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Keep Your Bucket List Ready For The Authentic Jaipuri Delights!

An itinerary is never complete without some delicious local foodie delights of the place in it. So ditch the stereotypical food chain brands and savour the luscious and irresistible treats that are just not-to-be-missed when you visit Jaipur!

  • Dal Baati Churma– Who can miss the legendary Dal Baati Churma? The saada, masala and mawa baati dipped in ghee, served with dal and three different kinds of churma is the Aan Baan Shaan of Rajasthanis.
  • Gatte ki Sabzi– It’s one of the most basic of dishes cooked in Rajasthani homes, but the tempering done with red chillies and garlic adds a very different, not-to-be-forgotten flavour to it.
  • Ker Sangri– This is the legit sabzi of Rangeelo Rajasthan’s “Registhan.” Ker, a shrub berry and Sangri, a bean of a flowering tree called Khejari, come together to make this exclusive delight of Rajasthan. It is often enjoyed in winter!
  • Laal Maans– This one is for the non-veg fans! Lamb or Mutton in a sauce of yoghurt and hot Mathania chillies is rich in garlic and has a very spicy flavour to it. 
  • Aloo Pyaaz ki Sabji with Bejad ki Roti– Out of all the things that you find in Jaipur, this one is totally different with not just the rich in spices Aloo Pyaaz ki Sabji but also the rich in ghee and fibre Bejad roti.
  • Lehsun ki Chutney– Red, hot and spicy, this chutney is what will have your taste buds on fire! Extremely spicy, lehsun chutney is made by grinding garlic with dried red chillies.
  • Gajak– For all the sweet tooths out there! You just cannot leave Jaipur without taking along this “til ki patti” from Jaipur.
  • Mirchi ke Tipore– Mirchi fried in besan and mustard oil along with the other spices makes up for this spectacular appetizer!
  • Kachori– Kachori in Jaipur is not just food, it is a feeling. Available in various options, like Dal, Pyaaz and even Mawa, this delicious desi delight will have your senses tingled.
  • Sev Tamatar ki Sabji– Last but not the least, the chatpati Sev namkeen put in tomato curry is one of the simplest and one of the most palatable dishes from Jaipur.

You may leave Jaipur after your indelible stay, but Jaipur would forever be in your heart with random memories of its scenic beauty, cultural richness and not to forget crave-worthy local dishes.

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5 Dining Places In Jaipur To Celebrate Family Bond

What we love is family outing any day any time. Right? Jaipurites love to spend quality time together with their families and if given a chance we simply love family dinners a lot. The bond we share with our closed ones and the willingness to celebrate each occasion with family is something we are never tired of. We are sure like us you also look forward to these small get together with your family. Whenever there is an option to dine out with family we usually are confused where to head to in Pink city to cherish these moments. So, today on International Day of Families, if you are looking for a perfect family-friendly restaurant, here we go-

1.       The Forresta Kitchen & Bar

Whenever we go out for family dinner, The Forresta, is the first choice. The place is serene and the forest ambience with outdoor seating options is always preferred by the senior members of the family. The running mist liners reduces the intensity of the heat and allows you to enjoy outdoors even in summers.  The Forresta is loved by each and every member of the family right from children to adults for its wide array of cuisine that it offers. Their alfresco bar is the favourite choice for social drinkers.

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Bani Park, Near Moti Mahal Cinema

2.       Handi Vaishali

A traditional Rajasthani touch interior along with classy décor where the fragrance of Handi Meat endures you in is none other than Handi Vaishali. Yes, we are talking about new Handi Vaishali. Soothing indoor and fresh outdoor seating area makes it for a special family time. The place is favourite amongst the families that have different food preferences (veg and non veg both).

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Vaishali Nagar, Jaipur

3.       Laxmi Misthan Bhandar

Ask your father or grandfather, their first choice still is LMB. If LMB’s special dahi Bada or Rajasthani thali is your grand father’s favourite, the Chinese and other continental offerings are for the younger ones to satiate their taste buds.

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Johari Bazaar, Jaipur

4.       Fort Jaipur

Boasting of being the largest restaurant of Rajasthan, Fort takes us back to the royal days as the restaurant is inspired by the historic Rajasthani architecture. The place feels like a fantasy with its grandeur and there is a lot to feed on but only Vegetarian delights. We are sure, no member of the family will ever say No for going to this place.

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JLN Marg, Jaipur

5.       RJ 14

Weekend or weekday, we have always experienced long queues outside RJ 14. For its lovely ambience and our favourite Hara Bhara Kebab, standing in a queue is always worth it.

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Ajmer Road

So, let’s not wait and celebrate the bond of togetherness on International Day of Families by exploring various options where we can dine in tonight.

Happy International Day of Families! 🙂

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This Foodie of Jaipur Has Taken His Love For Food To Another Level

With multiple cafes and restaurants opening around the town, aren’t we all turning into #foodie? Our Instagram screams of all things gooey, cheesy, buttery, spicy, tangy and what not! Well, ‘foodie’ is the new religious belief of Jaipur. And if you aren’t already in the game, you surely need to check this out.gourmetDushyant Singh, the owner of On The House Bistro tags himself as a big time foodie. His food fling is not limited to gulping and guzzling around the town, but exploring the taste beyond borders. He is a crazy food enthusiast who is always on a move with his expert taste buds and adventurous streak. Dushyant has been moving across the globe to experience varied cuisines and cultures. To exhibit his passion for food and connect with like-minded fellas, he laid out Gourmet Getaway.

Gourmet Getaway, as Dushyant, the man behind the name says is “A platform where people can come and share their knowledge about food.” Bonding over food are the strongest, aren’t they?dushyantUnder the label Gourmet Getaway, Jaipur recently witnessed its first ever food festival, Gourmet Getaway Season 1- Jaipur International Food Festival. Set up in an ancient Rajasthani Haveli, this food fest was utterly gastronomical. The do was graced by the presence of many who is who of the town including celebrity chef Vicky Ratnani, Former Tourism Minister Bina Kak, food enthusiast & writer Dharmendra Kanwar, etc. to name a few.  

After the big success of Gourmet Getaway season 1, Dushyant plans to make it a regular feature. But that’s not it, he is up to a lot more. His love for food is taking him places and he is sharing his gluttony experiences with the world on his the official blog of Gourmet Getaway. A true food lover and globetrotter, he has explore a lot and has curate snippets of his original food experiences here.

From the making of Gelato ice cream in Italy to the street food of Turkey, this foodlicious blog covers it all. The first-hand experiences of Restaurateur Dushyant Singh are too epic to resist. France, Turkey, Europe, Rome, wherever you are in the world or plan to travel, take Dushyant’s words for the food. He has experienced it all, from five-stars to local eateries to authentic food in hidden nooks and crannies. Dwell into world cuisine and take a note from culinary experiences of this globetrotter.

To give your hormones a gustatory rush, check more about his experiences on Facebook, YouTube &blog 

 

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10 Places in Walled City of Jaipur To Refresh Yourself with ‘Thanda’

The Jaipur city, as we know, houses an enormous amount of food joints. However there are certain food joints, which are not only the best when it comes to getting some relief in this scorching heat, but they also have a special place in our hearts as we have many memories attached to these places. Yes, we are talking about the age old ice cream parlours and famous kulfi shops in the walled city that have always been our go to place in summers ! Majority of these shops are decades old and are famous because they have been serving the same taste since years. They are known for literally serving happiness and smiles to people of all ages on sticks in terms of Kulfi – the traditional Indian ice cream and also adding a refreshing dose of juices, shakes and sharbats in our lives in the summer. So here is a list of ‘Thanda’ in Walled City, which you must visit as soon as you finish reading this.

1.) Guddu ice cream parlour

This shop on the corner of the street has been serving Jaipurites for four decades now. Even if you go here in the winter months the number of customers will be the same at the original ice cream parlour of the city.

Venue: Shop 88A, near Ajmeri gate, Nehru bazaar, Yadgar gali, MI road

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2.) Gulnar

Before all these juice bars opened up in Jaipur this small shop in the heart of the walled city was the first where the people of Jaipur would go for refreshing juices. The shop has 4 more outlets sprawled in different areas. But the real magic is sitting in this small little shop in Kishanpole bazaar and sipping fresh juices which will definitely revitalize your long summer days.

