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Friday, Nov 15, 2019

Chaat by Halwasiya

A Visit to the Halwasiya market is, inevitably, coupled with a visit to the chaatwala Chandra Prakash. He's 55 and has been sitting there, almost daily, for the last 30 years, with his huge basket full of an assortment of yummy boiled stuff! He tells you matter-of-factly, ?Earlier I used to sit close to Central Bank in Hazratganj but then I shifted to Halwasiya.

india Updated: Aug 18, 2006 01:02 IST
SURYa Agarwal
SURYa Agarwal
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Hindustantimes
         

A Visit to the Halwasiya market is, inevitably, coupled with a visit to the chaatwala Chandra Prakash. He's 55 and has been sitting there, almost daily, for the last 30 years, with his huge basket full of an assortment of yummy boiled stuff! He tells you matter-of-factly, “Earlier I used to sit close to Central Bank in Hazratganj but then I shifted to Halwasiya. This place has given me my life's earnings and has made me very famous. People from Lucknow who have gone abroad and settled there come to eat my chaat whenever they are back. Some even gets gifts for me. People respect me a lot for what I have been doing for years now.”

He stays in Fatehganj and gets up early in the morning to prepare the 'goodies'.

His six daughters help him to prepare the stuff that he sells everyday. He says, “I am able to earn enough and bring up my children properly. I have six daughters and two sons. I have been able to marry off one of my daughters into a good family.”                                                                                                                                                                                    
But what's this chaat that people love? He replies, “I get about 5 kg of matar every day so that nothing gets wasted. People can see that my working area is clean and neat.” His rates are fixed. When he started he started selling matar for Rs 2 a plate and then, gradually the rates moved up to Rs 5 and now, a plate of matar or aloo chat costs Rs 10.  However, his journey has not been a smooth one. He says, “Initially the Nagar Nigam people used to harass me a lot. I had to run with my basket for shelter. But now conditions have become better and with time, people also know me and come looking for me.”