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Charan Kumar’s Punjabi Rasoi Tadka

Charan Kumar’s Punjabi Rasoi Tadka

By Anubhav Sapra

Who likes to queue up to pay bills? Long, sweaty lines, standing and waiting and doing nothing fruitful, none of us, right? But if surviving the long long lines do not prove a waste of time and get you to hog on some amazing food, wouldn’t you just love it? Charan Kumar’s Punjabi Rasoi Tadka is perhaps the reason owing to which people living in and around North Campus do not mind standing in the long queues in front of the TDPPL office.

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You will find Charan’s Punjabi Rasoi Tadka right outside the TPDDL office in Hudson Lane. Everyday at 9 am in the morning, a santro halts in front of the government building to satisfy hungry souls of office goers,students and shopkeepers in and around Hudson Lane. The food is mouth watering! The menu includes of Kadi Chawal,Rajma Chawal,Chole Chawal, everything at an affordable price of Rs 30 per plate. To enhance the taste, Raaita for Rs 10 is also served along. The mobile food service enjoys good popularity in the area, you could actually find people waiting for it to arrive and some getting the food packed for the rest of the day. Charan’s Rasoi seems to have a good understanding of its customers and apart from having arrangements for packing the food for an extra price of Rs.5, it also serves it in a very presentable way, teamed up salad and pickles.

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All the dishes which he offers are truly delicious.To maintain hygiene, the food is served in disposable aluminum foil tray.

The most popular dish in the menu is Rajma Chawal and owing to its popularity, it finishes up soon. So, if you reach the place post 12. There are hardly any chances that you’d get to gorge on it.

Make sure you visit the TPDDL office sharp at 9 and treat yourself with some amazing north Indian food, a perfect start to a long day at work or college.

Happy eating!

Edited by:Kanchan Bisht

 

 

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Anubhav Sapra is an avid foodie! He is a Founder but proudly calls himself a Foodie-in-chief at Delhi Food Walks. He is also a street-food and Indian regional cuisine connoisseur and loves to write about street-food.
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Shake Square

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Chill Out at Shake Square

By Sukanya Sharma

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Walking down the Bunglow Road of the Kamla Nagar market, one can easily miss the small “Shakes Square” amid the other equally bright signs. Once inside, you’ll never forget it. I think this is characteristic to the Keventer’s, the main branch of which at Connaught Place also has the tendency to ne missed but once had a sip of the shakes and a scoop of ice-cream, you are bound to never ever forget.

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This bright, small yet cosy shop with the counter, ordering platter on the ground leveland the sitting area over head exudes the flavours of its items on sale in the very way the place is adorned. The choosing platter of ice-creams can actually make you go crazy about what to eat and what to spare for the next time. Trust me there is always a next time with this place.

Have you ever had this nostalgic feel of those very few first years when we used to get milk in big, no huge bottles? Or do you remember Tom, the cat in Tom and Jerry cartoon series ogling at this large bottle of milk? Well, you get to live this when the milk shakes come in similar containers.

The smooth, creamy thick and greatly ice sprinkled crystal, clear glass bottle does real wonders, during the sultry summer days. The blasting effect of the sweet, frothy shake and the crunch of the ice in it can be explained in only one word- ECSTASY or two- PURE ECSTASY! May you be dead sleepy after an 8:40 am lecture or infact be dead tired after any lecture, this place with its amazing range of flavours from chocolate to butterscotch, kesar pista to elaichi; is enough to take you through the day.

Maybe because it is the weekly, if not daily pilgrimage at K.Nags  for DU students and for their prompt service and great ambience, i rate this place a 4/5. I actually (guiltily though) feel like a child in a candy shop in this place.

 

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Ranganathan

Delhi’s very own MADRAS CAFE

Five years ago a man named Ranganathan, arrived at New Delhi Railway station from Chennai holding his ten year old son’s hand and with dreams in his eyes. He wanted to start a small food joint in the capital to earn his livelihood.

With whatever savings he had and his culinary art of making delicious South Indian delicacies-dosa, idli and vadas he started his venture near GTB metro station as his main aim was to attract the college students who throng in and around North Campus. Assisted by little son, Ranga as he is fondly called he would get up early in the morning and start his preparation work. Around 12.30 pm, he would reach his venue with his paraphernalia and after the initial preparation like setting up of things like the dosa tava utensils, he would start doling out delicious dosas.

