If Kashmir is the paradise of nature on earth, then Indore certainly passes as paradise of food in India! Yes, I had a chance to visit Indore, the Street-Food-Capital-Of-India. And the title is aptly so, the variety of food dishes found here surpass all. The city serves everything from chaat, namkeen to sweets, all better than the one before. Enough said, let the gastronomic journey begin!
Start your day with Tongue Tickling Indori Poha, Jalebi and Tea: An ordinary day in Indore begins with little cups of tea and a plate of Poha with Jalebi. And I presume every Indore person swears by this routine. So why would I be any different? The first thing I did was go to street stall selling Poha and tea.
You find at least one such shop or stall every 500 meters or so. They serve fistful amount of Poha on small paper plates with Jalebi on side. They garnish it with some finely chopped onions and some pomegranate seeds and of course the magic Poha masala graciously sprinkled all over. The moment I took a bite, I was dumbfounded, because Poha had never tasted so good. You can taste a little sweetness on the tip of your tongue and a Poha masala zing at the back of your throat.
And all this deliciousness for only Rs.10!
Chappan Dukan: A landmark hive of foodies in Indore: First wish crossed off the list. Now where should I go next? Having heard about the famous ‘Chappan Dukaan’ (56 Shops), I decided to check it out. It’s basically a unique assortment of various chaat shops across the length of the road. Chappan Dukkan presents you all possible street food available. From Indian Chaat to localized version of American Hotdog!
I of course went to the busiest shop on the entire street i.e. ‘Vijay Chaat House’. This shop as the name suggests specializes in chaat but they sell a variety of sweets as well. They have a branch in Sarafa Bazaar (Another landmark location of foodies in Indore) too. The first thing I tried here was the Batla Kachori that is essentially a kachori with peas filling. It is served with the traditional red and green chutney. And it’s was heavenly. The filling was just perfect. Not too sweet or too spicy, just the right amount of both. The covering too was crisp enough. Next on my list were the Surati Khaman and the Fried Khaman. Both of them were amazing. For the people who enjoy Khaman, it’s would be an excellent choice to try.
What really most people were gorging on here was the Khopra Pattie. The filling comprises of coconut, mashed potato and dry fruits. Frankly, I am not a fan of the coconut but it is definitely worth a try!
Apart from being a foodie, my family has a huge crush on sweets. So naturally our next target, were the sweets displayed at Vijay Chaat House. Yes, you can gain weight just by looking. That magnificent all the sweets look.
But the show is limited not just to the look but also extends to the taste. We tried the Shikanji, an Indore delicacy. It’s basically to quote my mom, liquid shrikhand.
Then we moved on to Mawa Baati. A gulab jamun sort of sweet. Since we were already here, how could we not try the Rabdi?
And why leave out the Moong Dal Ka Halwa. Something you must absolutely try is the fruit rabdi. Heavenly it is! After all this, to round off our mini little sweet marathon we gorged on some Bengali Mithai too. Though all the sweet preparations were excellent, I was tad bit disappointed with Moong Dal Ka Halwa. It wasn’t sweet to taste as expected and the Dal was a bit burnt.
But overall Vijay Chaat House was a win-win situation for us. To let out a secret out of the bag, all of above that we savoured at Vijay Chaat House, apart from being heavy on stomach were light on the wallet. The Chaat costed less than Rs.20 and the sweets went up to as high as Rs.50.
Apart from Vijay Chaat House, at Chappan Dukan they have ‘Johny Hot Dog’ and ‘Madhuram’ among the many other food outlets. Since we were pants tight full, we didn’t have a chance to taste the rest, unfortunately. But they are certainly on list when I visit Indore next.
Await our next blog in this series on Indore food.
This blog is written by Anishka. She is a graphic designer/visualizer by profession. She takes a keen interest in travel, nature photography and she is a diehard foodie.
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