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In my gastronomic memory, dhabas in India aren't just eateries by the highway; they are bookmarks of unforgettable experiences. There is nothing that can beat the satisfaction of spooning kaali dal into a crisp naan with blobs of white butter.
The never-ending menu and variety of curries to choose from along with a combination of earthy hospitality, distinctive ambiance and spiced up comfort food, are few things that makes dhabas in India a great success story. Here's a list of scrumptious dhabas in India, you must stop by if you are travelling on Indian highways:
8 Best Dhabas in India That Every Foodie Must Eat At
1. Amrik Sukhdev Dhaba
Located on NH1, Sukhdev is not your usual dhaba where you sit under the sky on a charpai with prompt service by Raju. Instead, at Sukhdev Dhaba there are uniformed servers, tables and chairs, tissue at hand and AC. Some of the must-tries are Amritsari kulcha, aloo paratha, mix paratha, lassi and sweet milky tea.
Location: G.T. Road, Murthal,
2. Pahalwan Dhaba
Enjoy a delicious pure vegetarian meal with paranthas, dal makhni, puri chhole, lassi and enjoy food at its best at one of the most popular dhabas in India.
Location: NH 1, Grand Trunk Road,
Sonipat, Murthal, Haryana 131001
3. Haveli Heritage
Haveli is a traditional themed Punjabi dhaba in India which perfectly depicts the rich heritage of Punjab. There are elements like a life-size truck, a dummy well, colourful bangles, parandis etc. that add up to the ethnicity of the place.
Location: Delhi-Karnal GT Road,
Bhigan Chowk, District Sonipat,
Murthal, Haryana 131001
4. Lucky Dhaba
Lucky Dhaba has been one of the most popular dhabas in India on the highway crossing Jalandhar. Operating since 1967, the dhaba has undergone renovation and now stands tall in a refined avatar with all modern amenities.
Location: Shop No. 177, Garha Rd, Opposite Bus Stand,
Mota Singh Nagar, Jalandhar, Punjab 144001
5. Tadka - Gajraula
Tadka is aptly famous for its dal with tandoori roti and dry tandoori parantha served with butter dollop and pickles. Rest assured, the time spent at this dhaba will rejuvenate and refresh your soul for the journey.
Location: NH 24, Gajraula
Uttar Pradesh - 244235
6. The Kinara Village Dhaba
You are going to love this place! Situated on the Mumbai-Pune Highway in the heart of downtown Lonavala, the Kinara village Dhaba has been bringing a taste of India since decades. On the menu of one of the most famous dhabas in India, is lip-smacking Indian, Tandoori, and Chinese cuisines.
Location: Old Mumbai Pune Highway, Vaksai Naka
Lonavala, Maharashtra 410401
7. Dara's Dhabha
Serving since three decades, Dara's Dhabha is a perfect reminder of the nostalgic charm of traditional wayside dhabas in India that light up the highways. As you recline on the customary charpai, enjoy a hearty meal.
Location: National Highway 8, Ghodbunder Road, Kashimira,
Thane, Maharashtra 401104
8. Azad Hind Dhaba
Azad Hind Dhaba, also known as M.F Hussain Dhaba, was established with an intent of immortalising sacrifices of our freedom fighters. They serve authentic Punjabi cuisine. Many famous faces have visited his dhaba, from M.F. Hussain to Kareena Kapoor
Location: Konaexpressway NH 117
So how far would you go for a bite at your favourite dhabas in India?
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