Food is the connecting dot between the locals and travellers. You can bond over a table of good food. When you explore the local food, you help the local business and know the place up close. While travelling we make sure to stick to the local cuisine to absorb the culture. 😋
Nobody will believe it, we once drove from Pune to Kolhapur just to have the special Bhelpuri. That crazy we are! While planning an itinerary, I usually first see the places to eat! 😂😂
India is a land of rich and diverse food culture. Each region has its own speciality and I am always fascinated to hear the story about the evolution of that cuisine. When talking about the food hub, how can I forget about Indore. It can easily claim as the foodie capital of India. The bustling city in Madhya Pradesh is known for its experimentation with the food. A heaven for vegetarian street food lovers, Indore is a must visit for all the foodies.
Best time to visit Indore:: September – February.
When I posted about the Bada Ganpati, Indore, I got so many comments about writing the famous Indore food. So, here today, I have summarized about the food places you must visit when in Indore. These are my personal favourites. Here we go….
• Sarafa Bazar
• 56 Dukan
• Prashant Poha Centre
• Head Sahab ke Pohe
• Rasgulla House
• New Ravi Alpahar
• Hotel Rajhans
• Gurukripa Restaurant
1. Sarafa Bazar :: Whenever we talk of Indore, Sarafa Bazar tops the chart. A jewellery market in day turns into lively, busy street food market in the night! It starts from 9 PM, peaks at 11-12 AM and closes at around 2 AM.
Some of the must try dishes in Sarafa Bazar is the ‘Flying Dahi Wada’ at Joshi Dahi Bada House whose style of preparing Dahi Bada will bring heart to your mouth! Do check out his video…
Also, when you stroll in the market, you will see Jaleba (Huge size of Jalebi), Gulabjamun, Bhutte Ki Kees, Aloo Tikki, Phirnis, Paranthas, Potato Twisters, Pani-Puri, Kulfi, Coconut Crush Soda and what not. If you go in winters, do not forget to try the Bhutte ki Kees (Grated corn cobs) and Garadu (Fried Yam).
2. 56 Dukan :: Another interesting of a most talked food street in Indore which has 56 food Shops is 56 Dukan. The most prominent shop at 56 Dukan is the Vijay Chaat House. Do not miss Khopra Patties and Peas Kachori. The joyous owner is happy to serve the customers.
Time: 8 AM to 8 PM.
You can locate it here.
Nearby is the Prakash Namkeen Centre and Agarwal Namkeen from where you purchase famous savoury namkeens for your home. My personal favourites are Ratlami Sev, Khatta Meetha and Farali Mixture. Also, buy Jeeravan, a must have masala sprinkled over anything to enhance the taste.
Then there is Madhuram where Shikanji, Pani Puri and Kachori are good.
The most famous food place after Vijay Chaat House is the Johny Hot Dog. Locals swear by his hot dogs. It is basically a aloo tikki/chicken tikki between the toasted buns. I found it good but Khopra Patties stays my favourite. You can also try cold coffee at the nearby shops.
3. Prashant Poha Centre:: Indoris start their day with Poha and Jalebi, the ultimate combination. You should not miss the famous Indori Poha, Chai and Kachori at Prashant Poha Centre.
Time: 9 AM to 8 PM
You can locate it here.
4. Head Sahab Ke Pohe:: The speciality about this place is the fabulous combination of Poha and spicy curry known as Usal. I loved it. Located in the New Palasia area, the small cart sells delicious Usal-Poha. Locate them here. You can also check out my video.
Time: 7 AM to 10:30 AM
5. Rasgulla House:: The bestest ever Rasgullas in the world! Trust my word. The place is owned and run by a lady and his brother and they make everything from scratch. Rasgullas, Rajbhog are just melt-in-mouth. Highly Recommended.
Time: 8 AM to 10:30 PM
You can find the location here.
6. New Ravi Alpahar :: If you are a Kachori-lover like me, do try the Aloo Kachori and Farali Kachori at New Ravi Alpahar. You can see them making it fresh.
Time: 7 AM to 9 PM
7. Hotel Rajhans :: Indore is in Madhya Pradesh which falls in the Malwa region. The staple breakfast is Poha-Jalebi and the staple food is the Bafla Bati – Dal. We tried one of the finest Dal Bafla Bati Thali at Rajhans. Quite affordable and filling!
Time: 10 AM to 9 PM
You can find it here.
8. Shri Guru Kripa Restaurant:: Though we tried the local food, but Shri Guru Kripa is quite popular amongst locals so had to try this. It is known for the Punjabi dishes and starters, we tried the highly recommended Veg Lollipop. Price is a bit on the higher side but it is worth it. You have to wait for at least 15 minutes to get your number.
Time: 10 AM to 12 AM
Some of the places which were suggested by locals but haven’t been tried by me are….
• Poha-Jalebi at Mahavir Pohe, Rajawada.
• Aloo and Pyaz Kachori at Gelda Kachori.
• Usal Poha at Anantand Alpahar Gruh on Jail Road.
• Kachori at Lal Balti, Tilak Path.
So, whenever you plan a visit to Indore, visit these places to be in food heaven. Hope you liked the compilations of food places in Indore.