For the love of good food….
Recently I went to Jaipur for a 2-day work trip. Unfortunately I had to take a ridiculously early flight which meant I was at the Jaipur airport by 7:20 on a misty Wednesday morning. On most regular days I am still in bed at this time.
While I did get some breakfast in the flight (who in their right mind gives dal chawal for breakfast? Funnily enough, Indigo does. And they put hot water in the plastic cup which you open in 8 minutes and eat for breakfast!), going to the regional office right away wouldn’t have made any sense. I did the next best thing and asked Google for some breakfast options in Jaipur. I looked up multiple pages and the one name that was common in most of them was – Rawat Mishthan Bhandar.
So, I took a cab from the airport and told him to take me to the station. While heading there I told him that Rawat was my destination. Not surprisingly, he knew the place and I got dropped off at exactly where I wanted to.
From outside the shop looks like what it is meant to be – a plain jane sweet shop. There were only 3 round tables in the shop and a long glass showcase with a variety of sweets. There is more or less no menu in this place. Apart from the sweets and the cookies, there are three things popular here as breakfast – pyaz kachori (round flaky pastry with a spicy filling) , mirchi vada (thick, mild green chillies wrapped in spicy potato and fried in batter), jalebi (yes, people have jalebi, a round concentric sweet doused in syrup, for breakfast too).
When I went in, there was a group of 6-7 men wolfing down multiple plates of thin crispy orange jalebi. I got the token for the pyaz kachori intending to have the mirchi vada after that. The kachori was served on a small paper plate with no accompaniments per se. I found that surprising but decided to dig in anyway. I poked my finger in a few places but finally had to break off a piece from the piping hot and crispy kachori. The inside was lined with a spicy delicious layer of soft potato cooked with onion. This was probably the first such kachori where I did not feel the need for any chutney or any other accompaniment. It was just fine on it’s own.
I am admittedly proud of my appetite but even for me, that one kachori turned out to be quite filling and heavy which meant I could only look longingly at the mirchi vada, promising myself I would return the next day. Unfortunately, the house keeper at my company guest house was determined that I have breakfast there. So, that is a story unfinished for me.
Name: Rawat Mishthan Bhandar
Specialty: Pyaz Kachori, Mirchi vada, Jalebi, Mawa Kachori
Address: Near Polo Victory Cinema, Station Road, Jaipur, Rajasthan – 302006
Veg/Non Veg: Veg
Value for money: 4/5
Food quality: 3.5/5
Overall rating: 3/5