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Indore is famous for which food is a question we would like to skip, because there are so many to pick just one! The street food in Indore, to be specific, is extremely popular across the country. The street food in Indore has its roots based in recipes from Rajasthan, Gujarat and Maharashtra. These three combined will serve to give you a delicious meal that will have you smiling all day, all through your stay in the city.
A city with tons of street food choices to pamper your taste is like icing on the cake. You couldn’t have asked for better than this. And when you’re in Indore city, starting a new job or pursuing your higher education while Zolo takes care of your stay with the best of amenities and a great community living experience, you could just focus on the delicious food that’s on your plate.
Just allow your nose to hand hold your taste buds on a food street that’s dotted with delicacies galore. No matter where you stop to grab something delicious quickly, you won’t be going wrong with your choice for sure. Such is the craze for these quick bites that you could find almost all of Indore’s youth on these food streets alone. Have a great time biting into lip-smacking street food varieties while sharing the laughter with your friends.
Did you know? Indore is also known as the “street food capital of India.” That’s one whole hell of a reason to go try all the famous street food in Indore with your friends and roommates. We have put together some of the best places to eat in Indore that we have tried and put on this page for you.
Keep reading to find out the best street food places in Indore that will sweep your taste buds off their feet. These are twenty handpicked best street foods in Indore to try with your eyes closed and mouth wide open.
1. Bhutte Ka Kees
Bhutta is the Hindi word for corn-on-the-cob and kees means ‘grind’ or ‘grated’ in Marathi. So this makes up the whole process of this dish. On the street foods of Indore, Bhutte Ki Kees is a popular snack. Made with mashing and grinding boiled corn and sprinkling it with gram flour, it is then fried and served piping hot with lemon squeezed on top. This one of the famous street foods in Indore should be on your radar.
2. Khopra Patties
If you love Aloo Tikki, you will find these traditional Khopra Patties very fascinating. Aloo Tikkis are potato and bread crumbs made into round-flat patties and finally deep-fried. This particular dish is made by stuffing freshly grated coconut into these patties and fried till crispy. Finally, it is topped with spicy-sweet chutney and served hot!
Our huge hearts are always open to welcome this huge jalebi! No, it’s not a typo, this kind of jalebi is huge in its size hence, called Jaleba. Owing to its enormous size compared to the other jalebis, this sweet is even juicier and crunchier and a must-have after a good meal. We bet you that you cannot have just one! Chappan Dukan in New Palasia is the place to have this piping hot sweet dish!
4. Khatta Samosa
All the samosa lovers, you are going to love this delicacy for sure! Khatta samosa is a ravishing type of the common samosa (Indian snack filled with mashed potato and spices). It is called ‘Khatta’ or ‘sour’ because of the tangy chutney served on top of this. The interesting highlight of this dish is that the filling of the samosa contains pomegranate seeds that add up to a sweet-sour taste!
5. Shahi Shikanji
Indore’s Shahi Shikanji is a beautiful blend of milk and dry fruits, topped with malai and served chilled! Actually Shikanji is normally a lemonade kind of drink with spices in it, typically a drink consumed in summers as a refreshment usually to digest a meal but, Indore’s Shahi Shikanji becomes a whole meal in itself! A creamy and nutty milkshake as it looks, it is blended with Kesar and Elaichi that’ll leave you with a pleasant aftertaste.
6. Batla Kachori
You must not be knowing that Indore is also known for its varieties of kachoris. After having tasted all of them, our heart stopped at one kachori style, and that’s the Batla Kachori. It’s nothing but peas smeared with masala as its stuffing – for those drool-worthy bites. What’s exciting is you can also try the ones with potato stuffing, and pair those with the green chilli dip. It’s kachori made to tease your taste buds like never before.
7. Indori Namkeen
If you visit Indore and want something to stack-up its delicacy on your shelves back home, what can be better than the famous Namkeens from the city! Namkeen is a savory snack that comes in different shapes, sizes, and flavors. Vendors in Indore sell a variety of Namkeens namely Laung Sev, Khatta Meetha, Heeng peanuts, Falahari mix, etc., that you can savor with a cup of chai, a meal, or simply as a munchy!
8. Dahi Bade
There’s no dearth of best street food places in Indore. Take Dahi Bade for instance, how on earth can we miss this relishing chaat! You will savor these deep-fried dal vadas dipped in curd and topped with spices. Finally, dripped with sweet tamarind chutney and mint chutney because what is a chaat without its chutneys! The cooling taste of the curd and hot Vadas makes it a perfect combination of extravagant flavors booming on your tastebuds!
