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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Sarafa-Food Trail of Indore

Tasty and yummy food is something that unites everyone regardless of religion, caste, color or creed. There are some who live to eat and others who eat to live. Undoubtedly, the second category far outnumbers the first one. My love for food has taken me far and at times resulted in a change in my travel itineraries. One of my dream food trails is the Sarafa in Indore. From what I read and heard so far, it rubs shoulders with contemporaries like Dublin Beer Tasting Trail, Grand Rapids Food Trail and Sea Food Trail in Scotland.

Sarafa in Indore is a jewelry market by the day and gets converted into one of the biggest mouthwatering eating places by night. The very mention of the varieties prepared there tickles the taste buds. Tourists and locals flock the narrow streets from 8 PM onwards each day. The streets remain lively till past midnight. The delicacies that one can relish here range from Garadu, Nagori Shikanji, Pav Bhaji, Gulab Jamuns, a huge variety of chats, pani puri and icecreams. Some of the must try and must eat savories are listed as follows: 
  •  Joshi Ji ka Dahi Wada- The Joint was set up in 1977 and is currently run by Om Prakash Joshi. The skill and dexterity with which Joshi ji tosses the fluffy soft vada laden with dahi( yoghurt) in air leaves one spell bound. Not even a drop of curd spills out. He decorates it with five spices with a clever play of fingers each time. The end result is a dahi wada which one would not have tasted before, melting in the mouth effortlessly. One has to ensure to reach early to avoid disappointment as by 11 PM he runs out of the offering.
  • Vijay ki kachori-Deep fried golden kachoris  and the spicy  subzi served are not to be missed. The tangy flavor of masala is out of the world. One must be an early bird to catch the kachoris!
  • Sawariya Bhutte ki Khees- He specializes in preparing ‘Khees’ from boiled corn, besan ,coconut, hing, jeera, dhaniya powder, salt. The mixture is fried in pure ghee and the very sight makes the eyes asking for more and saliva literally dripping on one bite.
  • Sawariya ki Sabu Dana Khichdi- This is a simple preparation of sago and is being sold since 1983. Om Prakash Vyas takes pride in this humble creation. This has been a hit since it was first sold.
  •  Ratalu- This is available in winters and is prepared by deep frying purple yam and sprinkled with flavored spices
  • Ganesh Namkeen- Anyone who travels to Indore and does not buy the khatta – meetha namkeen has missed something in life. Ganesh specializes in flavored namkeens like Dry fruit sev, Pineapple sev, Pani puri sev and even Maggi sev
These are just a few of the samples and the list is endless .Without including a few more delicacies like Jaleba( an elder brother of Jalebi), Malpua – Rabri, Coconut crush, a gross injustice would be done. There is a Chappan Bazaar( 56 shops of fast food and chat) in the city besides endless eating joints like Ram Babu ki Paranthe. It is now difficult to hold back and time to dash to Indore!


PS:I am blogging about my dreams and passions for the Club Mahindra#DreamTrails activity at BlogAdda

21 comments:

  1. Strangely I had never heard of Sarafa Bazaar when I went to MHOW. But then it was 20 years back and we weren't as digitally connected.

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    1. Very true Purba! Much has changed in the last twenty years. The place is a must visit:)

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  2. Sounds like a great place to find some good food.

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  3. That's a great list - I will use this when I go there one day.

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  4. Oh my! Quite a list. The descriptions just triggered some cravings. I'm sure this is a precious post.

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    1. Thanks Divya! The place is definitely worth a visit:)

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  5. Now, I want to visit Indore for my love for food and jewelry.

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    1. Do book mark the place Saru! You won't regret visiting:)

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  6. Rahul, really bad of you, mentioning all my favourite dishes in one post. I am now super eager to enjoy the Sarafa food trail in Indore. Sounds delicious and has already made me hungry :)

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    1. A big thanks for taking your time off to read all my posts Rachna! I am happy that I could tingle your taste buds:)

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  7. I'm a foodie. I've never been to Indore, but I'm going to bookmark this post - whenever I visit the city, I'm going to do this food trail :-P

    P.S. Reading this made me hungry!

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    1. Thanks for reading Divya! Am sure you will love the place when you visit:)

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  8. I have never been to this place ,tough friends have mentioned this before.

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    1. Must visit the place Mr Chowla! You will certainly enjoy.

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  9. when I visited Indore the last time, i was just a bacha... I thought only going to a mall was cool enough...:P
    Now i have a good to-taste and to-visit list with me..
    Thanks Rahul Sir..:)

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    1. True as a child the malls look fascinating! Am sure you will enjoy the place now for what it offers, Monica! Good to see you back.

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  10. oooh I need to visit this place then :) thank you sir for introducing Indore :) never been there

    Bikram's

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    1. Am sure you will love the place Bikram! Thanks for reading.

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  11. that's a good list to begin with for a new traveler into the city...exhaustive list in fact
    Just reading the description makes us want to try it and be as lucky as you were :)

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