The Great Indian Food Trail – Sarafa Bazaar, Indore
There can be no better place than Indore to experience while you are on #GreatIndianFoodTrail. Indore has a unique phenomenon that is India’s only, the vivid and the most satiating night food-street – The Sarafa Bazaar. A true place to feel salvation and foodgasm
Indore is famous for its rich food culture and cosmopolitan nature specially the night food street of Sarafa Bazaar. Anyone, who has ever been to Indore, will definitely agree that Indore is the Street Food Capital of India. It is very well-known for its street food bazaars like Sarafa Bazaar, Chhappan(56) Dukan, Chhawni, Sikh Mohalla to name few.
In true sense, entire Indore and its streets, lanes & by-lanes are full of food joints of all kind. Each one of them has some or other food legends and fan following.
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Indore – The Food Capital of India
Indore must be the only city on planet earth which can be visited only for food. Food is what drives the city and binds people of Indore together. A typical day of an Indorian starts with omnipresent Poha and Jalebi. As day passes Samosa, Kachori, Sev Parmal etc acquire mouth space. The day ends with delicious Paan at Parshwanath or Anna Bhaiya or Karnawat. Few opt for a day ending with a glass full of Masala Milk/Shikanji at Laxminarayan Dhoodhwala or Naguari Shikanji in Sarafa Bazaar etc. Further, every meal of the day is accompanied by some sort of snacking everyday of the year.
Indore, situated on the breezy Malwa Plateau, boasts of phenomenally rich food culture as it’s been a melting pot of different cultures for centuries.
Ujjain, 60 KM from Indore, has been a center of world culture since ages finding its mention in Mahabharat. It was the capital of Gupta Dynasty that ushered golden Era in India. Vicinity to Ujjain has crucially influenced Indore, its culture and heritage. Indore’s geographical location between two Jyotirlingas Mahakaleshwar and Omkareshwar, has made it an important en-route location for Hindu Pilgrims. Result is a vibrant Indore with a profound cultural mix, a melange of traditions from Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Bundelkhand.
This when topped with Malwa’s own diversity and vibrant food culture, makes Indore a place that can be visited only for food. Fertile black soil of central India also contributes significantly to this by producing everything in abundance making Indore a sheer paradise for every food lover.
My tryst with Indore, Sarafa Bazaar & Its Food Culture
Indore has a special place in my heart and I must admit after my mother’s homemade food, Indore is profoundly responsible for developing my test buds. My tryst with Indore and its food started in 1999 and it’s getting stronger and stronger every passing year. So, this time when I reached Indore with my camera and notepad, I wanted to capture the candid food culture of Indore.
Here, begins my Great Indian Food Trail from the only night food-street of India i.e. Sarafa Bazaar, which starts at 8PM and goes till 2AM in the morning. It has most hygienic and wide range of palate satiating dishes on the menu topped with stories and folk lores.. And Guys, it’s strictly a veg only and hence being a strict vegetarian, I found myself at ease here.
Sarafa Bazaar – The Famous Night Food Street
The streets behind Rajwada \in Indore are crowded Jewelry Market in the day time and hence the name Sarafa Bazaar. This jewelry market started in early 19th century however no one is sure of the origin of the night food bazaar. Some believe it started some 100 years back and was encouraged by jewelry shop owners so that their shops were secured even post midnight. With this in mind, they willingly started offering front space of their shop to food vendors and thus Night Food Bazaar came into existence ensuring the streets are empty only for few hours in early morning.
