Kachori ? in Jaipur?
There’s no escape from the sight and smell of Kachori in the by-lanes of walled city area of Jaipur. You’ll encounter shops selling Kachoris every hundred meters or so and people lined up enjoying this delicious treat.
Kachori is a popular street food not only in Jaipur but across Rajasthan. And why Rajasthan? It’s popular across North India though taste and method of preparation varies greatly from place to place. While in the state of Uttar Pradesh and Delhi, Kachori is usually served with Kadi (Curry) or Sabzi while in Rajasthan or Jaipur Tamarind chutney or Coriander based chutney is a popular choice. There are three popular variants of Kachori in Jaipur – Dal, Pyaaz and Hing Kachori. Although it cannot be verified but probably Pyaaz Kachori recipe has traveled from Jodhpur during early or mid 19th century. It’s inferred from the recorded narratives of the local resident from mid 19th century; it was Dal kachori which was sought after in Jaipur. Hing Kachori is associated with Kota city and hence it’s also known as Kota Kachori.
This delicious treat is sold by two type of outlets in the city. There are shops selling only Kachori along with Samosa and Mirchi Bada; these are essentially street food sellers or small shops thriving on pedestrian traffic. It’s very difficult to avoid visual temptation leave alone the whiff of freshly prepared Kachori. And then there are bigger ( Indian) sweet shops selling primarily sweets. You’ll find both in the walled city of Jaipur though small shops outnumber big sweet shops.Out of all lanes of the walled city, Haldion Ka Ratsa & Ghee walon ka Rasta in Johari Bazaar has many such shops. Popular opinion is that Kachori originated in Rajasthan or Uttar Pradesh, I feel it must have originated in the former as the method of preparation of Dal Kachori is similar to the preparation style followed in Rajasthan. I’ll reserve writing about Pyaaz Kachori for some other day.
Chances are that you’ll also give in to the allure of Curvy Kachori.