Hot and spicy, his pakoras have passed the taste of time
It’s monsoon time and what better way to soak in the rain than to gorge on crisp hot pakoras with some tantalising chutni to go with it — something that Gandhi Pakorewale at the Janata Market in Sadar Bazar is widely known for.gurgaon Updated: Jul 01, 2013 01:37 IST
It’s monsoon time and what better way to soak in the rain than to gorge on crisp hot pakoras with some tantalising chutni to go with it — something that Gandhi Pakorewale at the Janata Market in Sadar Bazar is widely known for.
"Making pakoras is a way of life for me. This shop is more than a means to earn a living for me: it reminds me of my father and grandfather, their struggle and of a tradition that has passed down to me," says Kiran Kumar Gandhi, the proud owner of the small eatery.
Only the size of the eatery is small, its history dates back to the time of independence and partition. "My grandfather (late Kotu Ram) belonged to Dera Ghazi Khan in Pakistan. We migrated to Gurgaon at the time of partition. In 1948, he set a small roadside stall here in Sadar Bazar. My father used to help him," he says.
The menu, too, is quite long. The shop makes pakoras of practically every vegetable available in the market. "We serve nearly 15 kinds of pakoras. What lies at the heart of our fame is our uncompromising emphasis on maintaining the quality," says Kiran.
The proverb ‘there is a woman behind every successful man’ holds true for Kiran as well. "She is the one to prepares the raw materials that we deep fry. She meticulously selects vegetables and prepares the batter. She plays the most important role," says Kiran.
The family graduated from a modest stall to a full-fledged shop in 1975.
Kiran, 60, joined the family tradition in 1960. Since then, there has been no looking back for him. "People gravitate to my specialty — my inimitable chutni and chilly pickle. I have prepared pakoras for Indira Gandhi when she first came to Gurgaon. Late Chandra Shekhar too came looking for my pakoras. Almost all the chief ministers, including Bhupinder Singh Hooda, order for my pakoras — be it a meeting or a private event," says Kiran, beaming with pride.
Kiran’s son Tarun Gandhi too is an integral part of his father’s paraphernalia.
Now at 40, he had joined his father just after completing intermediate.
The shop sells over 50 kg of pakoras on a lean hot summer day while nearly 150 kg is sold in winter and on rainy days.