Wide Variety & Unique Food Of Sarafa Bazaar
Food vendors, many with legends attached to them, start converging to Sarafa Bazaar around 8 PM and bring with them myriad foods, fragrances and a definite hustle-bustle amidst cheerful chaos of everyday festivity. Food menu here is full of variety, you name it and certainly you gonna get it. Many among them are only found in this market namely Bhutte Ka Kiss, Garadu (Yam root) Chaat, King size Jalebi fondly known as Jaleba, Basundi, milk based Shikanji, Khopra Pattis etc. Some other iconic and legendary items are Sabudana Ki Khichdi, Dahi Wada, Kulfi, Malpua, Barf ka Gola etc. Other regulars like Pani Puri, Alu Tikki, Samosa, Kachori, and variety of sweets are also present. In recent years, keeping a pace with changing customer demands. a lot of space has been acquired by Chinese Food, South Indian, Sandwiches, Pav Bhaji vendors also.
The phenomenon called Sarafa Bazaar, the pride of the Indore, is rarely visible anywhere in India and offers a multiple reasons for indulgence to every foodie.
Here, I list down few must visit shops which offer most scrumptious food and also affectionate hospitality treating every guest as their personal guests –
- Joshiji ka Dahi Vada
- Sanwariya Seth Ki Sabudana Khichdi
- Agrawal Ice Cream
- Jai Bhole Jalebi Bhandar
- Jain Shri Baraf Gola (Ice Ball)
- Anna Bhaiya’s Pan
The Must Have Street Food at Sarafa Bazaar – Joshiji Ka Dahi Vada
This iconic shop in the middle of Sarafa is a permanent outlet serving not only the magical Dahi Vada but also one of the original dishes of the Sarafa, the Bhutte Ka kiss. The owner Om Prakash Joshi is a magician in his own fiefdom as he creates a mystical aura around his Dahi Vada. After pouring dahi (Curd) over Vada, he flips it high in the air without spilling a single drop and as soon it lands back on his hand, he uses other hand’s fingers to sprinkle different spices on the top with an artistic touch. the whole act, literally, cannot be explained but only can be seen and enjoyed in awe. So, when you visit him, do ask him to perform his magical trick for you, and he will happily obilige you.
His another dish Bhutte Ka Kiss made from shredded corn with spices and coconut is most relished dish of the Sarafa. This one of its kind mouth-watering dish is hardly available anywhere else. Bhutte Ka Kiss and Dahi vada have make Joshi ji a legend in Sarafa Bazar’s famous night food street.
The Legendary Street Food At Sarafa Bazaar – Sanwariya Seth Ki Sabudana Khichdi
Though Sabudana Khichdi is originated from Maharashtra but certainly found its home & achieved pinnacle only on the streets of Indore. It’s available at every nook and corner of Indore and the best is concocted by Sanwariya Seth of Sarafa Bazaar’s night food street.
Sabudana Khichdi is a common food for fasting days in India and also known as Fariyali Sabudana Khichdi in Indore. Famously the punchline of this shop revolve around this – “Upwas mein best….sanwariya ka test (Test of Sanwariya….best for fasting).” The taste of this dish at Sanwariya is so dearly tempting and juicy that everyone, irrespective of fasting or no fasting, flocks to this shop to have his share of heavenly feeling. It’s again a permanent shop of Sarafa serving 40-50kg sabudana khichdi in a day which is relished by all.
The owner Jagganath Ji Vyas, who belongs to Rajasthan state of Rajput Warriors, established this shop way back in 1983. Now with pride his son Om Vyas is carrying the legacy forward. Sabudana must have reached Indore with Maratha Warrior from Maharashtra who ruled the city for centuries. This delicious dish got its most beloved chef in Vyas Ji, a Rajasthani settled Indore. This is the cynosure symbol of eon old cosmopolitan nature of Indore in true sense.
(Foodie’s Note: When you are done with sabudan khichdi here, do buy few packets of potato wafers flavored with hellishly hot red chilli. It may burn all your senses in and out and but will make you to crave for more.)
Famous Street Food Joint at Sarafa Bazaar – Agrawal Ice Cream
In the great Sarafa Bazaar’s night food market, where every day is a gala day Agrawal Ice Cream is famous for desserts items Ice Creams, Kulfi, Faluda and Shrikhand. This 55 years old shop is located just opposite to the Police Station of Sarafa and commands strong fans following in this world’s unique night food street.
