The sound of the sizzling veggies and Indian spices on the hot tava is tempting in itself. UT Spice introduces you to the well-known Indian food Pav Bhaji whose roots can be traced from the Portuguese era in India and now it is on of the most popular among Indian savories. In India, Mumbai (Bombay) is the city most known for its Pav Bhaji; but did you know that Udaipur, the city of lakes, also has a famous restaurant called "Pandit Pav Bhaji"?
One of the city's most well-known restaurants, Pandit Pav Bhaji is located on the Town Hall Link Road in Udaipur. They also have a food stall (thela) set up in front of the Town Hall gate. Since 1981, Pandit Pav Bhaji has been serving its customers.
Pandit Pav Bhaji restaurant
Pandit Pav Bhaji Stall - Located at Town Hall Road Udaipur
This restaurant is owned and operated by two brothers, Bhavar and Shyam Lal. After finishing school, they used to both work with their father. Their father used to work at their Pav Bhaji stall in 1981. They learned the art of making Pav Bhaji from their father. Beginning in 2000, their father began to supervise the management tasks, and Bhavar Lal and Shyam Lal officially began their fieldwork.
Bhavar Lal and Shyam Lal - Owners
"With the passage of time and generation, we considered opening a restaurant"- Bhavar Lal
The Pandit Pav Bhaji restaurant's menu offers Chinese and South Indian meals in addition to Pav Bhaji.
Why is Pandit Pav Bhaji so well-known in Udaipur?
Bhaji is a blend of selected veggies. Their home-made Indian spices are the secret to its flavour. They don't use readymade spices. The process of making the bhaji is also very different.
“It's been 40 years, and as our experience grew, we became experts in preparing this dish.” - Shyam Lal
As their children will likely take over this business in the near future, they hope to start another restaurant. Pandit Pav Bhaji is a must to have in the city as the flavourful Bhaji’s taste will last long in your tste buds. Pandit Pav Bhaji serves freshly prepared and hygienic food.