A new cafe giving customers a flavour of Indian street markets has just launched in the city centre.
Serving up a completely vegetarian menu, Desi Street Food has opened in Pocklingtons Walk, and is currently offering a takeaway and delivery service.
The family-run cafe has been started by Sukh Singh, who, having been inspired by a visit to India, was keen to give people in Leicester the chance to experience Indian street food.
Sukh, who has previously run a restaurant, told LeicestershireLive: “I wanted to offer the fast street food concept of India’s markets with good homemade vegetarian food at an affordable price.”
Take a look inside and at some of the menu in the gallery below
From the northern region of Punjab, though Delhi, down to Mumbai, he aims to bring to Leicester a sense of that Indian culture – drinking chai or Limca, and eating chaats or a healthy salad.
According to Sukh, food is freshly cooked using only locally sourced good quality produce, and is 100 per cent vegetarian.
The menu focuses on breakfast, lunch and snacks, with all day breakfast options including Desi beans on toast made with spicy baked beans, Desi breakfast, including chickpea curry, two puri and a chai, Panjabi breakfast, including two aloo parantha, yoghurt, pickles and a chai, and the full Indian, including spicy baked beans, two parantha, and a chai.
There’s street toasties, such as the original cheese toastie, chilli cheese toastie and the Mumbai toastie, which includes spicy mashed potato, red onions, tomatoes, and green peppers topped with cheese, served with your choice of chutney.
You can get naan wraps, including a veg samosa wrap and a chilli paneer wrap, plus salads, chips and chaats, including sev puri and aloo tikki chaat. Snacks include vegetable samosas and Panjabi pakora.
Desi Street Food is at 8 Pocklingtons Walk, Leicester. It is open from 8am until 5pm Monday to Saturday for takeaways and deliveries, via Uber Eats, Deliveroo and Just Eat.