If you are hopping on to a Train from New Delhi to Ahmadabad, you would get a rare opportunity to unearth some real culinary stops along the way that will stand apart from your gastronomic experience so far, Yes its damn right as the entire Train Journey in between these two great cities would offer some of the finest culinary platter at the stations en route which you have not experienced ever.
This journey of around 15-16 hours is off course best advised to be undertaken in the day time to explore the sumptuous food in train which you will relish in times to come, The very first stop to tantalize your taste buds will come at Alwar in Rajasthan , famous for its Milk Cake or locally known as “Alwar ka Mawa”, This Milk Cake at Alwar Station is known for its unique taste, texture and for a fine balance in between the sweetness and the blend of milk cream and off course the aroma is something that you will not find in any milk cake across the globe.
There are certain families in Alwar known to be in possession of some secret recipe for these unique Milk Cakes, you can easily buy one of these delicacies at your Train Seat only as the vendors will come to your coach to show you the product, it is advisable to go for the light brown texture cake if you are up for buying, so what are you waiting for? Just grab the piece from the Cake pound and let is dissolve in your mouth as your Train marches ahead for your next stop.
After having savoured the soft and tendered Milk Cake, your taste buds would be looking forward to something spicy, minty and off course super chilly to take the edge off that sugar, your next Stop, The great City of Pink City Jaipur is the ideal destination ahead in your Train Journey to change the taste with some mouth watering and spicy “Pyaj ki Kachori “and “Moong Dal Kachori”.
These Kachori’s are awesome snacks and if served hot with either Mint Chutney or Kadhi can really make you day in Train, Jaipur Station have several vendors who serves Fresh Kachori’s with Kadhi and Minth Chutney, they can even pack some for you for your journey ahead. Jaipur is also globally famous for its local Dessert “Ghevar”, there are variety of Ghevars available at Stations which you can order and also can take them along for friends and family.The Ghevar is a traditional delicacy of Jaipur, it’s a round shaped dish prepared with flour, ghee, mawa, cardamom, saffron and almond, it is better served piping hot along with a glass of milk.
These heavenly food items will rock the foodie in you who can then look forward to very important towns of Rajasthan coming ahead –Ajmer and Jodhpur, your first stop after Jaipur’s culinary treat in this sojourn would be Ajmer, the land of Sufism and Prithviraj chouhan.Ajmer is famous for its Sohan halwa and the legend associated with it .In 1526 AD, when emperor Akbar visited Ajmer, he wished for a sweet which will have a shelf life of 15-20 days, a local halwai then made the Son halwa or Sohan halwa and the great Akbar approved its taste , Sohan halwa is made from flour, ghee, almonds and sugar, the famous shop to get Sohan halwa is “Azad Sweets”, you can buy it easily from Ajmer Railway Station and there are many vendors of acclaimed brands that are selling Sohan halwa at platform, you be rest assured for the taste.
Your next food station at Jodhpur is equally rich in its culinary heritage as its predecessor stations, Jodhpur is known for its Marwari cuisine , Mirchi Bada , Gatta subji and off course Dal Bati , Churma, it is advised that you should taste the Mirchi Bada and order a Combo meal of Traditional Jodhpuri Thali, it will come with Dal , Bati ,Churma and Gatta subji.This is not all what Jodhpur has to offer to you foodies , well any trip to Jodhpur cannot be completed without “Mawa ki Kachori”, this princely menu has a long history , This kachori is filled with Mawa or Milk Cake Cream and served with sugar syrup , preferably hot.
Well after all these delicacies you may want to look for something refreshing and cool and thats what Abu Road Station has to offer – Its classic “Rabri”, Abu Road is based in the foothills of Mount Abu , the only Hill Station in Rajasthan and is very famous for its “Rabri”, a refreshing drink of milk cream and can be ordered as Take away also from Abu Road Station.
Your Food Train is almost closing in to Ahmadabad , your final stop but a cauldron of food items with age old history . Ahmadabad is known for its veg, kathiawadi food and also for its Mughlai cuisine with brands like “Moti Mahal” offering some age old recipes from the kitchen of Mughals.While at Ahmadabad Station you can enjoy a wide variety of snacks and meals like Dabeli, Vada pav, Farsan, Bakarwadi and can also indulge in real and authentic Kathiawadi food, In Non Veg food there is no dearth of cuisines either- start from kebabs and graduate your taste buds to Rogan josh, Butter Chicken, Mutton keema and many others from the bygone era of great culinary history and heritage.
Once in your lifetime, just hop on to any Train from New Delhi to Ahmadabad and experience the rich legacy of Indian Kitchen offering some heavenly food items which will leave the lasting taste on your taste buds that can be remembered and relished in times to come….