Street Food Tour of Jaipur
Jaipur is an amazing city. When I arrived by bus and sped in an auto (tuktuk) across town to my hostel the sun was setting over the pink city and it glowed that beautiful India orange as far as you could see. It was noticeably more organised and well-planned than Agra, where I’d come from, and I had a warm feeling that I would like this place.
Unfortunately, Jaipur was where I got my first taste of India belly. One street-side samosa and a bit of an over-indulgence at Holi festival meant I spent my third day in the city touring not only the forts of Amer, but their facilities also. As a result, street food, actually any food, was off my agenda for a good day or so. Luckily by my last day it seemed to clear up, but I was wary. The hostel I was staying in were organising a street food tour of the area, and although nervous, I thought this was my last time to experience good Indian food – I should check it out!
And I’m so glad I did. The tour was a little poorly organised in terms of what food we ate when (starting with ice-cream and then moving on to parantha?!) but it did show case some really great places that you would NEVER go to – and some which I had passed so many times in my few days beforehand and never even noticed!
Here’s my round-up of the best:
1. Pandit Kulfi Waala, 110, Hawa Mahal Market, Hawa Mahal Road
The best traditional Indian ice-cream I tasted in my time there. Reminiscent of a mini-milk and even more satisfying!
2. Jai Shri Ram Chaat Bhandaar, 176, Bapu Bazar
Go for the chola bhathura; a spicy chickpea and red onion dish served in a little pot. This was one of the tastiest things we tried. It was also served with a fried chapatti-type bread but that was too greasy for me!
3. Sahu Restaurant, Shop No. 365, Choura Rasta
Stop by this place for the ‘best masala tea in town’ – it was very good, really well flavoured with cardamom so more fragrant than some others I tried. It was really busy at night with locals, so they must be doing something right!
4. Falahaar, A-1, Vasundhara Colony, Opp. Kamal and Co, Tonk Phatak
This more modern (clean!) looking stand serves a variety of snacks. We tried sabudaana kichdi which is a mixture of Pearl tapioca, potatoes, peanuts, grated coconut, green chillies and ghee.
5. Bombay Mishthan Bhandar, 12A Jai Jawan Colony, Near Durgapura, Tonk Road
Finally, the best lassi I had in India (but I had some really bad ones!!). Served in an earthenware glass and topped with almonds the plain flavour lassi is really refreshing. They also serve a multitude of Indian sweets and snacks if you’re feeling in the mood for a lil’ something sweet.