I went on a road trip to Rajasthan recently for a holiday with my best friend. We fell in love with the people, art, architecture and the food. The rule is, if you are in Rajasthan, eat everything you see, and do not waste food. It will suffocate you but eat. You will miss something if you do not taste the local food when in Rajasthan.
We enter Rajasthan and start off with a Chai (Tea). On the way to Udaipur, our first stop was at a Highway Dhabba after sun set. These kids were adorable. One got scared seeing my beanie with the horns. Two of them got excited and asked me questions. So, I quickly took a selfie with them. After that, our chai was being prepared. The climate was fairly cold hence you see one of them wearing a jacket.
The Chai was topnotch and the quality of milk was exquisite.
I loved it so much that I had another Chai. Haha had I stayed longer, I would have ended up having one more, but our journey had to continue.
Here is a photo of a cooking area outside the Dhabba.
There was only one customer inside the Dhabba and he was eating happily.
Pots of water for people to drink. Condiments or Snacks hanging on the poles ready to be sold.
Scenes outside the highway dhabba. My best friend having a intense discussion with one of the chai wallahs.
Dinner on Udaipur Streets
After an eight hour or so drive from Bhuj to Udaipur, we reached the city in the night. The streets were dark and quiet. It was a beautiful journey and experience driving in the night to Udaipur. The roads were awesome, the stars were visible in the sky and so were Mars and Venus. I must thank my best friend for noticing that and indicating to me. So, we decided to stop on the middle of the highway, switch off our car headlights, not talk, and just gaze at the sky, stars and planets. It was surreal but beautiful. After a few minutes of that harmonic experience, I decided to drive half a mile without lights in the pitch dark road and listening to our favourite song of the entire 6 days journey.
It was past 10:30pm and we were hungry. We checked in at a local guest house, had a quick wash, asked the owner of the property where we could eat local food now. He suggested we eat on the streets as only that would be open now. So, we rushed.
Welcome to Pandit Pan Bhaji’s Eatery on the streets of Udaipur. There were only a very handful of customers eating dinner. Pan Bhaji and chaat items were available at this eatery.
So, I chose to eat Pav Bhaji. I told myself, “screw the diet and screw the hygiene.” By the way, I carried necessary medicines to take care if I fell ill during the travel.
The Pav Bhaji was very delicious and I wanted to have one more. But, then my mind told me, “Pritish, taste some other dish too and not the same thing, you are on a goddamn travel, and you must not eat the same thing again.” So, I chose to eat this Papadi Chaat.
My friend on the other chose to eat Masala Dosa. He was born and bred in South India and his eating habits haven’t changed a lot in many years despite even having moved to Mumbai few years back.
Breakfast on Udaipur street with indoor seating
After a good sleep and tasty dinner the previous night, a hot water shower and tea, we set out for the day. Our first stop was breakfast. Breakfast is a must for me as it is the heaviest meal of the day.
My best friend is so against taking photos of himself. I told him “unfortunately, your best friend is just the opposite and you know why haha” and he continues to listen and eat. Why? He is a superb listener and foodie. And to give you a sample of it, you must watch this video to know why. Haha, it is super hilarious.
This chap in the photo owns the eatery. He has been running this business for a few years. He says he is happy with what ever business he does. That is so bloody humble for someone who makes loads of money from happy customers.
This eatery could be found on Lake Placid Rd, Kalaji Goraji Chouraha, Kailash Nagar, Kalaji Goraji, Udaipur, Rajasthan 313001
Drinking Water at Jagdish Temple
This old lady was sitting by a corner inside the temple and was offering water to drink. One could drink it for free but the moment you see this sweet lady, your heart will melt and you will eventually give her some change i.e. Rs 1, Rs 2, Rs 5/- whatever you feel like. If you have the time, do ask her some questions and she will educate you with large amount of history. We ourselves had a beautiful experience.
Snack at a German Bakery in Udaipur
We finished visiting Bagore Ki Haveli Museum and I was very hungry. And just after we decided to go for lunch, I came across Cafe Edelweiss and the smell of a Bakery. I stopped because the chocolate tart inside was so visible from the outside. My eyes opened wide for a moment and my “sweet tooth” liking and mind came into existence, made me go into the bakery and purchase a Chocolate Almond tart for Rs 80/-.
Then, I requested the bakery chap to pose for a selfie with me because I fond him cute. If you want a sandwich, dessert or Coffee, Apple Pie, Cinnamon Roll, Chilli Brownie, Apple Crumble, Cappuccino, Pancakes, Cafe Edelweiss is the place to stop by.
Address – 71, Gangaur Ghat, Chandpole, Udaipur
I told him “Danke” and left the place. He stared at me with a smile. He might have not understood what I said or would have wondered how I uttered a German word.
Lunch at Nataraj Restaurant in Udaipur – Unlimited Thali
Our day, lunch, hunger and craving was complete when we had this huge unlimited thali. After this humongous meal, as expected, we slept like Garfield inside our car before our next stop which was going to the top of a mountain by a cable car to witness the sunset and also a panaromic view of the city.
Nataraj Dining Hall and Restaurant
Address: 22-24, City Station Road, Near Railway Station, Udaipur, Rajasthan 313001
“When you are in Rome be a Roman” | When you are in Rajasthan be a Rajasthani.
Unlimited Lunch at Ranakpur Jain Temple
The food was very homely and less expensive too. The guesthouse owner in Udaipur had actually suggested we visit Rankpur Jain Temple for the architecture and also indicated that there would be lunch. The rotis were so tasty and flimsy that I ended up eating close to 14 rotis. It was a lush meal. The meal was only for Rs 50/- per person.
10 Breakfast Dishes You Must Eat When In Udaipur
1. Aaloo Paratha
5. Bread Pakoda
6. Pappadi Chaat
9. Litti Chokha
No matter where you go and what you eat in Rajasthan, never miss drinking the Tea. It will be delicious no matter what. And you could have umpteen number of Teas in a day.
I leave you with the Top 10 Popular Rajasthani Food Video. Watch and enjoy.
If you have travelled to Rajasthan or eaten Rajasthani food before, feel free to share your stories and experiences by commenting below.