Indore street food special – Benjo


If you are visiting Indore and do not go to Chhappan Bazar, I swear to god I am going to hunt you down and force feed you all the delicacies sold there. This commercial city in Central India happens to be my home town and I shudder at the thought of not having grown up eating chaat, Paani Puri, Dahi Puri, Usal Pohe, Chhole Tikki, Masaledaar Noodles, Pav Bhaji, Dhokla and Benjo.
Now there is this street in Indore called Chhappan Dukan (literally, 56 shops) which sells the most delicious street food in India — most of it vegetarian. And Johnny Hot Dog boasts of a sizable footfall. Their specialty is benjo, which is nothing but an omelet between two buns served with seasoned onions, tomato ketchup and green chilli chutney.
Worry not if you are a vegetarian, they have a veg burger with a lip-smacking potato patty.
Indore is mostly famous for veg street food, so you can understand why so many youngsters love to hangout at Johnny Hot Dog as it serves the most enviable mutton and chicken benjo.
When I was in collage, a veg or egg benjo would cost Rs15 (roughly 25 cents), but now it has gone up to Rs35. Still, it is still quite cheap.
Oh! Forgot to tell you, there are two shops by this name, one at each end of the street.
Rumour has it that the one which is at the junction of this street and MG Road is the original one, but the one at the other end is bigger. Both are equally delicious so worry not.


4 thoughts on “Indore street food special – Benjo

  1. Cant beleive I haven’t visited been to this place yet! Chappan on my must-do list when we visit next…And benjo looks very interesting and inviting 🙂

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