Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Paratha’s galore at Parathewali Gali

We travelled by Metro to Chandi Chowk station and dodged our way through the heavy traffic, starving ourselves to savour the much famed parathas of Parathewali Gali. The nondescript lane dedicated to selling paratha’s in Chandni Chowk, Old Delhi is known as Parathewali Gali (lane of stuffed Indian flat, fried bread)

The enticing aroma of freshly cooked parathas wafts through this lane. Impatienly, we rushed to the nearest stall of Pandit Babu Ram ParatheWala, which is comparatively new and was established in 1983.

The oldest of the paratha stalls is of Pandit Gaya Prasad Shiv Charan which was established in 1872.

With expectant eyes, we looked forward towards relishing our meal, which first arrived in steel plates, laden with potato curry, raita, mixed vegetable pickle, sautéed mash of sweet pumpkin alongwith sweet lassi.

The varied menu card - an array of stuffings for the parathas.....
Later, the various stuffed parathas (all of which are strictly vegetarian) arrived with stuffings - whichever we wished for…. Peas (Matar), Ladyfinger (Bhindi), Gramflour(Besan), Cauliflowe, Tomato (Tamatar), Raisins (Kishmish), Indian cottage cheese (Paneer), Carrot (Gajar) We relished the tasty parathas to our hearts content ! You name it and they have various stuffings of vegetables and sweets too.

Chandni Chowk is a popular culinary destination in Old Delhi, thus to cater to the ever increasing need of food lovers, an online food retail website has been launched:

“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.”

― J.R.R. Tolkien

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