Exploring Street Food, Bengali Style in CR Park – Part 2

Its been over three years that wrote Exploring Street Food, Bengali Style in CR Park and a LOT has changed in those 3 years. Most importantly I have become a meat-eater and feel that my taste buds have evolved which usually is a natural process however for someone who #Lives2Eat its got to be much stronger.
I happened to visit Market No.2 in CR Park once again, and once again gorged on the goodies available at Dadu Cutlet Shop. Tried their Samosa (also known as Shingara in Eastern part of India) which I feel is a steal for Rs.7 and its unlike any other samosa that you would get in Delhi. Not sure how authentic Bengali it is, however very different from what we are used to for sure. Unlike Delhi it is served with a white chutney (which they tell me is made from Garlic, Chillies and Mustard paste) and some basic salad on the side instead of the standard green (coriander/mint etc) & Red (sweet) chutney. The difference does not end there, the potato inside is not mashed, however cut into small pieces, fried and then mixed with spices. Besides that it also had come Chickpea and Peanuts in it. Told you, this one was exotic.
Samosa or Shingara – Notice the Salad and Chutney
Inside the Samosa – fried potatos, chickpeas visible.
The Menu of Dadu Cutlet Shop
Another thing which costed Rs. 7 was Pyazi, which basically is a Pyaz pakoda or Bhajiya as it would be called in other parts of country. I failed to notice any differences, that is if there were any, but for its price it did taste good. Next we dug into a Mutton Chop which costed Rs.25 and was loved by my friends. It was not pure mutton, my guess is that it had some vegetable mixed in it. There was Egg Devil Chop, in which the same keema (of which mutton chop is made) was filled inside the egg, then it was batter coated and fried. I found the texture and taste of this one much better than the other Mutton chop that we had, and to be honest I just could not get enough of it. Item unlike any I have come across, MUST TRY! 🙂
Pyazi
Mutton Chop
Egg Devil Chop
We also enjoyed the Puchka from the guy who has a counter on the front side of the market, near Republic of Chicken. For the uninitiated Puchkas are Bengali for Gol Gappas or Paani Puri. Essentially made of Atta they are very thin and are stuffed with a mix of mashed potato, chana and spices before getting dunked into water which again is different from the flavors we are used to. If you do not compare it with your version of Gol Gappa and appreciate spicy and tangy flavors, you are going to fall in love with this one.
Puchka – Can you see the spices in water?
Puchka – This time with sweet ref chutney added to it.
Inside the vessel that contained Paani
Another interesting thing that we ate was cousin of our own good old matra or the chhole served with kulche on the streets of Delhi. Its called Ghugni and its basically Yellow Peas cooked with some gravy and served with some more crispy add on, simple namkeen and bhujiya in our case. Quite a guilt-free snack it makes for. Btw the same guy would fix you jhal muri, bhel puri and other goodies, in Bengali style ofcourse.
from the Ghugni Stall
How Ghugni was served. Photo Credits : Kriti Nagpal
There was this new sweet shop we noticed opposite the Puchka guy, atleast it looked new to me, tried Lime flavored and Chocolate Flavored Sondesh from them, both of them were very fresh and melt in the mouth types. Something that I need to go back for.
And none of my food crawl in that area can be complete without a large size Kullhad of Mishti Doi from Annapurna Sweets. Smooth, creamy, sweet, sour, cold, earthy – Mishti Doi is Goddess’s direct and personal blessing to mankind. Do not miss it any cost, I doubt they do any better than what is served at Annapurna Sweets in Market No.2 of CR Park.
Mishti Doi
Please read the earlier post as well, I am sure you will find more good food there. :


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Dilli Haat – A Showcase of Cuisines of India

India is a diverse country and as they say there is nothing called Indian Cuisine as there is none. However India boasts of a collection on innumerable cuisines and hence the right way to say it is ‘Cuisines of India’. And I don’t think I have met anyone who has tried them all or come even close to it. What the heck, I do not even know how many exist forget about eating or trying them.
But then I am a man of spirit and if I cannot try them all, then I will die trying. I mean yeah! I will keep eating new cuisines all my life.. 😛
On a serious note a serious foodie can get a glimpse of various foods that India has to offer right here in Delhi by visiting the canteens of the state bhawan or making some visits to Dilli Haat near the INA market in South of Delhi. And this weekend we ended up there on our quest for legendary Raja Mircha, dishes based on this fiery chilly from North-East of India are available at the Nagaland Stall of Delhi Haat.
On this visit we ended up sampling food from Maharashtra, Nagaland, West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh and Rajasthan and were surprised by the quality and authenticity of the food at all of them food stalls. While they may not be at 100% authenticity levels, however if they can serve reasonable food or 70% auethentic in Delhi, then for me they are a resounding success.
1. Nagaland Stall – Pork Raja Mircha, Chicken Raja Mircha, Bamboo Shoots and Mushroom, Fried Rice, Pork Steamed Momos, Chicken Steamed Momos, Veg Steamed Momos, Veg Steamed rice which are served with Dry fish and chilli chutney. Both the Raja Mircha dishes were awesome, we actually felt the power of the legend.

Chicken Naga Mircha
Chicken, Pork and Veg Momos with Clear Soup
Mushroom and Bamboo Shoots
Vegetarian Fried Rice
Steamed rice with Dry fish Chutney
Pork Naga Mircha

2. Maharashtra Stall – This is a Vegetarians paradise. Vada Pao, Dabheli, Sev Puri, Thalipeeth, kohlapuri Dhapata, Sabudana vada, Pao Bhaji, Kokum sharbat etc. you get them all and then some more. The pao they use was not your usual industrial Harvest Gold types, however something very close to its Mumbaiya counterpart. That said, they can serve industrial paos when they run out of stock.

