Canteen ho toh aisi

Hindustan Times | ByVaishali Bhambri, New Delhi
Jun 03, 2012 01:11 AM IST

Here’s why foodies Rocky and Mayur chose the canteens of Hindu and SRCC as their top addas.

Apart from high cut offs, Delhi University (DU) is also known for its hangout zones. From famous eateries in Kamla Nagar market to Tom Uncle’s Maggie, the campus has a variety to offer. And while talking about food, how can one miss out on the college canteens?

While each canteen has something special about it, Rocky and Mayur of popular food series Highway On My Plate - HOMP Addas that airs on NDTV Good Times, have selected the canteens of Hindu College and Sri Ram College of Commerce as their addas in DU. These canteens are also listed among the top 13 college canteens in North India. We ask them why?

“Being from SRCC, I had to go back to it to understand how it has changed. For Mayur, our canteen was a pet hangout adda, as he was from SGTB Khalsa college and used to visit it all the time,” says Rocky.

While many talk about the chaat, Chinese food or even the chhole bhature served at the canteen of Hindu College, they both find Rajma Chawal (Rs 15) the best. “It was just fantastic. We can’t get over the taste,” says Mayur. The dish, served with salad, is great for a minimal price.

Talking about their good old days on campus, Rocky says, “I still remember the ‘basket ball sandwich’ that we used to enjoy the most at my college. It was a samosa crushed in bread and garnished with onions and tomatoes, and used to cost us Rs 6.”

Ask about the positive developments they’ve noticed on campus, and they say that the consumption of soft drinks has decreased. “Now the menu has juices, energy drinks, cold coffees and a lot more,” says Mayur.

“Canteens are not just eating places. From debates, dating, to important discussions, it’s an adda in the right sense,” says Rocky.

Move out from the canteen and their favourites are chhole bhature from Chacha Di Hatti at Kamala Nagar and bunta on the campus.

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Other popular canteens in DU

St Stephens College
The moment you walk into the canteen, oops, it’s café here, you would get the feel of a Calcutta Coffee House. Try mince cutlets (Rs 10 per piece) served with chutney. Cheese scrambled egg is a hit here. Other favourites are chicken momos (Rs 40), maggi with mince (Rs 37) and chicken curry with rice (Rs 40). You can also try the samosa (Rs 4).

Hansraj College
This canteen is known for hygienic and fresh food. The area is spacious and big. The most popular combo here is the chocolate frappe with grilled sandwich for Rs 40. Also available on the list is south Indian food, Chinese and snacks such as cutlets, patties and muffins. There is a dedicated beverages menu too!

Kamla Nehru College
The canteen at this college is like a mini food court. Some of the Indian specialties include chhole bhature (Rs 18 a plate) and Rajma Chawal (Rs 17). They even have a chat corner that sells papri chat, dahi bhalla and gol gappe. Other hot-selling items at the canteen are cheese macaroni (Rs 14), kala khatta (Rs 20), momos, Chinese chat and fresh juice.

Lady Sri Ram College
One tight slap for those who call it a canteen, they refer to their canteen as café. The menu has a variety of food options that includes pastries, tarts, choco pie, cold coffee, rajma chawal, masala dosa and cheese macaroni. Some of the hot-selling dishes here are keema dosa (Rs 30), chicken tikka roll (Rs 35) and shahi paneer with lachcha parantha (Rs 30). They also serve samosas (Rs 5).

Ramjas College
The food on offer varies from snacks to Indian meals. Samosas (Rs 5) here, remain a hot-selling dish. Another interesting stuff is the ice-cream vendor and fresh fruit juice stall outside the canteen. In Indian food they have rajma chawal, kadi chawal and chhole bhature. The students also have a choice between indoor and al-fresco seating.

Delhi School of Economics
The deep-fried mutton cutlet (Rs 18) and the mutton dosa (Rs 26) are the most popular items served in this canteen. If you want to have some mouth-watering desserts, then do try the strawberry jelly cream here. The canteen also serves veg and non-veg thali. The canteen is frequented by students from both south and north campus.

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