Famous Paranthas of Delhi
you really want to have a taste of true Delhi, than you must check out the
relishing cuisines of this colorful city. The flavors of kebabs, street
chaat and Paranthas are the most appropriate elements to describe the true
taste Paranthas of Delhi.
Beside being the epicenter of Indian politics, Delhi is the city for
foodholics. Be it a Five-star hotel or road side food stall, Delhi has no
dearth of tempting cuisines belonging to each and every region of the
This metropolitan city of India has several popular culinary destinations
which are chock-a-block with the visitors throughout the year. Some of the
most famous food joints of Delhi are Haldiram, Bikaner, Dilli haat, last but
not the least Parantha wali gali etc.
As the name suggest, Parantha Wali Gali in the Chandi Chowk area of Central
Delhi is the hub of various delicious Paranthas, a fried Indian bread
stuffed with various materials. Located in a narrow by lane, just of the
main street in Chandni Chowk, after the Sisganj Gurudwara, Parantha Wali
Gali is one of the living testimony of Mughal era in India. It is believed
that this lane of food stalls is as old as Red Fort of India.
At the beginning, there was only one single family who has started selling
parantha in the gali. But, later on due to some family disputes, the members
of the family has established their own separate food stalls. Previously,
there were ten to twelve shops that deals in various kinds of Paranthas but
now there are only three shops left that prepares extra ordinary Paranthas
that are the ideal thing to fulfill your appetite.
Pandit Kanhaiya Lal Durga Prasad parantha shop is the first one to
establish in this lane. In the past this famous parantha shop has catered to
various famed national leaders of our country like Late Pandit Nehru, late
mrs. Indira Gandhi and many more. It was established in 1875 and serves more
than 25 varieties of Paranthas. Some of the special parantha which are
available in this shop are rabri parantha and pappad parantha. If you are
looking for some pure vegetarian Paranthas excluding garlic and onion than
you must visit this eatery in the famed parantha wali gali of Chadni chowk.
Another famous parantha shop of this lane is the Pandit Dayanand
Shivcharan's parantha shop. It was established in the year 1882. This shop
is very famous among the political leaders of India. It was the eating joint
of India's first family i.e the Nehru family. Even Late Jayprakash Narayan
and Atal Bihari Vajpayee are the regular visitors of this eatery.
Apart from this afore mentioned shops, Pandit Devidayal Paranthewale's shop
is another popular parantha shop in the lane. It was built in 1886.
According to Babu Ram, the direct descendant of the Panditji, earlier there
were only three to four types of Paranthas that includes usual aloo, gobhi
and matar(potato, cauliflower and peas). But the scenario has changed. Now,
you can taste almost 20 varieties of Paranthas ranging from Kaju
(cashewnut), Badam (almond), Tamatar (Tomato), Pudina(mint), mix parantha
and many more. Among all the varieties, mix parantha is the most popular one
as it is the fusion of various stuffs.
Beside all these Parantha Shops, another Famous Attraction of the lane is
the 150 years old confectionery shop of Kanwarji Bhagirathmal
Dalbhajiwallah. This shop is well known among the Delhites for its snacks
like dal bhuji (fried pulses), aloo ka lachha (spicy fried potato spirals)
and sweets like barfi and imarti.