Street treats for you this winter

  • Gagandeep Singh Gill, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Jan 25, 2015 11:42 IST

Winter is marked by blankets, woollens, late mornings, a pale sun, and lots of steamy and mouth-watering food. It is that time of the year when you can indulge in delicacies uninterrupted. This season, the street vendors of the tricity have lots on their menu to spice up your foggy days at pocket-friendly prices. Besides sipping that trademark Barista or CCD cuppa, exploring the streets might just be prove to be a feasible option. Start from the guy who sells cutting chai just opposite your school/college/office, and then try out these places worth giving a shot this winter.

Parantha, with love:

A must-have in the breakfast of every North-Indian, paranthas are too close to our hearts to ever go out of sight.

Cooked richly in various combinations, and served with butter, curd and pickle, paranthas are a favourite with the vendors too. You can spot a parantha-wala on any street but we suggest you try Niranjan paranthe-wala, near General Hospital, Sector-16 parking lot.

Price: Rs 15-25
Timing: 9:30 pm to 2:30am

The peanut delight

Equally popular among the old and the young, peanuts are little treats in themselves, and so are chikki and gajak, more so when relished post dinner inside the quilt on a cold night.

Anil sells peanuts, chikki and gajak next to house number 856 in Phase 3B2. You can buy peanuts from him for Rs 100/kg, till gajak for Rs 240/kg and groundnut gajak for Rs 200/kg.

Also known for its gajak and chikki is Gulab restaurant, located in Sector 35-D, Chandigarh, and Sector 9, Panchkula as well as Gopal sweets, Sector 35 and Sector 8, Chandigarh. Both boast of several varieties and great quality.

Ode to grandmothers

Remember the pinnis made by our grandmothers that we used to have with milk before going to school every morning?
Not quite the same on the love quotient, but taste and quality wise fairly decent pinnis and panjiri are available at Sindhi Sweets (outlets in Sector 8, 17 and 37).

Price: Rs 400-540 depending on variety and outlet

For a casual bite

With an increase in appetite in winters, if you feel the need to relish a meal between the meals, the thela opposite Sital’s store, Phase 3B2 market, Mohali, and the one behind Durga Sweets, Sector-34 market, are just the places for you. Expect non-vegetarian soup, dimsums, boiled eggs, spring rolls and bread omelette. Here, the next best thing to the food is its price.

Bored of veggies?

For all the fish lovers, Narinder-41-Reriwala in Sector-41, Krishna Market, is the place to go to. The appetising aroma of the fish that is cooked in its kitchen wafts till its parking lot. The eatery sells the Malhi and Desi Singhara varieties at prices ranging from Rs 600-800 per kg. KT’s Farmers, next to Dominos, Sector-38, is known for its elaborate non-vegetarian winter menu which includes Kharora soup, turkey, duck and desi murga. You can also try the delicious kharora soup just for Rs 70 at Chuhan-35 food corner, at booth number 35, Sector-35.

The sweet-tooth syndrome

If you also suffer from the much-too-familiar craving for steaming gajar ka halwa and hot gulab jamun, you should know Gobind Sweets at Phase 5, Mohali, and Hoshiarpur Sweets, next to KFC, Phase 3B2, like the back of your palm. What better than great treats at affordable rates!

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