The street food of Indore, to be specific, is extremely popular across the country. The street food of Indore has its roots based in recipes from Rajasthan, Gujarat and Maharashtra. These three combined will serve to give you a delicious meal that will have you smiling all day.
1. Dahi Bada
Soft Vadas & yummy masalas!
Dahi Bada, or Dahi Vada as we call it, is extremely famous in Indore. The best place to taste most of the street food dishes is at Sarafa Bazaar. Try out the Dahi Bada at Joshi Dahi Bada House, Sarafa. The badas here are prepared in style, with them sometimes being tossed in the air, much like a pizza base! The masala sprinkled on it is out of this world and you must taste it to believe it.
2. Poha Jalebi
A combination of sweet, spicy & crunchy!
This is a very popular breakfast dish among the citizens of Indore. While you might wonder how the sweetness of jalebi and the saltiness of poha will be together, the truth is, it’s a wonderful combination! Farsan or namkeen sev is also sprinkled on the poha, to add a crunchy texture to the soft grains. Biting into a juicy jalebi in the midst of eating poha, will provide your tastebuds with a truly delightful experience. You will find the best Poha Jalebi at Young Tarang, Chappan Dukan.
3. Khatta Samosa
Delicious triangles stuffed with a unique filling!
Who doesn’t love samosas, right? In Indore, the samosas taste really different. They are rightly called khatta, as they have a pleasantly tangy taste. It’s served with their signature chutney on the side, which helps add a bit of sweetness to the tanginess. The most delicious Khatta Samosas can be had at Swadisht Samosa Corner in Sarafa Bazaar.
4. Moong Bhajiya
The crispest, hot & popular Indore snack!
You cannot go to Indore and come back without having tasted the scrumptious moong bhajiyas! They can be had as an evening snack and perhaps even for breakfast. They are always served fresh and piping hot, which only goes to add to their wonderful taste. The best place to indulge in these bhajiyas is Uncleji Ke Moong Bhajiye, located at Anoop Nagar.
5. Mawa Baati
A larger than life gulab jamun with a nutty filling!
Mawa Baati is one of the most delicious sweets of Indore. It is, for all intents and purposes, like a large gulab jamun. It’s filling consists of crispy and rich nuts. You can taste the Mawa Baati at any of the stalls along Chappan Dukan. If two of you plan to eat this dessert, it will definitely not cost you more than Rs 100.
6. Bhutte ki Kees
Mashed corn dripping with ghee and mixed with delicious spices!
Bhutte ki Kees is a speciality in Indore. It’s a very popular street food item and every tourist who visits does not leave without trying it out. Essentially, this dish is made with boiled and mashed corn fried in ghee. It’s then mixed up with besan, hing, jeera and a lot of other spices. It tastes really delicious! The best place to get this? Joshi Dahi Bada House, again!
7. Dal Bafla
A dish that is nice & crisp on the outside, but super soft inside!
Dal bafla is basically a baked dish. A little similar to the popular dal baati, this dish is made with wheat, curd and of course, spices. Before baking it in the oven, these round balls are immersed in water and boiled. The end result is a perfectly well-balanced dish that’ll melt in your mouth! Head over to Swadisht Samosa Corner for the best Dal Bafla.
The biggest jalebi you will ever see!
If you have space in your tummy after all that food, head over to any of the sweet stalls along Chappan Dukaan and buy yourself a jaleba. This is a giant jalebi that one person alone can definitely not finish! It’ll feel like you’ve eaten both a meal and dessert, rolled into one! It’s best to share this, so the approximate cost for two would be between Rs 80-Rs 100.
9. Sabudane Ki Khichdi
Indore offers lip-smacking Sabudane ki Khichdi that you absolutely cannot miss. Be it the from the food joint near Geeta Bhawan or one near Greater Kailash hospital; you will swear by the taste once you try.
10. Johnny Hot Dog
11. Kulfi Faluda
With rising mercury levels, the Indian ice-cream, Kulfi Faluda comes to the rescue. Offered in shops like Maduram Sweets and Nema Kulfi Faluda centre will give you a much-needed ice-cream break if you happen to visit the city during the summer season.
It is a winter special street food in Indore and is found in almost all local food stalls across the city. It is a variety of Yam and is considered as one of the tastiest winter delicacies in Indore. Here, the root is chopped and fried twice before being tossed (saute) in spices and lime juice. This crispy and spicy snack during the cold winter season is capable of giving any potato wedge a run for its money.
13. Khopra Patties
Unlike any other regular potato patties, Khopra Patties has its own unique factor. The Khopra Patties or Coconut Patties are aloo tikkis stuffed or filled with grated and garnished coconut and then are deep-fried. It is served with a tangy red chutney which enhances its taste. This uniqueness of Khopra Patties makes it popular in Indore. The best khopra Patties seller in Indore is Vijay Chaat House in Chappan Shop.
So there you go! Whenever you head over to Indore next, be sure to try out any or all of these delicacies! Try having street food in night market at Sarafa Bazar. You are bound to fall in love with this place, mainly because it is a food lover’s paradise.