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Wednesday, Aug 21, 2019

Delhiwale: When ‘rasgulla’ weds ‘double roti’

An unusual combo in the world of street food.

delhi Updated: Jul 29, 2019 15:11 IST
Mayank Austen Soofi
Mayank Austen Soofi
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Jagram sells the unusal combo of white rasgulla and white bread on his cycle cart —from Ashram to ITO.
Jagram sells the unusal combo of white rasgulla and white bread on his cycle cart —from Ashram to ITO. (HT Photo )

Lalta Prasad has been selling this unusual combo of white rasgulla-and-double roti (white bread) that obviously appeals.

As a street vendor he’s hawked the specialty for more than 20 years — and customers return for more.

“This pairing isn’t odd at all,” explains Mr Prasad. Most of his regulars are labourers and rickshaw pullers who need a quick energy boost.

Priced at Rs 10, a plate has two exceedingly sweet but delicious rasgullas and a slice of bread cut into halves. He rises at 4 am every day to prepare it all (he gets “factory bread” from a grocery). And by 9 am, he’s out on the streets near his home in Sarai Kale Khan — with the food stored in a steel box on his bicycle.


Earning about Rs 6,000 every month, he sends most of it to his family in Madhya Pradesh who look after two bighas of a “mostly infertile” land. “That’s why I have to earn in Delhi,” explains Mr Prasad.

At one point he hoped to pull himself out of poverty by selling rasgullas. This hasn’t worked. Two decades from now “I’ll probably still be selling rasgullas and still struggle for money.”

PS: There’s another gentleman who also hawks the same dish in the area but at double the price. The younger Jagram (top photo), too, is from Lalta Prasad’s village. You might have a better chance to spot him because he cycles across a larger area—from Ashram to ITO, and sometimes as far as New Delhi railway station. His rasgullas are as delicious.

First Published: Jul 29, 2019 15:11 IST

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