Street food in Indore is not something people talk about. But they should. They should talk about it a lot. The aromas and flavours of Indore’s famous food joints can challenge the so-called street food capitals of India (We’re looking at you, Delhi and Kolkata).
So if you’re new to Indore, bookmark our list of the best street food in Indore. Get hold of your roommates and head out to taste them all. Even if your hostel serves up some delicious, home-like meals like we do at Stanza Living residences. Because while we at Stanza Living design our living experience to make your time with us memorable, we don’t want you to spend all your time with us. We want you to step out into the city. To explore. To experiment. Because, just like our residences, Indore’s special food is also one-of-a-kind.
15 best street food in Indore are given below:
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Street food in Indore is incomplete without Dahi Bade. Now, this dish is found anywhere in the country but no one makes it as good as Joshi Dahi vada wala. This place is the star of Sarafa Bazaar and seeing them prepare a plate of Dahi Vada is no less than seeing an artist at work.
Who knew that the boring Sabudana Khichdi would be on the list of famous Indore food? Well, what can we say. The chefs at Sanwariya Seth in Sarafa Bazaar can turn this sick-person food into one of the yummiest dishes in the market. All they need is some namkeens and spice.
Poha Jalebi is probably the most popular food in Indore. You’ll find shops selling this delicacy in every part of the city. The dish is garnished with Indori sev, coriander and a hint of lemon for that extra zing. We don’t know about you, but steaming hot Poha followed by a plate of warm jalebis sounds like our idea of a perfect breakfast.
Dal Bafla is quite similar to the infamous Dal Baati of Rajasthan. It is a baked dish that uses very little oil so you know, it’s healthy too. Plus the curd and spices in the gravy give it a super unique and delicious taste. Who doesn’t love baked goodies, anyway? At least no one we know.
Mawa Bati is nothing but a bigger version of the Gulab Jamun. It is a sweet dish filled with dry fruits and doesn’t even cost much. Two of these will cost you max 100 bucks, and it’s enough for two people. If you love Gulab Jamun, how can you not love its elder sibling?
One of the best food in Indore to eat during the evening or in the rainy season. Moong Bhajia is made from Moong Dal and is served with coriander chutney. We love all variations of fritters – pakora, bhajia, bhajji…you name it.
Indore’s famous food, Garadu is made with boiled yams. It is then fried lightly and topped with lemon juice and chat masala. You can call it the healthier cousin of Aloo Chat or Potato Wedges.
This item would probably rank at the top of famous Indore foods. Locals have been loving it for decades now. It’s a simple veg patty served with a bun and ketchup, sometimes with cheese, sometimes without. Another popular version is the Egg Benjo, which has a fried egg on it. Don’t get confused but Johnny hot dog is technically a burger.
Bhutte ka kees is what comes to our mind the moment someone says “Indore special food”. This dish is a great breakfast choice as well as goes perfectly as a tea-time snack too. We won’t go into the details but the primary ingredient of this dish is corn, and you can customise it to make it spicy or sweet. Go get those healthy carbs!
This food item is an indispensable part of street food in Indore. A step-up from your regular Aloo Patty, this one here is stuffed with potato and grated coconut, a unique combo, to say the least. It is then deep fried, like all patties are. Combined with the tangy tamarind chutney, it’s pure foodgasm.
Imagine a laaarge Jalebi, triple the size and sweetness. In fact, it is so huge that one person can’t finish it alone. It can even be a proper meal and not just a dessert. And no, it’s not a spelling mistake, it’s called Jaleba fr.
Sarafa bazaar boasts of the best street food in Indore. Khatta Samosa is one of them. Their filling is tangy and this is what makes them different from the basic samosas served in every nook and corner of India. You can show off this special samosa to your non-Indori friends.
Forget milkshakes, try the Shahi Shikanji at Sarafa Bazaar. This thick drink tastes somewhere between rabdi and lassi, and is loaded with a lot of dry fruit toppings. This is unlike ANY other Shikanji you’ve ever tasted, we promise.
Indore is known for its different types of kachoris. Our favourite, though, is the Batla Kachori that has peas smeared with masala as its stuffing. You can also try the ones with potato stuffing, and pair those with the green chilli dip. There might be a few tears and hiccups, but it’s all worth it.
A visit to Indore is incomplete without bringing back some of its most popular snacks home. We’re talking about the dry namkeens the city is so famous for – Laung Sev, Khatta Meetha, Heeng peanuts, Falahari mix and much more. Munch on them with your evening chai or while bingeing on your favourite series.
We’re not wrong to say that the best food in Indore is found in its streets. Here’s why:
Undoubtedly, a plate of Poha jalebi. We mean, what’s not to love about some filling savoury Poha and some crispy, sweet jalebi?
Sarafa Bazaar is a jewellery market by day and a food street by night. Now, that’s the kind of 2-in-1 market we like.
If you’re in or around Indore, do visit these iconic sweet shops: