|Biryani, Salan and Khubani ka Meetha|
|The way platter gets served|
|Soft and Succulent Mutton pieces inside fragrant rice.|
|Mirchi ka Salan|
|Khubani ka Meetha with Ice-cream|
First course was dosa along with a sweet puran poli type bread, then bisibele bhat, Sambhar rice, rasam rice and curd rice being the last course followed by a very nice dessert.
|Grape Juice to start the proceedings.|
|Salad, don’t know the name. Carrot and lentils.|
|Beetroot ki subzi.|
|Dosa, only thing I was offered twice.|
|The Sweet Puran Poli like bread.|
|Raita with Bisibele Bhaat|
Before visiting Jaipur- I wasn’t too excited about the food, I had this strange baseless belief that Jaipur is neither traditional and rustic like Jodhpur & Ajmer for Rajasthani delicacies nor urban enough for any cool cafes serving international cuisines.
For me it was just a ‘Wannabe’ tourist place! Well Jaipur has been a real shocker to me- and what a pleasant shocker it has been. Not only I ate some the most brilliant authentic traditional food but also visited some cool cafés which can give the Big Chills of Delhi a run for their money.
Keema Baati : Well this was something I had never eaten at any restaurant my only experience of this was at a friend’s house. I don’t think so any other place even serves these – an exquisite heritage dish from the Achrol Thikana. These were served with a very spicy mutton curry with lots of Desi Ghee on top. and the two wheat batties were huge, so crisp and dunked in Desi Ghee with that perfect crumbly texture as you break the batti with your fingers – what a pleasure these were. Oh so delicious earthy burnt smell you get when desi ghee is simmered on them! The filling was of coarsely minced lamb meat spiced with the very famous Rajasthani chillies and nutmegs. It also had some finely chopped and fried Cashew nuts. Multi sensual experience this was.
|Keema Baati : Check out the stuffing and the crust.|
Laal Maas : No trip to Rajasthan is complete without a hearty dose of Laal Maas. I have eaten different versions of Laal Maas in the past at various places in Rajasthan, but most of the times you will end up having the fake one. This was hot but not very hot. The meat was so well cooked and tender. Simmered with dry Mathania Red Chilly which comes from Jodhpur and whole species in mustard oil it had fiery and sharp flavors. Laal Maas is much more than overly spiced connotation of onions and tomatoes; it is a royal beauty on a plate with beautiful deep red hue. And no it is not like Rogan Josh – these are two legends which cannot be compared.
Epinard Crepe – The whole wheat crepe was soft and velvety and the filling of creamed spinach and feta cheese with the zing of the fresh basil leaves. The extremely delicate flavours something you appreciate in a city that loves its chilli so much. The Herbed Mashed Potatoes for the side were silky, light but not overly buttery and were topped with homemade baked beans. The pungent taste of the Pink Pony Sauce on the side added nice oomph to the somber flavors of the crepe.
|Epinard or Spinach Crepe|
For me the the sides are the single most important factor that transforms a nice dish into an awesome dish! And the sides here did the trick brilliantly.
Grilled Chicken Steak in Pomegranate Sauce – The Chicken Breast was superbly juicy, moist and tender and had that perfect smoky character. Where do I begin from to describe the super magnificent Pomegranate Sauce, it was sweet, tangy and so fresh, spectacular amalgamation of the contrasting flavors. The sauce had a perfect texture, neither too runny nor too sticky and toffee like which happens if a sauce is loaded with too much sugar!
|Chicken in Pomegranate Sauce|
There is so much on their menu that I am dying to eat! Taruveda now features in my list of favorite places in the world. Oh and the staff is so nice and friendly- nothing blows me over the way hospitality does.
Chole Kulche : Who goes to Jaipur and eats Chole Kulche which is the trademark Dilli SadakChaap food! This was not something I had planned to eat, but after couple of days in Jaipur, I could not be away from my eternal love interest! I had my dose from the guy who stands on the left side of the south block World Trade Park. Being somebody who eats Chole Kulche thrice a week atleast and at every place possible, I have no doubts in saying that this is one of the best I have ever had. The heavy use of the nutmeg and mace is the sole reason of the brilliant kick that you can feel in the back of your throat, like a slow death and the smokiness of the red chilles made it extra special. These were also sautéed on tawa with some onion and tomatoes which lend a beautiful creamy texture to the chole.
|Chhole or Matra|
|Matra being done on the Tawa|
This is a cool coffee shop type of place where you can sit back, surf internet and gobble lots of food! Loved the earthiness of the place that was prevalent in the ambiance, presentation of the dishes and music! The menu is very quirky and innovative! Servers are friendly and very helpful!Vada Pao : The whole wheat Poa were soft, squishy and fresh! The Vada was very nicely flavoured with corieander seed and black pepper among other spieces! For just Rs.30, this was killer!
