Updated: May 28
It is true that the people of india literally live for street food.Coming out straight from the womb of Incredible India! is the City of Foodies - Indore. I mean the sweet and sour taste of tamarind drenched in yogurt, mixed with whole lot of spices is still so fresh in my mouth. I have read a lot about the Food appetite of Indorians . Some might argue they have taken things to another level. Be it the original produce like Bhutte ka kees or Garadu or the already popularised dishes like Shikanji and Jalebi, and adding a whole new twist to these delicacies.
We’ve all heard about the Sarafa Bazzar, Indore’s actual market for Predominantly silver Jewellery turns out to be the biggest Khau-Gali ,the night street food market. Would you believe Sarafa Bazaar’s khau-gulli is actually a jeweller’s market by day. The market functions up till 9 pm and post the happy hour turns to the paradise of street food.
Apart form sarafa bazaar , there is a sister to street delicacies is Chappan Dukaan (called so because of 56 shops) has its own local patrons. We headed there to check out the food scene.We tried our had at Batla Pattice, Mava Pattice, Coconut Pattice and Sabudana Khichdi.
We ended our food adventure with the Indori paan , specially the smoked One. It’s mouthful, Our energetic paanwala also insisted on feeding us the smoked paan, an offer I had to accept.
Apart from the food adventure one special ,The original Rajwada, in this same place, was built in 1747 by the founder of the Holkar dynasty, Malhar Rao Holkar I. It was completely destroyed in an attack in 1801. The present day majestic and imposing structure, with a magnificent seven-storeyed gateway, was constructed by Malhar Rao Holkar II in 1818. The palace was used by Holkars for residential purposes, public receptions and state ceremonies. It’s a blend of Maratha, Mughal and French style of architecture. It was taken over by Madhya Pradesh government and was opened to the public in 1976.The lower three floors are made of stone and the upper floors are made of wood, which made it very vulnerable to destruction by fire. It faced three fire disasters in the past. The fire spread quickly, and the palace was completely destroyed. Only the front façade remained. Now, the palace has been renovated to some extent.
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