Best Foods in Indore

February 01, 2020

Established by Maratha Holkar Dynasty, Indore is one of the most popular cities in the state of Madha Pradesh state in India. Indore remained a major commercial center between southern states of India and Delhi during sixteenth century. Popular as Mini Mumbai, the historic city of Indore is also known as the ‘Commercial’ of Madhya Pradesh. It had the honour of being capital of Madhya Pradesh from the year 1950 to 1956. The legendary city gets its name after ‘Indreswar Mahadev Temple’ where presiding deity is the Indra- reigning God of Rains. Indore is pride to have third oldest Stock Exchange in India. Declared as the ‘Cleanest Indian City’, it has been the finest educational center and has the honour to have Daly College- the oldest boarding co-educational school of the world where erstwhile Indian Princes were educated. It is also the first Indian city to have both IIT and IIM in it.

Indore is also famous for its grand regal palaces- like- Rajwada Palace, Lal Bagh Palace etc., magnificent temples, like- Bada Ganpati temple with tallest idol of Lord Ganesha in the world measuring 25 feet high. Annapura Temple, exquisite Jain Kanch Mandir totally made of intricate glass works etc. Besides all, legendary Indore is a heaven for food lovers and rightly called as the ‘Foodies Capital of Madhya Pradesh’. Influenced by Rajasthani, Maharashtrian and Gujarati foods, city offers the most delectable street foods to satisfy the taste buds of connoisseurs and represent rich traditions, culture and heritage of this wonderful city.

In this blog TasteofCity highlights the select foods of Indore, joints where these foods are available and easy to make at home.


Young Tarang ka Poha Jalebi

Delicious Poha Jalebi is a savoury and sweet combo relished as a breakfast dish originated in Indore. Made from the water soaked flattened rice fried in oil with mustard seeds, fennel seeds, finely cut onions etc. seasoned with salt, red chili powder, turmeric powder etc. Served hot by garnishing with green coriander leaves, pomegranate seeds added spicy Namkeen Sev (spicy deep-fried gram flour vermicelli) with a dash of lemon juice along with hot mouthwatering Jalebi chockablock with sugar syrup is sure to sooth your palate. Young Tarang located at Chhappan Dukaan area is very famous to serve the best Poha Jalebi in Indore.


Joshi Dahi Bada House ki Bhutte ki Kees

Delectable Bhutte ki Kees is a spicy dish relished as a snack and quite popular in Indore. This unique dish is made from the grated soft milky kernels of corn on cob fried in Desi Ghee (clarified butter) along with cumin seeds, mustard seeds, asafetida, finely cut ginger etc. seasoned with salt, Kashmiri red chili powder, turmeric powder etc. added with milk/water and simmered on low heat till it attains a thicker consistency. Served steaming hot garnished with green coriander leaves and grated coconut, this filling dish will satiate your hunger pangs. Joshi Dahi Bada House located at Sarafa Ratri Bazar (night market) is very popular to serve the best Bhutte ki Kees in Indore.


Vijay Chaat House ki Khopra Patties

Scrumptious Khopra Patties is a spicy dish savourerd as a snack and quite popular in Indore. This unique dish is basically an Aloo Tikki (potato patties) made from the round shaped portions of mashed boiled potatoes added with corn flour and bread crumbs, ginger-green chilies paste, lemon juice etc., stuffed with grated coconut and deep-fried. Served hot with tangy green chutney, this amazing dish will surely make your lips to smack. Best Khopra Patties are served at Vijay Chaat House located at Sarafa Night Marker behind royal Rajwada Palace.


Swadish Samosa Corner ka Dal Bafla

Delectable Dal Bafla is a spicy and filling combo relished as main course of meal quite famous in Malva region, especially, in Indore. Bafla is basically a baked wheat flour cake much similar to signature Baati of Rajasthan and iconic Litti of Bihar. It is made by boiling in water round portions of wheat flour dough added with corn flour (maize flour), baking soda, little salt, carom seeds, little Ghee etc., , taken out, drained with water and dipped in pure Ghee (clarified butter). Served hot with steaming spicy Dal (stew) made from lentil pigeon peas poured with spicy tempering and garnished with green coriander leaves along with green chutney will surely make your lips to smack. Swadisht Samosa Corner located in Sarafa Bazar is very famous to serve the best Dal Bafla in Indore.