Venue: Shop no 278, Kishanpole bazaarIMG_4561IMG_45443.) Kake ki dukan

This was the actual hangout place for all the young people in the walled city before restaurants and cafes took over. They serve mouth watering “hing ki kachori” which is definitely spicy. To balance out the spicie, the cooling milk rose is the perfect complement here.

Venue: Nehru bazaarIMG_4816IMG_48114.) Lassiwala

There are 2-3 Lassiwalas on MI road itself, but this is the original lassiwala which was established in 1944. Even though one glass of this lassi is quite filling you will be asking for more of this sweet curd based drink. Famous among tourists as well you will never find this shop empty.

Venue: Shop no.312, MI roadIMG_4937IMG_4955

5.) Mahaveer rabri bhandar

One of the oldest places in Jaipur this rabri bhandar is famous not only for its rabri but also for a range of other sweets. You can also skip your dinner and also try the aloo pyaaz ki sabzi with bejad ki roti here.

Venue: Near Goaplpura puliya, opposite HP petrol pump, Tonk road.IMG_4978IMG_49796.) New Dilbahar sharbat

Established in 1949, this shop in Choti Chaupar serves a variety of sharbats along with Rajasthani staple snacks like kachori and mirchi vada.  It might have been through a little rough patch because of the construction of metro but it does not affect the taste of the sharbats here.

Venue: 379, Choti ChauparIMG_4725

IMG_47227.) Original Ramchandra kulfi bhandar

This shop has been bringing smile on the faces of Jaipurites for 17 years now. The kesar pista kulfi here is probably the best you can find in the city. To comply with the growing demands of different shakes, they have updated their menu and now are also serving oreo shake. Go on an empty stomach here because the list of things that you should try here is long, including the faluda and papaya shake.

Venue: 222, Badi Chaupadh, near Hawa Mahal, Tripoliya bazaarIMG_4710IMG_4715IMG_46408.) Pandit kulfi

Even though this shop is now nearly 40 years old they are trying to improvise traditional flavors.  Pandit kulfi is the perfect example of an old place attempting out new things with kulfi flavours like paan and mango.

Venue: 110-111, Hawa Mahal roadIMG_4609IMG_4617IMG_46049.) Panna lal kulfi wale

This little green colored shop is famous for its matka kulfi and varieties of rabri. What will definitely catch your attention here is the eccentric names of dishes like “shahi rabri” and “baadshahi rabri”!

Venue: 1242, Gopal Ji ka rasta, Johri bazaarIMG_4983IMG_4999IMG_447210.) Ramchandra kulfi bhandhar

Another Ramchandra kulfi bhandhar on the list, this one is a kiosk near Ajmeri gate. The small size of this place doesn’t compromise at all with the quality and taste of the kulfis served here. If you stay far from the walled city you can also take dabas of this famous kulfi home and return them later. 🙂

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Now that you have the list, get ready to go and enjoy some amazing summer delicacies. 🙂

 

Blog Credit- Anjali Sarda (Intern at Jaipur Beat)

Editing – Team Jaipur Beat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bengali Binge Festival at The Lalit Jaipur

It’s monsoons and this time around it’s raining food in Jaipur ! Jaipur has turned into such a melting pot of culture and food , that you name a cuisine and lo and behold, you have it.

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Just before Durga puja, from the land of “maacher jhol and bhaat” , comes the lip smacking regional cuisine of West Bengal at The Lalit Jaipur as the Bengali Binge Food Festival. Chef de Cuisine Jassi from The Lalit Jaipur and Chef Shahdeb Kamila from The Lalit Great Eastern Kolkata have designed a tantalizing menu for the food lovers in town.

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We thought it would be all a non-vegetarian affair with vegetarian food as just a side show but how the chef heroes the vegetables and weaves pure magic in his menu. Keeping the preference and sensibilities of the City of Jaipur in Mind, the Vegetarian selection of the Menu has been crafted with a lot of care and creativity. Chef Jassi informed us due to the presence of a small Bengali community living in Jaipur they managed to get all the vegetables absolutely fresh off the cart. Of course, the non-vegetarians needn’t lose heart. There cannot be a Bengali Food Festival without Fish and Chicken.

