Travel and food are two of the best things in this world. A combination of both is simply delectable.
The best part about traveling through highways are the inexorable Dhabas. They are stationed along all the highways, and despite the fact that most of them are cheap and not at all flashy in appearance, they still attract thousands of foodies from all over the country.
Most of the Dhabas that are listed here were once mere stopovers. But, over the years, due to their humble hospitality, and consistent delivery of authentic flavours, they have become an integral part of every road trip ever taken.
So, wash your hands, and get ready with your steel thalis, as we are going to serve you with 8 of the best and famous Dhabas along Indian highways. Enjoy!
#1. Grand Lassi Shop, Zirakpur, NH 21
It’s not a lassi shop, per se, but the lassi here is a must try. Steamy hot Aloo Paratha with a dollop of melting butter, along with their home-made curd and chana curry is the most popular dish here. This place is worth every penny.
#2. Chilika Dhaba , Barkul, NH 5
Chilika Dhaba is a popular seafood restaurant in Odisha. It got the name from the Chilika Lake which flows not very far from where it is located. Apart from seafood, one can also munch in a variety of vegetarian dishes that are fresh, spicy, and cooked to perfection. Manji fry, chilli prawns, and giant crabs are the specialities here.
#3. Sharma Dhaba, Jaipur – Sikar Road
On the way to Sikar from Jaipur is the Sharma Dhaba, which is popular for its authentic Rajasthani platter. What started as a small extension of a roadside house has now transformed into a much larger eatery with multiple seating areas. Their most popular dish is Mawa naan, which is followed by Paneer Butter Masala, Malai Matar, and Dal Tadka.
#4. Giani Da Dhaba, Kalka – Shimla Highway
This restaurant cum dhaba is often referred as the ‘food heaven in NH22’. They serve the tastiest Punjabi cuisine, and people from all over the region drive down to this place for their hot paranthas and chilled lassi. Butter chicken, and Dal Makahani are the other popular dishes.
#5. Mr. Sanjay Dhaba, Srinagar – Leh Highway
A small, concrete shack located in the Leh-Srinagar highway, this place is popular among bikers, and truckers. Though the place is a bit rough and poorly maintained, the crisp Aloo Paratha and the dynamic black tea is top-notch.
#6. Hotel Kamat Lokaruchi, Bangalore – Mysore Highway
From steamy fresh Idli – Sambhar to the mouth-watering flavors of North Karnataka Meal, it’s literally Karnataka on a platter. Be it the breakfast, lunch, or dinner, this is one of the best highway eateries where one can relish the authentic tastes of Karnataka.
#7. Satara Highway Dhaba, Satara, NH 4
Never miss out on this place when you are in Satara. Apart from the fact that the place is run by transgenders, they have the tastiest Capsicum Masala and Kadak Chai in town. It’s fully vegetarian, and their hospitality is unmatched. Truly one of a kind!
#8. Gulshan Ka Dhaba, Murthal, NH 1
This is Haryana’s very own 24/7 food heaven. It is one of the oldest and most popular Dhabas in the region. They serve traditional Punjabi food, and a variety of fresh vegetarian dishes. Aloo Paratha with a dollop of butter, and the inevitable Sarson Ka Saag are two of the most popular dishes available here.
Curated by: Kiran Reghunath