9. Sabudana Khichdi
If you are on a diet and are looking for a healthier alternative to fried snacks, you are not alone! Sabudana, also known as sago in some places or simply, tapioca seeds are popularly made into a breakfast meal and even eaten as a snack throughout the city of Indore. What stands out in this dish is that it is completely gluten-free and made in very little oil which makes it super healthy.
10. Poha Jalebi
Poha is undoubtedly one of the famous street foods in Indore. It’s basically a breakfast meal in most parts of north India and Maharashtra. But in Indore, Poha or flat rice is tossed with onions, peanuts, and spices and finally served with an exciting combination, jalebi. The unique flavors of savory and spicy that comes with this meal are impeccable and relishing till the last bite!
11. Dal Bati
This popular Rajasthani dish is also called Dal-Bafla in Indore. This meal comprises lemon-shaped batis or balls made of wheat, curd, and selected spices eventually baked and served with a good amount of dal topped with desi ghee. It is usually a meal eaten for lunch or dinner by crushing the hot Bati, pouring dal over it, and lots of desi ghee. A lip-smacking nutritious meal that keeps you full for a long long time!
12. Mawa Bati
It is an extraordinary dish that resembles the popular Indian sweet Gulab Jamun with its golden brown color and juicy round texture. Made with fresh Mawa and stuffed with crunchy dry fruits, it melts like butter in your mouth.
Mawa is a dairy element made by constantly thickening the milk. It’s a special ingredient used in almost all dairy sweets and it is extremely rich and delicious. The word Bati is used for this dish because of its lemon-shape.
13. Moong Bhajia
These fritters are made of moong dal or ‘green gram’ giving it a crunchy texture. Moong Bhajiyas are deep-fried and served piping hot out of the kadhai and are eaten as an evening snack in many homes of Indore. Much loved in the monsoon season, of course, the best Moong Bhajiyas are served by Shree Mahalaxmi Moong Ke Bhajiye on HIG main rd, Indore. Don’t forget to grab a cup of Kadak Chai alongside!
It is a winter special street food in Indore and is found in almost all local food stalls across the city. This spicy, Masaledaar chaat is one of the fascinating dishes you will find amongst the street food in Indore! Garadu is the root of yam and is mostly found in the season of winter. This part of the vegetable is cut into cubes and deep-fried later to be tossed in selected spices making up a spicy-tangy snack perfect for winter cravings!
15. Egg Benjos
The egg benjos at Johnny’s Hot Dogs are one of the most famous Indore food items that you must try during your food trail through the city. In the primarily vegetarian food landscape of Indore, Egg and Mutton benjos at Johnny’s are probably the only non-vegetarian items that have such a huge fan following amongst the youth. A spicy masala omelette sandwiched between soft round buns served with chutney and ketchup is very popular.
16. Lal Balti ki kachori
Indore boasts of an entire list of must-try kachori places for those who love these delicious spicy balls of fried dough filled with a range of stuffing. Jostling for the title of the most famous kachori with a host of other shops is the uniquely named ‘Lal balti ki kachori’. Their kachoris are stuffed with potato filling and served with their unique green chilli chatni. You must visit the place to figure out the reason for this quirky name.
17. Saraf Ke Parathe
Paranthe are one of the most eaten dishes in India and the ones that are served on the streets are irresistible. Indore like any other city in India has a special street where scrumptious paranthas are served. Sarafa is a well-known market place in Indore and it is also known for the famous spot called the Aadesh Shahi Paratha where you can try all kinds of paratha. From paneer parantha to potato sev paratha, you can get whatever you wish for.
Indore’s sarafa bazaar (jewellery market) doubles up as a chat market at night. While feasting your eyes on the tongue-teasing sights, one temptation you cannot resist is trying out the golden brown succulent malpuas displayed on huge tawas at various food stalls. Team it up with some rabri for that perfect dessert to end your food extravaganza at Sarafa. No wonder it’s one of the best foods in Indore you must try.
19. Kulfi Faluda
Visiting Indore in summers? That’s so kulfi-some! Then you cannot resist missing this absolutely appealing dessert! Indore’s Kulfi-Falooda is made from sweet-vermicelli used as a base with kulfi cubes on top and finally, Rooh-Afza becomes the star of the dish topped with dry fruits. As palatable it looks, it is even tastier. Make sure to save some extra space in your tummy for this meal!