Each place has a little something to it that appeals to one of our senses. Some places are a visual treat, with brilliant monuments and architecture; these are the places you bring back the best pictures from. Others appeal to your ears, through their lovely music or age-old folk stories that you bring back with you.
And then, there are some places that appeal the most to your taste buds. Indore is one such city. More than famous for its street food culture, Indore is a city best explored by tongue!
I was more than happy to find myself in Indore a little while back along with my family as it gave to me a combination of all the things I loved most – travel, exploration and most importantly – FOOD!
Also Read: The Secret Sauce That Made Pune India’s Food Truck Capital
Aptly regarded as India’s street food capital, Indore has a lot to offer to anyone who visits it, especially in terms of food. The Sarafa market, a jewelry market by day, in the center of the city turns into a street food lover’s paradise after 8 PM. It stays open till 3 AM and attracts thousands of people every single night, serving over 50 vegetarian street food options.
Another extremely popular location is called Chappan Dukkan, which is literally a stretch of 56 shops that serve a mind-boggling variety of treats. It is particularly frequented for breakfast, as the place is alive and kicking at 6 AM.
From savoury chaats to melt-in-mouth sweets and desi Chinese, there is nothing that you can’t find in Indore. The overall experience can get a little overwhelming because there is just so much to choose from!
I did sample several items and decided to list down the best. Here are 5 foods you must try:
If there were one thing I could thank Indore for, it would be for taking two of my favourite breakfast items and creating a combination to die for! This breakfast combo cannot be missed when you’re in Indore. It is absolutely divine!
Bhutte ka khees
This unique Indori concoction is made of corn that is boiled, fried in ghee and then mixed with besan, hing, jeera, dhaniya and their own unique masala.
Indore ki kachori
Spicy kachoris coupled with green chutney are an absolute treat in Indore. The best ones can be found at Vijay’s in Sarafa (make sure you go early though, they run out quickly!) and Lal Batti ki Kachori in Mari Mata square.
Made from sweetened milk, buttermilk and dry fruits, this Shikanji is going to wipe out all other Shikanji definitions you have in your head. It has a dewy sweetness overall with just a hint of tartness from the buttermilk.
Once you’ve sampled the street food to the extent that you are so full you can’t move anymore, head over to one of the many chains that sell Indori Namkeen and bring some of Indore’s flavours back home with you!