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!