They still prepare Ice Cream in old and traditional ways, known as Fresh Saanche ki Icecream (Freash Mould’s Icecream). I met Mr. Mukesh Agarwal who is the son of founder Shiv Narayan Agarwal Ji who came from Amravati in 60’s to start this shop and now Mukesh’s sons are also involved in this family business. Amravati is in the state of Maharashtra, corroborating the fact that Sarafa Food Street is by everyone, of everyone, for everyone.
There most famous concoction is the Hapus ice cream made from the pulp of Alphonso Mango, The King of Mangos. They source pure pulp of Alphonso directly from the Ratnagiri, the native place of authentic Alphonso. The delightful taste of this particular ice cream is so rich with Alphonso flavor that it feels as if you are eating fresh Alphonso. Their other claim to fame is saffron flavored Shrikhand, topped with small pieces of pistachio and cashews.
If your sweet tooth craves for ice cream then it’s the place on the earth to relish ice cream of olden era. And, I must thank Mukesh Ji for extending his earnest hospitality and next time for sure, I will visit his shop empty stomach to relish his Kulfi Faluda and other delicacies.
Unique Street Food At Sarafa Bazaar – Jai Bhole Jalebi Bhandar
OH-MY-GOD could be the only expression on anyone’s face while ogling at single 250 gram Jalebi being fried in Pure Desi Ghee at this shop and they famously and fondly call it Jaleba the king size Jalebi.
This Jaleba was first fried and sugar-coated by Sohan Lal Vyas who hails from Rajasthan in the year 1988. When he first started to dish out this Jaleba in late evening hours, people mocked at him because till then, Jalebi was a regular food item to be relished only in morning with Poha. Mr. Vyas’ good senses prevailed and finally foodies of Indore accepted this savory which is now one of its kinds.
With his expert hands, he can prepare one Jaleba of upto 500 gram sizing up to table tennis bat, which is unique, unparalleled and unseen. Phenomenon like this makes Sarafa Bazaar’s night food street a unique and out of this world experience.
(Foodie’s Note: This gastronomic piping hot grandeur is a must-have original when you visit Sarafa for night food. Make sure you order only 100 gram Jaleba in one go. If your palate craves for more and stomach allows, you must try Malpua also at this shop which is again mind-blowing!)
Awesome Street Food at Sarafa Bazaar – Jain Shri Baraf Gola (Ice Ball)
“Arre yaar kya dhansu hai baraf gola” which means – Wow, oh dear, this ice ball is darnly awesome.
“Khaya tha bachpan mein yaad aaya 55 me” which means – you had it in childhood but remembers even after adulthood.
These punchlines tell a lot about the owner of the shop and his marketing mind as no one can miss these line written atop his push-kart. Jain Sahab as fondly known is a man full of vibrancy and has been dishing out colorful Baraf ka golla since many decades.
I remember my first visit to this kart in the year 2000 and how affectionately the Baraf ka Gola took me in his embrace. And since then, I must have visited his shops for umpteen times and while juicing out Gola, I always keep reading those dhansu lines.
So, this time when I reached this another legendary food cart, to make sure it is his kart, I searched for the punch line “khaya tha bachpan mein yaad aaya 55 mein.” and bingo!! The line was still there vouching that it’s his lorry. Next, I asked the teen-aged boy who was busy in crushing the ice about the owner and here Mr. Jain appeared from the behind putting his hand on my shoulders. Yeyy! I really acted like a child seeing him, such is the aura around him, his vibrant shop and his colorfully testy Gola that actually bring out child in you.
Orange, Kala Khatta, Khas, Pilawalla (the yellow One), Red Rose etc are the name of the flavors that Mr. Jain prepares at home with his own recipe and also pours some home-made masala on the top of Gola. He claims that with this masala, his Gola never causes any cough or cold. Being at this food cart is always like going back into the whirls of the memories when as a child we used to crush ice and pour Rooh-afza to relish home-made Gola.
