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.
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.
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.
Italian delicacy in Delhi..!!
Raaga – The coffee lounge correctly stands on the ground that you cannot judge a book by its cover, the place will not attract you initially due to its location and surroundings but once inside, you forget all about it and find it a combination of homey and upscale restaurant. The ambiance is cozy, comfortable and pleasant with elite finesse. The restaurant has a very musical and calm aura which works well with their menu. The place is perfect for all ages, if you wanna go alone, with friends or with your family. The seating is very comfortable with sofas to plop down on.
The menu has all the Italian treats that you can think of, from bite size treats and munches to full main course dishes it has it all. The price is acceptable considering the dishes taste amazing. The dishes and drinks I ordered left me ecstatic with great presentation and outstanding taste.
The canapé and lasagne I ordered had impeccable preciseness and consistency of taste. There is a huge variety of drinks varying from coffee and tea to smoothies and shakes.
The staff is friendly with complete knowledge of what they are serving. The service wasn’t very rushed or very slow. The place could easily be a food lovers paradise and has the capacity to compete with the huge number of restaurants in Kamla Nagar. North Delhi people do not need to go to south for a good experience or for a family meal or formal meeting it available right here.
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
I Say Why Not Chinese?
A little of boiling, a sprinkle of oriental spices and a taste that takes you by the green trail to the Great ‘est’ Wall. Chinese is more than this, especially when it comes straight from the tandoor!
Placed in Jawahar Nagar, Y Not Chinese or more familiarly called the “YNC” is the trendiest joint for youngsters. Set with tables and two to eight chairs around them, YNC is surely a place to bond. Have you ever had the fascinating experience of a place that is dark but still there is ample of light? YNC makes you feel so.
On a personal note, when I first went through this glorious name of “tandoori momo”; I was a little sceptic. Out of some sort of curiosity, I ordered the same dish praying for my money to not go wasted. But when the dish finally arrived one word could explain my reaction: Amazed. The momos were the golden red of the tandoor that came with agreen pudine ki chutney. Take a bite please, and a blast of pleasure that tickles your mind, to a happy trance but the grand tandoori flavour brings you to the clay ovens of the lands of heritage.
Or just order regular momos, and the steaming hot delicacy that come with a red sauce takes you on an amazing journey through tastes of pure excellence and sweeps you off your feet.
Fusions that will surely make you crave for more. Do try this place.
Another personal note, I like its crockery.
Sukanya Sharma,Foodie Correspondent
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.