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Chaudhary Sweets Corner : End to a good dinner

According to you what can match the satisfaction of ending your meal with a mouth watering and flavorsome dessert ?  This shop in the nukkad of one of the streets in Shakti Nagar which goes by the name ‘Chaudhary Sweets Corner’ is just the right solution for your after meal sugar craving. This place has been satisfying the sweet tooth of Delhi peeps since 1910.   I visit there very often, usually after dinner time which is when this place witnesses the most crowd. Out of all the desserts the most popular position is bagged by our all time favorite Kulfi (a popular frozen dairy dessert from the Indian subcontinent). Although this place never lags behind when it comes to the versatility of the desserts, ranging from rabri falooda to kalakand to firni. The owner proudly claims kalakand and rabri falooda to be his most sold dishes.

Whenever you visit this place never fail to notice the satisfaction which people hold on their faces after tasting the yum-yum desserts. The rates of the kulfis start from as low as rupees 10 and ranges maximum to rupees 30. There are a numerous flavors of kulfi which includes classic flavors like kesar badaam, kaju pista and even some unique flavors like caramel which they claim to be their signature flavor, other unique flavors include mocha , paanrewari , anjeer etc. You can even have the flavored milk which is served in disposable bottles with handsome quantity of milk and wide range of flavors at very reasonable prices.

This place is actually much more than just  desserts as you can see an extension of this shop selling delicious smelling savory items such as pav bhaji , aloo tikki , paneer tikka and kathi kebab. Moreover it even offers some quick bites such as samosa and bread pakoda which is perfect to cure your not so hungry hunger. What makes this place extra special is the swift service and very sweet behaving staff that stand as the pillars of this legendary joint and the unforgettable cleanliness and hygiene which this place maintains is remarkable.

The journey that started almost a century ago still never fails to surprise us with its consistent and toothsome dishes. We are beyond blessed to have such places in our Dilli.

Name: Chaudhary Sweets Corner

Address: 10/18, near Roshanara Club, Kamla Nagar , New Delhi

Contact number: +91 9871311188

Owners name: Devraj Chaudhary

 

 

 

 

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Shri Bankey Bihari Brijwasi Rasgulle Wala : Much more than just rasgullas .

Ever wanted to taste the essence of homemade food in some restaurant’s menu ? Well, If yes then Kamla Nagar has yet another gem which is worth your try. ‘ Shri Bankey Bihari Brijwasi Rasgulle Wale’ , residing in a small lane next to spark mall has always made it to the list of ‘must tries’ of Kamla nagar market. As it’s name suggests , this place is not only about the rasgulle or any other desserts but the wide variety which it offers including the savory dal makhni to the lip smacking naans of various kinds.

Environment and ambience plays a huge role when it comes to rating restaurants as well as street food joints, regarding which this place has a very family friendly and spiritual kind of environment accompanied by the spiritual playlist and the essence of the sweet smell of everlasting agarbattis (incense sticks)  . All the workers here wear a big pack of chandan  (sandal ) along with teeka on their forehead and moreover all the food items here are cooked in pure desi ghee without involving the use of onion and garlic which can’t even be pointed out while munching the savory items here.

The best order which can be placed here according to us is a platter of two to three main course items such as palak paneer, dal makhni, rajma etc. along with some naans . They use very clean measures to cook the food which ensures a total safe circumstance to have food. The prices at which they offer food are very economical too ranging from 300-400 ƻ for two people making it  very affordable for college students too. Apart from the savory items this place has a variety of desserts too for example special fruit cream, rasgullas, gulab jamun and much more.

The traces of this places goes back to the post independence decade, to be more specific in some late 1950’s which is now run by the third generation ensuring the best and authentic taste , delicious enough to tantalize our taste buds and provide a heavenly experience. A small shop started in late 1950’s has still never compromised when it comes to the taste, quality of the food as well as the environment of the place listing it to the top places to much in your bite.