Updated in Jan 2023 – During my recent visit, i met the sun of Jain Sahab who is now fully involved in the business and have started to offer new contemporary flavours.
The Most Iconic Place In Sarafa Bazaar – Anna Bhaiya’s Pan
As you move out of Sarafa Bazaar and reach main Rajwada square my strong suggestion is to wind up your indulgence with Anna’s Paan (Betel leaf delicacy). This will certainly heightened your savory senses and ensure the entire Sarafa experience is deeply engraved in your memory.
Anna Bhaiyya’s paan shop is a more than 100 years old shutter less shop which was started by his Father Late Mr. Lala Ram Ji Chaurasiya lovingly known as Lalla Seth and now third generation is also involved in this pride profession. Forefathers of Anna Bhaiyya had the opportunity and distinction to serve Kings of Holkers as well. The shop has also hosted luminaries like first Prime Minister of India Mr. Jawahar Lal Nehru, queen of melody Lata Mangeshker etc.
Indorian have a special appetite for Paans as the city boasts of many famous Paan shops such as legendary Anna Bhaiyya, iconic Parshwnath and omnipresent Karnawat. They have championed the art of making delicious and mouth dissolving Pan but Anna Bhaiyya’s Shop stands tall and notches above all. Family of Anna Bhaiyya belongs to the clan of Chaurasiya’s from Raibareilly district of Uttar Pradesh and this clan is synonym to the art of Paan making.
While interacting with him, he passionately disclosed the aspect of evolution of Paan in India. As per him earlier there was nothing like Meetha Paan (Sweet Betel Delicacy) and it’s just a 40-50 years old phenomenon. He listed down some important milestone of this evolution:
1st being the advent of Chaman Bahar and Belgam Paan Masala in sixties, 2nd in early seventies when Baba’s Paan Chatni made the enroute to Paan’s ecosystem, and in between these two milestones, somewhere in mid sixties Gulkand (Jam of Wild Roses) came and meetha paan started to roll out from Paan shops in full swing.
So, here ends the tale of Sarafa Bazaar for now as there is still much more to this saga called Sarafa Bazaar of Indore that has a definite heritage value. For me, however, this journey was full of nostalgia and brought me closer to my favorite city Indore and its vibrant food culture. I visited this place in the summer and hence missed winter only spicy Garadu Chaat and also as my stomach was full I couldn’t relish other famous shops of Sarafa like Vijay Chaat House, Nagauri Shikanji, Bairav Nath Rabdi Guru and Swadisht Samosa. In my next visit, I will cover these shops and conclude this story of Sarafa.
As a concluding thought, I have to admit that the taste of all delicacies is still same as it was 15 years back when I entered this unique and vivid night food street bazaar first time. I strongly feel that McDonalds and KFCs of the world must visit this place to understand how such standardization is possible without deploying modern technologies. I think it’s possible because food vendors here are passionate about their heritage and have highest order of pride on what they do and serve. May this tradition continue forever!! Amen!!
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94 thoughts on “Sarafa Bazaar, Indore: India’s Only Night Food-Street”
Liked reading your candid description of Indore replete with hapus icecream, jalebi , sabudana khichdi & paan. 🙂
Thanks for visiting and liking.
thanks Somali! This place is awesome…a must visit for any food lover.
Remembered those days…:) Superlyk
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Your post reveals how much you love the city. After reading your post I wish to visit the place and have those tasty soya chaps and spicy Khichdi on the streets of Sarafa Bazar 😀
Your post reveals how much you love the city. After reading your post I wish to visit the place and have those sinful soya chaps and spicy Khichdi on the streets of Sarafa Bazar 🙂
You absorbed it so correctly. I loooov the city. Thanks. Sarafa is awesome. Every sinful act turns into soulful memory here…
This place is so colourful. And yes it looks like some festival place as you said. Reminded me of our local temple festival. I think you are specialising in culinary journey 😀 Yet another mouth watering post. And vibrant pictures 🙂
Sarafa is indeed very vibrant. A must visit. And thanks for ur comment. Ha ha…. I m so damn foodie that I end up exploring food. And street food certainly excites me.
