A plate of savories with multitude of flavors which would appeal every taste receptor – spicy, sweet, sour, tangy et al – is what one would describe a ‘chaat’ to be. A way to describe the unvarying street food found all over the country, each region would have a singularity of its own. Let’s get chatty about the chaat you would find in Delhi. While some of these maybe reached without a sweat, others might need a volley of directions to get there. If you ask the locals, each one would corroborate with their favorites. Nonetheless, it’s all worth when you devour the lasts of the ‘chaat’ from your plate!
Dahi bhalle at Natraj
Fresh icy yogurt poured over crispy fried bread, potatoes topped with spices and tangy sauce is the treat you’d be giving your taste buds at the Natraj Dahi Bhalle which has given them their signature dish and badge! Yum yum!
Aloo Kulle at Bishan Swaroop
These guys scoop out a chunk of potato filling the hollow with stuffing and garnishes and show you how appetizing a boiled batata can get!
Papri Chaat at Shri Balaji Chaat
Another product variation in the mouth watering chaat line is this papri chaat dipped in curd and kachaalu chutney instead of the tamarind grind – at one of the oldest eateries in Chandni Chowk.
Fruit Chaat at Jugal Kishor Ramji Lal
Chaat has been rolled out in many different ways with different ingredients over the years. Here, they serve fresh fruits with a chaat twist!
Gobi Matar Samosas at Lala Babu Chaat Bhandar
The triangular fried fritter is a hot favorite for food lovers, and the gobi matar ones sold here might just be favored more!
Kachoris at Jung Bahadur Kachori wala
Bite into this spicy fried snack served as a chaat with scrumptious fillings in Chandni Chowk from the one whose been here since ages – 1971 to be precise!
Gol Gappe at Haldiram’s
The most sought after chaat, known by aliases in different parts of the country is self served here at Haldiram’s. Head here if you’re fussy about the hygiene and source of ingredients used in whipping up this popular snack!
Having outlets all over the city, it serves chaat for those looking for eating street food in clean surroundings. Their papri chaat is a classic!
The ‘brand’ of chhole – Lotan
Locals swear by it and the visitors along with the critics hail this humble man preparing his wares of chhole in Chawri Bazar as the best chhole ever! Potatoes in a curry with chhole spiced according to your preference served in this crowded lane might become your idea of fun-to-eat after you’ve tasted the chhole here!
Chhole Bhature at Sitaram Diwan Chand
Generous amounts of ghee and oil and spices go into the making of this dish may be best eaten here; you might term it as a full-fledged meal instead of a chaat then because one plate is likely to fill you up till your next mealtime!
A fitting epilogue to a filling treat
Being pretty sure after scrounging the streets for the chaat and appeasing your taste buds to your stomach’s content (and surprisingly pocket’s content too!) there wouldn’t be any room for the dripping in sugar syrup jalebis (Old and famous Jalebi wala), cushy faluda (Giani di Hatti), Kuremal Mohanlal Kulfiwale’s (what else) freezing kulfis, the regal nimish or daulat ki chaat, and refreshment in the form of butterscotch, strawberry and other flavored pans (Prince Pan and Chaat Corner).
Pity if there is still room (or maybe not)! 😀
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