Indore is a heaven for foodies and it definitely has some of the most sought-after places to eat that you can find in every nook and corner of the city. Its oh-so-delicious street food and local favourite foods like crispy jalebis, poha for breakfast, kachoris, Malpuas for dessert, Sabudana Khichdi, Samosas, Aloo Tikkis, Kopra Patties, Fried Garadu are some of the few dishes you must not miss out when you’re in Indore.
There are endless places to eat in Indore but here are some of the top-notch places that’ll spike your taste buds and leave you wanting for more.
1. Chhappan Dukaan
This place is like a mini street food heaven that has 56 shops selling different varieties of delicacies like chaat, poha-jalebi, dosas, idlis, kopra and aloo patties. This is one of the places to eat in Indore if you’re looking to savour specialties from the city. It also serves as a hangout joint for people looking to experiment and experience Indore’s food culture scene. They serve the most famous staple dish of Indore- Poha-jalebis, prepared with ultimate perfection.
You cannot visit Indore and not go to Sarafa; it would actually be a crime! It comes to life at around 8 in the evening and is bustling with people devouring the palatable street food it caters. The most featured dishes of this place are Garadu (a root vegetable that’s cut in pieces and deep-fried), Khopra Pattice (deep fried coconut and potato balls), Bhutte ki kees (grated corn roasted in spices with heaps of clarified butter or ghee) and you can also treat yourself to some mouth-watering desserts such as malpuas, moong daal halwa, rabri and gulab jamun.
Another striking feature of this place is the technique or the art of making dahiwadas! Joshiji Ka Dahiwadas (deep fried balls coated with curd and roasted aromatic spices) are ‘world famous’ in Indore because he makes it a treat to watch while he’s assembling the dish. And, this visit stays incomplete if you’ve not indulged in Saawariya ki sabudana khichdi and Vijay ki kachori.
This is one of the ultimate places to eat in Indore and has joints that have been serving Papdi Chaats, Samosa Chaats and Dahi Chaats since decades now. Some of the best shops to serve these yummy delectables are Sri Shiv Chaat and Sundaram Geleda Chaat Bhandar. Chaat is a cuisine itself in India that has come from the northern region but Indore takes it to another level by packing a punch not only with its balance of sweet, spicy and tangy flavours but also with the number of choices it spoils you for.
4. Sitla Mata Bazaar
This bazaar otherwise known for selling clothes and apparels come alive for foodies after these shops shut down at 9 P.M. This becomes a chaat lane where you can gorge on a spectacular range of delicacies like moong daal ki kachori (spiced lentils masala stuffed in a pouch of dough that is deep-fried) and Dal bafle (baked semolina balls dipped in ghee and served with lentil curry and spices), another prominent dish coming from this region.
5. Kebabsville Sayaji, Vijaynagar
If you’re looking for a place to satisfy your non-vegetarian cravings, this barbeque joint is the place to eat in Indore. It is a buffet restaurant that manages to give you an elaborate dining experience along with a view of the pool that only adds to the ambience of the place. It also serves vegetarian food but the charcoal, grilled non-vegetarian options steal the show.
6. Indore Namkeen
The word ‘Namkeen’ is used for long lasting savoury snacks made out of flour that is coated with aromatic spices such as cloves, garlic, onion powder etc. Indore Namkeens is a popular chain of namkeen stores that serve all kinds of varieties and combinations of flavoursome, speciality namkeens that you can take back home for your family and friends. Their most famous namkeen being the Indori Khatta Meetha namkeen is the best-seller among other namkeens, flavoured with hing (asafoetida) and laung (clove).
7. Nafees Restaurant Palasia
Stirring away from the street food culture of Indore, this is one of those places to eat in Indore if you’re looking for some exotic variations of Mutton and Chicken dishes. It is probably one of the finest experiences a non-vegetarian lover can possibly have in the city. They serve an exquisite range of curries that are not only rich in texture but also in flavour that’ll leave you more than gastronomically satisfied.
8. Rambabu Ke Parathe, Scheme 54
As the name suggests, this place is fondly remembered as one of the places to eat in Indore because it serves about 15 different varieties of paranthas. The fillings in these paranthas might not be exotic or something new but the taste is definitely out-of-the-world. They serve these piping hot paranthas with the special Rambabu ka Raita, a spiced curd accompaniment that makes it all more enjoyable.
Unique in its food style and known for its street food culture, Indore is an extremely hospitable place for tourists. Seeing so many street food options on the list of places to eat in Indore, don’t get perplexed. Just go ahead and enjoy the delicacies this city has to offer without worrying about upsetting your stomach! The other cuisines that you’ll easily find here are Maratha, South-Indian, Rajasthani and Mughlai.