Jaipur Food Guide: 5 Classic Foods Of The Pink City And Where To Find Them

The Pink City of India – Jaipur, is truly a royal one in every aspect. From massive forts that showcases the rich Indian history, to colourful streets and chaos of bazaars that still retains the old world, rustic charm, Jaipur is loved by not just us but even the foreign visitors who throng the city all year long. But besides the grandeur of Amer Fort, the magnificent City Palace and the enchanting façade of Hawa Mahal, Jaipur has some of the most iconic range of street food, which for a foodie like me is an added bonus. It is fascinating how one city can be home to so much. Jaipur’s street food is a breath of fresh air, a reminder of how traditional Indian street food has its own charm.  

If you wish to experience Rajasthani cuisine in its glory, Jaipur is the place to be. With an unapologetic use of desi ghee, milk and yogurt, Rajasthani food is what you go to for an authentic flavour of traditional, royal India. In my recent visit to Jaipur, I realised how the city beautifully balances the new and old. The arrival of metro has only made it easier to enjoy the charm of Old City, and enjoy the best of street food it has to offer. The café culture too has never been so bustling in the city and we can’t be more excited to see the amalgamation of cafes and street food. 

Planning a trip to the city of Rajputs? Here’s a Jaipur's street food guide that will definitely come handy when searching for soul-satisfying food after a tour of all the forts

1. Kachoris At Rawat Mishtan Bhandar 

You cannot go to Jaipur and not nosh upon Kachoris. It is the quintessential Jaipur snack. And the mention of it takes me back to the deep-fried delights at Rawat Mishtan Bhandar, a shop popular for churning out delicious crispy yet flaky kachoris stuffed with sauteed onions and dal along with a medley of spices that you aren't going to forget. Besides this, Laxmi Mishtan Bhandar (LMB) is also a must-try for sumptuous kachoris.

2. Ghewar and Kalakand At Laxmi Mishthan Bhandar

A visit to Jaipur is incomplete without the staple Rajasthani desserts- ghewar and kalakand. And without having any second thoughts, Laxmi Mishthan Bhandar in the midst of Johri Bazaar is the place to be according to me. Sugar-soaked honeycomb-like ghewar and fudgy milk-based Kalakand is renowned sweet and snack shop of Jaipur, with a history going back almost 300 years.

3. Farsan Namkeen At Shankar Namkeen Bhandar

Peanuts, poppy seeds, gram pulses, etc., come together for a sweet and salty tea-time namkeen, which is perfect for the winter season. And Shankar Namkeen Bhandar serves up just the right variety of fried, spicy and salty namkeens.

4. Dal Baati Choorma at Laxmi Mishthan Bhandar

How can we not have this while in the heart of Rajasthan? This is another treat that is offered perfectly by the restaurant of Laxmi Mishthan Bhandar. One can relish many other vegetarian delights such as gatta curry while dining at LMB. Dal Baati Choorma is regarded to be the King of Rajasthani Food, and comprises of three main ingredients, Dal (Lentil), Baati (fried or baked wheat stuffed balls) and Choorma (a sweet made of cereal crumbs). This is served laced with oodles of ghee which lends a scrumptious flavour.

5. Laccha Aloo ki Tikki at Samrat

This is a unique treat I relished at Samrat in Jaipur. Located on Chaura Rasta in the walled city, Samrat is a popular breakfast joint and a hub for delicious jalebis, samosas and poha. Besides this, aloo tikki laced with chatpata laccha is a treat you wouldn’t want to miss. A yummy deviation from the regular aloo tikkis. You can also try scrumptious samosas at Samrat.

So if you are planning a visit to Jaipur anytime soon, you know what to look out for.