Here's Jaipur's Best Kept Secret That All Foodies Should Know About!

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Residing in Jaipur, I often get requests from friends to host them around my city. Jaipur being the centre of Rajput heritage and architecture, most of my friends spend all day sight-seeing. However, there's another activity that they all take equally seriously -- food! Jaipur is known for its delicious food, be it the scrumptious Rajasthani thaali that typically consists of daal baati churma or the fiery Laal Maas that will make you want to keep eating despite your tears. To satiate their hunger for Rajasthani food and more, I take them to a secret place. Do you want to know about it? Read on!

Here's My Secret:

Located in the heart of the city at Ram Niwas Bagh is a heaven for foodies, called Masala Chowk. If you're visiting Jaipur anytime soon, Masala Chowk is your one-stop-shop where you will get the most authentic dishes from around Jaipur. The arena is almost like a food court, but instead of multi-national food chains, it brings Jaipur' best kept foodie secrets to the forefront. The tiny shops, stalls and thadis that were earlier hidden away in the dusty labyrinth of the walled city, now run at Masala Chowk in full splendour.

The chowk is an open arena that features seating arrangement in the middle, surrounded by pink stalls that mimic stores in the walled city. Every shop serves the dish that it specialises in. While at one shop you'll get melt-in-the-mouth galouti kebabs, at the other you will get lip-smacking pav-bhaji. Masala Chowk has the best version of every street food that you can imagine.

Food You Must Try:

Chai lovers, no matter the time of the day, you cannot return from Masala Chowk without trying tandoori chai at 'Gulabjis'. The chai is not just the best that you'll ever have, but even the unique way that it is made in is a delightful experience in itself. The kebab parantha at 'House on Fire' is another speciality that you may have not tried before. At 'Sethani Ka Dhaba', try freshly made bajre ki roti; at 'Samrat', have pyaaz ki kachori, samosa and jalebi that are exclusive to Jaipur. Chaat enthusiasts can head to 'Gopal Singh Patasi Bhandar' to have gol gappe with a twist, the yummiest tikki choley and paapdi chaat. If you have a sweet tooth, don't worry, the wide variety of laddus, at 'Bhagat Mishtan Bhandar' will take care of your sweet cravings.

Things To Keep In Mind:

- Timings: 8:30 am - 10:30 pm, open all days

- Entry Fees: Rs. 10 per person

- It's a place suitable for all budgets, since prices are extremely affordable

So if you're in Jaipur only for a few days but want to try all the delicacies it has to offer, you know where to head!

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