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 sometimes with a 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 dishes that are not only popular in these parts, but delicious too.
We bring you a complete list of all the famous street food in Nagpur
and where to try them so you enjoy them the next time you visit Nagapur!
Famous 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. Prepared 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
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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
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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 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
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Ask anyone in Nagpur what their favourite 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 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. Aren’t you excited to try this popular street food in Nagpur?
- Where to Get: Priti Corner in Dharampeth
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5. Matka Biryani
The amazing thing about biryani is that each city has its own way of preparation. 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. Don’t miss this delectable street food in Nagpur while travelling here!
- Where to Eat: Curry House in Pratap Nagar, Babbu’s in Rajendra Nagar
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6. Maharashtrian Specialities
A street 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
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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 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, the desi Chinese food is way different from the original one. Spicier and arguably tastier, Indian Chinese food 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)
Here’s another popular street food to try in Nagpur if you love non-vegetarian dishes. Kombdi Rassa is prepared in 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 speciality 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
Typically, among the many street food varieties in Nagpur, the most popular snacks are definitely good old Maharashtrian chaat. You’ll find small stalls and stores dishing out chaat at every corner to ravenous customers come tea time in the city. Gorge on sweet and spicy pani puri, sev puri and pav bhaji that are the some of the street food specialities in Nagpur.
- Where to eat: Haldirams or at the many counters in Lokmat Square.
Fried in huge kadais and served hot, jalebis in Nagpur are not just a treat for your taste buds, their preparation is also mesmerizing to watch. Coated in its delicious sweet syrup, jalebis can make your mouth water at just the thought of their crunchy, crisp and sticky exterior which yields with a bite into a sweet and soft, gooey from the inside. This sweet is also the perfect ending to a traditionally spicy Nagpuri meal.
- Where to eat: At Haryana Special Jalebi, the signature sweet dish is extremely famous and very reasonably priced.
15 Misal Pav
Misal Pav is a spicy Maharashtrian dish that is a popular delicacy in most cities and town of the state, and Nagpur is no exception. Cooked with onions, a spicy masala, and potato chiwda mix sprinkled on top, Misal is eaten with pav (local Indian bread) and if you like Indian spice, this dish is probably one of the most delicious, brilliantly balanced and texturally exciting foods you can sample.
- Where to eat: Pratape foods in Deonagar Square, Shri Joshi Vadapav. In market areas and near colleges, many food stalls serve this local favourite.
Just like we told you at the beginning of this piece, the street food in 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.