Jaipur Lit Fest Special: What to Eat and Where

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Crunchy kachoris, sweet ghevars, and other fried Rajasthani snacks can be found at street stalls across Jaipur. Photo: iStock.com/hadynyah

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The on-ground version of the Jaipur Literature Festival at Clarks Amer, Jaipur, began on Thursday, March 10, 2022. With the packed schedule they have lined up, we figured you should know where to refuel at the end of the day. Here are our recommendations:

Laxmi Mishthan Bhandar Hotel

Head to Johri Bazaar for a taste of the state’s cuisine. Try their ker sangri (berries and dried beans) and ghevar (a disc-shaped Rajasthani sweet). LMB also does a mean Rajasthani thali that one would be amiss to not try.

Shop No. 98-101, Opposite IDBI Bank, Johri Bazaar Road. Call 090246 09609. Visit lmbsweets.com/.

1135 AD

Located quite close to Amer Fort, this classy diner has on offer some to-die-for Rajasthani classics, including innovations such as the Thaal-e-Jodha and Badam Shorba, which remind visitors of the typical Rajasthani penchant for all things grand. Top it off with Shahi Tukda or Kesari Phirni.

Amer Palace, Level 2, Jalebi Chowk. Call 9829037170.

Handi Restaurant

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One of Rajasthan’s specialities is laal maas, a fiery mutton curry. Photo: Handi Restaurant, Jaipur/Facebook

This eatery is a 20-minute drive away from Clarks Amer, the festival’s venue. Stop by for laal maas (a fiery mutton curry) with bajra roti.

Handi Restaurant, Maya Mansion, Opposite GPO, MI Rd, Patrakar Colony, Ashok Nagar. Call 9829063600. Visit handirestaurant.com.

Rawat Mishthan Bhandar and Restaurant

Commonly referred to as Rawat Kachori, their ghee-soaked pyaaz ki kachori and mirchi bada are a must-try. Their stock of the snack tends to run out before 7.30pm, so get there early.

Opposite Polo Victory Cinema, Station Road, Sindhi Camp. Call 0141-2363593.

Dagla – The Rooftop

Fancy sigh-inducing views of the Nahargarh Fort while polishing off your tandoori chicken tikka? This pretty restaurant is located at Haveli Kalwara, a 17th-century heritage guesthouse, and serves authentic Rajasthani specials alongside Continental grub.

1766, Kalwara House, Indira Bazar. Call 9351914460.

Niros

If you’re hankering for more than Rajasthani fare, go here for hearty, greasy Chinese food, or their famous chicken à la Kiev. According to the restaurant’s website, they were the first to serve Chinese dishes in Jaipur, in the 1960s. They also serve Rajasthani favourites such as sula and laal maas.

Niros, Panch Batti, MI Road. Call 141-2374493. Visit nirosindia.com.

It’s never a bad time for some delicious greasy Chinese. Photo: John Hoey/Flickr/Creative Commons (http://bit.ly/1jxQJMa) This photograph is used for illustrative purposes only.

It’s never a bad time for some delicious greasy Chinese at Niro’s. Photo: John Hoey/Flickr/Creative Commons (http://bit.ly/1jxQJMa) This photograph is used for illustrative purposes only.

Baradari Restaurant & Bar

With an enviable location and irresistible menu, this is a special way to dine when in Jaipur. The menu features classic regional staples such as laal maas and playful fusions blending Continental and Rajasthani flavours, and if you’re anywhere close to the City Palace, it’s a must.

City Palace, Jalebi Chowk. Call 0141-4088836.

Samrat Kachori Wala

A round of the Tripoliya Bazar is incomplete without pyaaz ki kachori at this famous stall. But that’s not all—the samosas here are said to be among the best in the city. They refresh their fast-disappearing stocks every morning and evening, so go early.

273, Tripoliya Market, Chaura Rasta. Call 919352211115.

Peacock Rooftop Restaurant

The open-air restaurant offers splendid views of Hathroi Fort. If you can ignore how chilly it gets even on a night in March, the priceless setting and inexpensive food will make it worth your while. Try their thali, the paneer malai tikka or the chicken biryani.

Hotel Pearl Palace, Hari Kishan Somani Marg, Hathroi Fort, Near Ajmer Road, Gopalbari. Call 0141-2373752. Visit hotelpearlpalace.com.

Lassiwala

With days getting warmer already, chances are you’ll feel the need to hit the watering hole earlier than usual. If you’re on MI Road, there’s no other place to be than Lassiwala. The 78-year-old establishment is known for its creamy, bursting-with-flavour lassi, served in kulhads no less.

 

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