Can’t think of sprouts and ladoos on the same plate? Well, students of Delhi University can treat themselves to just that!
At the SPIC MACAY Canteen at the Faculty of Arts, Delhi University, the sprouts ladoo is among the best-selling items on the menu. “On days when colleges are open, we are sold out by 12 noon. The ladoo (made by mixing sprouts with khoya, dry fruits and sugar) is by far our most popular item,” said Ravi Kant Chaudhary, who runs the canteen.
“It may sound odd but the ladoo is actually very tasty,” said Niharika Khanna, a student of German language at the Faculty. “Our focus is on healthy food. We serve dal, rice and vegetables that taste like home-cooked food,” added Chaudhary.
The sale of forms at the Faculty has been the highest among all the centres. “A lot of students come here during admission time as most college canteens are either closed or don’t have the variety they usually do,” Chaudhary added. The canteen sells only healthy food and no maida is used, according to Chaudhary. During lunch time, the Vegetarian Thali, at Rs 30, is the most popular item on the menu.
“The canteen is close to the forms-selling counter and offers some decent food. I come here everyday,” said Neha, a student volunteer who goes by her first name. “There are great options like milkshakes and lassi for those who want to get away from the heat. The mango shake is worth a try,” said Sahil Mathur, a DU aspirant.
With the application procedure at DU in full swing, the SPIC MACAY canteen is proving to be a favourite haunt of not just students but also police personnel. “Yahan ghar jaisi dal roti sabzi aur lassi milti hai. Khana sasta bhi hai (The food here tastes like homemade food and is affordable too),” said a policeman who did not want to be named.”