Jul 31, 2012


GOLGAPPAS/ FUCHKAS/ PANI PATASHI/ PANI PURI: known by many names this is a popular Indian fast food/ street snack. There are 3 places in Jaipur, where Golgappas are just great. In order of personal preference but all are top choices: 

·         HOTEL CHAWLA’S (earlier known as Chawla’s Sweets): 349, Fashion Street, Lane No.1, Raja Park, Jaipur. I Love the Golgappas at chawla. Its just the right amount of spicy, tangy & sweet. I don’t miss the Bengali market (Delhi) Golgappas anymore.
Golgappa at Chawla

The Entry

The Golgappa counter

Golgappa being prepared

·         NAND’S: Right Opposite Chawla’s. Fashion Street, Lane No.1, Raja Park, Jaipur. The shop opens at 4:00 P.M. and goes on till he is all sold out.

Hogging time!!!

Nand's Golgappa

·         GOPALJI: is now near ahimsa circle-Outside, the same building as Mamu's Infusion. Its a small and clean kiosk. This one is loved by the old timers and is very popular. Also known as Gopalji from Ramniwas Bagh behind Kiran Cafe. They also have a pav bhaji couter, bhel puri counter and a gola chuski counter.
Gopalji just starting at 4pm
At peak hours

The Bhel & Gola/ Chuski counter

The Pav Bhaji Counter

Don’t know what Golgappa’s are??? Read More: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panipuri

SANJAY’S OMELETTE:B-18-19, Janta Store, Bapu Nagar, Jaipur. You must be thinking, what’s in an omelette??? Try one form the 20+ varieties available at Sanju’s (Sanjay’s omelette) and you will know. Sanjay Omelette is owned by Mr. Sanjay sharma, who was also one of the participants of Masterchef India and has been serving to students and locals in Jaipur for over 2 decades. This is a small eatery at the janta store circle market, Bapu Nagar. When you reach this place you will wonder what it is. There will be many cars parked all around and all you need to do is ‘HONK’ or call out to one of the servers.
Some guy will rush to you and ask you to place your order. Omelettes start at 60 INR but are really filling and unique. I am attaching a picture of the menu card, so you know all the stuff available here. This is not a fancy place at all- its just a tiny stall full of eggs and people but a food lover must not miss this place!
The menu

The Facade

The unique omelette

THE FAMOUS PYAAZ KI KACHORI: Steaming hot pyaz ki kachoris or aloo pyaz ki kachoris are sold at most ‘mithai/ namkeen’ shops across Jaipur. When in Jaipur this signature dish is a must try. Pyaaz kachori has a crisp, flaky, deep fried crust; stuffed with a lightly caramalised and exceptionally seasoned onion filling.  RAWAT MISHTHAN BHANDAR is the most famous and the BEST in all of Jaipur for Pyaaz Kachori. It is right next to the polo victory cinema, very close to the Sindhi camp bus stand and main railway station.
pyaaz ki kachori

DAAL KACHORI: Steaming hot Little daal ki kachoris are sold at many shops across Jaipur but one of the popular one is Sampat Kachori Bhandar. Daal Kachori, similar to Pyaaz kachori has a crisp, flaky, deep fried crust; stuffed with a spicy lentil filling.  SAMPAT KACHORI BHANDAR is tucked away in a little street in the old walled, SBBJ Street Chaura Rasta, serves hot kachoris all day long. Worth a Try!!

SETHI’S BARBEQUE RESTAURANT: Near Panchawati Circle, Raja Park & Gold Souk-Malviya Nagar. one of my favrioute hangouts for years now. The days we do not want fine dining or are in a hurry or in a mood to have some great tandoori in our car...Its sethi’s we got to. Its like a dhaba, they have a sit down options but its an absolute no no for girls to go in and eat. So we always order and then eat inside the car. You reach sethi and usually see cars parked back to back. Post parking someone always notices you and comes with the menu card to take your order. It has a decent variety on its menu. But highly recommended are: The Lahsooni chicken Tikka. It is by far the world’s best tikka! When you order ask for separate masala and lemon wedges. These awesome tikkas melt into your mouth and leave a taste you will not be able to forget ever!! Have it with crispy Tandoori roti and the masala. Add the lemon juice to the masala and dip every morsel of tikka and roti into the masala for the heavenly taste!! The other thing we always order is haryali chicken tikka, not the best in town but still really good and along with this ask him to get you only gravy/ rogan of chicken or some daal. The bill won’t be more than 550 Indain Rupees for a plate of lehsuni Tikka + a plate of haryali Tikka+ one daal+ one gravy+ 4 tandoori rotis. So, if you are a food (non-veg) lover and like to explore then sethi's is a must visit.
Sethi's facade

