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Indore, the financial capital of Madhya Pradesh is a major tourist destination. The city has a rich cultural and historical legacy sustained by the successive Mughal, Holkar and British rule. This is not only documented in its numerous architectural styles and religious places but also in the variety of local cuisines.
Food of Indore
Indeed this cosmopolitan city has attracted tourists worldwide for its fine range of local Indore delicacies from snacks to sweet dishes. Indore food has received its impress from different cultures from the Mughlai, Maratha, Bengali, Rajasthani to Continental influences including its confectioneries.
If you are a foodie, then this is definitely your place to be. The food in Indore would tickle your taste buds and always leave you wanting for more. Whether you are a local in Indore or have come to visit, know some of the Indore specialties and the popular places which make the best of them!
Snacks in Indore
Known for its wide variety of snacks, Indore greets you with a “chaat” stall in almost every street corner. The “chaat” are a variety of tangy, spicy and crispy food items mostly available with roadside stalls or dhabas. Some of the “chaat” specialties are bhel puri, panipuri, pav bhaji, dahi vadsa, dahi puri, sev puri, and papri chaat.
These are extremely popular food items in South Asia and savoured by the local population. In Indore, “chaat” items like aloo tikiya, bhel puri, pav bhaji and pani puri are extremely popular. The bina tala samosa, which is actually a baked potato sandwich is an Indore specialty.
The Sarafa market in Indore, with its innumerable food stalls will delight all your senses of sight, smell and taste. This market is at a walking distance from Rajwada, an important landmark in Indore. Having a wide range of fast food to whet your appetite, this market is every foodie’s delight and rightly coined as a “chaat bazaar”. Every evening, vendors set up their eateries and dish out a wide variety of food items, from samosas, pav phaji, chhole tikiyas, to sabudana khichdi, poha and malpua to name just a few.
Sarafa Bazaar in Indore
The Sarafa Market also sells the famous khopra pattis (If you want to sample it, walk to Vijay Chaat House). The khopra means dried coconut, which is fried with a covering of potatoes and served hot with sweet-sour flavoured chutney. Namkeen, literally meaning salty food, but has a broader scope which includes all salty snack items is served on numerous food items in Indore. Thus “namkeen” includes kachoris like aloo kachori, dal kachori, petis, baked samosas and the poha or a flattened rice dish. These are irresistible Indore specialties.
Chhappan Bazaar of Indore
For the foodie, the Chhappan Bazaar of Indore, which is essentially a food mart with 56 food shops, is an absolutely essential hangout.
Tea Time in Indore
When in Indore, be sure to have masala chai or tea from their inimitable "hot kulad" or a clay pot with generous helpings of dhania-chidva, sev or moth. Or just have it with one or two mathris, a spicy flour cracker. After all a trip to Indore is never complete without your enjoyment of these daily delights.
Desserts in Indore
If you have a sweet tooth, Indore is your place to be. Some of the Indore sweet specialties include the inimitable jalebi, gulab jamoon, rabri, garadu, gajar halua, and even milk shakes to end up a meal.
There are two variants of halwa, the moong ka halwa and gajar ka halwa, both of which will leave you wanting for more. In Indore, every “chaat” sessions ends up with having a sweet. The famous desserts malpua and faluda kulfi are sold by quite a few street vendors and are a must have for anyone visiting this place. Shikanji is a dessert made of condensed milk and fruit milk. Nagori Sweets in the Sarafa Market will offer you an authentic sample of the same. The badam milk and malai milk will quench your thirst.
Another popular dessert, the Bengali sweet dish rasgullas is available at Brajwasi. Finally, the one thing to sum it all would be sheetal pey, a milk preparation mixed with dry fruits. One serving will never be enough with this delicious liquid as well as another cool alternative, lassi.
Restaurants in Indore
Lastly, Indore also has a number of vegetarian and non-vegetarian restaurants to satisfy the local and the tourist. Some of the popular ones are the Nafees Restaurant, Kebabsville, Hotel Guru Kripa, Chandni Chowk, Alav, Cafe Terazza, The Creative Kitchen, Khanabadosh and others. These are mostly multi-cuisine dining places with a great ambiance and can be visited for having a meal with friends and family.