Street food and traditions, Delhi

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    Paranthe wali Gali "lane of parantha-makers": Tasty local indian food

    by vinod-bhojak Written Oct 6, 2014

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    Paranthe wali Gali (lane of parantha-makers)in Chandni Chowk area of Delhi, India, noted for its series of shops selling paratha, a fried Indian bread.
    I'd heard a lot about this place and when I reached there I was completely lost,now I usally go there so I know many shops. the parantha's were really delicious and mouth watering.when i go there I like Gobhi Parathan butThere are a many variety of parantha's so you can choose one of them like Plain Paratha ( chapati with added ghee) , Gobhi Paratha (stuffed with flavored cauliflower and vegetables ), Aloo Paratha (stuffed with potato), Paneer Paratha ( stuffed with Paneer / cheese ),Dal Paratha ( stuffed with cereal ), Muli Paratha ( stuffed with Muli / radish ) , Ajwain Paratha ( stuffed with the spice 'Ajwain' ), Pudina Paratha ( laced with dry mint ) & many more..
    The parantha is usually served with sweet tamarind chutney, mint chutney, mixed vegetable pickle, paneer and potato curry, potato and fenugreek curry, and a sauteed mash of sweet pumpkin.

    The history of Paranthe Wali Gali dates back to the pages of the golden period of the Indian history during the reign of the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan. Before the alleys established as the ‘Parathe Wali Gali’, it was known only for its silverware shops. The first Parathe shop that moved in was in the year 1870.Therer were many shops but In the late 1980s many of them closed shop and moved out, though today this place is experiencing a revival and some shops are being run by the sixth generation of the same family.In the years just after the independence, Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi, and Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit came to take their parantha meals in this gali.[10] The "Pandit Dayanand Shivcharan" shop proudly displays the photograph of the Nehru family eating in their shop. The late Jayaprakash Narayan was a regular visitor.

    Note : Only Vegetarian Parathas are offered. Onion and Garlic is avoided.
    The parathas might be too oily, the paratha shops are unhygienic, small & crowded without Air Conditioner to bear delhi's hot summer.

    Favorite Dish: when i go there I like Gobhi Parathan butThere are a many variety of parantha's so you can choose one of them like Plain Paratha ( chapati with added ghee) , Gobhi Paratha (stuffed with flavored cauliflower and vegetables ), Aloo Paratha (stuffed with potato), Paneer Paratha ( stuffed with Paneer / cheese ),Dal Paratha ( stuffed with cereal ), Muli Paratha ( stuffed with Muli / radish ) , Ajwain Paratha ( stuffed with the spice 'Ajwain' ), Pudina Paratha ( laced with dry mint ) & many more..

    Parantha Parantha Makers Making Parantha The spices which mix in paratha Name of Paratha shop
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    No name, lots here!: For "trained" stomaches !! ((((-: !

    by kokoryko Written Mar 10, 2008

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    At one point I got hungry, walking in Chandni Chowk,in the middle of afternoon, and I looked for a place for a quick meal. In a small “pedestrian” street, I came across a place where a cook was baking chappati outside a very little restaurant; I stepped in, was the attraction of the place for a few seconds, then sat down at a plastic table, looked at what people were eating and, by gestures explained, I wanted the same: dal, chappati, onions and chilli. The dal was wonderful fresh, probably far from “high” cuisine, but in the surroundings, it exactly fitted and was spicy as I like it, lots of strong peppered curry, and sweet lentils; a piece of chilli from time to time and if it was too hot. . . killed the fire with onion and chappati. I had a nice “fast food”, and my stomach proved “reliable” as I drank water from the jug . . . . I know, here I can tell I am lucky having no problems with “exotic” food or water; I do not know if they had bottled beverages in that restaurant.
    The surroundings were exotic too, as I could watch very close the cook and people walking or working on the street. Food and show in the same time!

    Chapatti, onions, dal, chili and water! perfect!
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    Street food and traditions: Gali Parathe Wali

    by husain Written Dec 30, 2006

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    Gali Parathe wali, or `the lane of parathas' is located in Chandni Chowk, and is very popular with the locals who would often flock to the paratha shops here for a meal.
    There are 3 or 4 shops in the lane, that serve a wide variety of parathas- ranging from those stuffed with potatoes to cauliflowers/ raddish/ cottage cheese, etc etc...
    Its a great place to stop by while strolling around exploring the lanes of Chandni Chowk and grabbing an inexpensive, yet delicious meal.

    Favorite Dish: A Paratha is a flat-bread thats typical to the Indian subcontinent, and which is usually made with flour, fried, and often stuffed with vegetables etc, and served with chutneys and curry.

    Paratha and accompaniments Restaurant Gali parathe wali The Chandni Chowk Area
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    Eatopia: Multi cusinie food court

    by husain Updated Feb 11, 2004

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    'Eatopia'. thats where delhi-ites head when they cant make up their mind about the cuisine.
    Chinese and Thai, baked delicacies, Mughlai, South Indian, Tex-Mex, Chaat, pizzas- a whole range of stuff is available under one roof.

