While visiting this bustling Indian capital of the Rajasthan state, travelers will be swept away into an exotic destination filled with medieval forts, luxurious palaces, tantalizing cuisines, and markets filled with spices that helped establish the spice trade. Visitors will enjoy venturing to the famous Pink Palace to admire its pink sandstone, peacock courtyard, and panoramic views of Jaipur. For nature lovers, Jaipur is the gateway to Sariska and Ranthambore National Parks where they can tour through the lush, verdant jungle in search of Bengal tigers, leopards, antelope, wild boar, and other fascinating wildlife. Before settling down, please check out the following list of the best street food you must try in Jaipur, Rajasthan, to point you in the right direction to satisfy your needs for tandoori chicken, kalfi faluda, lassi, and more.
1. Pyaaz Kachori (spicy onion deep-fried pastry)
Enjoy walking through the Pink City’s streets to seek out markets selling spices, exotic goods, sahris, intricately woven carpets, silver jewelry, and much more. During your market adventure, stop and try a pyaaz kachori which is a spicy onion-filled snack. This popular street food delicacy is a crispy, flaky, deep-fried, bun-shaped delicacy filled with onions, spices, and potatoes. This savory treat is best enjoyed with tamarind chutney and a cup of tea as done by the locals.
2. Rabri Ghevar (round disc shaped cake with almonds)
Upon returning home from an evening viewing of the beautiful marble Birla Mandir Temple and being serenaded by the resident peacocks, enjoy a glass of champagne alongside your delicious almond-topped cake. This delicious cake is created by forming a paste of milk, sugar, cardamom, and saffron on the stove and refrigerated. The ghevar portion is flour, ghee, ice cubes to create a whiter fluffy, smooth texture before adding milk, which is boiled. After repeating the boiling and cooling processes till there is no batter remaining, garnish it with pistachios, almond slices, and saffron.
3. Srikhand (sweet yogurt treat with chopped nuts)
Shrikhand is a sweet creamy, rich dessert produced by straining the whey from yogurt or curd with sugar. After the straining process, which lasts 4 to 5 hours, refrigerate it in a muslin cloth in a bowl overnight. Next, crush the saffron and combine it with milk in the microwave before adding it to the powdered sugar and stirring until it has thickened without lumps. Place in the refrigerator to allow the saffron to infuse its flavor and to chill in order to create a refreshing dessert to be enjoyed upon returning from your Jaipur tuk-tuk tour.
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4. Lassi (yogurt smoothie)
After spending a day with the gentle elephants and their trainers at Elephant Joy Park, head home to create a refreshing smoothie. Combine yogurt, ice, water, sugar, and salt until it becomes frothy. Add canned mango pulp or a sweet, ripe mango to the frothy mixture to create a tropical smoothie. Then, pour the smoothie into tall glasses filled with ice cubes and sprinkle ground cardamom on top for an invigorating treat.
5. Gol gappa (deep-fried bread filled with potato and chickpea stuffing)
No trip to Jaipur would be complete without sampling a Gol Gappa at one of the street vendors or restaurants. This local favorite is enjoyed as a side dish or for breakfast. This deep-fried, unleavened bread is a savory delight, stuffed with potato, onion, chickpeas, tamarind chutney, and various other exotic spices. Start your day off with this healthy choice before visiting nearby Jaighar Fort to admire the world’s biggest cannon, its ever-stretching protective wall, and lovely gardens.
6. Kaathi roll (wrap stuffed with a spiced mixed vegetable filling)
Indulge in this delicious whole wheat wrap full of mixed vegetables and exotic spices. This healthy option includes cauliflower, peas, carrots, potatoes, red pepper, and French green beans. This delicious vegetable-filled roti offers a satisfying lunch choice before making a pilgrimage to the famous Pink Palace of Hawa Mahal to admire its red and pink sandstone architecture and sweeping views of Jaipur.
7. Kulfi faluda (ice cream covered in syrups and nuts)
After taking a jeep ride to visit the monumental Amber Palace to admire its stunning design, expansive wall, and panoramic views, indulge in a refreshing street treat. Kulfi Faluda is a no-churn ice cream produced with whole milk and without eggs. Recipes vary from each location to include being covered in basil seeds, falooda noodles, dry fruits, nuts, and rose syrup. It is especially a welcome refreshment during summer when the weather can be unbearably hot and dusty in Jaipur.
8. Pav bhaji (soft bread alongside curried vegetables)
Before departing on a tour to Ranthambore National Park to experience the natural beauty of the jungle and its exquisite Bengal tigers, satisfy your hunger with a plate of Pav Bhaji. This is a flavorful dish consisting of cauliflower, tomatoes, carrots, peas, beans, red pepper, and exotic spices served along with soft, toasted buns. Originally created in Mumbai, this simple, healthy dish was conceived as a quick meal for mill workers. Nowadays, this popular street food entree can be found at street vendor stalls and in restaurants throughout India.