Om Namkeen ki Indori Namkeen

Scrumptious Namkeen is a savoury and spicy crunchy dish relished as a side dish with main course or used as garnishing for certain spicy snacks. The chain of outlets of Om Namkeen sell more than three hundred varieties of Namkeen, like- Indori Sev, Aloo Bhujia, Potato Wafers, Chaklis, Matharis, Chana Jor Garam etc. Ratlami Namkeen and Aloo wafers are the most selling Namkeens of this joint. Om Namkeen located at Chain Singh Ka Bageecha, near Chhappan Dukan in New Palasia area and its other outlets are famous to serve the best Namkeens in Indore.


Joshi Dahi Bada House ka Dahi Bada

Delicious Dahi Bada also known as ‘Flying Dahi Bada’ is a spicy and tangy delicacy relished as a snack or side dish with main course. Dumplings of overnight water soaked green gram (Moong Daal) batter deep-fried in oil, soaked in water and drained of it, poured with fresh yogurt, sprinkled with red chili powder, salt, roasted cumin seeds etc., topped with red sweet and green chutneys and served instantly will surely tickle your taste buds. Best Dahi Bada is available at Joshi Dahi Bada House located at Sarafa Night Bazar. It’s a treat to watch the way the owner popularly called as ‘Joshiji’ prepares it like a wizard. You will be mesmerized the way he spins the bowl of Dahi Bada in air, catches it back without dropping a single drop of yogurt and sprinkles five different spices with a single hand at a time.


Sawariya Chaat House ki Sabudane Ki Khichdi

Scrumptious Sabudane ki Khichdi is a mildly spicy dish very famous in this ‘Commercial Capital’ of Central India and relished as a snack or breakfast normally on the fasting days. This drooling dish is prepared from the water soaked sago pearls sautéed in oil with diced potatoes, finely cut green chilies, roasted peanuts etc. seasoned with salt and red chili powder. Served hot by garnishing with grated potato chips, pomegranate seeds and dash of lemon will make your lips to smack. Sawariya Chaat House located near Geeta Bhawan is famous to serve the best Sabudne ki Khichdi in Indore.


Swadish Samosa Corner ka Khatta Samosa

Crisp Khatta Samosa is a triangular spicy and tangy pastry very famous in Indore and relished as breakfast or evening snack. Although, it is very much like a Samosa served in North India, but here in Indore it is different for its unique tangy flavour. The dish is made from the rolled out triangular pastry from fine flour dough stuffed with sautéed spicy filling of mashed potatoes and green pea and deep-fried. Served hot with sweet and tangy tamarind and spicy mint/coriander chutney is irresistible to try for its spicy and tangy flavours.


Chappan Dukan ka Jaleba

Mouthwatering Jaleba is an enormous-sized luscious dish savoured as a dessert and very much liked by Indorians. It is of course like a normal Jalebi, but its humongous size makes it unique. This giant-sized Jaleba is made from the fermented batter of fine flour deep-fried circular shapes in clarified butter, chockablock with cardamom flavoured sugar syrup. Served hot this amazing sweet dish will surely satisfy your sweet tooth. Chappan Dukan (56 shops) is the right joint to savour the best Jaleba in this ‘Foodies Capital’ of Madhya Pradesh state.


Khau Gali ke Garadu

Delicious Garadu is a winter specific spicy dish from Sarafa Bazar also known as Khau Gali and relished as anytime snack. Made by deep-frying diced white or purple yam (a kind of root abundantly available in Southern Rajasthan, Gujarat etc.), sprinkled with an array of local spices and served hot with a dash of lemon is sure to tantalize your taste buds for its hot spicy flavour. Sarafa Night Food Market is the right place to savour amazingly flavoursome Garadu in Indore.


These are some of the best foods in Indore that can be easily prepared at home and are also abundantly available at the nearby street vendors or eateries. Should you know more about such delicacies and locate your nearby joints, download the TasteofCity app right away!