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Revisiting Chandni Chowk

Almost every Delhiite can feel a connection to Chandni Chowk, and must have visited this place at least once. The bylanes in this market are famous for their colourful shops and various food joints that offer some of the best dishes available in Delhi.

india Updated: Jul 04, 2012 03:04 IST
Tanya Mathur
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Almost every Delhiite can feel a connection to Chandni Chowk, and must have visited this place at least once. The bylanes in this market are famous for their colourful shops and various food joints that offer some of the best dishes available in Delhi.

From the world famous Paranthe Wali Gali to Giani’s Kulfi Faluda, the market provides a unique and rare culinary experience that you probably won’t get in other parts of the Capital. So, why not leave the urban hangouts for once and dig into some lip-smacking delights at this place, which is truly a foodie’s delight. Here’s a look at some of the most famous eateries in this area.

Karim’s
When you visit this 100-year-old restaurant, do go for its mouthwatering mutton korma, chicken curry and freshly barbequed kebabs. A meal for two, with starters, main course and a dessert will cost you about Rs 300-Rs 400. Some of the ‘must try’ items here are the tandoori raan, shami kebabs and mutton seekh kebabs. Any meal at this place is incomplete without its desserts. Do try their most famous dessert, which is kheer benazir. Karim’s did not have any branches earlier, but now they have opened their branches in Nizamuddin, Kailash Colony, Noida, and Gurgaon, with the latest being Kamla Nagar market.
Timings: 12 noon to 1 am
Seating: AC dining halls
Address: Matiya Mahal, Jama Masjid, Gali Kababian, Old Delhi —110006

Paranthe Wali Gali

It was in 1872 that the lane subsequent to Gurudwara Sisganj Sahib in Chandni Chowk was named the ‘Parathewali Gali’ — all thanks to Pandit Gaya Prasad, who set a small parantha shop there. Go for the deep fried paranthas that are available in flavours such as aloo, papad, methi, kaju, kishmish, rabri and many more. Earlier, there were only four types of paranthas available — aloo, dal, besan and saadhaa parantha, but now the range is quite good. Now, the shops have been reduced to four as compared to 16 earlier.
Timings: 9am to 11pm
Address: The lane after Gurudwara Sisganj Sahib

Akbar Pakwaan
You might find the Persian bread known as sheermaal at a lot of places in the Capital, but if you want to enjoy it in its authentic form, do pay a visit to the eatery known as Akbar Pakwaan. Sheermaal is a mildly sweet naan made out of maida, leavened with yeast and baked in the tandoor. In the olden days, it was made just like the roti. But when it comes to Akbar Pakwaan, they prefer to make the bread a little thick. The place sells sheermaal, which is also known as Baqerkhani for Rs 20. They also offer the lachha parantha for Rs 17 each. When here, also try the special naan, which is served with a pickle.
Timings: 12 noon to 6 pm
Address: Shop Number 14, Bazar Matia Mahal, Jama Masjid

Cool Point
Ever tried a bread, sheera (sugar syrup) and khoya (condensed milk) in one bite? If not, then do visit the place known as Cool Point that serves the shahi tukda, a dessert served hot with pieces of bread dipped in sheera and khoya. “The shahi tukda available here is known in the whole city. People come from various areas to try out this homemade sweet,” says Shyamlal Anwar, the owner of Cool Point. He sells over a 100 plates everyday. A single plate is for Rs 30.
Timings: 11am to 7pm
Address: Bazar Matia Mahal, Jama Masjid (Gate Number 1)

Nataraj Dahi Bhalla
This place is also called ‘Central Bank ke Dahi Bhalle’. It serves dahi bhalle (made from urad dal) with creamy dahi and sweet and sour chutney and aloo tikki for Rs 35 each.
Timings: 12 noon till stock lasts
Address: 1396, Chandni Chowk, walking distance from the Chandni Chowk Metro Station

Giani’s Di Hatti
Started in 1951, this place is famous for its kulfi faluda, which is prepared with milk, khoya and dry fruits, such as almonds, cashew nuts and pista. But now, after many years of its opening, this place has added new ice cream flavours and shakes. For customers who want a bigger bite, Giani’s also has a small vegetarian snack menu, which includes vegetarian burgers, sandwiches and chhole bhature. Some must haves are the special rabri faluda, litchi ice cream and blueberry ice cream. The shakes and ice creams start from Rs 50 onwards.
Timings: 10.30am to 11pm
Address: 651, Church Mission Road, Fatehpuri

Pappi Chhole Kulche
Pappi, who is a cycle vendor at Kinari Bazar, serves delicious chhole kulche, as well as special masala chhole. A single plate of the dish is offered for Rs 20. The vendor has been serving chhole kulche at this place for almost three decades now. “I have been coming here for a long time now and I have even introduced my friends to this place,” says Shivani, a regular here. The stall also provides a home delivery service to the nearby areas as well. This place is considered as one of the best places in the city to have chhole kulche.
Timings: 11am till stock lasts
Address: Opposite Shop Number 47, Kinari Bazar