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On a beautiful Saturday afternoon, we all sat down expectantly over a immaculately set table, laden with the spices, aromatics and chutneys of this exotic state from the east. A common love for good food connecting us all foodies and bloggers present with a palpable excitement on all the expectant faces around. Sensing the same, the service was quick and the chef narrated his travails from Digha in West Bengal to Kolkata and to finally here in Jaipur. His infectious excitement as he told us which Starter to pair with which assortment of freshly prepared Chutneys and ‘Kashundhi’. There was the delectable and famous Beetroot chop and Beguni( Aubergine in a light batter) to be eaten with the Plastic Papaya Chutney or the Khajoor and Kaju Chutney for the vegetarians. The non-vegetarians could choose between the ‘Bhetki Maach Bhaja’ or the ‘Mangsher Chop’ and pair them with Sweet Tomato Chutney or the Kashundhi.

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The specialty of the entire affair was also in the freshness and authenticity of the ingredients used. Right from Jharna Ghee to Sarson Tel ,’Gondhoraj Lembu’ , Maankochu (Arbi) and even the Yellow Mustard used were sourced from Kolkata. The Rest of the main course came to us as stunning Thaalis laden with the fragrant Ghee Bhaat Rice, Luchis (impeccably soft maida pooris) , Narkal Diye Cholar Dal ( ChanaDaal with Sauted Coconut slivers) , Sorson Dhoresh ( Lady fingers cooked in freshly pounded Yellow Mustard paste and Aloo Jhinga Poshto ( potato and rich gourd in poppy seeds). For the Non Vegetarians, there was Illish Macher Jhal( Hilsa in Mustard Seeds – The fish is a staple of West bengal and expensive at 1400 Rs / Kg ) and Murgir Jhol which is home-style chicken with potatoes. The chef aptly called the menu Gram Banglar Khabar (The food from the Village of Bengal). The food was surprisingly light yet mouth-watering. The day ended perfectly on a sweet note with the decedent ‘Roshogulla’ and ‘Misthi Doi’ which was polished off in no time at all.

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If your mouth is watering already, this is just right time to go grab your mouthful of heaven, now.

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Date: – September 9 – 18, 2016
Timings: – Lunch: 12:30 pm to 3:00 pm | Dinner: 7:30 pm to 11:00 pm
Venue: – Baluchi, The Pan Indian Destination, The Lalit Jaipur
Rates: Vegetarian- Rs. 750++ | Non Vegetarian- Rs. 850++ (Taxes as applicable)

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26 Reasons Why Your Next Travel Destination Should Be Jaipur!

Studded with India’s most celebrated sites, Jaipur has a story of its own and the city is full of hidden treasures to be explored. A mere mention of the city Jaipur invokes various images of folklore and festivities, colours, traditions, captivating architecture and exquisite Rajasthani cuisine. Here are a few among the plethora of reasons to why your next travel destination should be Jaipur.

1. Heritage Hotels

The havelis and heritage hotels of Jaipur illustrate the rich architecture and grandiosity of the royal era of Rajputana.

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Pic courtesy- Alsisar Haveli, Jaipur

2. Jaivana Canon

Jaigarh fort, once responsible for the security of both Jaipur and Amer, houses the Jaivana cannon, the largest cannon in the world.
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  3. Step Well

The ‘Bawdi (बावड़ी)’, or step well, inside the Panna Mian ka Kund near Amer fort in Jaipur is absolutely transfixing . If there’s one word for this architectural wonder, it’s ‘mesmerizing’.

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4. Jantar Mantar

The biggest stone observatory in the world, Jantar Mantar of Jaipur which has also been inscribed on the World Heritage List as “an expression of the astronomical skills and cosmological concepts of the court of a scholarly prince at the end of the Mughal period”

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5. Daal Baati

A trip to Jaipur would be incomplete without laying your hands on the traditional cuisine and scrumptious, ‘Daal Baati’.

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6. Kundan Meena Jewelry

Kundan Meena jewelery is a symbol of beauty and royalty which was started by the skillful hands of Rajasthani craftsmen.The blend of two has created a new idiom of jewelry.