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    Street food and traditions: For the brave!

    by Crift Written Dec 12, 2003

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    If you are too squimish then pass this tip, it's not for you. Even a squeaky-clean street food stand would sell poison to you. Sometimes, it's all in the head, you know. If you BELIEVE that eating something from the street will make you sick, you will get sick even if they give you a nice banana.

    Try to avoid the moving stands.

    Favorite Dish: My favorite food thing was the fruit juices stands. They are scattered all over the place and they are something else! A nice cool blend of papaya, pieapple, orange, pommegranate, banana will definitely boost your system and help your lungs cope with the dust and pollution. And it tastes great, too!

    Chaat potatoes are also excellent! They are diced potatoes fried in front of you and spiced up with turmeric and cumin.

    If you have a thing for oriental sweets like I do, nothing beats a nice rasgulla (cheese in syrup) or gulab jamun. If at some point you see your sweet wrapped in what you will think it's aluminum foil, think again... it's just edible silver.

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    Dili Haat food stalls: For the daring!

    by Crift Written Dec 12, 2003

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    Dili Haat market is a must for two reasons... first of all it gathers traders and craftsmen from all over India who keep their stands for a fortnight and then they pass them on to new ones.
    Second, it has a large nymber of food stalls serving food from different regions of India. A feast for the palate! The environment is nice and the open-air eating area raises an appetite...
    There is an entrance fee for the Dili Haat market, but it is not much, I can't remember exactly.

    Favorite Dish: The rajastani food stall was very nice...

    I can't remember what I ate but it was hot. The Indian tea with the cardamon flavor was excellent. It was served in clay pot mugs which made the taste and the aroma even better.

    The traditional outfit of the waiters helped a lot.

    Korean musicians in Dili Haat
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    Sagar: Sagar - idlis

    by j-san Updated Nov 30, 2003

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    Not at just one restaurant, but at many, many places we visited the food was served in these stainless steel bowls and plates.

    Favorite Dish: Idli and coconut chutney. Idli is white steamed rice shaped things... ummm and you dip those into the smooth coconut and coriander misture. Heavenly! Had them at several places, the best was here where Husain took me... Where was that now...?! :)

    idli, cocnut chutney and sambar

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    Just about in every marketplace!: Try some of our sweets!

    by wispofcloud Updated Aug 30, 2002

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    Indian sweets are famous! if you have a sweet tooth, this is the place to be! Most sweets are some combination of milk and other products.

    Try these mouth-watering delicacies.

    WARNING: Some of these shops are not hygienic, so it is best to ask a local VTer for advice on where to get the best sweets.

    PHOTO CREDIT: J-san

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    You can find a lot of food...

    by lcy Written Aug 26, 2002

    You can find a lot of food stalls along the road. However, pay attention to the hygiene. Fries are very common there, 'no fries, no people'.He!
    Make sure you take the medicine and have the injection taken before you go to Indian.

    Favorite Dish: 1. Samosa
    2. Chapati
    3. Nan (plain bread made with stove)
    4. Rotti (plain wheat bread)
    5. Aloo Gobi (potato with cauliflower)
    6. Dal (Beans)
    7. Curry..chicken...mutton...
    8. Tea (a cup of tea a day, keep the indian my way) HE!He!
    The above food are typical daily indian food.

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    j-san's Restaurant Tip

    by j-san Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Favorite Dish: Anything and everything, but mainly garlic naan! I love the way there are small pieces of garlic you can see on top of the naan (naan is a delicious chewy flatbread). Have been eating lots of delicious homecooked foods, loved Radhika's potato and cumin curry! And the Southern Indian potato and coriander dish (pictured!) that Husain's cook made one morning! The food here really hits the spot!

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    Indian food is as diverse as...

    by AliJoe Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Indian food is as diverse as its culture, its religion, geography, climatic conditions. All of these combine to influance the preparation of Indian food. Essentially spicy, the cuisine is, however, not always hot.

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    Kebabs: Kebabs

    by alycat Written Mar 12, 2008

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    Kebabs in Ballimaran. Small round winding streets with whole lot of sumptous delights. Go eat, glutton!!

    Funny signboard in Ballimaran
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    Grab a snack at Dilli Haat!

    by j-san Written Nov 30, 2003

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    Dilli Haat has outdoor tables and food from all over India. Great to stop and have a drink and something to eat after wandering around.

    tired and hungry husain

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    j-san's Restaurant Tip

    by j-san Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Favorite Dish: Fennel seeds after your meal... you will get these along with some sugar too sometimes, at all restaurants. Take a handful and chew well, they help with digestion.

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    j-san's Restaurant Tip

    by j-san Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Favorite Dish: no shortage of fruits this July/August! aaaah... One huge papaya was just 10Rs!!! ie. about 25cents! And so sweet...

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