Cruising through the delicious lanes of Indore’s Sarafa
| Updated: July 14, 2016 4:06 PM IST
Published: January 31, 2015 12:00 PM IST | Updated: July 14, 2016 4:06 PM IST
The Holkars have left behind a rich legacy in form of their architecture and culture. Indori palaces, some built by the British, tell you stories of the era gone. Indore is also a heaven for foodies as you get a delectable mix of Marwari and Maharashtrian cuisine here. One such bastion of Holkars, which now lies in ruins, has now become a haven for street food. Next time you visit Indore, make sure you visit the Sarafa night market in the Rajwada area. Once you have had your fill, gorging on the yummilicious chaat and namkeen, you can head towards 56 Dukaan (literally translated as: 56 shops). You will literally find 56 shops, mostly selling sweetmeats, aligned in a row next to each other. The three main sweet giants of Indore: Gangaur, Madhuram and Agarwal Sweets have their biggest outlets here.
The otherwise weary lanes of Rajwada come alive with fervour and activity at the dusk and foodies slowly start making a beeline towards Sarafa or Khau Gulli to sample a piping hot plate of garadu, melt-in-your mouth khopra patties, crunchy kachories before digging into sinful moon-ka-halwa made with pure ghee (as reiterated by the vendors selling this desert) or jumbo sized, dry fruit laden gulab jamuns or Mawa Bati (as known to locals). The list does not end here. Rabadi, jalebi, malpua you can have it all here. The awesome thing about eating out from Sarafa is not just the fact that it value for money and supremely tasty, but also because the vendors usher you with affectionately and feed you as if you are their personal guests.
Best time to visit Indore is in winters. Though chilly, you will enjoy the street food more. Also, you get more varieties of chaat and sweets in winter. There are some items which you will taste only here. For example, Garadu (spicy, fried yam chaat ) and Bhutte Ka Kees (shredded corn chaat) are delicacies known exclusive to Indore. Do not forget to taste egg Hotdog or bonjos here. If you are bored of normal lassi then try the Indori version ‘Ghamandi Lassi’ in Sarafa. Recommended shop for chaat is Gupta’s for namkeen and Joshi’s for dahi bada .
Next time you halt at Indore before going towards Maheashwar or Ujjain, make sure you visit Sarafa and 56 Dukaan!