Name : Shri Bankey Bihari Brijwasi Rasgulle Wale

Address : D-128, Kamla Nagar

Phone number :011-23842116

Owner’s name: Rajiv Brijwasi

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SPW Pizza : Serving happiness in the form of slices

Who with pizza covered in loads of cheese and topped with freshly made pizza sauce and toppings is poor? Pizza is not a food but it’s an emotion. This world was blessed with its first pizza in the year 1889 , ever since the  true love for pizza in people’s heart has not faded and in fact it grew stronger with time. When it comes to pizza, what is better than a small roadside stall which offers a huge variety at a low cost ? One such stall resides in the cooks and nooks of Kamla Nagar which is called ‘ SPW Pizza’. It offers a huge variety which includes mushroom pizza, four cheese pizza, paneer pizza, capsicum pizza etc.

During a chit chat with the vendor at SPW Pizza Stall he told how SPW has various branches spread all over Delhi including in Rohini, Ghantaghar, Gtb Nagar etc. This may be not the most heard place to have a pizza but believe me the taste and quantity which this place offers is unmatchable. A perfect crust of pizza is topped with loads of the selected toppings and spicy pizza sauce along with plenty of cheese and of course the oregano and chilly flakes. Your mouth explodes with flavors as you gulp in the first bite of the delicacy which this place offers, first you feel the hotness of the seasoning and then creamy taste of cheese accompanied with the perfect twist of the pizza sauce and the toppings.

Along with the good taste, the service is appealingly fast and flawless. Even if you are not feeling that hungry this place has a solution for that too, the ‘baby pizza’ which is just the right size to satisfy your baby hunger. Apart from the good taste , good service and economical prices they also have the delivery service which is very convenient and worthy.

If you consider pizza as your soul food and posses an endless love for it, this is surely the right place to make your heart , taste buds and stomach satisfied with the delicious and drool worthy pizzas it offers.

Shop Name :SPW Pizza

Address : 23-F, Lolhapur Road, Kamla Nagar , Delhi

Contact number: +91 9540994357

 

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Ved Dhabha : Worth the wait and the weight.

A wise man once said “Street food is the ultimate salvation for the human race” which indeed is very true, why to spend on fancy restaurants when you can perfectly satiate your taste buds with the wonders on the street? One such wonder exists in a street in Kamla Nagar which goes by the name Ved Dhabha , which offers a wide variety of north Indian food cooked with pure love and dedication. Well, what makes this place so special? This Dhaba is almost 30 years old as well as it offers the best north Indian food at prices as low as possible. This place has a vast menu which includes numerous varieties of sweets. This isn’t only my opinion but every person in that area, from fellow university students to even the rickshaw drivers do not leave a stone upturned when it comes to praising this place for its legendary and authentic taste.

My visit to this place was very unplanned which was the result of the  usual ‘not so good hostel food’ day. It turned out to be a life saver weapon against hunger that day and surprisingly it is still the best weapon I can use to save myself from such days. At first this place appeared like a sweet shop which slowly transformed into a very retro vibe dhaba with wooden seating as I walked into it. To my surprise, each and every table  was occupied majorly by the university students , families etc. But due to the quick service of the very welcoming staff members of that place, we were offered our seat as soon as possible. Further , the universal truth of college students always being broke was what bothered us next, which turned into a sigh of relief as we looked at the prices on the menu. We ordered a smoking hot plate of  butter paneer and couple of butter tandoori rotis , which hardly took a while to arrive.

‘You first eat with your eyes’ turned out be the just right saying at the first glance. The butter paneer was perfectly topped with some extra butter and the tandoori  rotis  were so glazed as if they were dipped in rivers of butter . And lastly, as I took a bite of the buttery roti wrapped around the piping hot curry the ‘title’ of this article was justified. It was such a heavenly and toothsome experience to have such delicious food at such a legendary place in this walled city. I left that place with nothing but a satisfactory grin and a  great experience regarding the food, hospitality and service and of course the low bill.

So, if you are a hungry individual with a lot of north Indian cuisine fandom, make sure you visit this place without fail and have a heavenly experience from the very first bite till the end.

