All you jalebi, rabdi, onion kachori lovers, take a deep breath and read through this list of Rajasthani food outlets that have made Bangalore a more tempting city to live in. Serving the most scrumptious of savory snacks and tempting north-Indian sweets, they offer a range of must-experience food choices. No, you cannot eat the images. Please visit the outlets and tell us how it went. We’ll wait to hear!
Kota Kachori, Koramangala
Kota Kachori serves all the favourite savouries and sweets from Kota in Rajasthan. The original outlet, started by Rajendra Kumar Jain in Kota, is 35 years old. He started the Bangalore outlet in April 2015. The pyaz kachoris here are perfectly crusty on the outside and filled with a delicious curry made of potatoes and onions. A perfect stop for snacks, the outlet serves dal kachoris, jalebis, dhoklas, sabudana vadas, sabudana khichdi, poori sabzi, pao bhaji, chole bhature and dal chillas. It also serves falahar – food to be eaten during fasts – everyday, making it probably one of the few places in Bangalore to do so. The sweets section seems to have a long list of interesting items including fruit cream, shrikhand, mango kalakandalong with desi ghee mithai such as moong burfi, aam pak, badaam burfi, makhan bada etc.
Bikaner Sweets, BVK Iyengar Road
Bikaner Sweets is a 15 year old Rajasthani stall that offers great tasting food at a reasonable prices, making it a good stop for shoppers and students alike. It serves a wide range of sweet and savoury food items that are otherwise not easy to find in Bangalore – Kadi Pakori, Badaam Milk, Gajar Halwa, Gulab Jamun, Jalebi, Kachori Kadi etc.
Durga Bikaner Sweets, Jayanagar
Famous for Rajasthani light eats, Durga Bikaner Sweets is located in 3rd Block, Jayanagar, Bangalore. It is a narrow outlet with fresh onion kachoris being prepared right at the entrance. Started in 2011, it is most well known for Jalebis, Kachoris and Rabdi. A variety of signature Rajasthani snacks – like the Rajasthani Papad, the Rajasthani Achaar etc. are also available.
Gauri Gajanand Sweets, Whitefield
Think Rajasthan, think Gauri Gajanand Sweets in AECS Layout, Whitefield. A small snacks and sweets shop that sells snacks for which people queue up – samosa, pyaz kachori, vada pao, dhokla. “Sab kuch sab samay milta hai. Hum marwari hain na“, says Prakash who owns the outlet. (Everything is available all the time, we are marwari after all.). Prakash worked at a sweet shop in BTM Layout for eleven years before starting this shop four years ago. His sweets are equally famous, from original Rajasthani ghewar to freshly made jalebis, melt-in-the-mouth gulab jamuns, mewa-stuffed gujiyas, sinfully delicious dal halwa and various others that are difficult to resist. They also do festival specials such as Malpua during Holi and sweet matthis during Karvachauth.
Gajanand Sweets, Vijaynagar
This highly recommended Rajasthani sweets/snacks/chaat shop is located in Vijaynagar, Bangalore. Gajanand Sweets is usually packed through the day, being a regular hangout of students and families. It is most well known for its Aloo Tikki, Dahi Puri, Kachori and sweets. It also serves Rajasthani Aachar (pickle) and savoury namkeens.
Rajasthani Sri Shyam Thali, Koramangala
Rajasthani Sri Shyam Thali is a Rajasthani food joint in the heart of Koramangala’s food district – 60 ft rd. Refreshingly simple (it offer basic seating on plastic stools and tables), where Sri Shyam Thali delights is its unique menu offerings. Matar Puri, Sattu Puri, Paneer Puri, Litti Chokha Dal, Dal Bati Churma – these are not easily available in Bangalore. At Sri Shyam Thali, they are served to you in minutes by smiling servers who are happy to provide refills at little to no cost. They also serve a variety of stuffed paranthas and a veg Thali consisting of Dal, 2 sabjis, Raita, Papad, Rotis, Rice. The prices are reasonable and the service fast.
BANSURI SWEETS, HSR LAYOUT
One of the highlights at the archaic HSR Layout in Bangalore, is the 10-year-old Bansuri Sweets. This no-frills joint is perfect for when you want to gorge on veggie delights despite your slim wallet. The eatery is popular for its lineup of snacks, chaats and oh-so delicious kachori-sabzi. Bansuri Sweets is a perfect stop for a quick meal and can also order their appealing thali, that includes dal, roti, gatte ki sabzi, papad and other condiments. Patrons especially love it because it reminds them of ghar ka khana.
KACHORI KAFE, HSR LAYOUT
Buzzing Kachori Kafe that started in 2012, in HSR Layout, Bangalore, does not disappoint no matter which meal you drop by for. In the early morning, one can kick-start the day with their hot, hot puri sabzi, aloo-puri and adrak chai (ginger tea). As it provides North-Indian and Rajasthani cuisines, the menu attractions are special Rajasthani thali, paneer parantha, Dilli-wale chole-bhature and many more. Pair these up with a glass of jumbo lassi which will make your meal a wholesome delight.
KESARIYA RESTAURANT, JP NAGAR
Kesariya Restaurant in JP Nagar, is well-known across Bangalore for featuring and serving one of the best Rajasthani-cuisine. This upscale Rajasthani restaurant sports traditional artworks and motifs that adorn its walls giving a virtual depiction of the culture. You have got yourself a delicious meal as it offers authentic desi thali. At lunch and dinner, this highly recommended thali provides dal baati-churma, bajra khichdi, maharani pulav, gatte ki sabzi and ajwaini puri. Finish up with its kesariya kulfi, rabdi and shrikhand (sweet dish made of strained yogurt). The moderate prices make this place all the more endearing.
NH 8 RESTAURANT, INDRANAGAR
NH 8 Restaurant in 80 Feet Road, Indranagar, sure does give the former plenty of tough competition. Among the indefinite restaurants that dot the cuisine, this is one of the handful that may reignite the love for Rajasthani fare. It has a vibrant cultural setup with puppets, small windows, mirrors and low-level benches. Veggie lovers can’t get enough of the Rajasthani combos and thalis. Start off with Moong dal ka halwa, prepared in desi ghee and jal-jeera (flavored drink). For mains, wolf down to the delicious dal baati-churma, gatta masala, dal kachori and papad & shrikhand to make up the rest of the thali. With Bohemian-style ambiance, it also serves Kathiawadi specialties from Gujarat.