The gastronomic experience in Madhya Pradesh – the heart of our country, is one-of-its-kind. From authentic street food to Nawabi fares, there’s a lot to taste here. Here are a few dishes that you must sample when in Bhopal, the capital of Madhya Pradesh.

Paya Soup in Chatori Gali

The mutton paya soup is basically delicately spiced lamb slow-boiled in a broth all day. Garnished with lamb shreds and chopped coriander, it serves as a great appetiser before you embark on a food trail in this humble lane.


Poha Jalebi at Kalyan Singh’s Swaad Bhandar

For some lip-smacking vegetarian fare, the first place you should explore is Kalyan Singh’s Swaad Bhandar. Located near Jama Masjid, off Itwara Chowk, this place is known for its fresh, hot Bhopali poha garnished with crispy sev and served with piping jalebis. The sweet and salty Suleimani chai is also highly recommended.

Bade ke Kebab at Jhili Miyaan

Located at the beginning of Chatori Galli, Jhili Miyaan is where you’ll find the most amazing melt-in-mouth kebabs. Bade ke Kebab are essentially juicy, succulent beef kebabs served with hot buns and a spicy chutney.

 
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Shahi Tukda in Koh-e-Fiza

After all the spicy food, Shahi Tukda is a life saver. Made of fried bread soaked in a decadent custard, and garnished with nuts and spices, this dessert is easily the best in Bhopal.

Different kinds of Chaat at 6 Number Stop, Hawkers Corner

You name it and they have it. From pani puri, dahi puri, bhel puri and chole tikki, to ice golas and faloodas, this is the most famous place to grab a quick bite. The samosa kachori chaat is highly recommended.

Special Tea at Fareed Bhai 

Located in Old Bhopal near Peer Gate, this is the best place in Bhopal to share a cup of Nawabi tea with some piping hot snacks with your loved ones.

Dahi-puri and Chole-kulche at Manohar Dairy and Restaurant

Standing tall since 1970 at Hamidia Road, Manohar Dairy and Restaurant has been selling the best breakfast in Bhopal for generations now.

Lassi at Haji Lassiwala

For the richest glass of lassi, with falooda, a generous helping of flavoured syrup, and dried fruits and nuts – head to Haji Lassiwala at Itwara Chowk in Old Bhopal.