- Where to go: Sarafa Bazaar, Chappan dukan, Rajwada
- What to eat: Traditional sweets, poha-jalebi, khopra pattice, daal-bafla, garadu
Madhya Pradesh's business capital, it might as well be called the food capital too. Indore's street food is a much-discussed and drooled over topic in foodie circles. It is not unusual to find foodies heading to this city for the delicious local food on offer, most of which comes to life after 8:30 PM at night. From a night street food market at Sarafa to Chappan, a string of 56 shops serving crispy jalebis and soft poha for breakfast, Indore has a lot to offer for the gastronomically inclined. Read on!
Where to go
Sarafa Perhaps the most celebrated foodie landmark of the city of Indore, Sarafa Bazaar is a must-visit. For a place which opens after 9 PM, the crowd is unbelievable. But one look at the goodies on offer and it's easy to understand why it is placed on a high foodie pedestal. The tick off list for Sarafa must include dishes such as Garadu, Khopra Pattice, Batla Kachori, Bhutte ki kees and the best of north-indian sweets such as malpua, moong daal halwa, rabri, kulfi, kesariya doodh and gulab jamun. Do not mis Joshi ke dahi bade (since 1977), Nagori ki chikanji, Rajhans ka daal bafla before closing the night's gluttony with Anna ka paan. Chappan At some time, this market consisted of 56 shops which is where the word chappan comes from. A must-visit for the legendary poha jalebi breakfast that is an integral part of Indore's food culture. Vijay's chaat (khopra patties), Young Tarang's poha-jalebi and the good old Indian expresso coffee is a must try here. Rajwada Well known for its decades-old chaat joints serving sinfully delicious chaat. Most popular: Sri Shiv Chat, Sundaram, Geleda chaat. Sitla Mata Bazar A clothing market located just beside a famous temple which transforms into a night chaat lane after 9 P.M. when all the general shops are replaced by chat outlets. Other popular joints: Nakhrali Dhani & Chokhi Dhani for Rajasthani food Kothari Market / Madhuram (Chappan dukan) for shikanji (a dry-fruit version of the usual lemon drink) Ghamandi Lassi (Sarvate) for lassi Apna Sweets for daal bafla Prashant's for sabudana khichdi and pyaaz kachori Rambabu ke parathe (near Vijay Nagar) Vijay's kachoris Guru Krupa for north indian food
What to eat
4.Indori KachoriKachoris are round dough balls stuffed with potatoes, onion, daal and served with coriander/mint chutney and sweet tamarind chutney. Best had at Vijay's outlet at Chappan chowk.
6.Dahi VadasDeep-fried, savoury doughnuts dunked in curd till they become soft enough to melt in the mouth. Best sampled at Joshiji ke dahivade at Sarafa.
11.Indori NamkeensIndore's large variety of namkeens are almost as famous as the local food. Hing (asafoetida) sev and Laung (clove) sev are especially popular.
12.Bina Tala SamosaIndore is famous for its own version of samosas that are baked rather than fried.
13.Aloo tikkiMildly spiced, mashed potatoes are rolled into a ball, stuffed with a filling of daal, and then pan-fried. This aloo tikki is topped with curd and chutneys to make one of the most craving-worthy snacks that's served across most cities in the north of India.