Bollywood songs already have us hooked to the extremest levels of fandom that there are, with our favourite stars jiving to the choicest of moves. But what happens when Bollywood songs are centered around food? We get the best of both worlds, we’d say! These Bollywood songs have us seamlessly going from appetisers to main course, from entrees to desserts, from ingredients to dishes, and beverages to flavours.
Some of the lyrics are whacky, some are drool-worthy, others are suggestive of minute references, and even others are just plain, simple awesome! This list, although closely resembling a restaurant’s menu – is definitely not so. Some songs are old, some are new – but the one thing in common is food, food, and more food! We suggest keeping some snacks alongside with you while reading this, because by the end of this list you’re going to be very, very hungry!
1. Ala Barfi! from Barfi
This song is as sweet as the movie’s title – and why shouldn’t it be? Based on the best Indian mithai that could ever exist, Ala! Barfi is the perfect song to listen to at the end of a sumptuous meal and fulfill that dessert craving!
2. Gur Naal Ishq Mittha from I Love NY
Gud naal toh sabb meetha hee honda hai, toh ishq kyun nahin? This song is as evergreen as it gets. Even if you’re in the worst of mind-spaces, it will make you involuntarily jive!
3. Kabhi Neem Neem, Kabhi Shehed Shehed from Yuva
Because if that isn’t what your defines love, we don’t know what does! Sometimes as bitter as neem, as sweet as honey – everyone has someone or the other in their lives who is the definition of this.
4. Jalebi Bai from Double Dhamaal
Twisted and uncanny as this comparison is, as long as the song has Jalebi – we ain’t complaining! Mallika Sherawat’s moves to this item number are one of a kind, and they’re awesome.
5. Batata Wada from Hifazat
Also featuring in Tumhari Sulu, the song’s title itself takes us mentally to a whole new world. Where it’s just us, and batata wada, and no one else. Ahhh, bliss.
6. Samose Mein Aloo from Mr. And Mrs. Khiladi
‘Jab takk rahega samose mein aloo, tera rahunga oh meri shaalu.’ If you couldn’t get over the fact that there’s a song featuring a samosa, have fun trying to digest the lyrics!
7. Chocolate, Lime Juice from Hum Aapke Hain Koun
Yes, that’s a weird combination! But hey, when it’s food – who’s judging? Chocolate, Lime Juice, Ice Cream, Toffeeyaan – as the song croons, we get a taste of all things that were dear to us in our childhood.
8. Main Toh Raste Se Jaa Raha Tha, Bhelpuri Kha Raha Tha from Coolie No. 1
If this song doesn’t perfectly capture your favourite pastime, we don’t know what does! Rasste se jaana, aur bhelpuri khaana – the ideal thing to do on a vella Saturday afternoon.
9. Aloo Chaat from Aloo Chaat
Aggressive, bold, yet awesome! Aloo chaat was an eclectic mix of sweet, spice, and everything nice. We’re listening to this song on repeat, till date.
10. Hai Hai Mirchi from Biwi No. 1
The song featured Karisma Kapoor in possibly the most mirchi version of hers! Spicy and sensuous – just how we like our food.
11. Ek Garam Chai Ki Pyaali Ho from Har Dil Jo Pyar Karega
You can’t not listen to this song while drinking your hot cuppa! Anu Mallik at his classic best.
12. Chhora Chhori Channe Ke Khet Mein from Poornima
Chhora chhori chane ke khet mein, ya sarson ke – we all know exactly what they are up to!
13. Ande Ka Funda from Jodi No. 1
Aao sikhau, tumhein ande ka funda. Also, Sunday ho ya Monday roz khaao Ande!
14. Strawberry Aankhein from Sapnay
Move over blue and green eyes! Strawberry Aankhein are here to take over the world. Who says strawberry is just a pie or a dessert?
15. Chicken Kuk-Doo-Koo from Bajrangi Bhaijaan
Picture this – a song entirely about chicken, dipped in chicken, in the praise of chicken, and for the love of chicken! What a wonderful world it is, right?