“If you wanna eat the Best, visit a famous Restaurant. If you wanna beat the Best, visit a Street Food…….”
With the magnificent Lake side view surrounded by Aravalli hills on the other, the city of Udaipur is set majestically. A romantic destination in the historically rich state of Rajasthan, this city of lakes boasts of not just royal palaces but also delectable street food also. The city of Udaipur is the home to some of India’s mouth-watering fast food.
So here are some crowd-pleasing kiosks that serve legendary street food in Udaipur that are guaranteed to satiate your hungry soul:
Poornima – Vada Pav
One of India’s absolute favourite street food is the Vada Pav. A crisply fried potato patty is placed horizontally inside a soft bun with a generous spread of spicy green chutney and a fried chilly on the side. This authentic Marathi snack is a crowd pleaser of the road side food. Replicating the taste of a staple Maharastran Vada Pav, the Poornima Vada Pav stall in Udaipur is sold out every day! Awaken your taste buds with this spicy and flavorful snack the next time you are in Udaipur.
Loaction: Chetak-Hathipole main road
Lok kala Mandal – Vada Pav
One of the another place where you can have Vada pav along with Chach.
Loaction: Outside Lok kala Mandal
Poha at Jain Nashta Centre
Poha(flattened rice) is the most loved snack in Rajasthan, Gujrat and Madhya Pradesh as it is yummy, light, fat-free and easily digestible. Poha is basically “Flattened Rice” and also known by the name “Chiuda” in other parts of the country.Jain nashta centre provides Delicious aromatic poha with yellowish green color, bearing aroma of green coriander, slight sweet n sour in taste, namkeen, boiled chana, and chopped onion sprinkled and they taste amazing.
Location: Shastri circle to court chauraha road
Vinod Coffee House
Udaipur’s famous hangout for the youth, Vinod Coffeehouse serves authentic Kulhad tea and coffee with small bites. Kulhad, earthen clay pots, add a beautiful rustic flavour to the drink. With the breathtaking Fateh Sagar Lake as its background, this tapri offers more than just hot beverages. Enjoy a warm cuppa as you take in the natural beauty of Udaipur’s breathtaking sunset.
Boiled Egg Bhurji
Egg bhurji with a twist, Chetak’s famous boiled, scrambled egg curry is as mysterious as it sounds. A secret recipe of Udaipur’s oldest family-run stall, here you will find the quintessential boiled egg cooked on a flat pan with hearty gravy. The gravy is made with onions, tomatoes, and spices that add a zing to the egg. Try this egg-licious dish with bread on a pleasant winter evening at Udaipur.
After a lip-smacking spicy meal at Chetak, one needs to cool their palate down. To appetize the dessert hungry soul, you have to head to Sindhi Faluda, Udaipur’s favourite bowl of comfort. With an array of flavours to choose from, Kesar Pista is a crowd favourite. Head over and grab a bowl before 8:00 PM because this famous stall gets sold out pretty soon!
Location: Shakti Nagar Corner
Something sweet needs to be added to your appetite, which gives you soothing taste, that’s your one and only faluda stop.
Location: Sukhadia Circle
Panchwati – Maggie, and Sandwich
A plate full of warm happiness and yummy sandwiches are a mood-uplifting snack. Grab Udaipur’s best potato, chutney, and cheese sandwiches with a plate of hot masala Maggi for an indulgent evening of gluttony. Tourists from across the globe come to Udaipur and gratify their cravings at this prominent snack corner.
Location: Panchwati Circle
Pandit – Pav Bhaji
India’s local street food has some lip-smacking dishes that have gained prominence among travellers from across borders. One such celebrated dish is pav bhaji. Made with fresh vegetables, sauteed in oil and Indian spices the bhaji is a spicy-tangy curry, which is eaten with soft buttered buns. A generous scoop of butter adorns the bhaji along with some freshly chopped onions and chillies as accompaniments. Along with this Pandit’s stall also offers sandwiches, Chinese noodles and Jain versions of these items (i.e. without onion and garlic!).
Location: Outside Townhall
Manak Balaji – Mirchi Vada
Indians love chilly, and it is no hidden fact that we try to incorporate it into our food that leaves foreigners bewildered. But Manak Balaji’s is Udaipur’s exclusive maker of the delicious Mirchi vada. Mini versions of green chillies stuffed with curried potatoes and coated with gram flour (besan) are deep-fried in oil. These delights are served hot and fresh to customers who have been visiting this small outlet for decades. If you enjoy spicing up your taste buds every once in a while, this spot should be on your go-to list in Udaipur.