That’s cool. Self drive food trips it is! 😀
Ha ha…it seems to be evolving like this….
haha.. I think that is nice to have a specialised category 🙂
A forthight description propells me to dwell there yet again. Unrelenting Nostalgia!! I am sure you understand bang on what I mean!!!
Thanks for visiting….and yes i can very well understand and feel that nostalgia! C u around.
Geard a lot of Indori food. Your post brings it alive. The food culture in MP is rich with its milk cake and gajaks. Nice.
Thanks for dropping by. Indore is really a food paradise. A must visit place for every foodie.
Indore is the best place to eat variety of food
Absolutely. Indore is paradise for food lovers!!!!
I can just smell all the spices in the air! What a great place to have dinner. My husband would be in Indian Food Heaven! yum yum. You’ve given us a new item for the bucket list!
Thanks for the lovely words. Do connect with me whenever you plan for this place and for street food in India/Delhi. 🙂
Indian cuisine is among my favorite. My mouth was watering reading your post! I have to get to India soon so I can try some of these great treats. Great post guys!
Thanks…. a foodie india is a must visit place.
I have always loved street food markets. The idea of being able to sample many foods and to see what you are ordering before you get it is very appealing plus I love the sounds and smells of busy places
So true and it reflects the traditiona nd culture of the place as well.
You had me at, street food capital of India. Then I saw all of the photos and read the descriptions of the markets and am sold on visiting Indore. I now feel like the ice cream.
Thanks… its indees heaven for street food. You can club other near by locatiosn while you plan Indore.
I can’t wait to return to India in a few months! This post made me hungry!! Would love to check out the late-night street food scene in Indore.
It a great place and must be high on ur bucketlist.
my favourite thing about travel is the food, this food sounds amazing, so much i’ve never heard of before!
Its indeed unique place. Locals are crazy for this and it has cult status in central india.
Sounds like a fantastic experience, and I would really love to have the chance to visit and sample some of these dishes. I was always worried about eating street food when I traveled, though I’ve since come to realize that in many cases street food is often more hygienic than a lot of the Western restaurants because you can see your food being cooked in front of you, as you said, the locals have a huge passion for upholding their trandtions and heritage, and they have a high turn over so everything is generally always fresh. So I would absolutely visit the night food street in Indore 🙂
Thanks for the vivid descriptions 🙂
I love night markets with lots of food! This would be right up my alley and I would eat until I couldn’t eat anymore. Great job capturing all the different food!
Thanks for dropping by and for your kind comment. Come to india and you would find such street food markets in every city.
Yum, the food all looks delicious, especially that ice cream! What a fun place to explore–I love all the colors!
This inndeed is one of the most vibrant i hv ever been to.
Mmmm it looks so delicious, crowdy and spicy 🙂 This is how I imagined India 🙂
This is an integral aspect if India!!! 🙂
This is what puts a smile on my face 🙂 Thank you for sharing this!
Makes me want to eat Indian food now!
This looks great. Such variety to the food and the atmosphere is fantastic. Thanks for sharing this, I am pinning it should I ever make it there!
Oh my god indeed! This is perfect for Craig and I – he loves Indian food and I prefer veggie meals. Those puddings looks great too.
Thanks. Surely would would both love this place immensely!
lovely, didn’t know there was only one night street food market. Loving the colorful desserts. In India this week and can’t help but try out lots of different foods
You would get a lot of food option… do enjoy the spicedom!
