Piping hot desi snacks, fried to a beautiful golden brown, make for the perfect monsoon munches. For once, you must forget calorie counts and indulge in these forever favourites to maximise fun in the rains. HT City tells you where to hog on what.
Samosas and jalebis
Garma-garam samosas and jalebis are have always been the hottest picks of the season. Don’t miss the spicy samosas served with chholay at the Frontier Shop in Panchkuian Road, cocktail samosas in front of Scindia House and samosas laden with kishmish and kaju (raisins and cashew) at Bengali Sweet House (Tel: 23362257).
When it comes to jalebis, the Old and Famous Jalebi wala (Tel: 23256973) in Chandni Chowk is a good choice, with its popular coils plump, but not too sweet. If you want it branded, go to Haldiram’s for jalebis fried in desi ghee to a bright saffron.
Aaloo tikki and chaat
The crispier, the better—that’s the golden rule when it comes to this popular potato dish. The famous Bittu Tikki Wala (Tel: 42470865) in Pitampura makes his tikkis in olive oil, so that makes it enough to try. Some other places where you can dig into the piquant, chutney-soaked pieces are Delhi Pachranga
(Main Market Tilak Nagar), Mithu Tikki Wala (BN-13, Local Shopping Complex, Shalimar Bagh), Mangla Chaat corner (Acharya Niketan Market, Mayur Vihar-1), Natraj Café (Tel: 9811167400).
The perfect partner to chai, pakoras are an inextricable part of the Indian monsoon ritual. You can gran some great ones at Shreen Bhawan (1466, Chitji Qabar, Jama Masjid), famous for paneer pakoras, Mohan Pakora Corner (Vivek Vihar, B-Block Market, Shahdara), which is popular for mirchi and potato pakoras, and Chaina Ram (Tel: 23950747). The Cha Bar (Tel: 23766084) in the Oxford Bookshop is also a good place to enjoy assorted, hygienically prepared pakoras with a cup of tea, albeit at a handsome price.
They’re the new kids on the block. Availbale at every nook and corner of the city, hot steamy momos with spicy red chilli paste taste divine. The Sikkim and Nagaland Stall in Dilli Haat, Café Brown Sugar (Tel: 41631245) in GK 1 market for it’s wheat momos, and Momo’s Point (Tel: 23858435 ) in North Campus are some hotspots.
The fried chicken served in eateries around Jama Masjid are a must have. Al Jawahar (Tel: 23264126) is one such place. Also popular is the fried chicken served under the main bridge of Daryaganj. At 60 rupees a piece, this is sinfully crispy from the outside, and soft inside.