Where India's Street Food Is Born

It's harvest time for the water chestnut.

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Water chestnuts are a favorite treat on the streets on Mumbai, served up steamed with a nice blackened outer coat. Like most foods, they are picked hundreds of miles away. Below, scenes of the harvest in Bandipora.

Kashmiri villagers collect water chestnuts on their boats from the waters of Wular Lake at Bandipora, about 40 miles north of Srinagar. Water chestnuts are locally known as "singada" and are eaten either raw, boiled or grounded into flour after they are dried. (Reuters/Danish Ismail)

A Kashmiri village woman carries a basket filled with water chestnuts after collecting them from the waters of Wular Lake at Bandipora. (Reuters/Danish Ismail)
A Kashmiri villager rows his boat through the waters of Wular Lake. (Reuters/Danish Ismail)

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  • Amanda Erickson is a former senior associate editor at CityLab.