Thursday, August 14, 2014

In search of Good food-Rajasthan diaries-Part 5 - Bikaner

Spicy tangy savories.. if this is on your mind then you are undoubtedly thinking of Bikaner.
Yes, run on century old strongly guarded recipes by Agarwal families, Bikaneri bhujia has captivated one and all.

From the lasooni variety (Garlic and black pepper) to the mild and crispy,immensely popular across generations, aloo bhujia(potatoes), to phalhari this is one snack which has put the town of traders in the mind of all food lovers.

Our first stop and good place for breakfast is the Chotu Motu's(near Railway station) which serves the traditional Ras wali aloo ki sabji with Hot Pooris (Fried bread &potato curry )and Methi ki sabji with poori (Fried bread with fenugreek seed curry).Also enjoy the piping hot jalebis (fried crispy Donut's in sugar syrup).

Now that we are stomach full we take rickshaw to visit the beautiful anoop mahal @Bikaner palace which is run by erstwhile royal family. 

Must visit is the museum which shows the grandeur of the bygone era.It has one of the best pieces at display for clothes and crafts of bygone era

We then head out to the local market or the mirchi bazaar to check out the masalas or spices which is essential to yummy Rajasthani food.I bet the chillies here are not for the weak hearted and you will be sneezing if you stay put at a shop more than 5 minutes.

Our next stop is to have yummy kachori chat mirchi bada and pakoras at Daga Chowk.Small road side eateries serving hot and sweet snack s just right for your teatime.

We then head to Radhekrishna mandir to pay our respects to Lord Krishna which holds a special significance to all Bikaneri Hindu households.

We then move to visit the 1st shop of the snack giant Haldiram and Bhikharam Chandmal Bhujiawala(Court Gate),where Ghevar ,Golgappe and Raj Kachoris greet us at must also have syrupy rassgullas gulab jamuns and sutar feni.. Another must visit is  near this shop is Sankhla Kulfi ,known for its Kulfi.
Waah Bikaner we are still craving for more..

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