One of the things that makes street food unique is the way it is influenced by subtle cultural nuances, shaping it, over years to take the form we see. Every item, sometimes every eatery, has its own story of origin and influences. All of these cultural sub-currents come together to enhance the dish and often, its maker.
Udaipur is one of the most culturally celebrated cities in India. Known as the “Venice of the East”, it is famous for its historic palaces and picturesque lakes. The people are friendly and grounded, always ready to lend a helping hand. The city is usually abuzz with tourists and has of late, evolved into a coveted wedding destination. But, like any historic city, there’s more to this romantic destination than its forts and monuments, in the form of its food. The street food is as exotic as the city itself, and so, here’s a list of must-visit food suggestions – eateries that give away the underlying culture of the city in each bite.
One of the most famous localities for street food, the Sukhadia Circle is an area which is loved by both the locals and the tourists. A number of stalls are housed in this area, serving a range of food – from typical snacks such as pav bhaji and chaat to full-fledged meals. One among the many treats on offer is an Indian version of the now ubiquitous pizza. A thick base covered with vegetables, it contains Indian herbs and spices lending it an interesting twist. There are quite a few different options to choose from.
The Sukhadia circle is usually very busy during the weekends. For those who want to sit back and relax, various activities such as boat rides are available.
For those with a sweet tooth, Bhole Mishthan is a perfect option. Located on the bustling streets of Delhi Gate, Bhole Mishthan offers, what may probably be, the tastiest Jalebis in the entire city.
Jalebis are traditional Indian dishes that are prepared by deep frying pretzel shaped flour and soaking them in kesar-flavoured, thick sugar syrup. The jalebis at Bhole Mishthan are made in desi ghee and served hot, a perfect treat.
Fateh Sagar lake- Vinod Coffee House
Vinod Coffee House is one among the well-known youth hubs in Udaipur. Almost everything served here is a flavor-some delight. With the famous Fateh Lake setting up as the background, Vinod Coffee House is perfect for those who enjoy a good snack with a pal. The coffee here is a special favorite; steaming hot coffee is served in Kulhad (earthen clay cups). The Kulhad cups add a special taste to the coffee, making it all the more rich and exquisite. It is best enjoyed in the evening where the sunset contributes to the alluring atmosphere.
Vada pav is a yummy, tasty snack that can be enjoyed with a cup of chaas (cold buttermilk) after a long day’s work in Udaipur. This snack basically consists of an aloo patty sandwiched between two slices of pav (bread) and mixed with sweet and spicy chutney. A fried crunchy green chilly may be added for extra spicy. Vada pav is a prominent dish that is usually enjoyed on the busy streets of Mumbai, but the Udaipur version is equally tasty and has an added twist to it.
Chats are snacks that everybody enjoys, and the Shiv Shakti Chaat centre in Bapu Bazaar makes the tastiest chats in Udaipur. Located in one of the most chaotic markets of Udaipur, Shiv Shakti Chat centre is famous for its Dahi Kachori chat. Kachoris are typically made of wheat or flour dough which is deep-fried and stuffed with a filling of cooked dal and spice, or in this case, dahi (cold yogurt/ curd). The Kachori is usually crushed and topped with spicy and sweet chutney and sev. The kachoris are usually served hot and crisp and are a local favourite.
From Gatte ki sabzi to Laal maas, from Daal baati churma to Paranthas, the Rajasthani thali is the quintessential Indian thali; and so, there’s no way anybody can miss it when in Udaipur. Tasty treats from every nook and corner od Rajasthan all found on one plate- who would want to miss that?! Hotel Natraj offers the tastiest delicacies of the Rajasthani thali; with the best quality foods. Hot, spicy, sweet, tangy, the platter has all that you ask for and more!
Apani Dhani ensures the true Rajasthani experience. Here, one gets to enjoy Rajasthani cuisines in their most natural forms. Guests can dance to the tunes of Rajasthani Folk music, and are also given various opportunities to take part in various traditional activities. The food adds on to the enjoyment –Dal baati, Bajra khichdi, Roti, Gatte ka saag, Papad and a lot other mouth-watering delicacies are served. Good scrumptious food and a night full of entertainment, Apni Dhani grants its guests a full-fledged package of Rajasthani culture.