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Raju ke Himachali Chhole

Raju ke Himachali Chhole

By Anubhav Sapra

The first week of January has passed. I have eaten only vegetarian food and extreme vegetarian at it – saatvik food – without onion and garlic. Many food joints or restaurants serve saatvik food without onion and garlic. There is Savarna Bhawan in Connaught Place that serves Jain sambar and at the other end there are eateries in Kamla Nagar – Brijwasi Rasgule Wala and Trishul Chaat Bhandar, all dishes cooked without onion and garlic. Last week, I had two classic Delhi dishes – chhole kulche of Raju in Kamla Nagar and chhole bhature of Nand Di Hatti in Sadar Bazar that makes chhole without onion and garlic. They both were delectable in taste.

WP_20150107_15_56_37_ProRaju, a man of innovations, has set up his whole shop in his cycle – rajma, rice, kulche, raita, a pan to heat kulche, dustbin, small pots containing black salt and masalas, green chilli pickles, and boards mentioning the names of the dishes – all on his bicycle. He is from a nearby locality in Kamla Nagar, called Sora Kothi, where he started his career as a salesman in a shop in Kamla Nagar. He got married later and to meet his both ends, he started selling kachoris on his cycle. The kachori business did not do well. But soon he met his guru Kedar from whom he learned the art of cooking a special kind of chhole, in his words Himachali chhole, without oil, onion, and garlic from his guru. The shopkeepers and the salesman, who work in these shops in Kamla Nagar, liked the taste of chhole without onion and garlic garnished with mild spices. Although, chhole is cooked without onion and garlic but he adds fresh onion if anyone asks for it. For last 15 years he has been selling chhole kulche, rajma, and kadi chawal in F Block, Kamla Nagar, opposite Stylish Collection Shop between 12 noon to 3:30 p.m.

It was 3 p.m. when I met him. The rajma rice was over. I could taste the last plate of chhole kulche and leftover gravy of rajma. Both of them were cold, but the taste was amazing. It was made in the Himachali style, where chhole is boiled, the excess water is drained out and then masalas are added to it. He topped the chhole with green pudina chutney, fresh onion and served crisp kulche with butter. I had chhole and kulche without looking for water to cool down the spices. The leftover gravy with a few grains of rajma had great taste. The aroma of the spices was still there. I slurped the gravy with a resolve to visit Raju’s mobile shop again on time to taste rajma and kadi chawal.

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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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Trishul Chaat Bhandar

Trishul Chaat Bhandar

By Anubhav Sapra

Chhole have distinct taste at each chhole kulche joint.  At one end of this spectrum, Lotan’s Chhole Kulche at Chhata Shahji in Old Delhi adds red chilies to make it spicy and hot, while at the another end there are a few eateries like Pancham Chhole Kulche, near Filimistan, Rohtak Road that makes a nice mixture of saunth or meethi chutney with khatti chutney in chhole to give it a distinct flavour.

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I have never liked onion and tomato in my dona of chhole. I believe that chhole has its own unique taste which is lost once onion and tomato are added to it. In Kamla Nagar, near Chhota Golchakkar, Post Office Waali Gali, a small shop named Trishul Chat Bhandar, sells one of the best matra kachoris and matra kulchas in North Delhi without onion and tomato. The address is 121-D, Kamla Nagar. The shop is open from 12 noon to 4 p.m.

WP_20141113_009A plate of chhole kulche and matra kachori costs Rs. 25 each. As suggested by the owner of the shop, I first had chhole kulche and then matra kachori. I was intrigued by his suggestion and asked him the reason behind having chhole kulche first and matra kachori next. He candidly replied that khatti-meethi chutney is added in matra kachori, and its taste can be relished only if one has it right after the light masalas of chhole kulche.

WP_20141113_007I was surprised to know that they have been making this delicious dish for the past seventy-two years and currently, it is the fourth generation, and that they still use the same recipe. It was started by Ramful who used to roam around the lanes of Kamla Nagar to sell chhole kulche on a khomcha. After the death of Ramful, Tula Ram bought a cart and started selling the chhole kulche near Kamla Nagar Post Office. And the third generation, Krishan Lal, who is the current owner of the shop, bought this small shop eight years back, calls it “Almirah” because of its small size. It is indeed a small shop of literally the size of a cupboard and I love the way they have arranged everything from masalas to the stove there. From khomcha to a cart to an almirah, the place and those who made this delicacy have changed, but the recipe is still the same. The home made masalas- which are mixture of dhaniya, jeera, amchur, peeli mirch, long, elaichi dana, and chaat masala are used in making a dona of chhole. A helping of chhole is mixed with masalas, saunth, green chutney, roasted jeera, ginger, and coriander to be served with butter kulche. On other hand, Pawan, the son of Krishan Lal, generously makes a good layer of matra on a crispy kachori and tops it with ginger, coriander, and khatti amchur chutney. The crunchy kachori with soft matra over it with lime juice, khatti-meethi chutney makes it a perfect dish to savour.

All I can say, it is a taste of the divine!