9. Crispy pakodas (deep-fried snacks)
While in Jaipur checking out the numerous intriguing sights, stop by one of the local street vendor stalls to taste this delicious, crunchy, deep-fried onion snack served alongside various chutneys. These crispy wonton-like treats are usually served as an evening snack alongside Masala tea in the homes of most Indians. These serve as a delightful snack for children who are constantly looking for something to eat while in between attractions. Pack a few in your purse before visiting Albert Hall Museum to view its sprawling collection of folk arts, pottery, traditional costumes, marble carvings, and musical instruments.
10. Chicken tikka (roasted marinated chicken in curry sauce)
Enjoy a hearty portion of chicken tikka before setting out to pedal through the Pink City’s streets to admire the elegant Water Palace surrounded by Man Sagar Lake and the lush green mountains. Chicken tikka is a well-known Indian dish consisting of chunks of roasted chicken marinated in yogurt, lemon juice, garlic, ginger, etc. and covered in a creamy, orange-colored sauce. The tender morsels of chicken are then plated on a bed of rice to be enjoyed alongside naan bread. This savory entree makes for a delicious dinner after spending the day venturing throughout the Pink City and its nearby fortresses and palaces.
11. Tandoori (marinated meat cooked in a clay oven)
The most recognizable Tandoori dish would be tandoori chicken with its bright red masala-yogurt sauce. Once the chicken has been cooked and the juices and spices sealed in the clay oven (tandoor), the chicken emerges with a smokey flavor to be enjoyed alongside jasmine rice. Other foods cooked Tandoori style include curries, chicken tikka, naan bread, skewered meat, fish, etc. Be certain to order a dish of authentic tandoori chicken at one of Jaipur’s restaurants before visiting the Jantar Mantar astronomical center to stargaze for the evening.
12. Jalebi (spiral shaped tangerine coloured sweet)
Stroll through the night market stalls sampling all kinds of delicious street foods including jalebi. This is a tangerine-colored sweet created from flour mixed with chickpea flour and yogurt. Once the batter has been fermented and put in a squeeze bottle, it’s time to form liquid spirals in the hot oil. After frying on both sides, dip the spirals into the warm simple sugar mixture of cardamom, saffron, and lemon juice before serving alongside a refreshingly cool, tall glass of milk.
13. Kachori (deep-fried dumpling with savory filling)
Sample this flakey, deep-fried dumpling that is soft on the inside and stuffed with lentils, potatoes, or beans. This pizza-pocket style savory snack is served warm alongside tamarind date chutney, chili garlic chutney, or fried and salted green chilies. If possible, make certain to try out a sweet version made with coconut, sugar, and potato for an after-dinner snack. Pack one to go in your bag as a light snack before setting out on an evening tour to admire Jaipur’s main attractions illuminated in a rainbow of colors.
14. Jaipur omelet
Visit one of the bustling stalls or Sanjay’s, which has been serving Jaipur for over 40 years, for an innovative mouthwatering omelet. Savor the pizza omelet or butter chicken comprised of butter chicken sauce, spinach, cherry tomatoes, basil, and lemon juice. Other interesting choices include egg roll, egg biryani, and masala omelet featuring olive oil, green pepper, and tomatoes. Indulge in a delicious omelet before touring the Sariska National Park to experience the Jungle Book come alive with memories filled with leopards, wild dogs, antelope, hyena, and tigers.
15. Spicy chaats (potatoes, crispy bread, and spiced chick peas)
Spicy chaats are a finger-licking good dish created with fried dough, chopped potatoes, chickpeas, tangy-salty spices, and various other spices. Other versions include prawns, rooster meat, thin noodles, green chilies and onions mixed together and served alongside yogurt. This flavourful melange of spicy, salty, tangy, and exotic ingredients produces a dish like no other and should be at least tried once while visiting Jaipur. Indulge your senses with this unique specialty before visiting Patrika Gate for its fuschia archway, hand paintings of temples, and life-like elephant statues en route to the airport.
Jaipur's culinary experience
After visiting the sprawling fortress of Amber Fort and the opulent Pink Palace, it is time to explore the streets in search of tastebud tempting street specialties native to India. From sweet, smokey, salty, and savory deep-fried choices, there is something for every taste to appreciate during an exploration of the Jaipur culinary scene. Before departing the exotic gem of Jaipur, make certain to get your fill of jalebi, chicken tikka, and many more mouthwatering delicacies.
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