During my stay in Delhi, I did not want to miss the much recommended – famous paranthe wali galli – where they serve a platter of crunchy stuffed indian flatbreads, deep fried in clarified butter with a variety of curries, chutneys & pickles. Sounds too calorific, isn’t? Well, It is.
As I cross the dusty & crowded streets of chandni chownk, Old Delhi, I find my way to paranthe wali galli. It was a wintry morning and the sun rays sneaked in with great difficulty … through the tinned roof tops and several entangled wires to reach the narrow lanes finally.
There are quite a few shops selling paranthe, and I learnt that all are from similar clan who have branched out to cater to more visitors in that crowded street. I entered this one, the oldest of all… where there was a board in front, hosting a collage of photographs of yesteryears political heroes, Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi who visited the place for their meals after India was freed.
Here’s the man who rolls out the flat breads using a variety of stuffings: peas, potatoes, onion, pulses, mixed veggies, cauliflower, paneer etc..They surely don’t look appetizing or even hygienic but who cares when you wish to gorge on Indian Street Food. , that too with global fame? It’s featured on several TV shows, books & journals including National Geographic.
That’s the stuffed flatbread being fried until brown and crispy in pure clarified butter… !! I couldn’t have more than 1 ..it was quite heavy!
And, that’s the platter served before the hot & fresh flatbread arrived…with north indian style potato curry, a curry made using pumpkins, a sweet and tangy chutney, green chutney made of coriander leaves & mint, and some sort of crunchy pickle using radish, carrots & green chillies.