Dal Pakwaan : was very flavourful and the base was crispy. Very light and very fresh!
|Mirchi with Vada Pao|
Poha : Found it on the one of the thela’s in the lanes of Bapu Bazaar. Super delicious, light and fluffy – the things that make Poha so appetizing! This one had perfect sweet & sour punch to it! For sure one the nicest ones I have had.
|Lassi I had at a random shop, pure magic for Rs.20.|
|They also sell Malai in those sweet shots, yup.. pure unsweetened malai which they top with a very thin layer of rabri to add some contrast in the flavors.|
|Lassi I had from a shop that my Auto driver took me to in Mughal Sarai near Benares. Rs.35 odd for this awesomeness loaded with Rabri. Again something you eat with the spoon, still very refreshing.|
|Sweetened Curd in kullahd sold for Rs.10. Simple, basic, tasty. Seems like the famous Bengali Mishti Doi is a richer cousin of this curd.|
|Thandai. They seem to do lot of flavors and variants for this super cooler.|
|Selling Thandai near Kashi Vishwanath Temple|
It came as a surprise that the streets are full of small joint serving Dosas at very fast pace and cheap prices. There are hole in wall joints that would start serving Idli, vada, upma etc very early in the morning cratering to pilgrims and locals both with same fervor. The busy bazaar outside the main entrance of Kashi Vishwanath Mandir or Golden Temple converts into a breakfast hotspot at around 7-8 am in morning with carts all over the place selling delicious South Indian fare. I tried one of the busy ones one of the mornings and had amazing Dosa & Uthapam made in butter which just made them better.
|Uthapam ready to be served|
|A Masala Dosa in the making.|
|A plain dosa being made, they still add some basic vegetables to it and leave them to sizzle in butter a bit, which in turn makes the vegetables taste better 😉|
|Uthapam being made.|
|Uthapam sizzling with Butter.|
|Idli with Coconut Chutney|
|The cart selling South Indian breakfast. You will find a bunch of them near Golden Temple in morning hours.|
The city is also known for its chats, something that you will find in abundance out there and the taste and ingredients are much different from what we get in Delhi. I will not say if they are better or not, however very different for sure and to sample some of the goodies I landed up at Kaashi Chaat Bhandaar which is like a destination in the city. The rates were reasonable, the quality good and taste awesome. What more can a food lover ask for? Google it up to find the exact location, or if in Benares, just ask around.
|The way Gol Gappe are served. Atta Gol Gappa with matra mixed with other stuffed inside, with paani the side. And the Paani has to be the most delicious one I have tasted ever, with kaccha aam in it and other delicate spices in abundance.|
|Tamatar or Tomato Chaat|
|Tamatar ki chaat, after stirring it a bit.|
|Aloo Tikki – Tried one, loved it.|
|Gulab Jamun – Stuffed with mawa, not the best one out there, but can be tried.|
Kachoris seem to be their staple breakfast food, atleast for local populace, and they come in all shapes, sizes and qualities. Its attachment to the city can be gauged from the fact that they have a street named after the dish, called the Kachori Gali. However I ventured in that lane early in the morning, around 7-8 am, and I found only one guy selling kachoris, it seems the Kachoris have gone from the Gali of Kachoris now. That said I tasted them at 3-4 places in the city, one thing that was common was that all of them serve it with kale chane ki subzi which again was something new for me. I have had kachoris with kadhi, aloo subzi, kabuli chane, chutney etc, however it was my first taste of it with Kale Chane and I guess I have had enough of it already. Another major difference for me that all of them were stuffed with potatoes in one form or the other, something I have experienced for the first time.
