A Food Guide to Pushkar

24 Feb

Pushkar is any vegetarian and budget traveler’s food paradise. 🙂

The majority of the travelers visiting this town are foreigners and they live here for long periods of time. But the entire town is a temple town, hence any form of meat and alcohol is strictly prohibited. This has resulted in all kinds of cuisine being available here in their pure vegetarian avatars. This town is really small and for all practical purposes just one long winding road, but the number of eating options in terms of places and variety is just mind-boggling. And all this is available at dirt cheap prices.

So it’s no wonder that when a foodie like me landed in this town what happened – well I literally ate my way through the streets. My friends, Sonal and Partha had been to Pushkar a couple of months before us and they had spent about 10 days exploring this place and its hidden food gems. We tried their recommendations and found some of our own too. We were literally eating every 30 minutes here.

Since I loved the food here so much, I  am now listing the same below for everyone who is visiting this amazing town to try out and enjoy. Since I was busy eating and now reminiscing while writing, the descriptions are quite short. Hence take this as a teaser and visit Pushkar for your own experience. 🙂

  • Pohas – Every morning all along the roads people come with carts and set up street side  poha stalls. Poha is a kind of flat rice which is cooked with vegetable likes potato and peas and served with a garnish of fresh tomatoes, coriander etc. This simple dish served in a newspaper for just Rs 5 is the most amazing poha that I have ever eaten anywhere in India or at home. This is a must try for at least one day breakfast. 
A Poha Stall

A Poha Stall

A Plate of Poha

A Plate of Poha

  • Sonu Juice Centre – In the centre of the main street of Pushkar, you have a really small stall called the Sonu Juice Centre. Here for just Rs 40 – 60 you can try the most awesome fresh fruit juices in some pretty unusual combinations. From my own experience I tried a pineapple pomegranate and lemon and also a melon mint lemon and loved both of them. They also have some combinations like kiwi banana, chickoo pineapple banana etc. All the juices are made right in front of you, are chilled and super fresh and refreshing. A must during every break from the shopping and temple visiting in this town.
Sonu Juice Centre

Sonu Juice Centre

  • Ganga Restaurant – Just opposite the Sonu juice centre, there is again a very small stall called the Ganga restaurant. This place is famous for its falafels and pancakes. Since I am a pure vegetarian (no eggs either) I find very few places where I get falafels or pancakes and this place turned out to be one of my all time favourites. As you can see from the pic below they have a staggering variety of falafels (there is an additional printed menu too) and each falafel is a must try. Also each falafel is quite heavy and turns out to be an entire meal. Apart of the falafels, I also tried the banana nutella pancake and that too is highly recommended 🙂
Ganga Restaurant

Ganga Restaurant

Banana Nutella Pancake

Banana Nutella Pancake

  • Tibetan Garden Restaurant – Just before the Sonu juice centre, there is a small gateway which is the entrance to the Tibet Garden restaurant. Now this is a complete hidden gem as you just cant imagine how quaint this place is from the entrance. Once you enter the gate you turn right and this restaurant is on your left. This place has one old tree in a corner and its branches and leaves make the ceiling of this restaurant. This place has amazing Tibetan food and again at dirt cheap prices. We had a thukpa and a thenthuk here, which are again a must eat for at least one meal.
Tibetan Garden Restaurant

Tibet Garden Restaurant

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Interiors of the Tiibetan Garden Restaurant

Thenthuk

Thenthuk

  • Shivam Garden Restaurant – Towards one end of the main road in Pushkar, there is a small hidden restaurant called Shivam Garden Restaurant which has the most awesome wood fired pizzas. I tried their pesto paneer pizza and it was a must try for everyone who loves pizzas.
Shivam Garden Restaurant

Shivam Garden Restaurant

Interiors of the Shivam Garden Restaurant

Interiors of the Shivam Garden Restaurant

A pesto paneer pizza

A pesto paneer pizza

  • Sai Baba Haveli restaurant – Just opposite the Shivam Garden Restaurant is a place called Sai Baba Haveli Guest House Restaurant. This place has really tasty aloo (potato) paranthas. If you like your paranthas in a certain manner then don’t hesitate to provide the specifications and the paranthas will arrive just as you like them. Another must try for everyone.
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Sai Baba Haveli Guest House Restaurant

  • Sarvadia Sweet House – In the middle of the main street in Pushkar, there is a sweet house called the Sarvadia Sweet house which makes a signature dessert called the rabdi malpua. Now don’t go by the looks of this place, it may look really down trodden but their radbi malpua (fried condensed milk) is the just mind-blowing. You only get this desert here in Pushkar and it’s a must must eat for everyone who has a sweet tooth like mine. In fact I packed them and brought them home for friends and family members; and they all loved this too.
Sarvadia Sweet House

Sarvadia Sweet House

Rabdi Malpua in the making

Rabdi Malpua in the making

The final product - pure sin - rabdi malpua

The final product – pure sin – rabdi malpua

  • If you are too full from eating all the above mentioned food, then there is a small hand cart vendor near the Brahma temple who sells churan (spice mixtures for digestion). His entire cart is full of all kinds tasty churan combinations and again you can take your pick. 
  • Coffee – All over Pushkar you find the most authentic european coffee. So if you are a coffee fan then don’t forget to try some out here.

While I tried to eat everything possible in Pushkar – I missed a few things like Israeli food, trying out some local cafes and trying the local french cuisine. But doesn’t matter as it’s all in the pending list for my next visit.

