The Dilli ke Pakwaan Festival is on at Baba Kharak Singh Marg in CP. We headed there this afternoon with a single point agenda – to eat Daulat ki Chaat, a delicacy that I had read about and not managed have to on my last trip to Old Delhi. Of course, I was rather open and eager to eat dozens of other things! The idea of the festival is very attractive. It saves one multiple trips of congested Old Delhi and other parts and brings the best of chaats, kebabs, and curries, all on one stretch. It is definitely worth a trip.
A little research is necessary to make the most of this festival. We learnt it the hard way. There were plenty of stalls selling chaats, chillas, and tikkis and we made our way to one which looked reasonable populated. We ordered a plate of papri chaat (Rs 50) and moong dal chilla (Rs 50). Both, were largely inedible because of the green chutney that was slathered over them – it was spicy and bitter. This was by far one of the worst things that I’ve ever eaten. The bitter taste lingered even after I returned home.Unfortunately, I don’t remember the name of the stall. What would work here is to ask people around if they like what they are eating and accordingly decide about the chaats. We ended up eating not as much as we would have liked to, but clicked loads of pictures. The highlights for me were the daulat ki chaat, which indeed leaves up to the description of “God’s own street food”, jalebi, and the bajra roti thali.
So, here goes:Inedible Chaat
Sweet Clouds – Daulat ki Chaat
The jalebis being whipped up in one of the counters were huge and cost Rs 50 per piece. It resembled a murruku and was really yummy.
Chicken shawarma @ Mahir Qureshi Biryani – On a friend’s recommendation, we decided to order one shawarma roll. I asked the guy making it what masalas had gone into it. He looked me and said “Is ke liye machine chahiye hota hain”, to suggest that I could not make this at home. I persisted with my query to only receive a broad smile and no response. One bite into the roll and it was clear that these was chicken tikka chopped into smithereens. Easily avoidable!
The Bajra Roti Thali takes at least 20 minutes to be put together and I was informed by the lady running the stall “is not for people who have no patience”. I saw her turn people away without a qualm who said they couldn’t wait that long by simply saying that “our food is not for you”. Honest and attractive 🙂
The meal was definitely worth the wait. The bajra roti is made on a clay tawa, cooked over wood fire, and then served with lahsoon chutney, onions, jaggery, gate ki sabji, and raita.
Pictures that follow now are of food that I did not eat. My friend had the Chicken Biryani @ Mahir Qureshi and said that it was okay and nothing spectacular.