In my gastronomic memory, dhabas 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 a great success story. Here's a list of scrumptious dhabas, you must stop by if you are travelling on Indian highways:
1. Amrik Sukhdev Dhaba
Located on NH1, Sukhdev is not your usual dhaba where you sit under the sky on charpoy 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, Aaloo 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 dhaba food at its best.
Location: NH 1, Grand Trunk Road,
Sonipat, Murthal, Haryana 131001
3. Haveli Heritage
Haveli is a traditional themed Punjabi restaurant 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 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
Credit: Gopal Aggarwal
5. Tadka - Gajraula
Tadka is aptly famous for Daal with tandoori Roti and Dry Tandoori Parantha served with butter dollop and pickles. Rest assured, the time spend here 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 is lip-smacking Indian, Tandoori, and Chinese cuisine.
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 Dhaba's that light up the highways. As you recline on the customary Charpoys, 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. Husain to Kareena Kapoor
Location: Konaexpressway NH 117
So how far would you go for your favourite bite?