Delhi's Famous Paranthe Wali Gali

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The overwhelmingly bustling Chandni Chowk in Old Delhi is every traveller's delight. Paranthe Wali Gali is one of the most famous streets of Chandni Chowk running parallel to Dariba Kalan - the bazaar famous for its silverware. This street or Gali is a foodie's paradise, and as the name suggests, it means 'The Parantha Street' where one can be assured of the best variety of paranthas or the Indian flatbread. Hardly a surprise, paranthas are the most attractive of the various food options that one gets to try in Paranthe Wali Gali. It is believed that Pandit Gaya Prasad Paranthewala was the first one to sell paranthas here (dating back to 1870s), the legacy of which is now being carried on by three shops: Pt. Kanhaiyalal Durgaprasad Dixit, Pt. Gaya Prasad Shiv Charan Paranthewala and Pt. Baburam Devidayal Paranthewala. The first parantha shop in the gali is Pandit Devi Dayal’s( Now Babu Ram Devi Dayal). They claim that shop is established in 1889 and more than 127 year old. The paranthas sold at this shop are unique and very different from the traditional Punjabi paranthas that are usually stuffed and then roasted on the flat 'Tawa' (flat dripping pan) partially cooking them with oil and finishing off the crisp parantha by smearing it with the desi ghee. Earlier Shop has started with couple of varieties of traditional such as Aloo Parantha, Gobhi Parantha and Matar Parantha (filled with Mashed Potatoes, Cauliflower and Peas respectively). In Early Decade of 2000 they have extended their menu upto Twenty types of Paranthas. Earlier they used to serve in banana leaves and Traditional clay pot now it is replaced by Stainless steel plate and Glasses. The menu at Pandit Babu Ram Devi Dayal’s a lists the usual Aloo, Paneer, Gobi and Dal Paranthas, and new innovative options such as Meva, Kaju, Badam, Matar, Tamatar, Pudhina, and Mix Paranthas. Those like the kaju badam paranthas cost 65 rupees each while the normal ones are for Rs.50. They served strictly Vegetarian dishes, they don’t use onion or garlic in their dishes, as the owner of this shop is a brahmin. Many bollywood celebrities and politicians are a regular customers here.

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