Jabalpur: A food tour

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Jabalpur is located in central India and hence one can find the influence of different culinary cultures like Rajasthani, Mughlai, and Gujarati in the local taste. The cuisine here is rich, creamy, and spicy. Subsequently, let’s discuss some exceptional food of Jabalpur.

Khopra Pak

Khopra Pak
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Khopra Pak is a sweet dish made from grated coconut. There are different versions of this dish in Jabalpur itself, like the dish made from fresh coconut or the one from dried and grated coconut.

Khopra Pak made from fresh coconut is cooked in milk and cardamom powder and then set to pieces. People also make this dish with condensed milk and dried coconut. The dried coconut version has a longer shelf life. People don’t hesitate to add dry-fruits on this dish to make it rich and filling.


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Pilaf is the traditional dish of Jabalpur. The peas and carrot are integral to this dish. It is a rice dish best served with raita. Raita is a curd preparation with fried cumin seeds and sometimes vegetables like cucumber, tomatoes, and onion.

Khoye ki Jalebi

Khoye ki Jalebi
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This is different from the traditional Jalebi. The base is made from Khoya, a form of thick boiled milk, deep-fried, and dipped in sugar syrup. The taste of this dish is parallel to Gulab-Jamun, another popular sweet dish of India prepared from milk.

On your Jabalpur visit, this dish is a must try, because only fewer places in India serve Khoye ki Jalebi.

Sabudana Khichdi

Sabudana Khichdi
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Sabudana is tapioca pearls. In Maharashtra, sabudana vada is popular. In Jabalpur and central India, a less oily version of it prepared with roasted peanuts.

It also has a mild sweetness due to sugar and spicy flavor because of green chilies.


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Malpua is a famous dessert in India. The Jabalpur version of this dish is prepared from a mixture of milk, flour, semolina, and curd. It is also served as a combination dish with Rabri.

In its cuisine, Jabalpur has opted the best from different cultures. To taste the unique flavors, if you are planning a food trail in central India, you can also rent a cab in Jabalpur for a hassle-free journey.

Useful links-

Jabalpur: A quick trip planner

Amazing places to visit near Jabalpur

The incredible crafts of Jabalpur