A good friend of mine and a fellow FED, Alok Bhatia, suggested the carts near Vikram Hotel (yup, right next to famous Moolchand’s Paranthewala), and within few days I landed up there to check out the goods. First there are two carts, so I was confused which one would be good, however wares and patronage of both looked similar, so I gave a shot to one on my right. The Naans that he served were stuffed with mixed vegetables and I was surprised to see corn as a part of stuffing mix. Its surprising how fast it is be becoming part of popular food items in Delhi. It did go quite well in the mix, and I quite liked the idea of it being there. As usual, naans were served with Dal and Chhole, and you can pay a small price for a plastic glass full of Boondi Raita, which goes very well in hot Delhi weather, and is a favorite of lunch crowds. I was stunned to see the pricing of Rs. 70 for the plate of 2 naans, it is steep by any standard, and for god-sake the man operates on a push cart. The better known outlets for naans in Delhi are cheaper than that. However I was quite satisfied with the stuff he was serving, again, not the best in class, however still worth it.
My rating : 3.5/5, I will definitely go there again if I am in the area.
And now something from closer home. Another close friend of mine, Neeraj Kumar, said that he liked the Chur Chur Naan’s of an outlet called Khinchi’s, which is in South Patel Nagar, right next to Patel Nagar metro station. Somehow Khinchi’s does not have a very good image in my mind, I remember them trying to sell Momos, Chinese food, rolls etc, and they never seemed to get it right. So despite the recommendation it never got up my priority list. However the other day, a reader of FED blog, Vasudha, also recommended the place, and a second recommendation ensured that Khinchi’s climbed the ladder and reached top of my priority list of outlets to be tried, and it being virtually next door, did help its cause. So Saturday morning, I landed there at 9:30 am looking for naans, however was informed that they started serving Naans only after 11:30 am, and I can have Chhole Bhature or Rajma Chawal. But the temptation of Naans was too much, and I decided to visit the place later, which I again did at around 12 noon. This time naans were ready and at Rs. 40 a plate did not hurt much too.
|Chur Chur Naan at Khinchi’s|
|Khinchi’s Rate List|
As usual, like most of the new players, the Chur Chur naan at Khinchi’s by default means naan of mixed variety, that usually is stuffed with a mix of Aloo, Paneer and Gobhi. I waited patiently for the naans, and could see them applying oodles of butter on them. Finally when they were served to me, I was a bit disappointed, as to me it did not look the part. It was like any other run-of-the-mill wannabe Naan maker, who does not understand the basic of a Chur Chur naan. They feel making naan, crushing it and adding lot of butter makes it Chur Chur Naan, however that is far from truth. And the ‘feeling’ of eating them was exactly like a normal naan, with lot of butter applied on it. However I must say, taste was decent enough, and anyone who has not had better, would consider it be quite good. My friends, though they taste good, but they are not chur chur naans.
My Rating – 2.5/5, maybe.. just maybe give it another shot.