TALK OF THE TOWN: Opp Country Inn & Suites, Khasa Kothi, M.I. Road & also a little shop near Gaurav Tower. This is also a take away or eat in car. Has a lot of stuff on menu but highly recommended are: Hariyali Chiken Tikka- The best Hariyali tikka you will ever eat. Tandoori Aaloo, Kathi Roll, Biryani and Butter Chicken.
LASSIWALA: One of the most famed places serving lassi, lassiwala is located on M.I. Road almost opposite Niros Restaurant. If you are wondering what lassi is? Lassi is curd blended with ice and sugar (Metthi Lassi) or sometimes blended with salt (Namkeen Lassi) served in earthen pots. The lassiwala is famous for its sweet lassi (meethi lassi).
When you reach the location you will find three lassiwala shops, if you carefully look at them you will notice that only the one towards the extreme left (just befor shyam caterers) does business till late afternoon (4 PM) is the original lassiwala. Be sure that you go to this one, it’s board clearly reads that it has been there since 1944. The other outlets although very good on their own are not quite at the same level. Note, There is no seating place at Lassiwala so you have to have the Lassi while standing on the street. The lassi is available in two sizes, large and small. Cheap, no frills and tasty- Lassiwala is a great street place. Be sure to reach before 1:00 PM in the afternoon else you may be too late as the Lassi runs out before 4:00 PM everyday and even earlier on most days of the week.
The one with the black board is the original one
The Original Lassiwala- all lassi sold by 4PM- while fake guys are still selling
KATHI ROLLS & TANDOORI TIKKAS AT M.I. ROAD: located opposite KFC (almost 50 mtrs before KFC on the opp side of road). There are a 2/3 shops serving Kathi rolls, tandoori chicken, Paneer tikka and a variety of non-veg tikkas. The Kathi rolls are really yum and they come cheap. The shops open till almost 12:00 a.m. and till the end serve you hot stuff. 
Kathi Rolls

The outlets

This one's better than al bake

CHAI & MUSKA BUN AT GANPATI PLAZA: Gulab Ji Chai Waala located Opposite Ganpati Plaza (M.I.Road) serves yummy chai (MasalaTea) 10 INR, Bun and Muska (butter)- 20 INR & Bun Muska Samosa- 30 INR. This is a great street eating place, always packed with people and serves till 6 P.M. If you are a tea person then this is a must try place.

CHAI AT SAHU'S: Located in the walled city at Chaura Rasta, Sahu is very Famous for his tea and day long visits by all classes of people. Serves a very sweet and cardamom rich Tea. worth a try!

KULFI: The Best Kulfi that I have had in Jaipur is at Shri Pandit Kulfi Bhandar at Gangori Bazaar (Near Aggarwal furniture) in the old city and Famous matka Kulfi, of Pandit's Kulfi at Raja Park .
Famous Matka kulfi

They serve the kulfi on a leaf- very rustic!!

AUNTY’S PAV BHAJI: Aunty's cafe located on the street parallel to Park-plaza Hotel, C-Scheme is this great street place serving an array of things like Chowmein, Indian Pizzas, Soups, Burgers, Sandwiches, Chinese stuff, South Indian dishes etc. However, this place is really famous for its Pav-Bhaji. Again a famous street food place so no frills just cheap street food.
The entire street is a part of aunty's cafe

All kinds of street foods are served here

But definitely not for those with a weak stomach

PAV BHAJI STALL NEAR BIRLA MANDIR: Located just opposite Birla-Mandir the entire street is lined by loads of carts serving Pav-Bhaji and all of them claim to be the original Pandit Pav bhaji stall. No clue which one is. All of them taste great. Cheap and really lovely Pav Bhaji. 
street food opp birla Temple

Pav Bhaji
GOLGAPPA & KULFI FALUDA AT BAPU BAZAAR: Right at the end on the chauraha (where 4 roads meet) is this very famous Golgappa wala and for kulfi faluda Shop No. 28 on link road is the place. Makes for a great street experience cause of all the shopping and people around.

Just walk on this row and after 2/3 shops is the famous kulfi shop

FALAHAAR SARAOGI MANSION: Located on the entry to Saraogi Mansion. Falahaar serves sabudan khichdi, Fruit cream, Sabudana dahi vada, Makkhaniya lassi, Mango Kalakand, shrikahnd. All the food ranges between 25 to 30 INR per plate. Neat, healthy and tasty!

For more about the dining scene in jaipur read:  http://visitingjaipur.com/eating-places-in-jaipur


  1. The burger stall at the enterance of link road...few metres before shop no.28 kulfi waala ...is also worth a visit. the hot served burgers, hot-dog, and sandwitches tastes impecable . do not get confused. the green round stall is the original one.