Name: Ved Dhaba

Address: 5307, Chandrawal Road,Kamla Nagar ,New Delhi

Phone Number: 011 23850931

 

 

 

 

 

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The Waffle Baker, The Newest Kid On The Block

Waffle, considered to be Belgium’s “culinary gift to the world” is no longer a plain and simple dish as it originally was. It has found its variants across the world and is served either with strawberries, maple syrup, whipped cream, chocolate syrup, sometimes frozen, at others, freshly cooked. But, have you ever had a chocolate-laden, waffle on a stick?

In Delhi, one can find multiple outlets selling waffles, each trying to outdo the other. The Waffle Baker, a newly opened outlet in GTB Nagar area has gone a step further. Situated on Hudson Lane, in the midst of North Campus’ food hub, this waffle place offers waffles with a variety of toppings like Nutella, chocolate, Gems, and also ice-cream on the side. Their much-loved waffle and an especially innovative one is the Berry Express which is served with a topping of Magic Pops.

The Waffle Baker’s rampant popularity is due to their ingenious idea of serving waffles on a stick. These waffles are made without using any eggs and the batter is prepared by them, without the use of any machine. The end product is, absolutely delicious waffles with the perfect amount of crunch, which are then dipped in chocolate sauce or topped with a dash of colourful sprinkles and served to you with a smile. The place is quite small and lacks proper seating, therefore an, even more, reason to go for waffles on a stick. They are not that expensive and the quality that you get makes it a bargain. One also has the option of creating one’s own waffle, customising it according to liking. This outlet also serves coffee and various shakes, a lovely combination with a waffle. This place opens around 11 am and is easy to reach, the nearest metro station being GTB Nagar on the Yellow line.

This year, The Waffle Baker is trying to make waffles on a stick accessible to the wider public by presenting them at the NBT Flavour Fest- Street Fusion Food Court taking place at Baba Kharak Singh Marg on the 14th and 15th of October. The festival is curated by Delhi Food Walks and aims to bring to the forefront the talented minds behind the various fusion food items.

 

Address- 2507, Hudson Lane, GTB Nagar,

Contact info.-  +91 7503045505  

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3 Of Connaught Place’s Sweetest Secrets

3 Of Connaught Place’s Sweetest Secrets

By: Aradhana Dwivedi-Verma, Anubhav Sapra

The history and origins of the delectable delight that is the rasgulla, has always been a subject for heated debates, but its existence is nothing but a divine blessing for us. And what’s more, eastern India is not the only region that can lay claim to making the best ones. New Delhi’s Connaught Place, an exuberant shopping and eating hub, has a sinful little underbelly that not everyone is aware of. Hidden among the boutiques and swanky restaurants are street stalls selling the most delectable rasgullas and other sweet treats. Sweetening the deal even further are the throwaway prices.

1. Lalji

An amiable gentleman with a kind face, Lalji has occupied his corner of Connaught Place’s H Block for close to 40 years. In the summer months, customers flock to his modest stall to cool down with rasgullas, ice cream and rabdi.

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Originally from Gorakhpur, Lalji lives in Nabi Karin, Paharganj, and earlier sold ice cream in Satyanarayan Katra, Chandni Chowk. Although he makes the ice cream himself, he sources the rabdi from Hathras; it is made by two brothers named Bablu and Mukesh, who also supply it to Haldiram’s, says Lalji with quiet amusement.

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The rasgullas at this stall are sweet and juicy, and the rabdi (Rs 10 for a cup), is sweet, textured and melts in the mouth. It is sold through the year, though the Lalji sets aside the ice cream and succulent rasgullas after Diwali, replacing them with gulab jamuns and gajar ka halwa.

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Find it here: Next to Punjab Sindh Bank, H Block, Connaught Place
Contact: 8800123521

Lalji sets up his stall at noon each day and leaves at 9pm.

2. Sajan Lal

The first thing that strikes you about Sajan Lal’s shop is the array of posters depicting benevolent colourful deities smiling down upon his trays of rasmalai, kulfi, rabdi, faluda and rasgullas.

