Canteens and cafes are an integral part of campus life. These places not only provide students with the yummiest food at cheap rates, but also give them a space where they can chill out with their friends. While Lady Shri Ram College’s cafe is known for its keema dosa, Hindu College’s canteen is famous for its rajma chawal. Cricketer Anjum Chopra remembers spending some of her best moments in St. Stephen’s cafe. “We never used to eat outside college, as our canteen was quite self-sufficient. We also gave wacky names to the snacks in the canteen such as ‘Sams’ for samosas and ‘G Jams’ for gulab jamuns. It was fun,” she says. As Delhi University (DU) prepares to host another batch of students, we take a look at the favourite dish of some famous alumni who graduated from DU.
Aakash Chopra, Cricketer
As a sportsperson, I ended up spending a lot of time in the college canteen. I loved the chola bhatura and bread pakoda. Though these dishes are not very ideal for a sportsperson, we still loved them completely. A plate for chola bhatura was available for Rs 20 and bread pakoda for Rs 5 when I was in college.
Minissha Lamba, Actor
When I was in college, pav bhaji used to be my favourite dish. It was a magical dish, as it would just fill you up whenever you were hungry. Available for Rs 15, it was the feel-good meal that one needed to keep going.
Shantanu Mehra, Designer
When I graduated, Hansraj College had the biggest canteen. My favourite dish in the canteen was fried noodles (Rs 9) and the second best was idli sambar (Rs 7). Though the idli sambar was authentic, the aloo masala with it added a lot of flavour.
Lushin Dubey, Theatre actor
Lady Shri Ram College
I used to love the dosa at the LSR cafe. It used to cost Rs 5 and came in various forms. There was also the chola kulcha vendor who used to set up his stall outside the gate of our college. He made the most delicious chola kulcha and sold it for Rs 5. Even outsiders used to come and relish his preparations.
Anup Kutty, Musician
St. Stephen’s College
I used to love the scrambled egg at the college cafe. I tried making the same at home, but failed. It was kind of watery and nice, but I don’t remember the price. Another hot favourite of mine in the canteen was the minced cutlet.
Anjum Chopra, Cricketer
St. Stephen’s College
The hottest selling dish in our college café was the minced cutlet. Available for Rs 15, it used to come with two pieces of bread. Another favourite of mine was the nimbu pani that we all used to call ‘Nimbos’. A glass of this beverage used to cost us Rs 5.
Saurabh Shukla, actor
STGB, Khalsa College
I really miss the bread pakoda that I used to enjoy in my college canteen. I feel that the bread pakoda is a very Delhi type food. It was available for 50 paise at that time. It used to come with a potato filling and was served with mint and imli chutney.