Saturday, March 26, 2011

Food walk in Old Delhi

I went on the most amazing food walk in Sitaram Bazaar. This area is full of shops owned by Hindu Banias; the street food here is vegetarian and fantastic. With me was Dhruv, who lives in the area.

We started off with a gol-gappa-walla near Chawri Bazaar Metro Station.


I knew I should go slow and eat very little (so as to save space for more later) but it was too tempting!

After the gol-gappas came the most amazing kulcha-chole; just a little further down.


The chole was hot from the brass pot; and garnished with chaat masala, onions, ginger, chillies, coriander and lemon.

Finger-licking good! My tastebuds were tingling with the tartness of the lemon, combined with the spicy chola, and the tang of the chaat masala. The kulchas - soft bread made of maida - help temper down the spiciness of the dish. I swear this is the tastiest thing I have ever eaten in Delhi.

After the spiciness of the chola, Dhruv introduced me to the delights of brown milk cake.


The old man is a daily fixture in Dhruv's lane; stirring milk and sugar and ghee into a thick delight.

This cake had a chewy rich goodness that sent me on a delirious high. I started out saying "But I can't eat all this by myself"; and shared it with others, but then I tasted it, and ended up wishing for more!

This was not all - there was more - bedmi puri, aloo sabzi, nagori halwa...which I had never eaten before. But it's getting late right now, so I better finish this story here. I'll post again, with Part 2 of the walk, and more photos!

11 comments:

Shoba Narayan said...

Wow! I wanna go.

Shoba Narayan said...

Wow! I wanna go.

NG said...

Me too. Next weekend I am off, I am going to Chawair Bazar :)

DelhiBound said...

Looks delicious!!!

Super Babe said...

Wow, you were the busy bee recently (I just saw the Mumbai post!)... the brown milk cake sounds absolutely delicious! I must go next time (whenever that is) we go to India!!! :) Thank you for posting so many pictures and explaining everything so well, it really makes me feel as if I'm there!!!

Anu Karthik said...

Deepa..it is not fair you get to have all this fun :) I would love to be there.

Divya Shankar said...

Wowie .. ur article is literally dragging me to Delhi :)

Alex said...

Hii Deepa, Your Part -II of the walk is awaited from quite long....

Deepa Krishnan said...

Alex, I posted the second instalment!

http://delhimagic.blogspot.com/2011/06/food-walk-in-old-delhi-part-2.html

Anonymous said...

Thank you deepaa. Amazing experience. I wish to have it. Will advise you, my and mine fiancee's plan soon...Alex

Anonymous said...

Very well written, I must say .
Deepa is also an excellent marketing manager :) . Look forward to joining one of her walking tours in the next few days . Dr Arun Agrawal