Sarafa is the best…variety and taste is matchless indeed. Just to add, it’s not only. Chandigarh has one, close to Punjab University. Hope you will give it a try. 🙂
Thank Prahat Ji. Will plan to visit Chandigarh and take further detail from you.
Thank God, non-veg food items are not there or limited in the Sarafa bazar otherwise the place would be crowded with stray dogs with foul smell all around and attracts the drunk ones.
Have not been to India yet and I can’t wait to indulge in the street food. Everything looks so amazing and so perfectly described. I’m really glad to read about the high hygiene standards because it is the one thing that is holding me back. Great overview!
Come and visit India. You would love it for food and every other thing. Get in touch with me when you plan fro Delhi. Will take you to real food streets here.
Oh my! I am craving for all that food now after reading your post. I spent some of my schooling years in Indore and cant forget the heavenly taste of bhutte ka kiss, shikanji, dahi wada. But some items are new for me, dont remember indulging in hapus icecream.
Are wah, it means you are part Indori 🙂
You’ve succeeded in making me hungry. One of my favorite things to do when traveling it to visit markets and try the local street food. My only problem is choosing what I’d like to try most.
We had a lot about Indore and its history but we are surprised we never heard about the amazing food scene here. The food looks scrumptious, have never tried Soya Chaps and Dahi Vada is my favorite definitely cannot miss it.
Ooh – how lovely that you had so much of this delicious food from your mother’s own hand! I’ll have to tell my husband about it. He’s vegetarian, so it would make him very happy to try it all.
Sarafa Bazar has my name on it. It looks like a foodie’s nirvana. I think I would be totally overwhelmed visiting for the first time, and your list of your favourite places is greatly appreciated.
The haps ice cream looks fantastic. The perfect way to finish a grazing meal of all those vendors.
This place and also food is so colorful. By reading your article I could imagine myself there. I could feel the vibes and all the noise. Do you know what they add to it, which makes it so red or green?
Oh my gosh. A night street food street?! YES PLEASE! The Jaleba sounds so incredible. Great tip not getting one bigger than a 100 gram Jaleba, it sounds super rich, but super delicious!
That is decadent! I have never been to Indore but I have heard about how amazing the street food is there and I am not surprised to read a post that talks so highly of it. I did not, however, know about this night food street market and the fact that it is open until 2 am makes it perfect. I do hope that it is a safe though, knowing that smaller cities in India can be quite unsafe for women. Would love to try that food some day!
Safara Bazaar, Indore is too safe for women even at 2 AM.
I’m a huge fan of night food markets, but the concept of a night food street is awesome! Sarafa Bazar is definitely my kind of place because I love to try authentic food in a great atmosphere. I’ve never visited India, but I’ll add this to places I want to see when I do!
Oooh, that Sabudana Khichadi makes me want to have some right now. I have not visited the Sarafa market but have heard a lot abt it. I hope to be able to visit and now with your pointers know exactly where to go. Cheers
Wow. What a detailed post about food travel! I love street food and I can picture myself in your shoes on that very market. I can’t wait till I actually hit up the street markets! The Sabudana Khichdi looks so delish. Leave me some! lol!
I did not know that Sarafa is the street food capital of India. But understandable with so many different cultures there. I have never heard of a market that is just veggie though. But it looks like there are so many options!
Wow! There’s so much to sample you’d need to spend a week here to do the market justice. I’d make a beeline for that Jalebi stand!
Love the look of the Sarafa Bazaar and street food is always a draw for me. I like the jewelry shop owner theory to create the food stalls to ensure safety, brilliant really
Such an interesting place it is crowded jewelry Market during the days and during the nights becomes street food market! It is a very unique place and the jewelry shop owner theory is kind of smart.
This looks like the perfect place for us to visit. We just adore Indian food, its our favourite by far and we also love local markets too where there is a busy hustle and bustle of everyday people. They are great places to meet local people and speak with them, learn about the culture and to try new things!
