What: Snacks or breakfast item
Available at: Pratapgarh Chaat Wala and Shri Lal Mistan Bhandar
Rajasthan being a desert state, the people living in the region had to give special attention to preservation of food items. The locals realized that deep frying an item could extend its shelf life, and thus began Rajasthan?s love for deep frying their food item. Among these deep fried dishes, Kachori requires a special mention. It is quintessential breakfast item of the city that could be stored for a long time and enjoyed any time of the day. This deep fried snack made from plain flour is very tasty and can be found in different corners of Udaipur. The process of making kachoris involves deep frying the plain flour dough, with fillings inside, in clarified butter (ghee) or vegetable oil. The net result is a crispy, fluffy and delightful snack. While walking through the streets, one can find different corner shops selling Kachori with varieties of fillings like onions, pulses, and curd. Served with tangy and spicy tamarind chutney, a colorful plate of Kachori would surely fill your appetite but not your soul. These pocket friendly snacks can be enjoyed any time of the day, but locals prefer their Kachoris during breakfast along with a cup of tea.
What: Side dish
Available at: Restaurant Harigarh, Outside Chandpole, Udaipur
Contrary to popular belief, Marwari cuisine consists of non-vegetarian items. Udaipur, being the capital of the Mewar dynasty, has seen several innovations regarding food and the gastronomical culture. Among these innovations, Laal Maas should find a special mention. Made from tender and soft mutton, it is a spicy dish with lot of chilies and garlic. Traditionally, made from the game meat the royal chefs used a lot of Mathania chilies to cover the gamey odor of the meat. Grown in the village with same name, the Mathania chilies are very flavorful and spicy giving the dish its distinct aroma and color. Served with either flat bread made of wheat or millets, the dish is not meant for the faint hearted. Two of the important ingredients required to make authentic Laal Maas, apart from Mathania chilies, are first pressed mustard oil and smoky flavoring. To create the smoky flavor, after the dish is prepared a cup infused with aromatic spices and burning charcoal was placed inside the pan. Before putting the cover on the pan, some amount of clarified butter was poured into the cup. This created a unique spiced infused smoky flavor. While at Udaipur, tourists should try this flavorful and aromatic dish of the royals.
Dal Bati Churma
Available at: Manoj Prakash Center near Lake Palace Road
One of the dishes synonymous with Rajasthani cooking is Dal-Bati-Churma. Made from wheat flour and lentils, it is a two part dish is very popular in Udaipur. Comprising of dal (lentils) and bati (a hard baked bread), it is very filling and can be eaten during lunch or dinner. The Bati is made from wheat flour, which is kneaded with salt and yogurt. Later this, dough is cooked in an oven till golden brown. Served with dal (lentils stew) made from chickpea, tuwar dal (pigeon pea), or a combination of lentils, this dish causes an explosion of flavors in mouth. Several sweeter and spicier variations dal are served with the ?Dal-Batti-Churma?, each having their own specialty and fan following. In almost every street corner of Udaipur, you can find a food joint selling Dal-Bati, with different combination of pickles and chutneys. Some of the popular restaurant chains of Udaipur serve this dish with ?Gatte Ki Sabzi?, another novelty of Rajasthani cuisine. It is known to enhance the taste of this already delightful dish, but there are groups of food lovers who prefer their dal-batti without the interference of the gatte ki sabzi.
What: Snacks, but can be enjoyed as breakfast
Available at: Panditji?s stall at Fateh Sagar Lake
Who knew, that simple English bread could be turned into a fried fetter? The bread pakora is the result of Rajasthan?s love for deep fried dishes. Served with hot tea or coffee, the humble bread pakora is a culinary treat. Although, the history of its origin is unknown, it is a cult favorite deep fried dish of the city. The diagonally cut bread slices are stuffed with a spicy mix of mashed potatoes and herbs. Later on, the bread is dipped in a batter of chickpea flour and deep fried in oil. Served on a piece of newspaper with spicy fried chilies, a bite into this treat can create an explosion of flavors in your mouth. Easy on the pocket makes it a favorite among people of the city. According to locals, some of the best served bread pakoras can be found in near Fateh Sagar Lake. Enjoying the view of the surrounding areas while eating these deep fried fetters cannot be described in words. There are certain stalls in the Udaipur who are feeding bread-pakoras to the people of the city since early 1990s. People flock into these stores early to lay their hands on the fetters. There have been instances when people have to stay in a long queue just to but it.
Mini Mirchi Vada
Available at: Manak Balaji near Bhuwana-Sukher main road
Ideal for a rainny day, the mini mirchi vada are one of the specialty dishes of Udaipur. People flock in to sample this delightful street food of Udaipur for its spicy taste and crunchy texture. One can find both locals and foreigners standing in long queues for buying these spicy treats. Served with equally spicy chutney, this fried fetter is unique to the city. Usually, a mirchi vada is made from banana peppers that are flavorful but lower at spice content. However, in these fetters smaller and spicier chilies are used, which makes it very hot. The addictive taste of these vadas is best enjoyed with lassi or tea. Exclusive to Manak Balaji, these fetters are made from small chilies stuffed with mashed potatoes and spices. The chilies are then dipped in chickpea flour, fried in hot oil till golden brown. Ideal for people who like spicy foods, one should include the trip to the Manak Balaji to try these fetters.
Boiled egg bhurji
Available at: Egg curry stand near Chetak Cinema
For people who live egg, the boiled egg bhurji is especially made for them. This interesting dish, featured in different food columns and food shows, how a simple boiled egg can be converted into something unique and tasty. It is a finger-licking delicacy made from combination sliced of eggs tempered with onions, tomatoes and several spices. In certain varieties, the boiled eggs are mixed with seasonal vegetables to enhance the taste and texture of the dish. It comes highly recommended, and provides a welcome change from the traditional scrambled eggs. The Egg Curry Stand, one of the earliest creators of this unique dish, has been serving people of Udaipur for almost a decade. The family run food joint, cooks the boiled eggs with the spice mix on a flat pan. Watching the masters creating this eggalicious item is a sight to behold. The finesse and ease with which the chef puts an eyeball amount of spices is definitely a spectacle. People usually have to stand in a queue for laying their hands on the dish, so experts advise to reaching the store early to avoid waiting time.
Sandwiches and Maggi
Available at: Bajangbali Sandwiches at Panchwati Main Road
Combination of instant noodles and sandwiches might sound unusual for many, but at Udaipur it is turned into a delicacy. An ideal comfort food, this combination is known to uplift moods and sadness. Available in different varieties, the yummy sandwiches are made from diagonally cut sandwich breads stuffed with vegetables. Matar masala is one of the popular sandwiches found in the street food stalls of the Udaipur. The delightful sandwich is served with spicy curried potatoes made with lots of spices. Served in a steel tray, garnished with beautifully chopped onions and tomatoes on the side, this dish is a delightful. Maggie is another specialty that is served here. The instant noodles, made with extra onions and a special spice mix, is served with extra cheese on the top. When these two delicacies are mixed together, it creates a beautiful amalgamation that can cause a blast of flavors in the mouth. Easy on the pocket, one should surely sample the item once in their lifetime.
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