Top 5 Mouthwatering Dishes Worth Trying In Udaipur

One of the things that Udaipur is best known for is rich food that results from an incredible cooking style that is heavy on spices. This Indian city’s cuisine boasts elements from different countries including Asia and South America; precisely from China, Mexico, and Lebanon. What’s more, the cuisine caters to people with different dietary preferences including vegans and nonvegetarians. In other words, Udaipur can offer you pretty anything you want in terms of delicacies. If you are visiting the city, here are the top 5 dishes one of which you should at least try; 

1. Thali Bhojanam

In English, the words “Thali” and “Bhojanam” translate to “metal” and “full meals,” respectively. Therefore Thali Bhojanam simply refers to full meals served on a wide metal platter. 

Thali bhojanam is a popular dish not only in Udaipur but in the Rajasthan state at large. Also common in other North Indian states like Uttar Pradesh and Punjab, this must-try delicacy consists of several parts that bring out all the six different flavors or tastes of food. These tastes are; sweet, bitter, sour, salty, spicy, and astringent. This is in line with the Indian food custom where Indians believe that a proper meal should consist of a perfect balance of all the six flavors or tastes of food.

Whether you are a vegetarian or a nonvegetarian, there’s plenty of options for you as far as thali bhojanam goes. Remember that different variations of this dish are available. Vegetarian thalis consist mainly of different kinds of whole grains, vegetables, meats, and stuff that is derived from animals. These include rice, bread, lentils, chutney(a spicy Indian condiment made of vegetables or fruits with sugar, spices, and vinegar), and raita(a side dish of Indian origin that consists of yogurt that contains a wide range of chopped spices and vegetables). Non Vegetarian thalis include meat on top of the nutrients above. 


2. Dabeli

This is a popular food in Udaipur that is delicious, filling, and very addictive. This snack delicacy

consists of the Indian burger bun that is locally known as “pav”, potatoes, and peanuts. It is also made of pomegranate and masala. The bun is filled with the other ingredients above, which are combined to form a spicy, tangy filling. 

Many restaurants in the city and food kiosks downtown sell this delicacy as a quick snack that you grab with a bottle of soda. Be careful where you order your dabeli downtown as some eateries and outdoor vendors do not observe high hygiene standards. 

3. Pav Bhaji

Pav bhaji is another tantalizing dish you don’t want to conclude your trip without trying. This top-rated delicacy consists of a highly seasoned meal of boiled, mashed, and slow-simmered vegetables. The vegetables are spiced with an incredible array of spices. Served on the sides of the plate are; a piece of pan-fried bread, a few slices of lemon, and sweet red onions. Each side item is in a separate compartment as the dish is served in a large, metallic, partitioned platter with several compartments. This is a terrific choice for vegetarians and nonvegetarians alike. 

Just like dabeli, this is also a very popular delicacy in town and it’s part of the menus offered by many restaurants. Just ask for it at your favorite restaurant and you won’t be disappointed. 

I even learned how to make it. All you need are ten basic ingredients namely; peppercorn, coriander seeds, black cardamom, some green cardamoms, and fennel seeds. The rest are; cumin or jeera, red chilies, cinnamon, and cloves. 

For those who use a meal kit delivery service, you can obtain most of these ingredients from your meal kit delivery service providers. I know of like ten different meal kit providers I could recommend to those in search of a trustworthy meal kit delivery service. If you are one of them, you could check out Home Chef, Blue Apron, Sun Basket, Hello Fresh, Purple Carrot, and Freshology. You could also consider Marley Spoon, Everyplate, Grubhub, and Seamless. 

Notably, each entity has something that sets it apart from the rest. For example, Blue Apron sets itself apart from the rest with its unrivaled gourmet meal kits. For more about each service, here’s a fact-based and knowledge-packed review post you might want to read (on the example of New York meal delivery services). By reading it, you’ll see why Freshology is the best option for those who struggle with weight loss. Also, you’ll discover which entity is the cheapest of all, and get many other details about these meal kit delivery services, including the advantages and disadvantages of each. 


4. Mirchi Bada

Mirchi bada is another delectable snack you just must try when visiting Udaipur. This delicacy consists of a roll that is made with besan, which refers to chickpea flour used in baking. The roll is stuffed with a sumptuous filling of coconut, peanuts, coriander seeds, and carom seeds. For a more mouthwatering experience, the dish can be served with a spicy soup that is made with all manner of spices and herbs. 

