1. Haji Lassiwala
A rich, decadent shake made from milk and cream, served with
a generous helping of glassy, sugary, sweet noodles – that is falooda for you.
It is a uniquely Indian dish and it is best had after a long post-dinner
walk.To make it even more irresistible, several flavoring syrups, dried fruits
and nuts are added. And the best place to have it is Haji Lassiwala at Itwara
Chowk in Old Bhopal. Locals say it is the world’s best falooda, and if a
Bhopali says that, it might just be true!
2) Manohar Dairy and Restaurant
This is one place you absolutely must visit. A landmark in
itself, Manohar Dairy and Restaurant has been standing tall since 1970 in
Hamidia Road, and has been a witness to the growth of this buzzing city. As
they keep adding in new restaurants and introducing a whole new array of
dishes, the yesteryear charm is still intact. Two of their must-try dishes are
the dahi puri and the chhole puri/kulche – relished and recommended by
generations of Bhopalis for years together.
3) Barfi Rasmalai at
Surendra Jain’s stall
Barfi rasmalai drona. It is perhaps as whacky as it sounds,
and is super-delicious. He takes a drona ( bowl made from dried leaves) , heaps
up crushed ice, and then laps it up in a sweet, rich rabri, flavored syrup and
rose water. Ice-cold, sweet and delicious, you would want to keep eating more
of this wonderful street food. Have a bowlful as a palate refresher before you
dig in through all those meat treats in Chatori Galli.
4) Chaat at 6 Number Stop Hawkers Corner
If you are in the newer side of town and looking for some
place to appease your taste buds, this one will not disappoint you. The Hawkers
corner in 6 Number stop is sure to leave you drooling. Famous for all types of
chaat like pani puri, dahi puri, bhel puri and chole tikki, and ice golas and
faloodas, for those looking for something sweet, this is the most famous place
to grab a quick bite. Special recommendation – try the samosa kachori chaat.
Tangy, tasty, spicy goodness that tickles your taste buds, leaving you wanting
5) Shahi Tukda in Koh-e-Fiza
If all the spicy food is making you nauseous and you need a
refresher, Shahi Tukda is what you should have. Indulgence that is easy on the
pocket, Shahi Tukda is the perfect sweet treat for you. It is made of fried
bread soaked in a decadent custard, and garnished with nuts and spices. Don’t
worry if things turn too sweet, that’s how it is meant to be in Bhopal.
Koh-e-Fiza is the place to have this rich delicacy.
6) Bhopali Paan
Bhopali paan is very famous all over the country, and when
you are here, this is not something you must miss. It is a pastry made from
betel nut, stuffed with chuna, kattha and supari, and a generous dollop of
gulkand. Paan-making is considered an art in Bhopal, and is part of the local
culture. It is usually consumed as a mouth freshener though people can be found
chewing paan throughout the day.
7) Cycle Soupwala and Sagar Gaire Snacks
Bhopal’s famous Cycle Soupwala, located in Number 10, is a
real-life rags-to-riches story. The owner of this humble eatery, so named
because he sells delicious soup on a bicycle, came to this city from Nepal. He
started off by selling three types of soup: tomato, sweet corn and manchow on a
bicycle, to satisfy the hunger pangs of students and office-goers alike. His
soup stall set him on the path to success and today he owns a chain of eateries
in Bhopal, that serve everything from cold coffee to sandwiches, dosas to chole
8) Poha Jalebi at Kalyan Singh’s Swaad Bhandar
Kalyan Singh’s Swad
Bhandar. Located on the east side of the Jama Masjid, off Itwara Road, it is
always crowded and noisy here. Fresh, hot, moist, light and spicy Bhopali Poha
garnished with a generous helping of crispy sev and served with some
oh-so-yummy jalebis, it is sure to teleport you to food heaven. Poha Jalebi is
the most famous breakfast that can be found all over M.P., but the best is
found in Indore. These same Indoris serve this delicacy in Bhopal, making it a
sumptuous and memorable breakfast that is light, enjoyable, delicious and easy
on the pocket. Wash it down with a piping hot cup of Suleimani chai, and you
can face all the troubles of the day head on.
9) Jamal Bhai Tea Shop
Suleimani Chai is a special variety of tea that offers a
fine balance of flavors, with a hint of sugar and salt. Served with a generous
dollop of cream, it is sure to intrigue your taste buds and open your senses to
a new day. This type of tea is offered in several parts of India, but the
variety served in Bhopal is truly unique. And no better place to enjoy this
tea, than Jamal Bhai Tea Shop at Itawar Chowk in Old Bhopal. You will know you
have reached the right place when you see a large crowd of people sipping tea.
The tea is served from a large samovar (something similar to a boiler used in
the south). This slightly unusual and salty tea is certain to leave you
mesmerized and wanting more.