Fatehsagar – Momos
A northeastern snack, momos has officially become the most loved snack in India. Super easy to find a stall in every corner of the city, momos are the most difficult street food to replicate in taste with their authentic counterpart. However, Fatehsagar’s Bombay Market offers a plate of plump appetizing momos with a zesty schezwan sauce and mayo dip. Steamed or fried, vegetarian or non-vegetarian, grab your self a plate as you enjoy a casual evening stroll on the streets of Udaipur.
If you take an early morning stroll on the streets of Udaipur, you will find a lot of fulfilling breakfast options. The thought of having a crisp kachori with imli ki chutney with a cup of tea bursts a bubble of euphoria in our hearts. Udaipur has several little outlets that specialise in kachoris, to never let you go unsatisfied. Here’s a little guide to some of the places serving the best Kachoris.
Shastri sweets and cold house: Located in Shastri circle, this is one of the oldest shops in the city. Even though they are popular for sweets, they specialise in Kachoris too. They offer two kachoris and chutney for just INR 10.
Shri Lala Mishthan: Very popular among the Udaipurites, Shri Lala Mishthan has been there for 15 years and have been serving spicy and flavourful Kachoris ever since. Their heeng-kachori is quite famous. The simple, yet flavourful kachoris, served with a pinch of tamarind chutney is enough to kick-start your day.
JMB Nashta Center: If you are on a food tour in Udaipur, make sure you visit JMB Nashta Center near Chetan Circle, for some of its unique flavours. For as low as ?10, you can try out their kachoris. They have varieties like mawa kachori, dal kachori, pyaaz kachori and some more. Their pyaaz kachori is argued to be the best in town.
Palliwal Restaurant: On the Jagdish Temple Road is another popular kachori stall. They are known for their rich filling and small-sized kachoris. Watch them fry those little domes of happiness, and your heart will crave for more.
Rama Kachori: Ask the students of St Paul’s school about kachori-wala and you’ll get an introduction of the popular Rama Kachori. Right outside St Paul’s school, this kachori stall is popular among students and always frequented by them and the residents of Bhopalpura. Their pricing is another thing that makes them unique: INR 5 for all items.
Fatehsagar – Breadpakoda
The joy of visiting Fatehsagar multiplies with the fresh hot Bread Pakodas prepared by Ajay Bhai.The diagonally cut bread slices stuffed with fried mashed potato masala, dipped in besan mixture and deep fried which makes it a tasty hunger suppressing food.You can also have tea at the same place to add to your pleasure.The bread pakoda is priced at Rs 10 and served in a piece of newspaper with fried salted chilies, this stall stands in the Bombay Market just at the beginning of the coffee shops he is the only one selling bread bada so you can spot him easily.Ajay and his family are into making bread pakoda since 1991 at that time his father had started the business, followed by his elder brother and at last, he joined in and currently working with full dedication.
Aloo Parantha at Sai baba Nashta Centre
The discussion about street foods in Udaipur remains incomplete without the mention of Aloo Parantha of Sai Baba Nashta Centre. Pokharna Ji at Sai Baba Nashta Centre has been selling butter rich aloo parantha for 22 years.The parathas are prepared in pure desi ghee and served with a huge Amul butter cube sliding over the parathas with curd and spicy daal(lentil).The parathas are damn good in taste and are enough to satisfy the hunger and the taste buds.
Location: Gulab Bagh Road
Unkar Lal Ji Pakodi Wale
Unkar Lal ji Pakodi Wale is there since more than 50 years, they are known for Pyaj ki Pakodi and ‘Segari’ food(food for fasting).Segari food includes Sabudane ki Tikiya, Aloo Bada, Mirchi Bada, and Kangni Pakoda, everything they serve in leaf daunas.One special segari sweet they prepare during fasting season like Navratri, Janmashtami and Shivratri is ‘Paneer Gulab Jaamun’ which is worth tasting once.They also sell fried masala Ratalu(Yam), which is also called gharadu in other places and is rare in Udaipur.
Location: Delhi Gate Chouraha
Dabeli of Shankar
Dabeli and Vada Pav may look close but there is too much difference in their taste and origin.Dabeli originated in Kutch region in Gujrat and as it is from Gujrat it bears some sweetness.Dabeli is prepared by stuffing special potato masala inside the bread buns by making a partial horizontal cut in the middle of the bun and then the bun is heated with butter against the tawa.the potato masala contains mashed potatoes, tarmarind chutney, Dabeli masala, pomogranate seeds, and sev.shankar Kharol, the owner serves best dabeli along with good vada pav, the dabeli costs Rs 20 and is served with green chutney and tomato sauce.He is there since 10 years and his Dabeli looks tempting and tastes sweet n spicy.
Location: Sukhadiya Circle
Though it’s not a food but you need it after hogging a lot of food. Bansi Paan is known as the best paan seller in Udaipur. He uses big paan leaves and as a result, his paan is big in size, you might have to cut it in two to accommodate it inside your mouth.