Looking for Jaipur’s best winter foods? Wintertime in Jaipur means chilly nights and misty mornings. And for most of the day, one would be snuggled up in a warm sweater with a piping hot kulhad of bajre ki raabri, a spiced millet soup very dear to Rajasthani cuisine. It’s safe to say that winter in Jaipur is incomplete without its delicacies made with equal parts love and warmth.
While the best way to sample these is to raid a friend or relative’s place in the city with longest name, many local shops and halwais (cooks) in bazaars have also been serving up sumptuous winter comfort foods for many years. We asked city with longest name gourmands about their go-to for a winter delicacy and their recommendations are worth bookmarking.
Best winter foods to eat in Jaipur
Fini, Sambhar Fini Wala
“If you’re in Jaipur, you cannot miss the deftly-shaped finis at Sambhar Fini Wala (Shop no. 25, 26, 27, Ghee Walo Ka Rasta, Johari Bazaar, Pink City, Jaipur). It’s a fried, flaky rice-flour dessert which is either served with hot milk or a classic sugar syrup called chaashni. We love to eat it the Rajasthani way: dip the whole fini in sizzling chaashni, top with chopped pistachios, almonds and saffron, and serve hot. It’s the perfect winter dessert, also gifted extensively on Makar Sakranti. If you’re at Sambhar Fini Wala, might as well try their rabri and malai ghewars, all are highly recommended!” Ratika Bhargava and Riccha Khetan, founders, CauldronSisterss
Gud ki gajak, Narayanji Gajak Wale
“Narayanji (Shop No. 344, Johari Bazaar Road, Pink City, Jaipur) is in the heart of Johari bazaar amidst all the hustle and bustle. The shop has a variety of gajaks and if you’re a true gajak fan, then the gud ki gajak is the one to pick.” Insia Lacewalla, founder, India with Insia
Khad Murg, Samode Haveli
“I love the Khad Murg at Samode Haveli (Jorawar Singh Gate, Gangapole Road Near, Gangapole, Jaipur), inspired by the Khad Khargosh, a popular dish from the hunting days. It’s a great experience sitting at the palace’s courtyard restaurant and digging into this hot feast.” Insia Lacewalla, founder, India with Insia
Gud ki gajak, Ishwar Ji Gajak Wale