Enriched with age-old customs and original recipes, Indore’s love interest with food is yearning and illustrious. And the city’s street food is a beacon of gastronomic indulgence. The various essences of Indore’s diverse kitchens mingle madly at the legendary Sarafa Bazaar, as it livens to existence at 8 pm every day. Over a century old, the market is a fragment of the Holkar dynasty. It is acknowledged for its street snack, establishing the fierce yet beckoning spirit of the city.
Let’s delve into the trails of Sarafa Bazar, stroll through large frying pans and hop from one busy merchant to another.
When most of Indore slumbers, this late-night market gets an average of 3000 visitors daily. Both residents and sightseers, these visitors pour through its tracks and drop now and then to relish the heavenly goods laid out in plain sight.
I know Sarafa Bazaar quite well for its decades-old stalls serving delicious chaat. Or several stops and hawkers that offer Pani puri in a dozen different zingy flavours, besides the regular mint and spice spiked water.
The warming and fragrant Bhutte ki Kees is a melt-in-your-mouth dish. A contemporary speciality made from corn, it is shredded and cooked with milk, coconut, and usual Indian spices. The moist, glossy texture is led off with green coriander, grated coconut, and lemon extract.
Indoris have an unusual inclination for Sabudana Khichdi. The dish found its home & achieved pinnacle only in the pavements of Indore. Sanwariya Seth of Sarafa Bazaar cooks it best. Joshi’s magical Dahivada cannot be defined, and one can only savour it in awe.
Sarafa Bazaar is a place that tempts food lovers to come back repeatedly. Be it Khopra Patties at Vijay Chat House or deep-fried yam (Ratalu); one’s on a treat. People also relish sumptuous parathas or Nepali momos, which Indore adopted recently. Ending an exciting journey, one can understand why the bustling Sarafa Bazaar is the most celebrated landmark in the downtown.