Dhabas are proof that simplicity and freshness are the cornerstones of a hearty meal and that road trips are incomplete without a dhaba-break!
Highways in India offer an incredible range of dhabas for varying budgets. And just like our diverse nation, these roadside restaurants also offer a variety of cultural flavors on their menus.
Here is a list of popular dhabas along Indian highways where you must stop for a bite to eat.
Old Rao Dhaba, Delhi-Jaipur Highway
Old Rao Dhaba is one of a kind and will make you salivate over their tasty dishes made with desi ghee. From the first bite, you will fall in love with their butter chicken, paneer butter masala and soaked in tandoori naan butter.
Indian army canteen at Sela Pass, Guwahati-Tawang highway
The stretch from Guwahati to Tawang will give you plenty of options for dining, but making a stop at the Army Canteen at the Jaswant Garh War Memorial won’t disappoint at all. A hot cup of tea with delicious samosas along with warm greetings from the army hospital officials will add to an incredible experience.
Giani Da Dhaba, Kalka-Shimla highway
Situated amidst the scenic spots of Himachal Pradesh, Giani Da Dhaba attracts a large number of customers for its tasty Punjabi cuisine. Once you’ve tasted their Makki ki Roti, Butter Chicken Masala, Dal Makhani, and a tall glass of Lassi, you’ll be hard pressed to stop telling yourself more.
Chilika Dhaba, Barkul, Odisha
If you are a seafood lover you must stop here to try their crab, shrimp and fish masala. There is also a motley collection of vegetarian dishes. The Chilika Dhaba is a gourmet paradise on NH5.
Toni Daa Dhaba, Pune, Maharashtra
If you define food as meat, then this dhaba is the place to be. If you want to enjoy their lip-smacking dishes in a traditional open-air dhaba style ambiance, look for seating in the outdoor seating area. Their best-selling dishes include Raan Biriyani mutton, rabbit meat, masala mutton, and quail meat. They also serve vegetarian options including paneer Achari and paneer butter masala.
Amrik Sukhdev Da Dabha, Delhi-Shimla highway
It would be blasphemy not to include Amrik Sukhdev in the list of the best dhabas in the country. Although the open-air vibe and typical charpais have been replaced with air-conditioning and chic benches, the taste of their food remains the same.
Amrik Sukhdev Da Dabha is very popular with travelers. Stop here for their Paranthas which are served with spoonfuls of butter and a tall glass of Lassi.
Pahalwan Dhaba – Murthal, Sonipat, Haryana
If you are on the Murthal, NH1, visit the Pahalwan Dhaba. All-time favorites for many patrons include the traditionally tandoor-cooked paranthas served with spoonfuls of white butter. They also serve a variety of mixed parathas.
Mr. Sanjay Dhaba, Srinagar, J&K
This restaurant on the Srinagar-Leh highway stretch is frequented by travelers for its delicious food. Gobi curry aloo-paratha is a staple here. You should also try J & K’s popular black tea.
Sharma Dhaba, Jaipur, Rajasthan
Sharma Dhaba is a big relief for vegetarians! Mawa Roti made from fresh cow’s milk, Paneer Butter Masala, and Malai Paneer are some of the bestsellers in this place.
Aren’t you salivating already?
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