25th Mar 2017 was a day for a trip to Old Delhi streets to discover its rich food history.
All of us – Sanjay with his wife Namrata, Avneesh, Ravinder with his son, Piyush, Ashish, Anvesha, Tripti and myself assembled at 11am at Chandni Chowk metro station. Sanjay came fully prepared with a list and map of all famous food joints.
We started the journey with the Paranthewali Gali, and headed next to scout for Daulat ki Chaat Kulfi. Although the Kulfi was not available, it was child-like fun moving from shop to shop trying to find kulfi!
The kafila then moved to the next place of visit the Gurudwara Sish Ganj Sahib. The Gurudwara is situated in the center of Chandni Chowk. It was built in 1783 by Baghel Singh to commemorate the martyrdom site of the ninth Sikh Guru, Guru Tegh Bahadur.
After taking blessings from Gurudwara, the group then moved to the Old Famous Jalebi Wala, touted to be heaven on earth for dessert lovers.
It was then time to savour the most popular food item of Old Delhi – Aloo Tikki Chaat with Amchoor Chatni and Dahi Bhalle at Natraj Dhai Bhale Wala – one of most famous street food joint in Old Delhi.
By this time it was the lunch time and thinking of delicious kebabs and rich curries at Karim’s gave hunger pangs to all. We enjoyed the legendary recipes with their popular Khamiri Roti.
Since we were at a place which is famous for food – it was only appropriate that we closed our trip with some ‘meetha’ (sweets). We headed to Kemchand ki Mashur Ice Cream. The shop offered delicious flavours of ice creams and it was difficult for one to choose which one to eat and which one to let go!
After finishing our 3 course meal and so much of fun, it was time to say good bye to Chandni Chowk!