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Sajan Lal is from Faizabad, Uttar Pradesh, but has been living in Delhi since 1982. Like Lalji, he too buys his rabdi from Bablu and Mukesh, but makes his rasgullas and ice cream himself.

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As he makes you a faluda-kulfi (swiftly going through the steps — ice cream, faluda, chashni, rabdi, ice cream again and a deft dash of Rooh Afza) he tells you that he lives in Paharganj, as do many others in his trade.

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When you’re here, do try the rasmalai; it is soft, flavourful and utterly beautiful to behold. If you’re craving something salty, ask for the dhoklas. The dhoklas are a recent addition to the menu (it was his first day of selling dhoklas on the day of the interview); he is looking to add variety

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The best thing he makes is the rasmalai; it is soft, flavourful and utterly beautiful to behold.

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Sajan Lal sets up shop at 10am, and stays till around 8.30pm, which is when his stock usually runs out.

Find it here: Near Bank of Baroda, M Block, Connaught Place
Contact: 9953939342

3. Sanjay Agarwal’s stall

Sanjay Agarwal runs a stall near Barakhamba Road metro station, selling faluda, rabdi, kulfi and rasgullas. It is probably one of the most famous sweet stalls in CP, if not all of Delhi – before Sanjay hopped on board, his father had been running it for 40 years.

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The place is always crowded, with people asking for their favourite desserts.
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Unlike most other vendors, he breaks a rasgulla into half before serving it to you, and when you express surprise upon learning that he too lives in Paharganj and buys his rabdi from Bablu and Mukesh, he tells you that this is no coincidence. Lalji is his brother-in-law and Sajan Lal is his father’s younger brother. In shop number 53, Shankar Market, sits Rampher, Lalji’s brother. He only sells faluda kulfi, says Sanjay Agarwal.

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Agarwal’s most legendary dish is the slightly tangy faluda; he explains that while the others use only mango ice cream, they use mango and vanilla. He also explains that their ice cream is the best because they churn the milk more.
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In the winter months, they sell moong dal ka halwa.

Find it here: Outside Exit 6, Barakhamba Road Metro Station
Contact: 7834897696

A collaborative project of Delhi Food Walks and Spoon University on Delhi Street Food Series that brings you the best of both worlds- expertise and love for food.

Picture Courtesy: Aakanksha Joshi

This article was published in HuffPost India. Here is the link- http://www.huffingtonpost.in/delhi-food-walks/3-of-connaught-places-swe_b_8101412.html

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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Depaul’s

                 Depaul’s: The perfect blend of culture & consistency

                               By: Shagun Nayar

11942278_900779169991723_400259581_nThe Cosmetics, Coffee & Snack Shop located on 22 Janpath , Indian Oil Bhavan Corridor is an institution in itself.It stands tall and proud as one of the few remaining old haunts of Dilwaalon ki Dilli. Known widely for its perfect blend of frothy cold coffee & consistency throughout the years, it has managed to withstand the big bad wolves like CCD, Costa, Barista & Starbucks. 

I can say with utter confidence that there does not exist any true Dilliwaala who hasn’t visited the infamous Depaul’s. The name itself is sure to stir up conversations stemming from fond memories and nostalgia between friends, students, colleagues and thinkers. Be it discussing philosophy & politics right in the middle of the capital city or whiling away time after bunking lectures to getting that much needed kick of caffeine after the endless bargaining at Janpath, Depaul’s has managed to be everyone’s first choice in the bustling market of Janpath & Connaught Place.

The reason why Depaul’s has successfully continued and further strengthened its legacy is because it emits an aura of permanence & culture in an otherwise fast-paced world where producers are driven not by their craft but by their desire to be number 1.

11948237_900778756658431_1615926665_nFounded in 1952 by Mister Dharam Pal Kathpalia, it was more than a distant dream. Surprisingly, hailing from a prominent family Mr. Dharam Pal never got the approval from his father on starting a business venture because his father was sceptical of “business” as a promising occupation. On having been conferred with the ‘Rai Sahab’ designation by the British Officials, he didn’t like the sight of his son leaving a possible future in administration/governance for something as risky or unstable as a business venture.

