I don’t remember how it all started, but I am truly, deeply in love, with the street food of Chandni Chowk. Purani Delli is famous for its traffic, wholesale markets and is a shopping destination for brides to be and their families, but something that it is loved is for its food, specially street food.
Now be it a nukkad chat wala, or that old small shop of gol gappa wala, we don’t mind getting into hours of traffic to satisfy our taste buds. And one universally acknowledged truth is that these street food vendors can beat any chef. This is because while chef’s are busy making their authentic Chinese or Japanese dishes, these vendors serve you something that your taste buds appreciate. From momos with super spicy tomato garlic chutney to the bhalla papdi, everything is DESI. And no matter what, every Desi man would settle for street food over anything else.
What comes as a bonus for all is the money that you save when going back because it’s that SASTA. You get everything at such reasonable prices and obviously better tastes. On the top of that, it comes hot and fresh. Vendors make small amounts of food on everyday basics that saves them from storing food for next two weeks. So what you have on your plate is a lot of fresh, hot, spicy, and low priced food.
I was born and brought up in Chandni Chowk, and what I know as a fact is that any foodie born here is lucky because there is no other place on this planet that serves you all the authentic flavors on a single street. From roadside snacks to Kakke di Hatti’s Naan’s and then to kudemal ki kulfi, you get more than your three course meal, making purani delli a ultimate foodie’s paradise.