For many years, I have only been hearing stories of the Sarafa Indore Night Food Market, and how rocking it is. Finally I got to witness it first-hand, thanks to the enthusiasm of #blushingbride Rangeeli Ruchi and the #unstoppable Swetta Rao. And gosh was it every bit as thrilling as I imagined it to be! 😍
The place is just one, longish lane of food stalls that only open around 9.30 pm once the jewellery shops there shut shop for the day (something like Mumbai’s iconic Zaveri Bazaar and its ‘Khau Gully’ where I had done a food walk last year #shamelessplug)
But Sarafa is only much larger, more crowded, buzzier, and dare I say cleaner? Well, with Indore being declared the cleanest city in the country for the second consecutive year, I think I might just get away with a little treachery!
And so back to the food…. Here’s a taster of what to expect, so hang on to your hearts and your bellies 😈
Samosa Chaat, Kachori Chaat, Dahi Bhalla, Bhutte Ka Kees, Garadu, Sabudana Khichdi, Chips Chaat, Pani Puri (with 10 different flavours of ‘pani’, which basically means you gott have at least 10 Puris, if not more!), Dal Bafla, Egg Benjo, Kanji Vada, Doodh Chana, Poha Jalebi, Jalebaa, Malpua, Indori Shikanji, Mawa Gulabjamun, Rabri, Petha Paan, and my find of the century, Coconut Crush
The burning question is… did we eat it all? Well, at 40 plus temperatures, surrounded by thronging crowds and large ‘kadhais’, ‘degchis’ and ‘tawas’ adding to the chaos and heat, it literally was a burning question. And the groaning reply is, ALMOST!
Then there was the added thrill of watching the ‘magic tricks’ of the world famous Dahi Vada wale Joshiji, who flings a whole plate of Dahi Vada – vada, chutney, liquid curd and all! – high up in the air, and the plate lands back perfectly, intact, in his waiting hands. And then he proceeds to sprinkle 5 masalas, each one separately with a twist of each finger!! Just fascinating
As fascinating as the food vendors here… because they make you feel like you are invited guests at a big fat Indian wedding, complete with chirpy relatives and mind-boggling buffet options, and they are as happy to feed you to the gills as the warm and coaxing wedding hosts. Some even refuse money in exchange for the lip-smacking deliciousness that they serve!
Hindustan Ka Dil? Yes… a very large and cheerful one at that!