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Poha Jalebi | A Bhopali Breakfast

Written by Poorna & Brinda

It is always nice to start a day with good breakfast. We Indians love our food. If you are in the lovely city of Bhopal, your breakfast has to be Poha Jalebi!

India is a Gourmet’s paradise. The tastes, cuisines change every few KMs in this country. Exciting part of traveling in India is also becoming adventurous in experimenting different cuisines.

When we went to Bhopal few years back, we did not want to eat in the hotel we stayed. Noor-us-Sabha is the best hotel in Bhopal. But we wanted something authentic, something very “Bhopali”.

We take an auto-rickshaw and head to the small by-lanes which are famous for the breakfast of “Poha Jalebi”. After checking with locals on the best place for breakfast, we are guided to go to “Sharmaji’. A motley group pf locals were already gathering in front of Sharmaji’s joint which is famous for tangy Poha and hot, crispy Jalebis.

Poha Jalebi

Poorna in front of Sharmaji’s joint. People are already queuing up even as Sharmaji is setting up his shop!

Poha is spicy and tangy puffed rice – yellow in colour in the picture because of turmeric use – which is soaked and lightly fried with a garnishing of chillies, coriander leaves etc…..and Jalebi – orange in colour – is the sweet which is made of lentil batter which is deep-fried and then soaked in sugar syrup. The combination of these taste makes up the yummy Poha Jalebi!
Poha Jalebi

Bholu posing with Poha Jalebi! Crispy, juicy Jalebis and tangy spicy Poha!

Poha is a typically a Maharashtrian and Karnataka – we call it as Avalakki – dish. Poha must have reached Madhya Pradesh when Holkars, the Maratha rulers of Madhya Pradesh were ruling in Madhya Pradesh. Jalebi is the most loved sweet across the north India. Jalebi must be the national sweet of India!!

The combination was heavenly. No doubt, we helped ourselves to generous helpings!! Sharmaji – seen below in the picture – would not allow us to leave without a good fill!

Poha Jalebi

Sharmaji personally ensuring that everyone has a good breakfast!

Good breakfast to start a what was to be a long day for us. We enjoyed every bit of Poha Jalebi!

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Poorna & Brinda

We are Brinda and Poorna from Bengaluru, the “Silicon city” or “Garden city” of India.

We travel together. We caught the travel bug 20 years back. On our honey moon, we traveled over the sea, in the train, by bus and in an aircraft! Our adventures probably started in that year. It continues, ever since.

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