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Word On The Street – Paranthe Vaali Gali, Chandni Chowk

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parawthevaali           Hungry kya? Instead of going for the same pizza or noodles redirect your steps to Chandni Chowk for a completely different gastronomic experience. And remember, you’re treading the same path that the likes of Cyrus Broacha and Sheila Dikshit did !

At a walking distance from the metro station, in a maze of criss-crossing dingy little lanes lies the famous Paranthe vaali gali. But don’t let appearances fool you. The place may not be very scenic, but it has a long list of the quirkiest possible paranthas ever – karele, tomato, lemon and even chilly paranthas!

The delicious scents accost you as soon as you tunnel your way into the gali through the mass of people and honking rickshaws. The seating accommodations consist of a rickety bench and table but the food more than makes up for it. Bite into the delectable kele-ka-parantha to experience culinary bliss. The stuffing of soft juicy banana pieces, raisins and cashews fills your mouth with a sweet tang that stays on even after you’ve devoured the last morsel. That is, unless you choose to wash it down with a brimming glass of creamy lassi.

Prices range from Rs20 to 50 per parantha (including some 3 different types of chutney) and Rs 25 for a tall steel glass of lassi.

The place attracts a huge variety of people. College students, aunties and uncles, kids, foreigners… the list of visitors is just as long and diverse as the menu. The only negative bit about it is the rather lousy ambience. But apart from that, Paranthe vaali gali is certainly worth a visit!



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