I hope everyone finds this post useful for their own trip to Pushkar, however if I have missed anything out then please comment below or tweet at traveler_budget.

Happy Eating 🙂

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30 Responses to “A Food Guide to Pushkar”

  1. Adventures in Kevin's World February 24, 2013 at 22:44 #

    Sounds fabulous. I’m not strictly vegetarian anymore (though I was for 12 years earlier in life) but I could be pretty happy eating every day in a town like that!!! You made me hungry just reading this.

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    • getsetandgo February 25, 2013 at 17:17 #

      Thanks Kevin. I am actaully planning to visit Pushkar again just for the food that I missed out… It was so good…

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  2. friendlytm February 25, 2013 at 13:43 #

    Interesting post on food! Thanks for sharing.

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    • getsetandgo February 25, 2013 at 17:18 #

      Thanks friendlytm… It was super tasty too 😉

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  3. Niranjan February 25, 2013 at 17:18 #

    That is an interesting list of food options in Pushkar.

    http://rajniranjandas.blogspot.in/2013/02/maha-kumbh-mela.html

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  4. Dheeraj Sharma February 26, 2013 at 07:59 #

    Lovely compilation, though I am not much of a foodie bu yeah wife would gonna love most of these places when we travel to Pushkar

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    • getsetandgo February 28, 2013 at 02:43 #

      Thanks Dheeraj :). The food in Pushkar is actually amazing and I am sure you will enjoy it too

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  5. pommepal February 27, 2013 at 17:43 #

    It sounds so delicious no wonder you are going back again

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    • getsetandgo February 28, 2013 at 02:46 #

      Hi Pommepal. The food was simply amazing and I am remembering it ecen more now with my current hungry stint in Hong Kong 😦

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      • pommepal February 28, 2013 at 03:58 #

        Indian food eaten in India has a flavour and taste so unique. I think outside India the flavours are diminished for western taste buds

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      • getsetandgo March 3, 2013 at 21:08 #

        Indian food uses a lot of spices that gives it that unique flavor. Plan a visit to India again for that authentic flavor 🙂

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  6. corneliaweberphotography February 28, 2013 at 09:52 #

    That will bw on my list when I am going to India hopefully next year. At the moment I can just say please Fedex some food please, hehe.

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    • getsetandgo March 3, 2013 at 21:09 #

      Lol. Will definitely fedex the food to you when I visit Pushkar again 🙂

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  7. rommel February 28, 2013 at 23:51 #

    I am a big meat lover. But, I love Indian food and their spices, so I still wont have problems trying out these delicious food.

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    • getsetandgo March 3, 2013 at 21:13 #

      Rommel, i can promise you that you will not miss meat when you try this food 🙂

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  8. natmystic March 18, 2013 at 11:37 #

    Excellent. Really informative if not frustratingly mouth watering!

    Thanks for the support and will certainly be trying a couple of these out when in Pushkar next week!

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    • getsetandgo March 18, 2013 at 16:29 #

      I am so envying your trip… Enjoy Pushkar and do let me know your thoughts on it 🙂

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  9. totallygone.com March 20, 2013 at 16:29 #

    Great article on Pushkar – I stayed there for three weeks, (having planned a weekend visit) ten years ago and remember the poha fondly and clearly.

    You’re right – it was, indeed, the best I’ve ever tasted.

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    • getsetandgo March 20, 2013 at 17:22 #

      Thanks… I loved every minute of my 2 days spent there and am definitely going back for a visit soon 🙂

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  10. freshlyworded March 23, 2013 at 09:48 #

    my wife and i spent a few amazing days in Pushkar, walking around the lake, eating food at stalls, she even got a haircut over there. Your photos are really wonderful of Pushkar. we were there over Dirwali. The firecrackers were a bit much!

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    • getsetandgo March 24, 2013 at 20:23 #

      Thanks. Firecrackers are a problem all over India during Diwali though now it’s coming down due to inflation and everything becoming very expensive 🙂 I too have some beautiful memories of Pushkar 🙂

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  11. Frances antoinette March 24, 2013 at 21:56 #

    Thankfully, I just ate a big meal….the food pictures are wonderful

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  12. brainmusick April 7, 2013 at 11:39 #

    Wow! I am a foodie too and love to travel, so Pushkar is now on my master list! I have never been anywhere in India but would love to go–I find the culture absolutely beautiful. Thanks for your awesome posts!

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    • getsetandgo April 9, 2013 at 12:23 #

      Thanks. A trip to India is a must as it has loads of beautiful things to see, do and eat. 🙂

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  13. cornishkylie April 21, 2013 at 15:26 #

    Now I am hungry! I myself currently live in Thailand and love love love all the food from street vendors to restaurants – this has inspired a post, thank you!

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    • getsetandgo April 21, 2013 at 19:29 #

      Thanks. Its always good fun to meet other foodies :). Have you been to India ever? If not, then you have to visit and try all the different kind of food here 🙂

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  14. Julia + Andrew January 5, 2016 at 17:53 #

    Thank you so much for this brilliant post! We are currently in Pushkar and exploring it all…

    If you have done anything else similar in Rajasthan we would be thrilled to read it.

    Thank you again.

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    • getsetandgo February 6, 2016 at 21:31 #

      Thanks but unfortunately I havent written about my previous travels in Rajasthan

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