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Jaipur Food Walk | Flavors Of The Walled City

A few days ago, Flavors of Jaipur- a group of foodies conducted a food walk in Jaipur. It was scheduled on a Sunday afternoon in the walled city area of Jaipur. I too joined this food walk. The starting point was the famous Jantar Mantar and it continued through the Tripolia Bazaar and Johri Bazaar. It was attended by 12-15 participants.

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Samrat Yantra at Jantar Mantar, Jaipur

Jantar Mantar needs no introduction. It is an iconic Jaipur attraction, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The meeting point was near the ticket window. After waiting for some time, everyone walked towards the first pit-stop- Pandit Kulfi in Sirehdyodi Bazaar. Kulfi is traditional Indian ice cream or rather a frozen dessert made from milk. There are two famous Kulfi shops in Jaipur and Pandit Kulfi is certainly the most famous of all.

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The owners of this shop claim that they are in business for the last 60-70 years. Looking at the history of Jaipur which is 300 years old, this seems like an insignificant number. But being able to carve out a niche and keep it rolling for years is a big feat.

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If you are a patient kind you can witness a part of the Kulfi making process. The staff refills the empty metal container with the milk which has already undergone some processes. It is then parked in a container with ice so it gets frozen.

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With everyone done with Kulfi, the walk leaders led the tour to Hawa Mahal where everyone was asked to introduce themselves. A few interesting introductions later, the session at Hawa Mahal concluded with a group photo and we headed towards Tripolia Bazaar.

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Tripolia Bazaar is a famous bazaar having shops selling metal utensils and hardware items. The most distinguishing feature of this bazaar is the Tripolia Gate.

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Of all the food shops, the Pakodi Wala opposite to Ramchandra Kulfi Bhandaar is famous. In winters, he sells out Pakodi pretty fast. Pakodi is a fried snack made out of gram flour and has a filling usually of onion/potato/spinach/green chilies. Pakodis are usually eaten throughout the year but they are popular during monsoon or winters. People usually love to have them with tea during the rainy season.

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Aaloo Pakodi, Pyaaz Pakodi… Pakodi during Jaipur Food walk.

Apart from the Pakodi, this vendor also sells Kachoris and Michi Bada.

Kachori is a popular snack in Jaipur and there are many variants of the same. Dal Kachori, Hing Kachori, Pyaaz Kachori, and Mawa Kachori are the most popular ones in Jaipur.

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Bread Pakode and Kachoris!
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Waiting for their turn to lay hands on Pakodi
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Everyone gets busy with Pakodi.

A couple of people who were not very keen on eating any of the above decided to walk across the road another iconic shop in Tripolia Bazaar-Ramchandra Kulfi. Although this shop is famous for Kulfi, over the years, people visit this place for shakes and Rabdi apart from the Kulfi which is served in cut-pieces, unlike Pandit Kulfi where it was served like a popsicle.

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Once done in Triploia Bazaar, the leader took us to a sandwich shop in MSB Ka Rasta, Johari Bazaar. The sandwiches were not outstanding.

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Bombay sandwich in the making

The next stop was a Bhelpuri shop.

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Bhelpuri too was quite average and nothing to write about.

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Sharing Bhelpuri! Jaipur Food walk

Jaipur food walk was by invitation and restricted to its members. It wasn’t a well-structured walk, unlike other conducted food tours in Jaipur. While the food walk took us through some of the popular eating joints & shops of Jaipur, but only a few were popular. It was a mixed experience. Efforts of the organizer is appreciable, but a little more thought and structure could have improved the overall experience! I had to leave the food walk in midway due to other engagements; I only visited a few places.

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