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Indore – Street Food Heaven

I will waste no time and just say it – Indore has the best street food in India. Sorry Mumbai and Delhi, you guys need to stay out of this one.

Anant, Aakash, Sunay and I decided to visit Indore for just one thing – food. We have a couple of Indori friends in Pune who are always raving about the food there. As someone who loves the street food scene in Pune, I was offended by their casual mocking of Pune street food and also intrigued to find out what’s so great about Indori street food.

Indore, being the cleanest city in India, has a welcoming feel to it. The shops open around 11 am, and close (late) at night around 9.30 pm. The city has a laid back vibe to it, which I enjoyed.

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Fortunately, the breakfast places serving the best Poha are open early in the morning. Who would think of putting Paneer and Chhole in their Poha? Indoris. And they know how to make it work. Have awesome poha at Head Sahab.

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Aspi’s is a joint famous for milk shakes. You must try the Anjeer milkshake here. I am not a big fan of chocolate, but you if you like it, that one is pretty amazing too, apparently. The owner of this small joint is actually a manufacturer and distributor of flavoured soda that distributes in many states of India. Super nice fellow.

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Probably the best place for sandwiches in Indore. This place was highly recommended by our Indori friends and it did not let us down. We had the Italian Club Sandwich and the Paneer masala sandwich, and I can’t recommend it enough!

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Next up was Sarafa Bazaar at night, and it was lit. It is the king of khao gallis and has something for everyone. I have not seen more variety and diverse flavours anywhere else. The weather was not the best, thanks to October Heat, and I am not particularly a fan of crowded places either. The food more than made up for the inconveniences.

Sarafa bazaar has Khopra Pattice, Khatta Samosa, Sabudana Khichdi with baked Chips, Gulab Jamun, Malpua, Paneer Tikka, Dahibada, Coconut Crush and much more to offer. Honestly, you can’t go wrong with most stuff here.

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Any article about Indore is incomplete without the mention of the legendary Poha-Jalebi. I was skeptical of this combination because I like both things separately. But after having this, I am convinced of Joey logic. What’s not to like! Poha? Good. Sev? Good. Jalebi? Gooooood!

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If I had a system for rating all these foods, I would rate everything else 9 (despite being ridiculously awesome) just because I want to give this a 10.

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Yes, I have saved the best for the last. The momo scene has been quite impressive in Pune since a couple of years. I have had some really awesome momos in Pune – The momos in front of the park in Lane 6, Koregaon Park. Himalaya Momos near Chai, Viman Nagar. The momos in front of Crossword, Aundh. I have had momos in Mumbai, Delhi, Chandigarh, and even in Spiti. The ones in Delhi and Chandigarh were insane.

But.

These Tandoori Momos – are an 11/10. That’s ridiculous? Yep. So are the momos.

 

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Well fed faces

The city’s cleanliness reflects in their food joints as well. I was wary of stomach upsets before coming to Indore since we had decided to eat street food for 2 days straight. But when the city is so clean and the food is served with so much love, you are good.

We had a lot of recommendations of ‘where to eat’ in Indore. But honestly, I don’t think we would have been lost without them. Even the random eating joints in Sarafa Bazaar or Chappan Dukaan had most things that were at least above average if not mind blowing.

Until next time, Indore! 🙂

By Chinmay Behare

Chinmay Behare is a Pune based writer who likes to write about everyday things in life. He likes to play music and football. He also weirdly writes about himself in third person.

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