The lovely Mr. Ashwani Kathpalia; second generation of the family business who was personally attending to all his customers with a beaming smile was more than willing to share with me the history of Depaul’s and how it came into being. So, with absolutely no family support and very little money, Mr.Dharam Pal had no other alternative but to start from scratch by selling mere objects as a street vendor. Subsequently, as a result of his hard work & will power, he opened his very own cosmetics shop in the posh neighbourhood of Janpath where he was joined by his two real brothers & that’s how the family business came into being. After being relocated from the original Depaul’s which was located on the corridor along the main road to its present location in 19 70 , the enthusiastic entrepreneurs of the Kathpalia family expanded their business from a cosmetics shop to a booming beverages corner in 19 68 & that is the story behind their first ever bottle of cold coffee. A decade and a half down the line, the owners decided to further expand and transform Depaul’s to a well stocked shop with Cosmetics, Cold Coffee and a range of Food Items owing to its sheer popularity and prime location.

Depaul’s now houses under its name, The Original Cosmetics Shop, Cold Coffee Corner, An elaborate Snacks Bar with Burgers, Grilled Sandwiches, Korma Sandwiches, Momo’s, Patty’s & their famous Cheese Balls.

Staying true to the principle of customer satisfaction, Depaul’s has managed to keep up with the changing trends by introducing a fresh range of flavoured cold coffees. You can now order anything from a Regular bottle of Cold Coffee to Mocha/Chocolate/Hazelnut/Almond/Sugar Free Cold coffee.

For all those of you who last visited this humble institution in your good old college days or those of you who are new to this beautiful city , head out to what in my opinion is a heritage coffee shop & travel back in time where the coffee is always premium and the quality is always consistent.

Phone Number: 011-23328214

Price for 2: Rs. 150-200

 

 

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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For God’s Cake

FOR GOD’S CAKE

By Prakriti Bhat

The ever bustling Hudson Lane has a lot of options to satisfy your rumbling tummy. But one just can’t ignore the occasional sweet cravings. Till now Cent Percent was the only bakery in the area, and a good one too. The newest bakery in vicinity is For God’s Cake helmed by Divine Spaces, the creators of Wood Box Café and The Vintage Avenue. Opened in June 2015, it’s only a month old but is quickly gaining popularity among the college crowd due to its eclectic décor and cost effective menu.

For God’s Cake is not just a patisserie but also a café; as is written on the signboard. It’s a ‘bakery café’ and thus also serves pastas, sandwiches, shakes and pizzas. The best part about this bakery is that they don’t have a fixed carte du jour. They keep making additions to the food and bakery menu. Following the wooden interiors of Wood Box Café and floral décor of The Vintage Avenue, the makers have made indulgent use of wood here too. The picturesque interiors are a blend of both these places and scores high on concept. Miniature buckets hold napkins and straws. There’s a tiny windmill attached to the wall. Lilliputian bird cages are hung from the lampshades while elfin flower vases are decorated within wooden French windows joined to the wall. The tables and ceiling are covered with beautiful calligraphy and sketches.

20150716_143202I was invited for a luncheon by co-owner Manika Jagdish Pahwa. The place is divided into two sections. One is the bakery section while the other has seating arrangement. The menu has myriads of options extending from sandwiches to pizzas. The Belgian delicacy, Waffles are available in different combinations. One can choose to have it with whipped cream or Nutella. Pancakes are beautifully served with maple syrup and a variety of other sides, instantly transporting you to the colonnades of Rome, where they were first made. We ordered a Chick-o-nara Pizza, Snicker Bar Shake and High Protein Veggie Burger. The Snicker Bar shake was delicious and you can actually feel tiny bits of chocolate in your mouth. It was served in a recycled Jam jar. The pattern made by chocolate syrup was visually appealing, as always.

