We had to visit this place to understand how it binds people together for generations to Indore.
Why we say so,just announce that you are visiting Indore and you will have the faithful screaming Saraafa Saraafa Saraafa!!!
Our first halt is at Vijay Chat house at the entrance of Saraafa bazaar which is famous for its kopra and bafla(potato) patties(actually refers to huge balls of potatoes with stuffing of dry fruits and dry coconut deep fried till its golden brown).You can also try the aloo badaa and kachori served with mint chutney.Though there is small seating arrangement, most of the people love to eat it just outside the shop.
Right next to Joshi Dahi Bade is Nagori shikanji,which is mecca for people who love their milkshakes.Although Shikanji is all over India might be Lemonade but Shikanji here is out of the world.You need to be at the shop early as it is over by 2pm and every Indori swears by its taste.It is a concoction of concentrate of full fat milk rabadi and cut fruits.One glass at this
tiny outlet and you are relishing the taste to eternity.Saraafa is a gully of outlets serving you satisfaction to your sweet tooth- Rabadi, Moong daal Halwa,gajar halwa syrupy jalebis to hot gulab jamuns,Kala jamuns and mawa bati.You will find each and every street food from the different places of India here.
Right opposite to Nagori Shikanji is Rajhans Daal Bafla ladoo thali at 2nd floor which looks like a distant cousin of Daal baati churma.This unlimited thali at Rs150 serves its patrons with huge quantity of salad daal kadi mint and garlic chutney, dry laddu, peas pulao, and baafla which is served with oodles of ghee or clarified butter.This is definitely the pride of Indore- Daal Bafla @Rajhans is a hit with all generations
Our next halt is at Suresh Chat Center which opens after Punjabi saraf jewelers shuts down around 9pm.Spicy bhutte ki kees, samosa,kachori and garadu await us.
The Saraafa adventure has just begun..people are selling chole tikkis, Malpuas,pani patasha in 6 flavors(same as gol gappas), to spicy Indian Chinese and you are spoilt forever.
Next to it is a stall serving masala dosa pav bhaji while the opposite stalls sell delicious rabadi, malpuas, rasmalais and rassgullas.Truely there is no food that we will not get here.The love for food is visible in every gully of Indore, this is the only place in India where you would get special khichdi counters which shows 'fast' is food business sabudana khichfi,faraali, aloo chips in various flavors tempt your taste bud
Truely our Saraafa fascination has just begun!