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The taste of winter

Here’s where Delhi’s youngsters go for their garma-garam winter snacks.

india Updated: Nov 16, 2010 01:05 IST
Shruti Dargan

Early morning fog, the warmth of the cosy quilt, children wrapped in mufflers and college kids flaunting their colourful sweaters, shawls, coats and boots — winter in Delhi is about all things snug, and most importantly, some delicious snacks, after those endless cups of chai. We asked youngsters about the best winter snack points about town, and came back enlightened.

“Kake’s maggi at Hudson lane in North campus, D school’s chai and French toast, and Hindu's bhel puri are some of the things that keep me going throughout the winter,” says Varun Bagai, a third year student of SGTB Khalsa College.

A name that almost everyone reckoned with, was JP Tea stall in Delhi School of Economics. Though most students go there for chai and matthi, there are some who visit the adda for more than that. “The tea isn't that great, but the feel in winter is awesome — nice crowd and great atmosphere,” says Mohit of Ramjas College.

Then, there are bread omelettes, hot pakoras, chholey bhatoore and unlimited plates of everyone’s favourite Maggi just about everywhere. Irfan’s in Sri Ram College of Commerce and Nescafe Point in Law Faculty are other favourites among students, apart from their own college canteens.

The South Campus canteen and eateries in the area are just as popular. There’s chowmein and dosa at cheap rates, and the kathi roll stalls that line the lanes of Satyaniketan in South Campus are always crowded with those looking for a quick bite. Neha Sharma, a student of Sri Venkateshwara College, loves going to QD’s, a restaurant just opposite her college, because of its good food and cheap rates. “You'll find lots of us there everyday, especially to have their tandoori momos — an awesome winter treat," she says.

And it’s not just local tea stalls and dhabas that you can explore — other food outlets in malls, with their warm interiors, vibrant colours and great grub, are also a good bet.

The rate list

JP tea stall in Delhi School of Economics Chai: Rs. 4 and Matthi: Rs.1
Kake's Maggi, Hudson Lane, North campus: Rs. 20
Hot choco chip muffins at Nescafe stalls within colleges: Rs. 20
A plate of momos across Campus: Rs. 20
South Campus canteen: Spring rolls: Rs.15 and thali: Rs. 20