The pizzas served here are oval shaped which is a very innovative idea. I am a big fan of sausages and salami and the Chick-o-nara pizza satisfied my longing for both. It reminded me of the Chicken Tikka Naanza served at Eatopia, India Habitat Center (which is a bit spicier). Addition of a bit more spices to this pizza would make it even yummier for spice lovers like me. For all health freaks out there, you too can have your share of fun with their high protein burgers. Choose from their veg or non-veg versions that are sure to whet your appetite while keeping a check on your calories. The veg one has a savoury patty made from sprouts served in a multigrain bun. The dishes were presented in wooden trays.

20150717_192415You can’t come to a bakery and leave without trying the sweet dishes! For dessert I tried a Red velvet cupcake, a slice of Rainbow cake, Hazelnut cake and Caramel cake each. The cupcake was absolutely fantastic. It wasn’t too creamy or too dry and had a slight tang of walnut. It looked adorable in a pink wrapper. The Rainbow cake enticed me with its multi-coloured layers promising a burst of flavor and it surely did that. The Caramel Cake had a glazed surface and was sweeter than the Hazelnut cake which had a criss-cross design on its surface. Another dessert that looked very vibrant and alluring but was too much for my already full tummy was their Cake jar in a variety of flavours.

Still new in the bakery business, they are slowly learning the ropes of the trade. Visit their outlet and fulfill your sinful craving!

Address- 2521, Hudson Lane, GTB Nagar

Contact No.- 01133016122

Cost for two- Rs. 500

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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South Campus Food Joints

South Campus Food Joints

Compiled by Prakriti Bhat

Mithas, Anand Lok- Located bang opposite to Gargi College, this is one place you do not want to miss. A meal costs will cost you around 200 bucks and it’s definitely worth it. Their chilly garlic chowmein, sandwiches and burgers are a huge hit among the students here.

Diggin, Anand Lok- This fairyland is famed for its décor in not just south campus but all over Delhi. The slightly high prices won’t hurt you much given the prompt service, beautiful interiors and unique dishes. When here, ordering zucchini fries is a must. Meal for two- Rs 1200

34 Chowringhee Lane, Satyaniketan– Tracing its origins back to Kolkata, this franchise is known for its absolutely delectable tikka rolls and chicken egg roll. This branch is located right opposite to Venkateshwara College and is thronged by students who rush in for a quick bite. Meal for two- Rs. 300

QD’s, Satyaniketan– The first thing that comes to my mind is their gigantic tandoori momos, popular across the town. A MUST try. Chilly potatoes, chicken sandwich and shakes are some of the widely popular dishes here. It’s always crowded and that speaks volumes about its quality. Meal for two- Rs. 500.

Big Yellow Door- The quirky yellow door is sure to catch your eye. Bomb Chicken Burger, Cheesy Fries, Baked Nachos are some of the dishes students drool over. Don’t get disappointed by the waiting line. It’s worth a wait. You could also reserve a table in advance. Great place for birthday treats. Meal for two-Rs. 500

 Bombay bhel puri wala, Outside LSR- A humble snack of Bhel Puri and Sev puri can do wonders for your rumbling tummy in between classes. Each of these dishes doesn’t more than 20 bucks which makes it an ideal place for grabbing a quick bite. Give in your spice preference and munch away to glory.

High on burgers (HOB), Satyaniketan– Situated opposite to Venkateshwara College, this place specializes in burgers and finger foods. Though the menu is quite short, it provides a wide variety of burgers. Try their Chicken sausage burger and Super Cheesy Burger. Meal for two-Rs. 250.

Idliss, Satyaniketan-This one is for all the Idli-Dosa lovers. The place serves authentic South Indian food with delicious chutney which will leave you asking for more. Rava Masala Dosa, Mysore Masala Dosa, Button Idli are the most ordered dishes here. A sumptuous meal for two will cost around 250 bucks.

