There is no denying that Delhi University (DU) is the ultimate foodie’s paradise. A walk around the campus unveils a number of deceptively ordinary looking shops and shacks selling the most delectable snacks. These places qualify for the top hangout zones in the campus, and students gravitate towards the delicious food whipped in their kitchens in great numbers. As the freshers gear up to enter DU, we take you on a gastronomical ride. So next time you are in the Campus, for admission or just accompanying a friend, do try them.
Despite a number of maggi points mushrooming on the streets of North Campus, there is still no match for the age old Tom Uncle’s Maggi Point. Selling around 50 varieties of the instant noodles, its ingenuity in localizing to the taste of the students makes this kiosk a must-visit spot for all foodies. “The all in one is a favourite with the campus crowd and priced at 80 Rs. per plate,” says Sandeep Kataria, the second generation successor of Tom Uncle. The bhel puri vendor sitting in front of Hindu College is the go-to point for foodies craving a small snack while staying in the campus premises.
The canteens of North Campus are known for offering culinary wonders on a budget. The canteen of Delhi School of Economics (DSE)is widely known for its rajma chawal, keema dosa and mutton cutlets. “The mutton cutlets provided by the canteen for just 30 rupees, are perfect to satiate your post-lecture cravings,” says Tanya Chopra, a student of DSE. The hankering for ghar ka nutritious khaana finds satiation at the Holistic Food Centre canteen, at Faculty of Arts. “We provide the students with nutritious options such as fruit chaat, aam panna and sprouts laddoo, so that their bodies remain fit and minds agile,” says Mr Chaudhary, the owner of the canteen.
Kamala Nagar Market is the go to point for students looking for a hot meal after a long day at college. Chache di Hatti is known for its cholle bhatoore and sees a diverse range of people queuing up for a bite. Served with a side of raw onions and pickle, the greasy goodness of their bhatoore, coupled with piquant cholle make for the perfect meal for students on a budget. Another popular eating spot in Kamala Nagar Market is Momos Point. “Their masala momos taste like a slice of heaven,” says Mansheetal Singh, a student of SGTB Khalsa College.
Tony’s is a small shack situated around Patel Chest Institute , known for serving the best sweet and savory toasts in the campus. Their range of Nutella sandwiches is a must try. Other delights from Hudson Lane which should make to the ‘to-eat’ list of all foodies include baked nachos at Big Yellow Door café and tandoori momos at QD’s.
The ultimate foodie’s list
1) Tibetan cuisine at Majnu ka Tilla. Visit here not just for momos, but for delights like Tingmo (Tibetan bread) and thukpa.
2) Bhel puri from the vendor outside Hindu College, North Campus- Rs 30 per plate
3) Mutton cutlet and Fruit jelly with cream at Delhi School of Economics Canteen - Rs 30
4) Sprouts Ladoo at Faculty of Arts Canteen- Rs 9 per ladoo
5) Cholle Bhatoore at Chache di Hatti, Kamala Nagar Market- Rs 40 per plate
6) Masala Momos at Momos Point, Kamala Nagar Market- Rs 119 per plate (vegetarian)
7) Nutella marshmallow sandwich at Tony’s, GTB Nagar- Rs 40 per plate
8) Baked nachos at the Big Yellow Door café, Hudson Lane- Rs 150 per plate
9) Tandoori momos at QD’s, Hudson Lane- Rs 145 per plate (Vegetarian)