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Pitter patter, what’s on your platter? Feast on chai-pakora at these spots in Delhi

Looking for tempting chai-pakoras to savour this monsoon? Here’s the low-down on some popular shops in Delhi, which are famous for piping hot pakoras, and tea.

delhi Updated: Jul 15, 2017 15:33 IST
Anish Ganguli
Anish Ganguli
Hindustan Times
A sizzling platter of pakoras is served with green chutney at Pahalwanji ke Pakore in Old Delhi. (Anish Ganguli/HT Photo)

The monsoon and pakoras go hand in hand. If a sizzling platter of pakoras and a hot cup of tea is what you crave for during the rainy season, then we tell you where to head to gorge on some delectable, deep-fried pakoras, and tea. Most of these places were established long back, and are popular for their unique creations.

Khandani Pakodewala

The Palak Methi Pyaaz Pakoda. This shop has been selling pakoras since 1962 and has 16 varieties of pakoras at present. (Anish Ganguli/HT Photo)

Have you tried karela (bitter gourd) pakora? Well, you name a vegetable and it’s most likely that you will find this iconic place making a pakora using it. “We have at least 16 types of pakoras, at any given point of time but our popular ones include palak methi pyaaz pakora and sweet corn pakora,” says Vijay Kumar, who is presently running the shop.

Kumar’s grandfather, Bala Ram, established this shop in 1962, and the place used to prepare eight varieties of pakoras at that time. As the popularity of the shop grew, the number of varieties increased too. “Soya chaap pakora, sweet corn pakora and kachha kela pakora are some of our recent variations,” says Kumar, informing that the shop used to also sell tea in the past. “Now there’s no time to invest in making tea,” adds Kumar.

Where: Block G I, Ring Road Market, Nauroji Nagar
: 9am to 10pm
Nearest Metro Station
: INA on Yellow Line

Ganesh Restaurant

Prem and Deepak Kumar prepare fish pakoras. (Anish Ganguli/ HT Photo)

Watch a stunt live at this shop — owner of the shop, Prem Kumar can dip his hand into a kadai full of boiling oil to take out pakoras. “I have been seeing my father take out fried pakodas [out of kadai] with bare hands since childhood,” says Deepak Kumar, son of Prem, who now takes care of this shop.

There’s a longlist of Pakoras to choose from — the fish and chicken varieties being the best bets. “My grandfather Harichand started this shop in 1960 and soon the place became famous in the market for the freshness of the pakoras. The same has been attracting customers till date,” says Deepak, adding that everything in the shop is mostly sold out by 10pm.

Where: Arya Samaj Road, Gaffar Market, Karol Bagh
4pm to 10pm
Nearest Metro Station:
Karol Bagh on Blue Line

Lala Tea

Lala Tea stall is the place to go after gorging on fish pakoras. (Anish Ganguli/ HT Photo)

This tea stall is located near Ganesh Restaurant, under a huge tree. A cup of normal tea costs Rs 10 whereas a cup of special tea (in more quantity) costs Rs 20.

Where: Arya Samaj Road, Gaffar Market, Karol Bagh
7am to 7pm
Nearest Metro Station: Karol Bagh on Blue Line

New Vishal Corner

Bread pakoras at New Vishal Corner in Nehru Place are a must have. (Anish Ganguli/ HT Photo)

For vegetarians, paneer pakoras at this place are a must have. “We don’t use garlic or onion in any of our pakoras, and that is our specialty,” says Anil Gupta, whose father BP Gupta established this shop in 1998.

Aloo pakora and bread pakora — stuffed and deep-fried — are also served fresh here. The plus point is that one can also indulge in a cup of hot tea, which costs just Rs 10.

Where: G 4, Vishal Bhawan, 95, Nehru Place
: 9am to 9pm
Nearest Metro Station
: Nehru Place on Violet Line

Paramjeet Fish Pakodewala

Fish pakoras coming fresh out of the kadahi. (Anish Ganguli/ HT Photo)

The name itself says that this is the go-to place if you are a fish lover. Since 45 years, the fish pakora and chicken pakora have been selling like hot cakes at this shop. Their speciality is Surmai Palla — a pakora made out of a seasonal fish.

What’s the secret of their success? “I believe that’s because we don’t leave things half done. The dishes take their own time to be fully prepared and in order to maximise the taste, we cook them well,” says Hardeep Singh, whose grandfather Jeevan Singh established this shop.

Special emphasis is given to the recipes here. “I, myself, supervise the marination of chicken and fish during the daytime with spices that are prepared at our home. My father, uncle and me personally indulge ourselves in the preparation process,” adds Singh.

Where: WZ 1, Basai Darapur Road, Moti Nagar
: 5pm to 10.30pm
Nearest Metro Station
: Moti Nagar on Blue Line

Pahalwanji ke Pakore

This tiny shop in Old Delhi is a heaven for pakora lovers. (Anish Ganguli/ HT Photo)

The perfect combination of green chutney and the crispness of pakoras, at this place, is hard to find elsewhere. “The rush of customers increases at the time of monsoon ,” informs, owner of the shop, Rajesh Ram Pahalwan.

They offer aloo pakora, paneer pakora, gobhi pakora, palak pakora and the special moong dal pakodi, which is smaller in size and much more crispier than any pakora on this planet! “The shop was established by my forefather Gashira Ram Pahalwan in 1970. Today, it’s also known among the locals as Rajesh Pakode Vale,” adds Pahalwan while pouring a some imli (tamarind) chutney to a customer’s bowl made of dried leaves.

Where: Maliwara, Roshanpura, Chandni Chowk
11am to 9pm
Nearest Metro Station:
Chandni Chowk on Yellow Line

Shanti Tea Stall

Shanti Tea Stall has a variety of teas to choose from. (Anish Ganguli/ HT Photo)

This tea stall located adjacent to Pahalwanji ke Pakore was started in 1978 by three brothers — Mehandar, Salil and Parveen Kumar. “During the monsoon, the number of foreigners go up. Many tourists come to have pakoras at Pahalwanji’s and then head to our stall for Indian masala chai,” says Salil Kumar. One can choose from a wide range of teas on the menu — elaichi (cardamon) chai, adrak (ginger) Chai and kesar (saffron) chai. Choose any flavour of tea for just Rs10!

Where: Maliwara, Roshanpura, Chandni Chowk
9am to 9pm
Nearest Metro Station:
Chandni Chowk on Yellow Line

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First Published: Jul 15, 2017 14:05 IST