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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North Campus v/s South Campus

 

North Campus v/s South Campus

By Ankita Vinayak

My dear Fuchhas, your induction into Delhi University remains incomplete till the time you do not feel the mid-class blues to munch on the canteen’s chole bhature. Despite all the drama, the admission tension, the heat and the never-ending rat race, one does not miss out on the yummy in their tummy.

“Dude, I have got through Hindu, and you know what? It has some awesome food. The Chole bhature is just out of this world, man!”

“Shut up! Have you even tried JMC ke bhel puri?”

And the battle begins – North Campus vs South Campus!

NORTH CAMPUS-

 

  1. Chache Di Hatti–(Near MalkaGanj)Chachakecholebhature are absolutely a must. The popularity of this tiny shop can be gauged by the fact that it is heavily crowded and sometimes the shop wraps up before 2 PM. A plate of cholebhature would cost you about 70 bucks which is good for a heavy meal.  And you will come out with a happy tummy J

2.  Tom Uncle’s Maggi Point-Maggi. Slurping already? A plate of Maggi a day, makes one happy and gay.  This joint is well-known for its variety of Maggis, sodas and other snacks that are devoured by hungry students. The cheese masala maggi is one of the most delicious of the lot. A meal for two would cost about Rs. 250

3. Momos Point– And no one can eat just one! No no, I am not promoting Lays; I am talking about the scrumptious juicy momos served at Momos point, located in “Chinese gali”, as the students call it. It serves both vegetarian and non-vegetarian momos. This little joint is a hit amongst students.

4. Delhi School of Economics (DSE) Canteen-Known for its Mutton Cutlets and Dosas. D School, as it is popularly known, also houses the famous JP Stall which is a major crowd puller.

5. St Stephen’s Canteen– When talking about good food in Delhi University, how can one afford to miss St Stephen’s ‘cafe’? Students here prefer calling it a Cafe, instead of canteen and they are pretty right in doing so, given the cool ambience and awesome decor. Maggi and Minced cutlets are the most popular among students.

SOUTH CAMPUS-

 

  1. Big Yellow Door (BYD), Satya Niketan – The door isn’t that big. Pun intended. But this place is something really awesome. It’s a hit among the students. From cheesy nachos to BYD’s scrumptious burger, Chocolate Oreo Shake to Pink Lemonade, it’s definitely one of the best places to chill and eat.

2. QD’S-Located in Satya Niketan market, QD’s is one of the most popular eating joints among students. You talk about momos and they will say “QD’s kemomoskhayehaibhai? Top kehai.” Yes, QD’s is famous for its tandoori momos, soups, and chilli potatoes!

3. TAJ CCD-It’s not CCD, its Taj CCD my friend. Café Coffee Day, situated right opposite the elite Taj, is the most famous place for students to bunk their classes and chill here with coffee and some quick snacks. Girls and boys from JMC, Maitreyi, Venky and ARSD are regulars here.

4. Venky’sSouth Indian– Oh! It’s sometimes even better than SagarRatna. No kidding, it’s cheap and most importantly it’s tasty. A plate of vadasambhar can be spotted on each and every table in the canteen.

5. JMC Ke bhelpuri– Street food is what all delhiwalas love. And the JMCites are lucky, for they have a stall right in their college canteen. Bhelpuri and SevPuri, both can be spotted on every second girl’s table. Along with BhelPuri, the college canteen also serves one of the best Iced Tea and samosa, which are quite affordable.

 

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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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wonder wraps

Wonder Wraps

By Surabhi Bakshi

Satya Niketan, the heart of South Delhi is a foodie’s paradise. You get everything from Chinese to Punjabi, Italian to south Indian, it has something to please everyone’s taste buds. Off late a lot of food joints have opened up but the one that has caught everyone’s eye is 36 Chowringhee Lane.Located just opposite to the famous Venkateshwara college’s main gate, this place has been serving awesome rolls since long. It won’t be wrong to say that Chowringhee started the roll culture in Delhi. Their menu boasts of a variety of succulent,mouth-watering and delicious rolls. For the hard core non-vegetarians the double egg and the double chicken garlic roll is a must have. What stole my heart was the double chicken tikka roll served with hot and spicy BBQ sauce, it actually leaves you craving for more.

The veggies shouldn’t feel disappointed because this joint has a lot to offer to satiate their palate as well, the double paneer roll, soya chap roll, mushroom roll taste heavenly.

If you are one of those who are cleanliness freaks then you are likely to get a bit disappointed because all the rolls are made on the same pan and the spoon used for the egg and the other veg items is also the same and the rolls are a bit oily(definitely not for the diet conscious and the aspiring models ).

The prices are competitive so you can always trade them off for a healthier sub or steamed momos that are served next door. Also they have opened up their branch in Kamla Nagar market(North Campus) where they also serve delicious shawarmas all for a sum of 40. Here you also get an extra helping of mayonnaise,BBQ sauce,Tikka sauce only for Rs.10.

Go to this place to enjoy a quick,no frills bite.The rolls are fresh,hot and amazing and once you start eating them you will surely crave for more.

Piece of advice: If you want to avoid something then avoid the Aloo rolls (until, you’re an absolute potato person, that is.)

 

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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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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

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.