5. Baati 

Cooked in many parts of Rajasthan(the state where Udaipur is located), this hard, unleavened bread is yummy and so rich in flavor that you won’t be able to resist it. The bread is known for its high nutritional value and long shelf life. For a more delectable, filling, and healthy meal, it’s commonly taken with dal(split pulse stew). You can also take it with churma(a melt-in-your-mouth side dish made of ground, crushed wheat cooked with sugar and ghee or clarified butter)

Final Thoughts

Udaipur is prized not only for its unique attractions but also for its unsurpassed variety of mouthwatering delicacies. For those who are visiting the city, there are certain foods that you just can’t conclude the trip without trying. The list includes thali bhojanam, dabeli, pav bhaji, mirchi bada, and baati. Try these delectable options or at least one of them and you can thank me later. 


Missing the ULF 2017 Already? Relive the Moments With Us!

A cheering crowd, a colossal stage, amazing artists, whimsical music, delectable food, and beverages- all at a single destination!

Udaipur Lantern Festival 2017 will linger in our minds for the years to come. And, why not! It is the only festival in Udaipur that gathers the energetic people of Lakecity every year at a common place by the onset of Diwali.

In association with Livspace Designs, Udaipur witnessed more than 8000 people at Shouryagarh Resort & Spa celebrating the festivities of Diwali.

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Since five years, Udaipur Lantern Festival has made efforts to bring everyone together at a common place to celebrate the onset of Diwali. Packed with mind-blowing live performances, selfie booths, food stalls and beautiful art installations ULF 2017 brought some of the staggering activities for the people at the fest.

Relive some of the amazing moments of our festival! And share your experience at the ULF 2017 with us.

Unveiling Happiness

The festival commenced at 4:00 pm with several on ground activities like Dances by Rajasthani artists accompanied with Dhol & Nagada which added pinches of the eclectic culture of Rajasthan.

As the crowd started to gather on the ground, the fest also attained its momentum. The atmosphere was filled with enthusiasm and one could see a blend of happiness and amazement on the faces of the crowd gathered to witness a night of enjoyment and entertainment with their loved ones. The photo booths and stalls were overflowing with people taking pictures and having food and drinks and enjoying the fest.

Here comes the moment of the Fest!

At 6:30 pm the first performance of the Udaipur Lantern Festival 2017, Swaraag (Folk-rock Sufi Fusion Band) all the way from Jaipur took charge of the stage and totally mesmerized the gathering with their indo-western fusion music. No wonder, they were simply amazing and people were completely abounded by their enthralling performance. They were well taken by the crowd and received unmatched applause.

‘Mere Rashke Qamar’ made the crowd go Ga-Ga over the music of Swaraag and the energy was electric and could be easily seen by the applause from the spectators.

Post the performance of Swaraag, came the most awaited moment of the night- the live performance of PAPON.

His energy and love for the city resonated with the audience and we could hear the crowd screaming and cheering in utter liveliness for his songs. His soulful voice took over the stage at 8:00 pm and made the crowd swoon over his songs.

Unquestionably, the people of Udaipur loved PAPON and so did we!

An Electrifying DJ Session

Who does not love EDM! The DJ session pumped up the crowd post PAPON’s performance. DJ Kavish made the fest’s conclusion an electrifying one. The crowd was literally jumping with the beats of the music. What a night!!!

Last but not the least, we express gratitude to our partners, contributors, supporters, enthusiastic volunteers, our team and especially to the people of our city who have been supporting us and helping us in making the ULF happen each year successfully.


Associate Partner: Livspace Designs

Sound Partner: Mega Sound

Stage Light Partner: Ananta Stage Craft

Venue Partner: Shouryagarh Resort & Spa

Food Partner: Spicy Sigdi

Production Partner: The Backdrop

Radio Partner: 91.9 FM Radio City

LED Partner: Bharat LED

Set Design Partners: Shubh Beginnings

Merchandise Partners:

Online Partner: WittyFeed

Print Media Partner: Dainik Bhaskar

Digital Marketing Partner: Vivir Media

Self Drive Partner: Zoom Car

Mall Partner: Celebration Mall

Water Partner: Insta Qua

Photography Partner: Prakash Creation

Party Props Partner: Astronomia Shoppe

Helicopter Ride Partner: Mewar Helicopter

Dance Partner: Rajeev Surti Dance Factory 

Stalls Partners: Sai Sagar, Brewberrys, Mom’s Ghar Ka Khana, Book A Surprise, Giani Ice Cream, Social Affairs, Spicy Sigdi, Hello Boho, Navneet Motors.

We will love to acknowledge the support of District Administration, District Police, Rajasthan Tourism for their unparalleled support.   

Cheers to the People of Udaipur and To Udaipur Lantern Festival 2017!!!


Photos by: Prakash Creation



Photos By: Star Photoworks


Article by: Fouzia Mirza & Kajal Khaturia