Google “food capital of India” and Indore shows up among the usual suspects of results (Delhi, Mumbai, Amritsar, Kolkata). The unassuming little city punches way above its weight in the street food stakes. Even restaurateur Manu Chandra of The Fatty Bao and Monkey Bar, admits to being surprised by the city’s culinary riches.
For a vegetarian, being in Indore will feel like you’ve died and gone to street food heaven especially while visiting Chappan Dukan, the 56 shops that offer a mind-numbing array of snacks, and the stalls at old Sarafa Bazaar that open at sundown.
While Indore lacks the storied history of Delhi’s Mughlai cuisine or the foreign influences entrenched firmly in the food of Mumbai and Kolkata, it draws heavily on culinary legacies of the neighboring states of Rajasthan, Maharashtra and Gujarat. In fact this central Indian city was last ruled by the Maratha Holkars, who were appointed caretakers of Indore by Bajirao Peshwa.
Some credit for this food diversity goes to sheer Indori ingenuity, indispensable in creating unique specialities like khopra patties, egg benjo and bhutte ka kees. Here’s a guide to the wide variety of street food to be enjoyed in the town. A Hajmola or two will definitely come in handy.
Potato Twisters at Little India. These twisted potatoes are immensely loved by people, not just kids but elders too. This twister is nothing but potato fried in a different manner, served with different variants of sauces & spices. Peri-Peri & Cheese is one of the most wanted combinations. This twister has made to this list because of three major reasons: Quickly made, easy to eat & of course it’s tasty.
THE ORIGINAL MILKSHAKE
Keventers being a well known franchisee created a hype before its establishment in the city and has managed to carry it till date. Why? Because of flavourful taste of the shakes & its policy to let people take-away those bottles. Best flavours – Chocolate Oreo, Peanut-butter Chocolate, Rose & Bubblegum.
Fries variants served in cones. Popularised by The-J in Mumbai, Introduced by Foobae in Indore. Indore’s first ever outlet largely dedicated to serve variants of French-Fries & Potato Wedges. The basic idea of serving fries in a cone is fancied by people. Easy to eat, easy to carry & reasonable rates; these three reasons are major costumer attractions and of course, who doesn’t love fries? Double Dragon Fries for a spicy affair & First Love Fries for a cheesy treat; two big thumbs-up for these.
Lastly, The newest trend of the city, Charcoal Ice-cream at Ice-Kraft. Charcoal ice-cream popular as black ice-cream is the hottest trending thing of the city, not just ice-cream, but the waffles too. A subtle-sweet treat makes it different from the regular flavours plus it holds a benefit for the diet conscious people. And black indeed attracts people. Haha!