The aroma of fresh dosas being prepared, attracted a few passersby in the beginning and gradually through word of mouth Ranga’s business picked up. Today the small food joint is famous as “PURE MADRASI DOSA” stall. If anyone’s read “The Martyr’s Corner” Ranga’s story will remind you of the same. The must haves of this famous joint are the “Masala Dosas topped with cottage cheese”, the soft succulent vadas served with sambhar, coconut and gun-powder chutney. People from all walks of life throng the food joint and go back satisfied having tasted authentic South Indian delicacies at reasonable prices which suits every pocket.

This is the story of a man who has made big in a city like Delhi.His magical smile adds to the final touch to the whole experience and you come back again and again asking for more and more and more……

Foodie Correspondent-Surabhi Baksi

The location of the stall-near GTB METRO STATION
CONTACT NO-9044017319

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Bombay ‘ishtyle’ Chaat

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Bombay ‘ishtyle’ Chaat

By Navani Satija, Delhi food walks

SO, now if I go around asking most of my fellow DU-ites about where do they head for a daily ‘let’s-have-a-snack’ break? It is most obvious that that I’d be greeted with peevish faces (primarily because of their slog routine!). But, when it comes to the all girls’ college with the most gorgeous crowd across DU, all the cheerless faces disappear. And here’s where the most loved BOMBAY BHEL PURI right outside Lady Shri Ram College For Women comes into the picture.

On being told that something would be published about his daily job, its back bone, the proud owner Shri Yaad Ram instantly said he’s been running this food point (portable that too!) from 11.00 am- 5.00 pm every day for the past 25 years and is still going strong. That’s not just it; this irresistible range of chaats can also be savoured at Central Market, Lajpat Nagar after 6.00 pm every day.

Unlike other chaat walas, Yaad Ram Ji has kept his menu short and sweet (rather tangy) limiting it to only three dishes that he offers. Undoubtedly, all three are ‘must haves’. Starting with the first one, his speciality among the three and most popular among the Elsa crowd is the BOMBAY BHEL PURI. It is an extreme blend of chutneys along with generous use of onion and coriander which make it look and taste like a Bhel puri in actuality.

Next is the Elsa crowd’s second most favourite; the SEV PURI. This too is a sweet-savoury combo with lots of onion & sev (which is the prime characteristic of Sev puri). And the last but not the least, is the Jhal moori. Less popular among the Elsa chaat aficionados but never the less, it’s definitely worth a try. It’s a dry combo of puffed rice, peanuts, etc. as against the other two items. Here, Yaad ram ji adds that the “2 teaspoons of touch of oil enhances its flavour, but, the health conscious LSR girls avoid it.”

Very reasonably priced at Rs. 20 per item, it will make you forget the lavish gourmet, you spend your bucks on. So, take out time from your slog schedule and head for a “let’s-have-a-snack” break to jerk your taste buds.

Cheers! Happy eating!

Anubhav Sapra
Anubhav Sapra is an avid foodie! He is a Founder but proudly calls himself a Foodie-in-chief at Delhi Food Walks. He is also a street-food and Indian regional cuisine connoisseur and loves to write about street-food.
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Love @ first bite

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Love @ first bite

By Surabhi Bakshi

From a small shop in the narrow, dingy and conjusted lanes of kamla nagar to a vibrant, bright, , colourful and spacious restaurant in Hudson lane,QD’S has surely come a long way. This joint with graffiti at its entrance,  movie posters covering the walls, foot tapping music and pleasant ambience is a perfect hangout for college students.

QD’S has the warmth of a cafe juxtaposed with the uber chic crowd that defines this place.  All those who have or a part of Delhi University has if not visited then must have surely heard about it. This place serves myriad delicacies at unbelievable prices.  Most of the crowd is attracted to this place because of its famous “TANDOORI MOMOS”.Yes you have heard it right not steamed, not fried but TANDOORI. Chinese dumplings coated with indian spices and cooked in a tandoor giving a DESI flavour to it.These momos are surely a must have for all north campus students.

The crispy chilli potatoes with the right amount of spices  are also a big hit with the students.Another thing which you just can’t miss out on their menu is their mocktail “JUMP UP AND KISS ME” , even though the name is a bit embarrassing but it tastes amazing.

All in all qd’s is just the place to chillaxxxx with friends especially if you want to give them your birthday treat as it does not drain you of your pocket money. Don’t wait for Holi, Diwali or the next friendship’s day go today and  have a memorable experience.

