Jaipur, the Pink City is famous all over the world for the flavours of food. The offerings of the city in terms of spicy and lip smacking, drool inducing and yet temperate with the prices is what has made the city stand out in the food arena. Every corner of the city, the allies of the walled city, the gorgeous restaurants and cafes brewing up have a different taste to offer to its food lovers.
In the olden and the golden times, it was the ginormous kitchens in which food was cooked for the royal rulers.
Like it is said, change is the only constant thing, hence with the change in time, a change in cooking methods and techniques also came up. People started to make their own food ventures in the city. They started to cook and deliver an exotic food experience to their customers in their very own way and style.
So, bringing forward the most veteran in the field of lip smacking food in the Pink City for the food lovers, we bring you the story of the Pandit Pav Bhaji. Renowned for years in the Pink City, Pandit Pav Bhaji is ahead in its league to deliver a rich food experience to their patrons.
Pandit Pav Bhaji spreads the aroma of its food and also expanses the rich flavour of their delicacies on the Jawahar Lal Nehru Marg (JLN marg) in the Jaipur city. At the crossroads of the Moti Dungri Temple in Jaipur is where the stalls and kiosks of Pandit Pav Bhaji are set up, spreading the warmth of their palatable pav bhaji.
The Pav Bhaji by Pandit Pav Bhaji is dipped and soaked in butter, to leave its customers to lick their fingers and leave them wanting for more. The spice of butter is what brings the customers to the stalls and the crisp pav and the bhaji with the perfect blend of the ingredients and spices makes their appetite grow more!
The bhaji here is brewed from fresh vegetables and spices, the fragrance of which crosses the crossroads and attracts customers. The city has numerous people and setups offering a pav bhaji experience, but as it is said, Pandit Pav Bhaji is the most seasoned and the most skilled in their guild.
At the crossroads of the Moti Dungri Temple, the second generation of the Pandit Pav Bhaji and their clan is handling the stalls and keeping up the name.
It is an interesting fact to know that Pandit Ji himself was the man to ready up the spices that would be utilized in making the bhaji. He used to prepare the spices himself back at his home.
The fact that separates Pandit Pav Bhaji from the hotels and restaurants who also serve Pav Bhaji to its patrons is that the staff in hotels and restaurants usually boils the vegetables for making the bhaji, whereas Pandit Ji directly put raw vegetables on the tawa along with the homemade spices to ready up their bhaji.
Powdered red chilli, coriander and turmeric are the magical spices that go into the making of the bhaji by Pandit Pav Bhaji. It is given that times have changed drastically and at a speedy pace, but the new generation of Pandit Pav Bhaji has not given up the practice of making spices at their homes only.
Their generations have infused modern taste into the bhaji and also make use of tamarind (imli) chutney and mint chutney to level up and double up the flavour of the bhaji.
The journey of Pandit Pav Bhaji, it all started from a corner in the Nehru Bazaar and now it's spreading its wings across the city!