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Pic Courtesy : Birdhichand Ghanshymdas Jewellers

7. Jaipuri Quilts

Did you know that the pure-cotton Jaipuri razais (quilts) with beautiful block-prints and soothing colours are famous all-over the world? These quilts are one of the best hideout zones at homes during winters.

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8. Hawa Mahal

The beauty of this monument is that it lies midst the hustle-bustle of Old Jaipur, and yet it never fails to stand out for its architecture and history.

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9. Nahargarh

Have you ever paused and stared at the beauty of Jaipur from the top of Nahargarh? You will be left spellbound. 🙂

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10. Amber Fort

This magnificent fort built from pale yellow and pink sandstone and white marble is a gemstone of Pink City.  No tourist would ever miss a chance to see and explore the architectural beauty of Amber Fort.

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11. Polo

Among the world’s most time-honored sports, Polo is not less than a religion in Rajasthan. For a game, that is as “Exclusive as Elusive”, Jaipur is one of the homes of polo, in Rajasthan.

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12. Lassi wala

What are summers without this thandi fresh lassi by the famous Lassiwala at M.I. Road in Jaipur ?

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13. Mojari

Put your foot down and brighten up your wardrobe with Jaipuri jutis.

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14. Lal Maas

The food in Rajasthan is no less alluring than its vibrant culture and traditions. Laal Maas which is one of the age-old culinary delight of Rajasthan, is generously spiced and doused with lots of garlic & yogurt to warm up the heart and soul.

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Pic Courtesy: Handi Restaurant, Jaipur

15. World Trade Park

Jaipur apart from being a tourist destination is surely an ideal place for shopping too. World Trade Park gives the brand conscious and the not so brand conscious people a great space to choose and shop from among the best and exclusive brands of the world.

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16. Birding

Ever thought of going on a walk, watch birds and click them ? Jaipur offers a number of avenues to click and watch wildlife and landscapes in their pure un-bound habitats.

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17. Photography

Photography has given us the power to tell beautiful stories, inspire generations and bring a change into the world! Photographers, amateur or ace will never run out of subjects in Jaipur.

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18. Elephant Ride

Chal chal mere saathi, mere haathi ! Due to the growing love of tourists for Jaipur, elephant rides at Amber fort have been increased. Representing a royal statement of majesty, Elephants in Rajasthan with their mythical grandeur are an intrinsic part of our traditional culture.

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19. Witness Wall city

The hustle-bustle and architecture of the walled city of Jaipur should not be missed if you are on a trip to Jaipur. The narrow lanes within the walled city throw up plenty of visual treats.  A must visit for the shopaholic and the food lovers who like to explore every tit and bit of the local markets.

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20. Camel Safari

A tourist should never miss a chance to take a ride on the ship of the desert at any place in Rajasthan.

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21. Bhandhej & Leheriya Shopping

Bhandhej and Leheriya are the two most demanded prints by the locals and the tourists of Jaipur. These two remain on the top of every shoppers’ list,  in Jaipur.

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22. Galtaji Temple

Built in pink stone, Galtaji temple is a gorgeous spot and consists of a kund which is considered holy and thousands of pilgrims come every year especially on Makar Sakranti to bathe in it.

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23. Pyaaz Ki Kachori

Rajasthan is globally famous for its succulent fried snacks, and Rawat’s Pyaaz Kachori with a crisp, flaky and deep-fried crust; stuffed with a lightly caramelized and exceptionally seasoned onion filling is the signature dish from Jaipur!

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24. Ghewar

This disc shaped mava delight aka ‘Ghewar’ will conquer all your sweet cravings. 🙂
Best places for ghewar in Jaipur: Rawat Mishtan Bhandar, LMB, BMB, Gopi Mishtan Bhandar and many more in walled city.

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25. Chokhi Dhaani

Chokhi Dhani means ‘special village’ and this mock Rajasthani village resort, about 20 kms south of Jaipur, lives up to its name.  This is one place in Jaipur that tries to capture the cultural heritage and charm of Rajasthan and its village life.

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26. Jaipur Literature Festival

The largest FREE literary festival of Asia, the ZEE Jaipur literature festival brings together some greatest thinkers and  writers from across the world to come together and engage in intellectual debates and discussions in the beautiful capital of Rajasthan.

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