Onboard the sojourn to experience the Marwari culture and heritage one cannot miss the local delicacies of Jodhpur. The last part of our Jodhpur trip was to relish the mouthwatering dainties from the ‘Land of Kings’ – Rajasthan.
Wrapping up the Bishnoi Village Safari our guide offered to drop us at a restaurant of our choice for lunch. We chose to munch on some snacks and sweets keen on trying out the local specialties and asked the guide to drop us at the clock tower.
The Clock Tower is a popular landmark in Jodhpur for the famous local restaurants and the oldest markets to buy handicrafts and for street shopping. Janta Sweet Home near the clock tower was recommended to us by friends who had already been here.
As soon as we entered the shop the sweet smell of the Jalebis wafted through the air. Unable to soothe our hunger pangs we got ourselves seated at the first empty table available and placed our orders.
Based out of Mumbai, chaats have always been a favorite savory snack for us. Chaat treat in Mumbai is inevitable at least once a week. Trying chaats in Jodhpur was a different experience owing to different flavors of spices.
Aloo Chana Chaat
A delicious blend of boiled potatoes and cooked chickpeas layered with sev, chopped onion, tomato and an assortment of tangy and spicy sauces. The taste will leave an appetizing flavor to your taste buds craving for more.
Aloo Chana Chaat was followed by yet another scrumptious chaat. A spicy sweet treat wherein a number of pooris (crisp fried discs) are topped with chopped vegetables and titbits combined with the flavored chutneys.
Here we decided to give a break to the spicy saga and hop onto relishing some saccharine treats. Sweets have always been a prominent part of meals for the Jodhpuris and as a tradition, the Marwaris’ begin their meals by having sweets before savoring on the main course.
And here comes the drool-worthy royal platter.
The golden shimmer on spiral shaped jalebi is a feast for eyes as much as it for the taste buds. The All-purpose flour batter is poured in oil and then dipped in saffron sugar syrup. The first picture in this post shows the jalebi preparation.
Besan ki Chakki
Get ready for a heavy dose of calories with this tempting delicious sweet made of besan loaded with ghee. Bet you cannot stop at one.
The round disc-shaped honeycomb structured sweet soaked in sugar is heavenly on taste buds. The gevar we ordered was enriched with yummy mawa (milk solid) and sprinkled with nuts and dry fruits.
The people of Jodhpur have a penchant for a variety of spicy snacks for breakfast and many a time along with their meals too.
Dal Bati Churma
One of the iconic traditional dishes of Jodhpur is the Daal Baati Choorma which can also be had as a meal. ‘Bhavani Dal Bati’ restaurant is a must visit for an authentic taste experience of Daal Baati Choorma.
The green chilies stuffed with potatoes and dipped in besan batter are deep fried. These hot spicy snacks are served with some appetizing chutneys of tamarind and coriander. This spicy delight will not let you stop at one even though the spicy tang flavor leaves the taste buds fiery.
Samosas are an all time favorite snacks for Indians. Samosas here are given a royal touch and loaded with healthy dry fruits.
The Mirchi Vada and Kaju Samosa at the Shahi Samosa shop located near the clock tower are a must try.
The deep fried flour balls are dressed in chilled yogurt and topped with tamarind and spicy chutneys (sauces). The tangy tart smack of spices is washed with the soothing flavor of creamy yogurt. Yum!
Pyaaz ki Kachori
A spicy variation of kachori (crisp pastry) with onion stuffing is served with sweet tamarind chutney. Pyaaz ki kachori is a popular delectable breakfast item for Jodhpuris.
A chilled glass of lip-smacking lassi comes topped liberally with fresh butter. Recommended place to try the best of Makhani lassi is at Mishrilal Hotel a little restaurant near Jodhpur’s clock tower.
Mawe ki Kachori
A deep-fried cardamom flavored pastry stuffed with milk solids and dried fruits and dipped in sugar syrup. Mawa Kachori is for someone with a sweet tooth. The sweetness was overwhelming and four of us had to struggle to finish a plate.
This ambrosial sweet made up of condensed milk will melt in your amount sooner than taken a sip. A glass of creamy rabdi loaded with crushed nuts was served chilled.
Streetside eateries on every nook will tempt you with the fragrance as you walk through the cramped alleys of the old city of Jodhpur.
The wide range of sweets and snacks to choose from, make for a special souvenir and great take away from friends and family from Rajasthan. And indulging some local delicacies is invariably one of the best things to do in Jodhpur.
This is definitely not an exhaustive list, one would need days dedicated to the food tour of Rajasthan specialties. Jodhpur also has an assortment of veggies and ice creams to choose from. The delectable cuisine of Jodhpur beckons foodies for an authentic Marwari food experience. And the spicy sweet flavors of the delicacies will definitely make a place in everyone’s heart.
Have you been indulged in the local food tour of Rajasthan? What are your personal favorites? Do share with us in comments.
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