Every region of India has its own highly evolved cuisine with a unique character which manifests itself in plebeian street food. These 5, century-old, safe street food places in Jodhpur display the true spirit of local cuisine. All these 5 places are located within a 500-metre radius of Clock Tower (Ghanta Ghar) in old city.
#1 Motu ki Jalebi
For the locals living in old city of Jodhpur, the day begins with lukewarm milk and Jalebi for breakfast. Crispy thin layers of this circular Jalebi is fried in pure desi ghee (clarified butter) and then soaked in sugar syrup. This warm and crispy Jalebi filled with thick sugar syrup will sweeten your taste buds and definitely make you feel blissful.
This 105 year-old Jalebi recipe has right amount of sugar. They also claim to have invented Mirchi Bada (chili fritters) there in the year 1960.
Price: Rs. 360 per kg (approx. 16 pieces of Jalebis)
Timings: 5:00 am to 12 noon for Jalebi and 9:30 am onwards for fried snacks
#2 Shahi Samosa
A 2-minute walk from Clock Tower takes you to Shahi Samosa. Like-sized oval shaped flattened dough is divided into equal parts in a machine. Then, small portion from a heap of magical mixture is filled in and cashew nuts are added to pyramid shaped samosa before it is sealed with water. The magical mixture filling in samosa is a perfect blend of smashed boiled potatoes, garam masala powder, chilli powder, sugar, chopped coriander, mustard seeds and drops of lemon juice.
Excess oil is removed from this deep-fried samosa before it is served. Voila! Relish the Shahi (meaning Royal) crispy layer of samosa filled with spicy-tangy magical mixture.
Price: Rs. 16 per piece of Samosa
Timings: 8:00 am to 8:00 pm
#3 Gangaram Ghasiram
A trip to Jodhpur is incomplete if you have not tasted Sponge Rasgulla at Gangaram Ghasiram (since 1875). Ras (juice) Gulla (ball) is a syrupy dessert made from cottage cheese, semolina and flour. These dumplings are cooked in sugar syrup till the syrup is suffused in it and then refrigerated before it is served. The correct way to eat is to pop a whole Rasgulla without breaking it. Rasgulla here is so soft that a little pressure of thumb and index finger to lift it, squeezes it. Undoubtedly, this soft, spongy and juicy Rasgulla completely melts in mouth.
Price: Rs. 280 per kg (approx. 30 pieces of Rasgullas)
Timings: 8:00 am to 10:00 pm
#4 Vijay Restaurant
Creative and innovative Vijay puts up a wheel stall every evening outside his restaurant. Foodies flock at this wheel stall which is opposite Kunj Bihari Temple. The specialty of this stall is ‘Sabzi sandwich’ which has a fusion filling. This fusion filling is made by mixing 3 dishes namely shahi paneer, malai kofta and gulab jamun sabzi. As I have always eaten sweet gulab jamun for desserts, I was surprised to see sabzi of fried gulab jamun (not dipped in sugar syrup). This was quite innovate and tasty.
I highly recommend delectable fruit cream and malai kulfi (ice-cream) served at this stall.
Price: Rs. 40 per sandwich, Rs. 20 per Kulfi and Rs. 400 per kg of Fruit cream
Timings: 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm
#5 Mishrilal Ki Lassi
Lassi, a savoury drink made from yogurt is ‘a star’ of this place since 1927. This sweet, thick, and perfectly chilled Lassi is served with yogurt butter. This perfect blend is flavored with sprinkled cardamom. Make sure that this place is last on your list as one glass of Lassi is so filling that it leaves no space for more food. This place is definitely a must to visit in Jodhpur.
Price: Rs. 30 per glass
Timings: 8:30 am to 10:00 pm
Undoubtedly, the street food in Jodhpur is amongst the tastiest and most affordable experience which keeps ones cravings unsatisfied.