Popular Food Joints in Ajmer
Snuggled inside the Aravalli range, the city of Ajmer is a traveler's paradise. Ajmer welcomes tourists from all parts of India and abroad, with its all year round cool climate. With tourism comes food. No trip however short or long is complete, without experiencing the lip smacking local delights. Ajmer being an old historical city has many small local shops in various market corners which for ages has been popular for specific delicacies. Some of these food joints are not to be missed at any cost. Although the ambiance of these joints may not be very delightful, but these shops have their age old recipes which bring out the best of the tastes in certain specialized fare.
While on a visit to Ajmer, one must taste the amazing Sohan Halwa of the Buddha Mal’s shop at the Purani Mandi. The yummy smell of ghee and cardamom seeds can be experienced from quite a distance. This heady smell adds to the mouth watering amazing taste of the halwa which are available in Almond and Pistachios flavours. Some of the best savories of Ajmer are found in the Azad Sweets. This traditional sweet shop is one of the most prominent ones found in Ajmer and is an old family run business. The secret recipes found by their forefathers are the unique selling point for the sweets offered. Kharachi Halwa, Sohan Halwa, Gondh pak, Katli, Patisha Barfi, Gazak are some of the main delicacies which are popular among tourists.
If you are looking for local spicy and saucy chaats of Ajmer then few places are not to be missed. Shankar Chaat, Kesarganj, Shree Namkeen & Mahadev Chaat are some of the well known names in the Indian Chat world. All of these are age old shops, who offer all day long different mouth watering hot palates. Aloo Tikki, Dahi Vara, Samosa Chaat, Kachori are some of the popular items of these food joints. Shankar Chat has a special recipe for Kadi-Bhujje, which is an unique snack of Ajmer.
The natives of Rajasthan being mostly vegetarians, has given a larger penetration of vegetarian restaurants in the state. But with Ajmer’s amazing blend of Hindu and Muslim culture and traditions many non-vegetarian restaurants have gained popularity. For centuries various Kebab delicacies are being enjoyed by people visiting Ajmer. Some of the best known kebab stalls can be found at the Martindal Bridge, towards Mridang Cinema. You can enjoy Boti Kebabs, Rashmi Kebabs and various other varieties along with special chutneys, chilli and onions. Mahadev ka Dhaba is another popular joint who serves one of the best dhaba style cuisine in the entire Ajmer. It is located opposite to Daulat Bagh and is always populated with food loving people. You may be surprised to find a queue waiting outside the relatively small dhaba, to get their chances to dig into the delicious cuisine served.
For coffee buffs Jammu Hotel of the Mall Road is the place to visit. This hotel has got their customized coffee bean roasters, which help to make delicious Indian coffee. Do not expect a Cappuccino or Mochaccino over here. The Indian form of coffee served in special steel glass and bowl makes the coffee sipping experience memorable.
To sum it all, Ajmer gives you a very good insight into local delicacies of India. Both vegetarian and non vegetarian varieties are offered in the street food categories as well. Hence while visiting Ajmer, it is advisable to come out of your hotels and indulge in the local delicacies at least once to get a whiff of traditional Indian cuisine.