Udaipur, also famously called the Venice of the East is encompassed by luxurious royal palaces, temples, and artificial lakes. This city remains to be one of the popular romantic destinations in India. However, there’s more to Udaipur than its palaces, temples, and lakes. There are a plethora of gastronomic grubs that you would find here, especially on the streets, which you wouldn’t find easily in the fancy restaurants, where you end up burning a hole in your pocket. Eating in this royal city, especially the mouth-watering street food, is an adventure on its own. So if you are planning a trip soon, here is the list of our top picks of the tastiest street food you must try in Udaipur, Rajasthan.
1. Bread pakora (fried bread snack)
Your vacation to Udaipur is never complete if you don’t get to devour tasty bread pakoras. The whole city goes gaga for this dish and after you try munching on these mouthwatering bread pakoras, you will too! Go into any of the stalls that sell these pakoras and witness them working their magic with spices, onions, potatoes, and then deep-frying the slices of bread, which is served with sauce, and sweet and spicy chutney. You can have these either for breakfast or as an evening snack.
2. Paani puri (crispy dough balls with fillings)
One street food that is famous all over India is paani puri and every Indian shares the same love for this well-known dish. This tasty dish, paani puri is most often the first choice of people living in Udaipur and elsewhere. The fillings of paani puri include potato and chickpeas in the puri (deep-fried crispy crepe) and the same puri is also filled with tamarind juice. This delectable dish boasts a beautiful taste of mint and roasted cumin seeds and asafoetida. While in Udaipur, when you go on a food tour, trying out paani puri should top the list.
3. Mirchi bada (deep fried green chili jalapeno)
One thing that Indians love most, or most Indians, is their undying love for chili. And there is no denying that Indians love adding a bit or a lot of chili or spice in every one of their dishes. And this leaves all the foreigners a bit perplexed. This dish, mirchi bada is made with mini green chilies stuffed with spiced potatoes that are covered in gram flour and deep-fried in oil. These tasty grubs are fresh and hot to the customers. And if you enjoy relishing spicy treats once in a while, mirchi bada has to be it.
4. Vada pav (spicy potato filling in a bun)
An absolute favorite and one of the famous street foods in India, vada pav is a simple dish that includes a deep-fried potato patty placed nicely between two soft buns. This tasty dish has a generous amount of spicy green chutney spread inside the bun with a fried chilly and onions on the side. Hailing from the state of Maharashtra in India, this one is a straight-up crowd-pleaser. The same vada pav replicates the taste with similar ingredients at the stalls in Udaipur.
5. Egg bhurji (spicy Indian scrambled egg)
This is scrambled eggs with a twist! Egg bhurji is a tasty delicacy that is usually served with Indian bread (roti, naan, etc.). This dish is made from eggs cracked open and cooked on a flat pan stirred in generous gravy. This gravy is prepared with tomatoes, onions, and a potful of spices that gives a wholesome zing to the eggs. Whenever you are exploring and out and about in Udaipur, try this mouth-watering dish with roti or bread on a cool evening in the city.
6. Pav bhaji (soft bread rolls with vegetable curry)
India’s celebrated dish and local street food, pav bhaji has been gaining a lot of fame among tourists all over the globe. This lip-smacking dish is prepared with fresh vegetables, stir-fried in Indian herbs, spices, and oil. This tangy and spicy curry is served with soft buns that are fried a bit in butter. And a hearty scoop of butter is put on top of the bhaji with chopped onions and a slice of lemon on the side. Delicious!
7. Kachoris (fried snacks)
Want to grab a quick breakfast or an evening snack? Take a stroll on the streets of Udaipur and you will see street vendors, stalls, and various other outlets selling delicious kachoris. These lip-smacking grubs are served with tamarind chutney. You may set an end goal of just eating one kachori, but immediately after the first bite, after tasting the heavenly goodness, you may not end up with just one kachori. And when you accompany this goodness with a hot cup of beverage, you are sure to achieve euphoria.
8. Daal baati choorma (lentils served with hard wheat rolls)
A traditional Rajasthani delicacy, dal baati choorma is served in almost all the restaurants in Udaipur. Nonetheless, you will still find many stalls in the streets that serve this dish with a similar taste and flavors, but with way cheaper prices. Now that calls for a win, right? And while in the city, don’t forget to try out this renowned dish that every Rajasthani loves and in turn, your tastebuds and bellies will thank you forever.
9. Maggi (instant noodles) and sandwich
Enjoy a plate full of warmth, goodness, and happiness that one can find in the delicious sandwiches and Maggi. When in Udaipur, your trip is never complete without tasting Udaipur’s famous potato, cheese, and chutney sandwiches along with a bowl full of masala Maggi. Although tourists come flocking to this town for the city’s raw and natural beauty, they also come to satiate their cravings with this well-known snack.
10. Dabeli (stuffed bun sandwich)
Wondering what is that one street food that is a number one hit in the streets of Udaipur? Presenting yours and truly - Dabeli! The first look of Dabeli will remind you of the German origin - burgers. The Indian version of these burgers are filled with potatoes and garnished with pomegranates, sev (mixture), chutney, and peanuts. Whichever stall you opt to try this famous dish, be assured that you will be served with hot and fresh Dabelis with a warm smile.
Indulge in a culinary fest in Udaipur
There are a plethora of street food stalls and vendors in Udaipur that serve some of the best street food ever. And zeroing down on the next delicious bite may seem difficult. However, if you are looking for some of the best, crowd favorites, then you must refer to this list.
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