Dude food-With a funky décor, Dude Food has a huge footfall. Awaken the dude and dudette in you with their juicy Dude Lamb burger, Dude Chicken Burger and Dude Chicken Pizza. And don’t forget to get clicked with the cool Einstein poster! Meal for two- Rs.700

Al bake, New Friends Colony– known for its lip smacking shawarmas, regulars will often coax others by saying, ‘yeh nahi khaya to kya khaya?’ Quick service and pocket friendly rates make it one of the best places to hog on shawarmas and other delicacies. Meal for two- Rs. 500

Chocolate Square, Satyaniketan– Best place to order birthday cakes and get them customized. Since this is quite close to south campus, it receives a lot of cake orders. It is loved for its desserts like chocolate balls, black forest cake and other pastries. Meal for two- Rs.300

Café 101, Satyaniketan– With a colourful décor and a vast menu ranging from juices to pastas and wraps, this place is a one stop shop for all your foodie desires. With over 30 varieties of pastas and 10 flavours of pizzas to choose from, this should definitely be on your list! Meal for two- Rs.650

Picco Licko, Satyaniketan-So you are done with your meal. What next? Of course dessert! To get some respite from this scorching heat, come here for a delicious scoop of ice cream and waffles. They have loads of variety. Slurp away! Meal for two-Rs. 300

College Canteens-The college canteens have their own gems of flavor. LSR’s café has its own signature dish-Chicken Tikka Rolls. Venky’s Masala Dosa and Idli with their superb chutney and sambar can be seen on many a table in the canteen. Similarly, Jesus and Mary College has it very own bhel puri and sev puri wala, a plate of which reminds you of saddi dilli’s street food.

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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Ghaseeta Pehalwan Pakodewala

Ghaseeta Pehalwan Pakodewala

By Anubhav Sapra

It has been my observation that Pehalwans are generally obsessed with food. And due to this inclination, they turn out to be real food entrepreneurs. Majority of them have opened restaurants and food joints across Delhi. I remember, Pehalwan Lassi Wala in Vijay Nagar, who offers their patrons a big glass of lassi with a thick layer of cream on the top, at just Rs 25.  I used to rush to him after examinations at Delhi University. The Lassi was the only respite from the hangover of reading political philosophers day and night. In addition to its cooling effects, it also causes drowsiness and made me sleep for hours after that.

At Churiwalan, in Old Delhi, Pehalwan’s Changezi Chicken is a well known name. The most famous Butter Chicken Shop in Matia Mahal, Aslam Chicken Corner is owned by Aslam Pehalwan. Another shop owned by a pehalwan in Old Delhi – Ghaseeta Pehalwan sells amazing pakodas. Recently, rains became  an excuse for me to visit the pakoda shop to savour some Kalmi Vada Pakoda.

IMG_5390Making one’s way through Paranthewali gali, one can arrive at the junction called Tiraha of Gali Paranthewali, Nai Sadak and Kinari Bazar. There, at the corner of Gali Heeranand is a small shop which tends to attract everyone with the delectable aroma of freshly made pakodas. The shop is famously known as Rajesh Pakodewala where the portrait of Ghaseeta Pehalwan in his traditional attire hangs on its wall. He is the third generation owner of the shop. His grandfather, 70 years ago, was the purana ghaseeta pehalwan. Interestingly, he started a new venture along with his wrestling profession, which was the pakode ki dukaan.

IMG_5389I tried moong ki dal ke pakode and kalmi vadaAlthough the chaat of Kalmi Vada can be found at many chaat joints in Old Delhi, the kalmi vada pakoda is quite rare to find. All the doubts are laid to rest right from the first bite. It is prepared using urad dal, ginger, green chillies, black pepper and other important spices. Kalmi vade ke pakode are made from chana dal. You also get amazing mix pakodas, stuffed with aloo or gobi, at Rs 20 per plate.

The pakodas are served in a dona with dhaniya and amchur chutney and aloo ki sabzi, with a heady aroma of heeng. Heeng is widely used as a substitute for Onion in Old Delhi. So, the ingredients at Ghaseeta Pehalwan’s shop include no onion, no garlic. The pakodas were crisp and fried to perfection. The batter of chickpea flour with spices was a perfect concoction that can be relished at the Pehalwan’s shop.

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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.