Nataraj Dahibhalla Corner would always be my first stop. My taste buds start to tingle as I am out of the Chandni chowk’s metro station. And then a gloomy crowded right turn rides me to the destination. The corner of the road (gali as we call it) meets this chaat corner.
With no space to sit or stand leisurely, they are delivering faster than machines. Two prime and only chaats (kind of spicy Indian savory snacks) are Dahi bahlla and Aloo tikki.I usually go for both of them . Spending 20 rupees/plate is of full worth and treat to your mouth. The tikkies are soft and crispy while bhallas are succulent.This roadside kiosk might not cater to your physical comfort but if you are a chaat lover, like me , you would certainly come forever!
Streets of Chandni chowk are dark ,suffy , chockablock with wires; but all these doesn’t matter to its lovers. Be it shopping of Lahenga (an Indian dress) or Kalira (marriage jewelry) or Mithai (sweets), Chandni chowk is the place. During my university days , I was a frequent visitor with friends and beau. The Indian sweet giant Haldiram has also an outlet here. Others like Ghantawala, Jalibiwala and bengali sweet house Annapurna do also share the fame.
My next stop is at Paranthawala gaali. From kaddu (gaurd) to khurchan what not in their list of paranthas (stuffed fried bread). The accompaniments with the paranthas includes sweet and sour chutnies, mix vegetable, chola-aloo curry and pickle. Just like paranthas are stuffed well, these shops in the lane remain stuffed with gourmets too. A normal aloo or mix parantha would cost you 40 rupees, however, if you desire for premium ones like bhindi, pineapple or khurchan , they would cost little higher.
Finally, with a Lassi (sweet yogurt shake) in a khullar(clay pot) I would conclude my meal. Lassi in a plastic/thermocol glass costs 5 rupees lesser than the khullar which is of 30 rupees.
Delhi-6, Purani dilli, Chandni chowk, Chawri, Khari baoli, Dariba kalan, Gurudwara Sisgunj, Kinnari bazar or for whatever purpose you may visit here, a Delhite will reminiscence this place.