Rajasthan, a state brimming with tales of bravery, courage, and culture in every single nook and cranny, also has some of the most mouth-watering dishes in its culture. Dishes that have been around for decades and dishes that have been made famous by the people who come and settle in the cities of Rajasthan, bringing some of their cultures with them and infusing them into Rajasthani heritage. Jodhpur, the Blue City, is no different. As famous for its food as for its fort and culture, we bring you eight of the most famous dishes that you absolutely must have on your next trip to the famed blue city.
Eight must-try food items of Jodhpur, the blue city
1. Dal baati churma
Perhaps the most iconic dish of Jodhpur’s food culture, dal baati churma is one of the most well-loved food dishes of Jodhpur, and Rajasthan at large. Available at quite literally every eatery and stall, some establishments have become extremely famous for their versions of this beloved dish. A perfect representation of Jodhpur’s traditions and history, this dish needs to be on your list of exploring Jodhpur, the Blue City’s food.
Where to eat: Head to Bhawani Dal Bati Centre to have some amazing dal baati churma
2. Mirchi vada
Another one of the most well-known street food dishes, mirchi vada, or mirchi bada is the perfect representation of the love Jodhpur has for chillies and all things spice. Highly recommended by the locals themselves, you will not be unhappy about eating this delicacy. Green chillies stuffed with delicious potato fillings dipped in batter and then fried to perfection sound like the perfect street food to munch on., especially in the cold winters.
Where to eat: Clock Tower Road
3. Shahi samosa
Aptly named shahi samosa well in keeping with the princely history and heritage of Jodhpur, this famous street food was named literally because the maker of these samosas was pondering about the forts of Jodhpur at the time. Shahi samosa now has become massively famous as one of the best street foods of Jodhpur and is considered to be a must-try.
Where to eat: Shahi Samosa, Clock Tower Road
4. Makhaniya lassi
One of the most famous drinks of Jodhpur, this sweet, frothy concoction is another well-known representative of Jodhpur’s food. Deliciously creamy and milky, it is further flavoured with an assortment of mouthwatering ingredients such as saffron, cardamom, etc. Makhaniya lassi, topped with nuts, is the perfect thing to help you cool down from the spice of all the street food and the sweltering heat of the sun.
Where to have: Shri Kishorilal Hotel, Clock Tower Road
5. Pyaaz kachori
Pyaaz kachori might just be one of the most famous exports of Jodhpur in terms of food. Even more so famous and beloved in Jodhpur, the pyaaz kachori is reputed for the balance of its spices and the perfect crispiness one gets to taste with the very first bite of the kachori. A spicy as well as a tangy chutney is given as additional bits to make the taste of the kachori even more amazing.
Where to eat: Solanki Mishtthan Bhandar
An iconic sweet dish of Jodhpur and even Rajasthan, ghewar is extremely well known not in India, but all across the world. Traditionally made when the Hindu festival of Teej approaches, nowadays you can find ghewar all around at many sweet shops. You will find many variants of ghewar in Jodhpur, such as plain ghewar, mawa ghewar and the extremely delicious, malai ghewar as well. No trip exploring the food of Jodhpur is considered to be complete without tasting ghewar.
Where to eat: Janta Sweets, Station Road
Jodhpur is also home to some of the most delectable jalebis you will ever eat. Extremely famous, you can easily find people gorging on jalebi at almost all times of the day. Crisp, sweet, dripping with delicious sugary syrup and with no added preservatives, you will find this jalebi eating experience to be one of the highlights of your Jodhpur visit.
Where to eat: Motu Jalebi Wala, Old City
8. Gulab halwa
Gulab halwa is also one of the more well-known sweets of Jodhpur. Said to be nutritious and tasty, this halwa is served in the form of little squares. Made with generous amounts of dry fruit such as pistachios and pure milk, gulab halwa is the perfect example of the decadence Jodhpur is known for.
Where to eat: Gulab Halwa Wala, Sardarpura, Jodhpur