Daal Bati Churma

By Mridula Dwivedi November 30, 2010 12 Comments
Daal Bati Churma at LMB Jaipur
Daal Bati Churma at LMB Jaipur

When you are tried after roaming for hours inside the Hawa Mahal in Jaipur where do you go for lunch? Chances are you would end up at LMB. What is LMB? It is actually quite unpretentious Lakshmi Misthan Bhandar (Lakshmi Sweet House) but it is no longer a sweet house. I have studied near Jaipur for 5 years and I remember being to this place (and Niros on MI Road) long back. I also vaguely remember that LMB was not this posh back then.

It is easy to find LMB in Jauhari Bazaar. It is shop number 100. I actually had forgotten all about this place. I had hired the audio from the Narrowcaster (no their website is not up to date on the attractions they cover) counter and while I was returning it I asked the young guy on the counter to recommend a restaurant. He recommended LMB and told me the location. When he mentioned it I of course remembered it from my college days as well.

The food at LMB is good. But I hate places which serve expensive food in small portions. For example the plate above cost me 260 rupees and look at the amount of Bati, just 2. If there was an option to get it if I wanted more, I was not told. While this quantity was just about sufficient for me, I could have probably done with one more Bati. The place was super busy at 2.00 pm. They have very good lassi and kulfi too.

Would I recommend the place? If you are traveling alone and want to eat peacefully, yes. But otherwise I will like to go to a dhaba which will charge less and give me more food on my platter. I won’t mind paying for the food but I do have a big grudge against LMB for the size of the portion.

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12 thoughts on “Daal Bati Churma”

  1. Hmmm…I understand exactly what you mean…
    I lived in Bangalore and always found that local fare were more sumptuous and fulfilling (more value for money) in smaller places while the bigger restaurants were often disappointing..so if its the food you are after dhabas ruleeeee!

  2. we’d gone to LMB two weeks back when in Jaipur, but opted for Rajasthani Thali, which was quite filling. Infact … we had to plead with the waiters not to serve us any more :)

  3. I relished the authentic daal bati I had in Guudi a few weeks back, and of course as expected in villages, it was a good amount served with a generous dose of pure home made ghee.

  4. Tarun the Bati was full of ghee so I was somewhat full but then I am sure many would find it quite small.

    Thanks Meena for the statement.

    Chitra I agree, the food is good though.

    Sandeep good to hear that.

    Celine you travel so much!

    Yes Akhila.

  5. thats really too little for 260! but then again, thats the case in most tourist places… i remember us looking out for a dhaba when we were in jodhpur, and our driver seemed sort of embarrassed that we were looking out for such ‘cheap’ places… to them, the real tourists are those who pay huge money for small servings :)

  6. I am die hard fan of Rajasthani and Gujarati cuisine. Daal bati Churma looks delicious in the pic. Being a foodilicious person and after reading your i will surely go to LMB.

    1. I went to LMB just 2 days back and got in a tiff with the waiters. They have a very weird policy… You order a thaali but you cnt share it. Like even one person is seen giving one roti from his thaali to another, they will charge double or rather, from what it seemed from the tone of the disrespectful waiter, might even throw u out. Food is good, very overrated though. And believe me, the service sucks! Shabby waiters in dirty uniforms… Not welcoming to their guests… I would suggest vesta international hotel… Awesome food, awesome stay!

  7. I completely agree. We were in Jaipur for the weekend and forked out a fortune for the pitiful meal we had at LMB…totally over-rated.. and the service sucks.

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Travel Tales from India

I am Mridula Dwivedi and I started blogging on 'Travel Tales from India' in June 2005. Within a few months of the launch my travel blog found a mention on both the BBC and The Guardian. I also featured in a National Geographic Skoda Yeti Video.

I quit my job as a professor in May 2015. I am having a blast ever since. I do not miss my work but sometime I do miss my salary! Somewhere along the journey I ended up acquiring a Ph.D. from IIT Kanpur! I now wonder why?

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