Varanasi commonly referred as Banaras or Benaras is a city of ghats & temples in the bank of the Ganges in the Uttar Pradesh State of North India. Not only the most popular pilgrimage destination, Banaras is also famous for its food. The kachori, lassi, variety of sweets and of course the paan are sure to raise the gastronimical bar in any food lover coming to Banaras.
Take any lane or corner of Banaras and you will find these drool-worthy pooris swimming in the piping hot Kadhai while the dukandaar (shopkeeper) serves the Aloo ki Sabzi in ‘Dunas‘ (bowl made of dry leaves). Poori Sabzi is the traditional breakfast of Banaras.
Head to Kachori Gali where you can eat kachoris stuffed with daal, topped with aloo matar ki sabzi and tangy chutneys. You will feel the ultimate satisfaction the moment you take the first morsel in.
Kachori Gali also has a number of sweet selling shops. Get into any and you will find coiled jalebis being fried and then soaked in the sugar syrup. Kulfi faluda, laal pedas & Launglata are other popular sweets of Benaras.
Varanasi is known for its delicious and wide range of dairy foods which is quite popular among tourists coming to the city from all over the world. You could easily spot foreigners lining up outside the famous Blue Lassi Shop, near Manikarnika Ghat to get a sip of lassi. This quaint shop painted in blue, sells close to 83 different varieties of Lassis
But don’t miss the Rabri Lassi from Shiv Prasad Lassi Bhandar, right side to the entrance of Ramnagar Fort. Sweet & Sour creamy lassi topped with Malai and Rabri. We bet you can not drink just one!
Makkhan Malaiyo is another sweet creamy layer drink prepared from the milk, much lighter and yummier in taste. You can buy this item from shops near Godowlia Chowk.
Benarasi Chaats are up and above all other chaats in India. Head to Kashi Chaat Bhandar or Deena Chat Bhandar near Godowlia Chowk to try some extraordinary fusions of chaats. Our favorite picks are Tomato & Palak Chaat.
While roaming around Godowlia Chowk early in the morning, you might bump into Khichdi Baba Temple, which offers mouth-watering free khichdi (porridge made from rice and lentils). What could be a better way to start your day than having this piping hot khichdi served in dunas.
If you are in Benaras during summers, don’t miss this sweet & tangy drink made from raw mangoes. It will give you instant relief from sunstroke.
Baba ka Prasaad or Thandai with or without Bhaang is a MUST TRY when you are in the city of Gods. Try a glass or two from Badal Thandai Ghar in Godowlia Chowk.
If you are overdone with desi food and looking for something lighter, you can head to Pizzeria Vaatika Cafe near Assi Ghat. With a beautiful panoramic view of Ganges, this cafe serves amazing oven cooked pizzas and their Apple pie with ice-cream is not to be missed.
Last but not the least, the Benarasi Paan which is famous worldwide and is mentioned in the famous Bollywood song khaike paan banaras wala featuring Amitabh Bachchan. This after-food treat deserves to be in your “What To Eat In Varanasi” list.
So, guys what are you waiting for? Pack your bags and get ready for this flavorsome extravaganza! Bon Appetite!