Jaipur is a city that leaves people in awe with its exquisite culture, magnificent architecture, local handicrafts and royal vibe. But the most awe worthy thing about Jaipur is its food!
Food is that one thing which tells a lot about the culture and the lifestyle of any place, so, here’s a list of the places that serve the most delicious authentic Rajasthani food.
1. Chokhi Dhani
This mini-Rajasthan built on the outskirts of Jaipur has smitten the tourists, you can’t visit Jaipur without giving Choki Dhani a visit. Everything that defines the life of a Rajasthani- the dance, food, outdoor entertainment can be found here. The most important attraction at Choki Dhani is its Rajasthani Thali that offers local food dishes prepared in the ways of the ancestors- gatte ki sabji, kadhi, kair sangri, makke and bajre ki roti, chhach, rice, and much more. During winters they also serve the unusual bajre ki rabdi, which is a local favourite.
2. Kanchan Kesari
Situated on the outskirts of the Jaipur-Ajmer National Highway (NH8), the resort has something for people of all different age-groups and nationalities. It serves delicious Rajasthani food that beautifully encapsulates the essence of Rajasthan in the aroma of the food they serve here. The multi-cuisine restaurant can cater to all your food cravings but it is especially recommended for Rahasthani food. The 7 banquet halls, indoor and outdoor amusement facilities make it a great place for a stay as well.
3. Aapno Gaon
Based on a village theme, this place lets you enjoy the authentic Rajasthani flavours the real way. They do no skimp on the choice of local cuisine they serve which includes-gatta masala,makke ki roti, kadhi, churma, bajre ki roti, malpua, saag, missi roti, and seasonal veggies fried in mustard oil among many other things. Bajre ki khichdi and chawal loaded with a ton of fresh churned butter are the major attractions of this place.
Situated at MI Road, Natraj is a place that is known for its Thalis; Chinese, Continental, South Indian, you name it and they have it. But the best and the most popular one here, is the Rajasthani Thali that comes with local favourites such as daal bati, different kinds of churma, gatte ki sabzi and kadhi-rice, bajre ki roti and what not. Besides the thalis, they also serve of a wide range of sweets, dahi vadas, kachoris, chaat and samosas that’ll make you feel all warm and happy.
5. 1135 AD
Located within the Amer Fort, 1135 AD is a king’s dining hall. This restaurant is everything lavish, from the decor to the seating, everything at this heritage restaurant will remind you that you truly are in the city of forts and kings. The food here is also royal inspired. A lot of dishes, like the famous ‘Laal Maas’, are inspired by what the royals would eat in their day. Albeit a little on the expensive side, the food, ambience and the service here will make you feel nothing less than royalty.
6. Rawat Mishthan Bhandar
Although a sweet shop, Rawat Mishthan Bhandar is where the locals come to eat. Here you’ll find some of the most amazing Rajasthani snacks, the crispy and fluffy kachoris and spicy samosas right out of the wok will make you salivate. You especially need to try their pyaaz ki kachori, it is like a tiny deep fried piece of heaven.
7. Laxmi Mishthan Bhandar
Popularly known as LMB, this sweet shop cum restaurant is probably the most popular place in Pink City. Although this place offers a variety of appetizing food including North Indian, South Indian, Street Food and Chinese, the main attraction here is the local cuisine. Do try the Rajasthani Thali, Chaat, Dahi Vada, Onion Kachori, Paneer Lababdar, Aloo Tikki and Sweet Lassi here. It would be a sin to come here and not taste the famous deep fried dessert- Ghevar.
So, forget about the carbs, binge on the succulent delicacies and find out what Rajasthani food is actually about.