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College’s favourite Adda: Irfan’s Maggi Point

College’s favourite Adda: Irfan’s Maggi Point

 Last year, I entered college with little nervousness and sky high expectations. Soon after the first few lectures, I made some new friends and came across acquaintances. This is when I got a chance to finally explore the college with my new gang. Front laws, done. Library, done. Canteen (excited as anything; didn’t stand up to the expectations), done. Sports complex (most surprising part of the day), done. Swimming pool, done. After checking out 70% of the college, we took some steps ahead and came across this little cemented area enveloped between the boy’s hostel and swimming pool. I was enthralled to see how this isolated place was already so crowded. And this is when I ran my eyes at the end of the courtyard and saw a stall. I went closer and started praising the lord, it was a food stall. The canteen was a big disappointment of the day; this stall was like light at the end of the tunnel. Enquiring few seniors, we learnt that the stall was famously called Irfan’s maggi point!

Irfan’s maggi point is run by two brothers Irfan and Usman. They are a part of the SRCC staff since a decade now, fending off the hunger pangs of battalion of students every day. This brother duo has been really successful in giving a cut throat competition to the college canteen and undoubtedly, has emerged as winners, always. Oddly enough, this little tin shed stall draws in multitude of students than any other hangout of college does. The sole reason being their innovative FOOD recipes!

As the name indicates, the most famous item on this stall’s menu is Maggi. Maggi menu alone is so diverse. Omelette Maggi to sate the taste buds of non-vegetarian foodies, Soup Maggi when a cold breeze gives you chills during winters, Bhurji Maggi for that zesty taste, and of course, everyone’s favourite Classical Masala Maggi, Irfan’s stall has it all. This isn’t where the list ends. Stall is always stocked with foods to grab on a go like sandwiches, burgers, Paneer Kulcha, chips, patty (never miss the far-famed bhurji bread patty sandwich, yum!). Need something to drink with that packet of Lays? How about a cold drink, (choose from coke, pepsi, 7up, dew, fanta) or a fruit juice, or masala soda, or tea, or coffee? This hut has everything for every season.

Yes, definitely the prices bring a big smile on your face. The average price of all items is Rs. 30. It is a student friendly, pocket friendly and stomach friendly food joint. We may not attend classes everyday but bunking these Irfan’s maggi point session is improbable.

Foodie Correspondent:Vishakha Bhaskar

24th August,2013

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MY KIND OF GREAT FOOD!

MY KIND OF GREAT FOOD!

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“ Eating food should be simple” is the motto of  Ankit, the co-owner of a quaint little café in a lane in Kailash Colony Market called My Kind Of Street Cafe. Two years ago, it started in the serpentine lanes of Amar Colony Market, Lajpat Nagar IV, a favorite haunt of Lady Shri Ram College girls. It has been relocated to Kailash Colony to cater to the same. Their favorite item is the famous cheese momos.The cheese-filled dumplings dished out by them are a delight for any food lover.

chicken momosThe love for this dish can be seen on the walls of the café, full of small notes plastered on the walls. Their smoken chicken white cream sauce pasta is also a delight. Another outlet of MKSC ,as it is fondly known as, is located in SDA market which mainly caters to the IITians right across the road. Their favorite is the Herb and Bacon Stuffed Chicken. A neat and complete platter completed with beans, broccoli, curd dip and garlic bread, healthy and delicious with a subtle flavor.                                                                                                                                    

 IMG_9812Over the years, their food has evolved. The pasta, banana bread, my kind of burger, lemon butter fish are amongst the other mouth-watering delight the place has to offer. The menu has a lot of variety for people who like to experiment with food. It is a do-it-yourself menu so that one gets exactly what he has asked for. To end the wonderful experience, the banoffee pie is a must for the sweet toothed. It would be a shame to miss this stunner!

 banoffie pieOn being asked about their future plans and prospects, Ankit shared a little secret. They plan to venture into the world of out-of-the-box South Indian food, which has already started functioning in the SDA outlet in a small way.

With the way these two outstanding food joints are functioning, we can expect something really exciting in the days to come, and here’s wishing them all the best for a great future ahead and great and happy eating to all the young people in Delhi!

Foodie Correspondent:Shreya Chowdhury

Foodie Photographer:Kali Walia

17th August,2013

 

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JMC HotSpot

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Set in the midst of the beautiful campus of Jesus and Mary College, lies the major crowd attracting, jam packed place, full of sounds of hustle bustle coming from ladies of different streams as they ogle at the gigantic Coke menu display of the “College Canteen”.

Yes, this is the place where it’s hard to step foot in during the lunch break time, which lasts less than 25 minutes, and generally stays comparatively full to accommodate a good set of about 100 approx seating. The only food resort at such economic prices gives the girls a good munch or two, as they shuffle between lectures, free time and a hungry tummy!

The place got a makeover last year, seeing a change in the core management and an installed Coke sponsorship, which is easily visible as the new food display board boasts of numerous options of both food and beverage to attract a larger audience.

