Chandni Chowk is a world of its own, while the rest of Delhi is spurring up with new cafes and bars, the age-old restaurants and modest stalls/kiosks found at Chandni Chowk are just as precious. We took a spin of some of the most famous and least explored places in that part of town and here’s what we found!
Natraj’s bhallas are so soft that they break apart in the mouth in the first bite and are accompanied by oodles of dahi and saunth adding sweetness and freshness to it. With only two items in its menu, Dahi Bhalle and Aloo Tikki, the Natraj Café (as the locals call it), continues to conquer the chaat domain of the capital. You guys will surely become an ardent fan of this place once you try their offerings!
Where | Natraj Dahi Bhalla Corner - 1396, Chandni Chowk Road, Next to Central Bank of India
Price | Rs 50
Nestled among the many lace shops in Kinari Bazaar is Meerut Wale, where the magic of Khoya Gacchak unfolds in three steps. First, the crispy outer layer cracks open; second, the khoya within bursts inside the mouth and the after-effect is nothing more than increased lust for the same. This is why people get mounds of this crazy delish item packed in kilos for their loved ones!
Where | Meerut Ki Rewari Wale - 2684, Kinari Bazar
Price | Rs 150 (Per Kg)
Located right beside the famed Paranthe Wali Gali is Ayush Bhaiya’s stall who is known for making the spiciest Matra Kulcha ever with a cornucopia of the freshest ingredients. For customers who yearn for some added spice, you could ask bhaiya to be generous with those freshly chopped green chillies.
Where | Ayush Bhaiya’s stall - Next to Paranthe Wali Gali
Price | Rs 40
An all-time favourite snack, we’re ever ready to lap up kachoris any time of the day and to nosh on the best Kachori Aloo you’ll ever have, visit Jung Bahadur in Delhi 6. Two rounded kachoris are served with a thick spicy aloo gravy. Devour this goodness and thank us later!
Where | Jung Bahadur Kachori Wala - 1104, Maliwara, Jogiwara
Price | Rs 20 Onwards
Picture Credits: Akik Desai
Proudly yet shyly located at the end of the narrow lane in the Paranthe Wali Gali lies Pt. Gaya Prasad Shiv Charan Paranthe Wale which is the perfect place to take a break from shopping and to energize yourselves with their refreshing meal for they serve delicious and scrumptious paranthas. We love their Gobi Paratha, Mixed Vegetable Paratha and Aloo Paratha the most!
Where | Gaya Prasad Shiv Charan Paranthe Wale - 34, Gali Paranthe Wali
Price | Rs 60 Onwards
Kinari Bazaar is dotted with nankhatai vendors and this delicacy can be found pretty much all over the walled city. Made with desi ghee, this Indian style biscuit is soft and a little powdery. You really can’t ignore these open bakeries while exploring the galis. Stacked in heaps, nankhatai is truly one of a kind!
Price | Rs 70 (Per Kg)
In Old Delhi, it’s amazing to find people from all walks of life - rich, poor, wanderers, locals and travellers alike and it’s even more amazing to see the same criteria in the food availability here. Selling fresh kiwis and strawberries in little kiosks are lined up in the galis of Old Delhi and that too at seriously low prices!
With the closure of Ghantewala Confectioners in 2015, the Old Famous Jalebi Wala has become all the more famous. Serving only one item since more than 100 years, this place is a work of generations. The whole experience is worth a visit with the hot and crisp jalebis being prepared right in front of you. The thick juicy sugar loops served with rich rabri is a must-eat!
Where | Old Famous Jalebi Wala - 1797, Dariba Corner
Price | Rs 75
Khurchan, in Hindi, means leftovers or what is scraped off from the bottom. This gem of a shop is dedicated only to serving Khurchan, which is made up with the reduction of boiled sweetened milk. This precious gooey and sticky dessert cannot be missed, especially as it’s not easily available in other parts of Delhi!
Where | Hazari Lal Jain Khurchan Wale - 2225, Khurchan Wala, Kinari Bazaar
Price | Rs 60
One of the best Chole Bhature you can have lies opposite Natraj Dahi Bhalla Corner. This stall is always buzzing with locals and tourists. What we love the most about this dish found here is that the bhaturas are quite filling and soft & are served with spicy chickpea gravy. One plate of their offering is enough to keep you satiated all day long!
Where | Opposite Natraj Dahi Bhalla Corner
Price | Rs 50
If you’re a foodie and have ever been to Chandni Chowk, there’s no chance that you would have missed Gole Hatti. The ever-popular joint whips up the craziest Chole Chawal which actually comes with palak gravy. They are spicy, super hot, flavourful and amazingly yummy!
Where | Gole Hatti - 2-4, Church Mission Road, Fatehpuri
Price | Rs 70
Picture Credits: Manavendr
The best way to beat the heat is a chilled glass of lemon and there’s no better place than Pandit Ved Prakash Lemon Wale to gulp down one. The shop may be small but the queue outside it is never ending and you’ll always find people walking in and out of here. These guys make their special Nimbu Masala Soda that’ll help you recharge!
Where | Pandit Ved Prakash Lemon Wale - Opposite Town Hall
Price | Rs 10 Onwards
Picture Credits: vishnu raj
We all love to polish off a yummy plate of dahi papdi or golgappe but what if we say we love to fuse them and relish this delish Golgappe Chaat, yaas! The scrummy and crispy golgappas are dipped in chilled curd and come topped with spicy chutneys and tangy masalas. One try and you’ll be coming back to this shop for more!
Where | Shree Balaji Chaat Bhandar - Shop 1462, Near Sheesh Ganj Sahib Gurudwara
Price | Rs 50
Picture Credits: Rabri Bhandar
Known for their creamy rabri, this place is a haven for all sweet lovers. Just in case you’re not a rabri person (we doubt that!), you can always go for their thandi thandi sweet lassi that comes loaded with cream and dry fruits!
Where | Rabri Bhandar - 42-B, Gali Paranthe Wali, Opposite Central Bank
Price | Rs 50
So, get ready for the weekend, you have a lot to eat