Dhabas are proof of the fact that simplicity and freshness are cornerstones for a hearty meal and road trips are incomplete without a dhaba-break!
The highways in India offer an incredible array of dhabas catering to varied budgets. And just like our diverse nation, these roadside restaurants offer a variety of cultural flavours to their menus too.
Here is a list of popular dhabas along Indian highways where you must stop to grab a bite.
Old Rao Dhaba, Delhi-Jaipur Highway
Old Rao Dhaba is one of a kind and will make you drool over their flavourful dishes made with desi ghee. From the first bite, you will fall in love with their butter chicken, paneer butter masala and soaked in butter tandoori naan.
Indian Army Canteen at Sela Pass, Guwahati-Tawang Highway
The stretch from Guwahati to Tawang will offer you many options for eateries but making a pitstop at the Army Canteen at the Jaswant Garh War Memorial will not disappoint you at all. A piping hot cup of tea with some delicious samosas alongside the warm greetings from hospitable army officials will add up to an amazing experience.
Giani Da Dhaba, Kalka-Shimla Highway
Situated amidst the picturesque locales of Himachal Pradesh, Giani Da Dhaba pulls a large number of customers for its flavourful Punjabi food. Once you try their Makki ki Roti, Butter Chicken Masala, Dal Makhani and a big glass of Lassi, you will find it hard to stop raving about it.
Chilika Dhaba, Barkul, Odisha
If you are a sea-food lover, you must stop here to try out their crab, prawn and fish masala. There is also a motley collection of vegetarian dishes. The Chilika Dhaba is a food paradise on NH5.
Toni Daa Dhaba, Pune, Maharashtra
If you define food as a meaty affair, then this dhaba is the place to be. If you want to enjoy their lip-smacking dishes in a traditional open-air dhaba style ambience, look for seats in the outside sitting area. Their bestselling dishes include mutton Raan Biriyani, rabbit meat, mutton masala and quail meat. They also serve vegetarian options which include Achari paneer and paneer butter masala.
Amrik Sukhdev Da Dabha, Delhi-Shimla Highway
It would be blasphemy not to include Amrik Sukhdev while listing the top dhabas in the country. Although the open-air ambience and the typical charpais have been replaced with air-conditioning and swanky benches, the taste of their food remains the same.
Amrik Sukhdev Da Dabha is very popular with travellers. Stop here for their Paranthas which are served with dollops of butter and a big glass of Lassi.
Pahalwan Dhaba – Murthal, Sonipat, Haryana
If you happen to be on the Murthal, NH1, do visit the Pahalwan Dhaba. All-time favourites for many customers include the traditionally tandoor-cooked paranthas which is served with dollops of white butter. They also serve a variety of mixed parathas.
Mr. Sanjay Dhaba, Srinagar, J&K
This eating joint on the Srinagar-Leh highway stretch is frequented by travellers for its delicious food. The aloo-paratha with gobi curry is a must-try here. You should also try the popular black tea of J&K.
Sharma Dhaba, Jaipur, Rajasthan
Sharma Dhaba is a big relief for vegetarians! Mawa Roti made with fresh cow milk, Paneer Butter Masala and Malai Paneer are some of the bestsellers at this place.
Aren’t you salivating already?