However, most of the items displayed on the board are either not available or sold out. Out of the available options, the hot favorite among students are the Honey chilli Cauliflower and noodles, which to my taste buds are a bit too much on the chilli side, making them necessary to top up this order with a cup of Nestle Iced tea or Cold coffee. For a sumptuous meal, the top picks are Pao Bhaji, Chole Bhature, Rajma Chawal and Dosa. Rajma Chawal can definitely be starred as a constant winner, for it never disappoints, however Pao Bhaji has mixed reviews, and Dosa’s chutney could surely be improved. But for a price ranging between Rs 35-40, these options aren’t a bad deal at all. The biggest disappointment that I tasted was Pasta with Garlic Bread. I ordered the same, hoping to get something worthwhile, but to my shock it wasn’t pasta at all but macaroni combined with two pieces of roasted “pao” buns. Now, really?! That’s what I kept asking myself as I tried to gulp a few bites of this supposedly good dish. Apart from these usual food items, there have been new additions of packed burgers and pizzas, where both are edible, only if you’re really hungry. Else you can give it a miss.

The magic trick that everyone loves to indulge in are the fun flip chips and other packed junk which costs merely 5-10 bucks. The unconventionally different beverage which was recently introduced is fruit beer, which is a popular option to get a hand on, especially in the head burning heat. The other favorite is the Bhelpuri stall, which is set up on the opposite side of the cash counter, serving Bhelpuri, Sev puri and other mouth watering chaat options. I totally loved the Sev puri, and would love to go back again and again for the same, even though it is priced in equivalence of major food items, in the category of Rs 35-40, which is a bit strange to understand.

Overall, the canteen has pushed itself above its prior standards and raised the bar, but still lacks on major grounds of variety in both food as well as beverages. The place could be painted with lighter colors to remove the “dingy” look, and the service speed could be improved to serve all and avoid an unnecessary large crowd which includes pushing people and getting agitated for not getting food and waiting forever. Also, to add to the basic option of aerated drinks and packaged drinks, there can be an inclusion of a fresh juice and milk shake stall, providing economic healthy options to the students. However, keeping these few things in mind, the canteen surely surpasses the level that generally University college canteens maintain, and is a liked option by the neighboring college students of Maitreyi, as compared to their own canteen. Thus, by adding little yard steps, the college canteen can surely become self sufficient to provide a happy shelter to students as they recharge themselves for the remaining part of the day.

By-Ayushi Teotia, Foodie Correspondent

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Door to Happiness: THE BIG YELLOW DOOR

After a really long time, I found a place which left me saying ‘WOW’!

Big Yellow Door, even before its official opening, managed to grab many eye balls. The neon yellow door and the mint coloured entrance is where all the curiosity starts building. First time customers might think twice or thrice before going into this café. Reason being, you will always see a queue of people waiting to be served. That just makes it very evident how popular BYD has become in this short span of time.

Finally, after a little struggle, when you do enter BYD, you see creativity in every little corner. You feel that you are in some top notch café of Hauz Khas Village. The interiors are well designed, with beautiful raw craft work in every nook and corner, that you consciously spend some time wondering how old alcohol bottles, old bulbs, books, fairy lights, basic charcoal wall art and paper lamps make an aesthetically pleasing look.

The restaurant offers a varied menu consisting of Italian, Indian and Continental food. At first, it seems like a tasteful copy of The Big Chill Café. From pastas, juicy burgers, to wraps and shakes, you name it and they have it. It is a place where even weight watching becomes a mouth watering delight. The owner wanted to and has successfully ventured into health food in each category.

Amongst the burgers, the most notable item on the menu was the BYD Chicken Cheese Bomb Burger. In beverages, what caught my eye was the Rocky Road shake. As the description says, it is a Dutch truffle blended with chocolate ice cream. It sounded great! And tasted like heaven! The shake makes you go Mmmm.. The richness of the chocolate makes you crave for more. When the burger came, the presentation completely amazed me. Served in a wooden basket, with chips and sauces in cute bowls, it was flawless. And it tasted as per the expectations. Chicken was perfectly cooked, had a piquant taste, the bread was very fresh, sauces were tangy plus spicy.

Last but definitely not the least, the pricing of the food is according to the young clientele. Prices don’t leave a hole in your pocket, portion size stuffs you to the neck, staff welcomes you with a warm smile and a scintillating ambiance. Everything about this place is awesome and makes you want to come here over again and again.

Vishakha Bhaskar,Foodie Correspondent

Anubhav Sapra
Anubhav Sapra is an avid foodie! He is a Founder but proudly calls himself a Foodie-in-chief at Delhi Food Walks. He is also a street-food and Indian regional cuisine connoisseur and loves to write about street-food.