Sarafa Bazaar looks like a vibrant decadent foodie destination! I love that it is very hygienic, and that totally vegetarian. I would love to try the giant Jaleba when I am feeling hungry – or perhaps to share!
Finding good food from street vendors can be hit and miss! But they often have the most authentic foods overall! It looked like you had many delicious options to choose from!
Indore does look like a foodie’s paradise! I love how fresh and colorful all the different dishes look. They really jump out of your photos!
Indore does look like a foodie’s paradise! I love how fresh and colorful all the different dishes look. They really jump out of your photos!
I love to see shows put on by chefs so I would love to see Om Prakash Joshi do his thing! Also the Agrawal ice cream…mango and ice cream in the same sentence, absolutely yes! I love that the Sarafa Bazaar is open from 8pm-2a. A night-only food street is really cool!
Last weekend we were planning a foodie trip to Indore with a group of our cousins and all of us were making half-baked guesses about the streets foods we would find in the city. Now that I have come across your post, I will be sharing it with them. Sarafa Bazaar’s specialties may have us planning the trip sooner than imagined.
Your pictures of the night life here are wonderful. Having just been in Taipei, the night markets are a really big thing there and I love them. This night food market looks incredible though! I want to try the grand jaleba! Looks so good.
I love street food and agree completely that the commercial fast food outlets could learn a lot from real street food vendors such as you describe here. Sarafa Bazaar has such character and history, I feel it would be where we could experience the essence of India. So special to be greeted like an old friend by one of the established vendors as you were!
My mouth is absolutely WATERING after reading this post! There´s nothing I like more than good street food while travelling, and when mixed with the lights and energy of a night market it´s even more enjoyable. I´d definitely have to go for that Bhutte ka kiss, but it would be hard to choose just one thing with so many tasty and aromatic options.
Wow! This is the place to go to try a wide variety of really good food. I haven’t been to India yet, and know very little about the food so this guide is really helpful. Mango ice cream is one of my favorites and it sounds like ice cream made with “the king of mangos” is amazing.
Wow. The city comes alive at night, central around food and culture. What a feast for the senses that must be. Being a vegetarian also, it is great to know about the huge selection options. Thanks for sharing.
Oh yum…Indian food is my favorite! Maybe some day I will get to eat it in India. 😉 I want to start with this nighttime venue. The food looks amazing and I think every dish I was familiar with is shown in some way. The shaved ice thing was a surprise.
Omg! What a journey I just went on while reading this article! 🙂 Thank you, Thank you, thank you so much! That is one of the best food related posts I have ever red. This is not just a blog post – it is a Jurnalistic Food Science article 😀 And you made me want to try everything of it and crown it with Mango ice cream.. Haha! Indore just jump to the very top of my travel list 😉
Bestest ever comment. Thanks Ray for making my day.
I have always been amazed by the variety and quality of food at night markets. So we would definitely plan to visit the Sarafa Bazaar if we visited Indore. How great that you have been back again and again. I would not want to miss out on the food that you can only find at the night market. I would certainly check out some of that ice cream!
What a gastronomic feast. I can see why Indore is your favorite city. The vibrant food culture has so much to offer. I love gulabjamun, kulfi, and jaleba and would be keen to try some of the other street food, especially the Paan, it sounds mouthwatering.
this is my kind of place! What fun!
Wow, you are right, the Sarafa Bazar in Indore is a Food Paradise. We loved eating street food during our month in India, especially the Samosas. But probably our favorite part was just people watching and by looking at your pics, the night market is packed not only with amazing food but the noise & spirit of the locals. Also, is there a rule that says I cant try to eat 3 of The Grand Jaleba?
Wooow that is a great post. I really like Indian food and I think the best way to try some local dishes is by trying out the street food – what an amazing experience!
This all looks sooooo tasty! It is pretty mad that nothing is left of those stalls during the day, and they reappear in the evening!
You know, this would be a great spot for a food tour!
Appreciiate this blog post