. Street food captures the heart and soul of any city – whether it is grab on the go food, an unusual lunch break or indulgence on a full moon night. This post is a part of a series on popular street food in Indian cities and the best places (the grand, the gully fare and the hole-in-the-walls) in town to relish them. 

Every city has its signature street food. I first heard about Nippat Masala when I started working in Bangalore a few years ago. Every nook and corner of the city has stalls/thela gaadi with this crispy deep fried salty snack Nippat, garnished with onion, tomato and chutney. Recently I came across a new combination of nippat and bun very popularly known as Bun Nippat Masala. I have been a great fan of spicy Mumbai vada pav and Bun Nippat Masala sounded more like the Bangalorean version of this staple fare.  The foodie in me craved to try this. I assumed it would be available at any bakery shop selling various bun combinations or at any snack joints selling chats or nippat masala. But that was not the case and thus began my search for nippat filled buns.

After trying various food joints, talking to locals, college going students, and some research on the internet, I came across a couple of joints that were hot favourites among the college students.

Chetty’s Corner

Bun Nippat at Chetty’s Corner in Kumara Park

This small fast food joint started by two brothers Anil and Vinod P. K. has been in Kumara Park for the last 15 years. I decided to go and have my first taste of our own Bangalore’s Bun Nippat Masala. There were a lot of vehicles parked opposite the shop. The shop was surrounded by a lot of people and I had to struggle to find my way to the counter.

I was curiously looking at the menu pasted on the wall with some great combinations with buns like Bun Nippat & Cheese, Bun Butter Nut, Bun Butter Gulkand. And in those few seconds while I stared at the menu, I was startled to see so many customers ordering for Bun Nippat Masala with Cheese.

Anil, who was greeting every customer with a very friendly smile, said that Bun Nippat Masala with Cheese was a signature dish of Chetty’s Corner. Without wasting time I ordered a Bun Nippat Masala and Bun Nippat Cheese. While I was indulged in savouring the rich flavours, very lively and energetic owner Anil suggested trying bun nippat with Masala Thums Up.

Bun Nippat Masala with Masala Thums Up was indeed a nice combination. The treat of soft white bread and crispy nippat finely balanced with spicy green chutney and sweet tangy red chutney topped with chopped onions and tomatoes was simple to make but seemed like it had come straight from gourmet heaven.

All the credit to Chetty’s Corner!

• Chetty’s Corner, 2 Serpentine Road, Kumara Park West, Kumara Park, Bangalore

Sri Sai Ram Eat Out

Bun Nippat at Sai Ram in Malleshwaram

Another small fast food joint located in Malleswaram serves this unique combination of Bun Nippat Masala and Masala Thums Up. Crowded with college going students this shop run by Lokesh has been here for the last 5 years. This joint serves chats and juices apart from the various combinations of bun goodies. The eateryseemed to be more popular for its chats rather than the bun nippat. Taking a look at the menu I ordered for my Bun Nippat.

Masala Thums Up, a great accompaniment to Bun Nippat

Skilled hands perfectly sliced the bun in half and squeezed in a nippat garnished with onion, tomatoes and chat masala.

• Sri Sai Ram Eat Out, Opp Chitrapur Bhavan, 8th Main Rd, Malleshwaram, Bangalore

The next time your tummy screams street food, go out and seek bun nippat for some unusual street food fare.

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