Indore’s street food is centred around Chhappan Dukaan, literally 56 shops, during the day time. In the evening, the jewellery shops of Sarafa close after the day’s business is done, and the narrow streets are taken over by food stalls. The hungry masses come in droves late into the night for an array of snacks—deep fried garadu (sweet potato), poha, sabudana khichdi, dahi bada, bhutte ka kees, kachori, samosa, chaats, jalebis and even desi pizzas and Maggi noodles. There are also traditional desserts like mawa-bati (similar to gulab jamun), khoprapak (coconut-based sweet), shrikhand, shikanji and malpua.

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The street food market of Sarafa Bazaar wears a festive look at night
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Inventive treats like the special rabdi gola make the Indore street food experience unique
Inventive treats like the special rabdi gola make the Indore street food experience unique


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Jalebis being deep-fried at a roadside stall
Jalebis being deep-fried at a roadside stall
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A jalebi ready to be devoured
A jalebi ready to be devoured
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Besides traditional snacks, you can find Indo-Chinese fare like veg lollipops at Sarafa bazaar
Besides traditional snacks, you can find Indo-Chinese fare like veg lollipops at Sarafa bazaar
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Had too much fried stuff? Try some fruit chat instead
Had too much fried stuff? Try some fruit chat instead
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Round off your meal with a maghai pan
Round off your meal with a maghai pan