I was visiting my sister in Indore and just happened to speak with a friend of mine who had spent many a vacation in his childhood in Indore. The first thing he tells me about Indore is
N: “you have to go to sarafa bazaar!”
A: “What is Sarafa Bazaar?”
N: “It’s a food paradise! You have to try the garaadu and the kees.”
It was almost like sitting in Germany he was reliving his childhood; savouring the flavours while urging me to go there
So I went!
But first I went during the day because my sister had said: “To appreciate the night food market fully, you have to visit the place during the day as well!”
We had gone to Rajwada market to buy craft supplies for all my art with heart activities and on our way back we walked through the narrow lane of Sarafa Bazaar. Sarafa Bazaar is a jewelry market during the day that undergoes a complete transformation and turns into a street food market during the night! I don’t think I know any other market like that!
After 8pm, once all the shops are closed for business; out comes the tables and the stalls, the food and the chaos! We went there at around 10pm. We feasted on the myriad food choices and fragrances. The first stall was of the traditional garadu (fried sweet potato) and then there was every possible kind of chaat , south Indian dishes and street Chinese dishes made the Indian way :p. Big woks of sweet halwa and rabdi; big pots of kulfis and crowds of people serving and enjoying the food and the chaos! It’s a food lovers’ paradise. We had the famous corn kees. At first I wasn’t too impressed by the description – mashed corn. But put one spoonful in the mouth and it’s an explosion of flavours! Then the kulfi, the rabdi , some gulabjamuns and some gajjak for the way back.
Don’t mind the dirt, the crowd and the noise! That’s all part of the Sarafa Bazaar experience. You will go back with your hand on your stomach and the memory of how there was food for all senses out there.