|Found these small bite sized kachoris at one of the hawkers, they serve 4-5 of these in a serving, top them off with Kala Chane ki subzi and other condiments.|
|The shop serving at Kachori Gali.|
|And this is how it is served at most places.|
|A shop I was taken to in Thutheri Bazaar, selling stuff made in Desi ghee. The Sunday morning craze for their Bedmi-subzi was crazy, unfortunately was not able to try them.|
|Samose made in Desi Ghee, one of the best Samosa you will ever have. The potato filling in them was very very nice, full of spices blasting flavors in your mouth here, there and everywhere. At the ‘Di Ram Bhandar’.|
|Kachoris at ‘Di Ram Bhandar’, were very nice, but by this time I had an overdose of Kala Chana.|
|Oh! and Benarsis eat Kala chana like this as well, made a chat out of the spouted ones. This portion was for Rs.7 and I must say made for an awesome snack.|
|Not sure what its called, but for convenience I will call it Tikona Mathi|
|And this is how they serve that mathi too, with Chane and other condiments.|
|A saada paan in the making.|
|This is how they pack it up for you, in a leaf with some supari and chuna on the side.|
|The plain old boondi – more juicy (syrupy) than usual, I ate them with sweet curd and man was it a bliss.|
|Aaah! jalebi, I don’t think I can write anything about this princess of sweets.|
|Laung lata – from outside just some maida fried and soaked in sugar, but the surprise lies inside. Oh how I loved this one.|
|A dish in one of the Korean places run by a Bengali gentleman. Kimchi Egg Ramen. Simple top ramen cooked with lot of kimchi it and two eggs poured in it. If you like spices then this would be SUPER comforting and delicious for you.|
|Hummus at Shree Cafe, recipe of which has been shared and developed with by an Israeli visitor for them. can you get more authentic than that?|
|Aloo pakoda and Veg Chop, check the crisps around the chop.|
|Chop was stuffed with carrots and other vegetables, quite interesting for me atleast.|
|Mirchi pakodas being fried up.|
|A place of pakodi I pciked from a random shop for Rs. 5, served with subzi, mooli and chutney.|
|In the meantime me and my family are enjoying this Incredible Mirchi ka Achar that I got from there. VERY spicey, but I ain’t complaining.|
Random check outs:
Amritsar is a food lovers delight and the question keeps popping up on what to eat there. I though I will make a compilation of information we have on it and make this post a one stop resource for anyone looking to explore the food scene of the city.
|Harmandir Saheb or Golden Temple|
If you have something to share, please share that in comments, and if you are here to take info, then please do read comments too.
- Where to eat Amritsair Kulcha in Amritsar?
- Where to eat Puri-Chhole in Amritsar?
- Giani Tea Shop
- From our first Food Trip to Amritsar
- Amritsar – Spirituality, Sights, history and of course FOOD
- Amritsar – from a food lovers eye.
The following list is courtesy Rajeev Gulati, I picked it from one of his comments on Facebook.
■ GURDAS RAM JALEBI WALE IN OLD CITY
■ BHRAWAN DA DHABA AT HALL BAZAR FOR VEG THAALI
■ KESAR DA DHABA FOR SLOW COOKED DAAL AND CRISP PARANTHAS
■ AMRITSARI KULCHAS AT…..
1. KULCHA LAND OPP. MK INTERNATIONAL
2. KULWANT DE AMRITSARI KULCHEY NEAR DARBAR SAHEB
3. SUCHHA SINGH AT CHUNGI
■ BAU DI PANEER BHURJI
■ KANHA SWEETS for PURI-CHOLEY, LASSI & JAGGERY (GUR) HALWA
■ AHUJA (HALL BAZAR) FOR LASSI
■ NAGINA NUTREY PALAK KULCHA AT CLOTH MARKET NEAR HALL BAZAR
■ BHIJJEY CHOLEY KULCHA & MATHHI AT CLOTH MARKET NEAR HALL BAZAR
■ PAL DHABA AT HALL BAZAAR FOR KEEMA NAAN & KEEMA MUTTON
■ PARKASH MEAT AT MAQBOOL ROAD FOR TAWA MUTTON ITEMS
■ SURJIT FOOD PLAZA (TANDOORI CHICKEN) AT LAWRANCE ROAD
■ BEERAN DA DHAABA AT MAJHITHIA ROAD
■ FISH & CHICHEN AT MAKKHAN AT LAWRANCE ROAD
I guess the data shared above is sufficient to sort out any traveler and/or food lover looking for good in this Northern frontier city of India. Feel free to add and read comments.Connect with me on Twitter : @SH_AGer
Poori Chhole is something which is very close to my heart, for me they are food for my soul. Last year when we went to Amritsar for our food trip, we ate them at Kanha Sweets and couple of morsels inside me, I proclaimed them the best I have had till date. However life is not always about the best, and I am someone who would appreciate some of the lesser known mortals too and give them a fair chance to compete for my taste buds and very valuable appetite.
|Poori, Chhole, Aloo ki Subzi at Kanha, Lawrence Road|
|Fresh Pooris at Kanha|
|Gur (Jaggery) ka Halwa|
|Gur ka Hawla at New Munim di Hatti, Lawrence Road|
|Basanti Halwa at New Munim hi Hatti, the name is attributed to Color.|
|Chhole Poori and Aloo ki Subi at Kahaiya sweets, Lawrence Road|
|Satpuras in a stack|
|Poori Chhole Aloo at Shera Poori Waala, Near Telephone Exchange|
|Lassi waala next to shera, serving hand churned Lassis.|
|Another style of eating it, just add bit of thick curd on your chhole|
|Giant Poori made specially for us by Shera on request of Aman Paaji|
|Poori, Chhole, Kaddu and Aloo outside Laungan Devi Temple|
|Waiting to be served|
|Madhup bhai, getting in the fresh stock|