Bhindi Parantha From Paranthe Wali Gali
There is no better time for paratha than winter and there are no parathas like those served in Paranthe Wali Gali, Chandni Chowk in Old Delhi (Of course, you know that). You can imagine the parathans have to be so good that the area has been named after it.
As you make your way through the dingy streets confining in Chandni Chowk, the aroma of hot oil and sputtering spices make their way right through your nose directly to your stomach while going through your esophagus making you drool and triggering the butterflies in your stomach instantly. This is not the only thing that occupies the street. Chaos and the high pitched voice of the shop owners keep inviting you all the time.
It might be famous with the name of paranthe wali gali but parathas are not the only thing that triggers your hunger when you go there. You will find yourself amidst crispy kachoris, lip smacking samosa, salty or sweet luscious lassi apart from parathas. However, the variety of parathas you will get here, rarely you will find anywhere else and perhaps, therefore that’s where the name has come from.
You can only imagine (or maybe not) the stuffing that goes into these parathas from khoya, kaju, badam, rabri, khurchan, to chilli, lemon, matar, bitter gourds, lady fingers, radish, carrot, cauliflower, paneer, aloo, banana, etc.
Just like you, I too have heard a lot about this iconic busy street and one fine day I decided to pay a visit. After few hours of travelling me and the butterflies in my stomach finally decided to take shed under Babu Ram Paranthe Wale. Without wasting much time and after quickly going through the options I decided to order bhindi paratha.
Yes, bhindi paratha. Sounds off beat, right? It was actually adventurous to order & try something out of the box!
Apparently, in no time the two deep fried, golden parathas, accompanied by signature pethe ki sabzi, flavour enriching aloo ki sabzi, mint and sweet in taste tamarind chutney were present on my table.
The parathas were brown and crispy and stuffing was up to my expectations. They were neither overloaded with bhindi nor the quantity of veggie was undermined. The tangy & sweet pethe ki sabzi was full of flavour. However, aloo ki sabzi was a bit spicy. The tamarind chutney had banana in it and tangy mint chutney along with pickle added a unique flavour to the paratha and sabzi.
All-in-all, it was worth going there and try something unique in the categories of paratha for the first time.
The place definitely deserves at least one visit for not only its food, but quality, price and if you don’t mind experimenting with your taste buds!