When compared to other cities in Maharashtra, Nagpur’s street food scene doesn’t have too much hype. But, you will be shocked by how good the food is in the city of oranges.
Whether at 5-star hotels, local restaurants or at street stalls, there is a variety of food to choose from, leaving you somethings with the good dilemma of having too much choice. While it is good to try all of them, for an authentic street food experience in Nagpur, you’ve got to try certain foods that are not only popular in these parts, but delicious to. So, what are these food and where can one find them?
Popular Street Food in Nagpur
1. Tarri Poha
Poha is a popular dish in Maharashtra. In Nagpur ,Poha is called by a different name, they call it Tarri Poha. Made using rice flakes, onions, tomatoes and served with Tarri (a thick gravy), this dish is delicious and healthy.
- Where to eat: Street food stalls throughout Nagpur
2. Param Ki Daal
If there is one dish that you have to try in Nagpur, it is Param Ki Daal. Param has been dishing out a special kind of dal, that has come to be loved by locals since about 50 years ago. What is different about this dal is that, instead of being cooked on a gas stove, it is cooked charcoal, giving it a smoky aroma and taste.
Surprisingly, the best accompaniment to have with the dal is a unique fried rice that they prepare using browned butter. If you are lost or unsure about how to get there, just ask any local, they will direct you to Param.
- Where to Eat: Param Da Dhaba in Lakadganj
Spicy and hot, this dish is a must try for every non-vegetarian visiting Nagpur. Native to the land, this dish is prepared using trotters and a spicy masala.
Some restaurants serve Saoji with chicken and vegetables, so if you don’t like trotters, you can choose either of them. Saoji is a signature cuisine of Nagpur, so you have to try a dish made in Saoji cuisine when visiting.
- Where to Eat: Any local Bhojnalaya, Saoji Plaza in Sitabuldi, Saoji Jagdish Bhojnalaya in Gandhibagh
Ask anyone in Nagpur what their favoured snack is and they will probably tell you it is the samosa. Deep fried, and usually stuffed with a potato filling, this snack goes well with either a mint or a sweet sauce. You can also eat a samosa with bread. To make it even more special, order a cup of tea (cutting chai) on the side.
- Where to Get: Priti Corner in Dharampeth
5. Matka Biryani
The amazing thing about biryani is that each city has its own way preparation of it. In Nagpur, the speciality is matka biryani. Served in a copper pot, matka biryani is normally cooked with mutton or chicken, but some vegetarian restaurants cook the dish with vegetables.
- Where to Eat: Curry House in Pratap Nagar, Babbu’s in Rajendra Nagar
6. Maharashtrian Specialities
A food tour in Nagpur is incomplete without trying the local Maharashtrian specialities. Whether it is a breakfast delicacy or a whole meal, Maharashtrian food is a top choice in most restaurants. A few of our favourites are the thali peeth, puran poli, khichdi, and the Maharashtrian egg curry.
- Where to Eat: Vishnuji Ki Rasoi in Bajaj Nagar, Pratape Foods in Ramdaspeth
Kebabs are one of the most popular non-vegetarian snacks in India, and in Nagpur it is no different. In Nagpur, you will find many non-veg restaurants and stalls serving delicious chicken and mutton kebabs. From chicken tikkas to seekh and boti, you have a variety to choose from.
Whatever you choose, don’t forget to ask for onions and mint chutney. You can either eat it plain or with bread.
- Where to Eat: Kebab Corner in Sadar, Nawab Bhai Kebabwale in Mominpura
A Maharashtrian delicacy, Patodi is made with besan and is high on protein. In Nagpur, they make patodi in a red, spicy curry. Best served with roti, this dish is popular at Maharashtrian restaurants in the city of Nagpur. Be warned, this dish spicy and hot.
- Where to Eat: Rasoi Ghar Restaurant in Civil Lines, Orchid Restaurant in Hingna
9. Chinese Food
In case you haven’t tried it, Indian Chinese food is way different from the original. Spicier and arguably tastier, Indian Chinese is savoured across the country. In Nagpur, there are many Chinese stalls and restaurants that specialise in Chinese food. The best part is that you can try this delectable fusion food at a roadside stall or even a posh restaurant.
- Where to Eat: Nanking in Koradi Colony, I Love Ching Chinese Food Stall on Ring Road
10. Moong Dal Halwa
Rich in flavour, Moong Dal Halwa is considered to be an auspicious and delicious sweet. Topped with almonds and cardamom, this sweet is popular at sweet marts across Nagpur.
- Where to Eat: Purananna in Vivekananda Nagar, Rajput’s Restaurant in Ambedkar Marg
11. Kombdi Rassa (Chicken Varadhi)
Kombdi Rassa is prepared in a red curry with just the right amount of spice. This dish is served at Maharashtrian non-vegetarian restaurants and is very popular with the locals of Nagpur. It is eaten with bhakri or chapati, and some people prefer to eat it with steamed rice.
- Where to Eat: NVC – Nagpur Varhadi Curry in Bavdhan
12. Orange Barfi
Orange Barfi is a specialty in Nagpur, made famous by Haldiram’s. This dish is loved by locals and tourists. A must try dessert for anyone visiting Nagpur, it is made using Nagpur’s famous Oranges. You have to savour this sweet, even if you aren’t fond it, you might change your mind about liking sweets.
- Where to Eat: Haldiram’s in Dharampeth
Just like we told you at the beginning of this piece, the food is Nagpur is delicious and there’s a lot you can choose from, but if we had too, we would definitely try these 12 dishes. What would you do? Would you agree with us, or would you pick something else? Do let us know in the comments section below.