What Dosa is to South India, Poha is to Indore…the singular most popular breakfast item! Every morning sees the city streets spurted with Poha vendors either on make-shift counters affront restaurants, or fixed spots occupied by thela-gaadis, all being thronged by regulars. And it’s not just the hostellers, wanderers, or tourists that frequent these Poha stalls, but most regulars are home owners wanting to consume this Indorian fantasy!
In my quest to eat the best Poha in Indore, I began my Poha savoring journey one morning with a place that I think serves one of the best Poha in the city…”Ravi Alpahaar” at Anand Bazaar, Old Palasia. As expected, I had to wait my turn before I could be served their freshly prepared steaming hot poha, and wow, it’s the same soothing taste always! Although Ravi Alpahaar serves Poha only mornings, their evening fare of Sabudana Kichdi, Aaloo Kachori and Fariyali kachori are equally famous and a must-have. Checkout more on this famous joint here.
The very next day I started my morning with a rejuvenated craving to have Poha with Jalebi – it’s a combo to die for! I found myself almost instantly at Jain Sweets, the famous corner shop at Chhappan Dukan (56 Dukan). They start serving breakfast from 7 am every morning! Their Poha accompanied with the crunchy sweet taste of Jalebi is pretty amazing. If you like crispy thin jalebi, you can customize for your choice but I would suggest you have the fat juicy ones, as that’s how they are relished here in Indore!
The following morning I visited yet another famous poha joint… Pohe at Prashant Nashta Corner, one of the oldest Poha joints of Indore. While I frequent the outlet near Suyash Hospital, there are other branches at Rajwada, Jail Road and Anand Bazar too. They have the most simple preparation, less spicy and you can adorn it with sev and jeeravan to spice it up if needed. Another interesting variant served here is the famous Poha-Ussal. Prahsant’s is a must visit if you want to experience authentic Indori Poha.
Next I happened to be at “Gelda” at G-13, Dawa Bazaar, RNT Marg, another famous-for-Poha outlet of Indore.
Imagine this…Warm yellow Poha garnished with the freshness of green coriander leaves and finely chopped crisp raw onions, spiced up with sev and namkeen boondi, served piping hot! It’s a treat to the eyes and the tongue, as the fare simply melts in your mouth.
And if you are wondering how the Poha is served hot at all times, well the secret is a pot of boiling hot water kept below the Poha kadhai.
Wow, that was quite a trail…But hey…I can’t stop…So stay tuned and I will keep you updated on more and more Poha places. One thing is for sure … Poha has become part of Indore’s protocol and nothing else beats it so far.