I am a self-proclaimed “foodie” and being an Indori by birth just adds on to the eccentricity.. For people like me, revisiting hometown is an occasion to look forward for a flavorsome extravaganza. And yes I won’t feel shy in admitting the fact of having made a list of things to eat during my stay there along with the specific eateries.
Well the locals would all be well acquainted with most of these ‘addas’ (places), however, I feel refreshing the memories brings one closer to his native land. For the first time visitors definitely the below list is a must try one:
So here is my must-haves’ list when in Indore:
All Time Favorites:
Dal Bafle and Ladoo:
Indore’s quite near to Rajasthan and so Dal Bafle and Ladoo is a very similar sweet & savor main course preparation like the Rajasthani dish named Dal-Baati-Choorma. With minor alterations in the recipe this is a very popular and an indulgent meal for one to have. Try these from Hotel Rajhans or Hotel Santoor especially on Sundays.
Now if you have friend, relative or acquaintance from Indore, I’m sure you might have heard about this strange combo breakfast that all Indoris love to have. It’s a kind of staple street breakfast that you can find in most restaurants in the morning. Try Chappan Dukaan area for the most authentic taste.
This is yet another unique main course dish that is quit popular in Indore. Made of Kaju (Cashewnut) as the main ingredient it is just so awesome. I recommend to try it from Gurukripa restuarant or Mathurawala’s Chanakya restaurant.
Tandoori Chicken and Kebabs:
Having an amalgamation of many cultures, Indore is just not a vegetarian’s delight but a non-vegetarians paradise also. Try the brilliantly prepared Tandoori chicken and kebabs from Pichori Dhaba.
This is another street snack that you can commonly find on the streets of old markets of Indore like Chhawani Bazaar, Rajbada & Sarafa Market. Made of Sabudana with a lot Indori Namkeen added in it, this snack has crossed its limitation of being a fast snack to an all season snack.
Moong dal bhajiyas & Imarti:
An evening snack found in many old markets. The spicy moong dal bhajiyas & the sweet Imarti; I must say the combination of the two is fantastic.
Khopra Patties, Kachori & Shikanji:
For this I can blindly rely on Vijay Chaat House. Khopra Patties are deep fried snack. Kachori, though of Moong dal vary in taste from other cities and Shikanji a unique cool drink made of milk is delightfully rich.
Pyaz ki kachori/ Fariyali Kachori:
The one and only adda I know for a distinct kachori like this is Ravi Alpahar in Anand Bazar. Earlier they had a branch near Nagar Nigam office but I’m not sure if is still open.
Chaat, Bhutte Ka kees, Malpuha, Gulab Jamun, Shikanji..
For satiating a hungry soul late in the night visit Sarafa Bazaar. one can find a number of famous local vendors selling varied gourmet food items there.
Deep Fried Garadu:
A type of unique yam found mostly in winters is a tasty snack almost exclusive to Indore region.
Hot milk with saffron and dry fruits from the streets of old markets like Chhawni is a local drink that warm up your body and provides a lot of energy.
Varied varieties of spicy sev, mixture, chiwda, chakli and much more of Namkeen are a big hit when one talks about souvenir from Indore. Famous shops for this are Khandelwal ke Namkeen, Apna sweets etc.
Just outside Khajuri Bazaar is a Bajrang temple and in front of it is a small shop selling these Kesar (Saffron) Pede sweet. The quality is super fine and taste unparalleled. A perfect sweet take away.
Originally published here.