Dabheli
Kohlapuri Dhapata
Kokum Sharbat
Ragda Pattice
Vadao pao and Dabheli
Sev Puri
Vada Pao
3. West Bengal Stall – I guess its run by Bijoli Grill and they seem to have another restaurant somewhere in South of Delhi. We tried Kosha Mangsho, Fish Orley, Radhavallabhi, Chonar Dal and almost all of them desserts including Rasogulla, Gur Rasogulla, Rajbhog, Sandesh and Malpua. Fish Orley stood out for me, Kosha Mangsho or Kassa maas is a Mutton dish and must try for mutton lovers. Radhavallabhi is a dish that I am sure would go down well with traditional Delhi Chhole Puri/Bhature and Bedmi Aloo loving janta. Its like a maida ki poori, stuffed with some dal, served with Dum Aloo with their own unique flavors… and its called Radhaballabhi.

Fish Orley
Mal Pua
Patishapta 
RadhaVallabhi
Raj Bhog
Sandesh
Kosha Mangsho
4. Andhra Pradesh Stall – Ordered one handi each of Veg and Mutton biryani, mirchi ka salan is available as separate dish. Not sure how authentic it was, would be keen on hearing other opinions.

Handi of Mutton Biryani
Mirchi ka Saalan
Mutton Biryani
Handi of Veg. Biryani

5. Rajasthan Stall – On this visit has only kadha Doodh and desi ghee ki jalebi from their, however have earlier tried their Dal Baati combo, pyaz kachori and dal kachori too. Again not comparable to when you can get in Rajsthan, still very good.

Kadha hua Dhoodh in Kullad
Momos from Rajasthan stall
Jalebi
Mirch Vada
Desi Ghee ka Dal Halwa
Aloo ki Trikki
Kachoris

Besides that Delhi haat is very well known for its Momos and Fruit beer, available almost at all the stalls, have tried the combo several times, so decided to skip this time. 

Be careful on on Sundays and other holidays when they get extremely busy, the food quality might take a hit.
Would also be keen on hearing other food experiences from Dilli Haat, do share them in the comments.

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Exploring Street Food, Bengali Style in CR Park -> Photolog

Bengali and vegetarian in the same sentence? Something just does not sound right, does it? However Barnali Ganguly and Moumita Rudra insisted that their is plenty to offer in terms to street food, and offered to take us to Chitranjan Park (CR Park for some) Market in south of Delhi to do some exploration, and FEDs jumped on the offer. Around 10 of us assembled in CR Park market no. 2, for what was a delicious and fun filled evening. Here are some pics
FEDs in Chitranjan Park market
FEDs in CR Park market, with yours Truly in the pic this time.
 We started at Dadu’s Cutlet Shop, which accounted for most of the food we had in our stomachs that evening.

Non-vegetarians kick started their evening with Egg Devil and Fish Cutlet
While the Vegetarians enjoyed the Samosas and Pyazi

Here I must point out, though Pyazi felt like the Bhajiya I had in Mumbai, however the masalas in Samosas were different than what we are used to having in Delhi. Rate list made for a happy reading, as most of the things were reasonably priced.

Veg Chop and Mocha Chop

The highlight of the evening for me was the veg chop, and Mocha chop was one of the most interesting things. Mocha (pronounced with Ch in Chai) is Banana flower, and it has a bit bitterness in the taste. I was told that it was quite good for health, but I feel its going to be an acquired taste, something you would get to like after your have it a few times.

Samosas

It was still around 7 pm and people at Dadu’s were still making Samosas, however Barnali was literally not eating anything. On being asked, she said that they started serving Aloo Chops at 7:30 pm and she was waiting for them. A hard core non vegetarian, waiting for Aloo Chops, we were intrigued.

The Delightful Aloo Chop
Stack of Aloo Chops

And when they started making it, they were just not able to make enough. Every round was immediately lapped up by the crowd.  From the looks of it, its similar to Batata  Vada or Aloo Bonda, as the basic ingredients remain the same, however there was a distinct difference in spices and this lens the chop a unique taste.

Sandesh or Sondesh
Now with Annapurna Sweets next door, desserts came in a little early.
Chanar Jilipi or Chhaina jalebi
 More Chanar Jilipi
Mishti Doi
Jilipi was introduced to me as Chhaina Jalebi and somehow I was expecting it to be hot, which ofcourse it was not. I was left wondering if it would taste better if served a bit warm. Then the ubiquitous Sondesh was there, however I was more keen on Mishti Doi. Have heard great things about it, and I was not disappointed.  I was told that this mishti doi was as good as what they serve in Bengal and the packaged ones, do not even come close.
Already feeling full, we were wondering what we can eat or rather handle next. However when the name Puchka came up, we all agreed in unison.

 

The Puchka Stall
A mix of Potatoes and Chana, used to stuff Puchka

Now this was really different, first many Delhiites, including myself, like to have their Gol Gappas or Pani Puris or Puchkas made of Suji, however the Bengali Variety only comes in Atta. And then Aloo and Chana that they stufff in it is mixed with various spices and herbs, unlike Delhi, where they just put boiled potato and/or chana.

Unfortunately this turned out to be disappointment, no one enjoyed it, including our Bengali ladies. Who later explained and this was a specially bad day and their regular guy was not there. Well, we live to try them some other time.

Other major attraction of the area is the fish market, which most of us had no intention of going with our stomachs full. I guess even for non-vegetarian North Indians, the stench is unbearable. However Barnali did point out couple of vegetables at the grocer which were used  in Bengali cuisine and would be hard to find anywhere in Delhi.

Lal Saag, cooked and eaten with rice
Lau or Bengali Ghia, well not my cup of tea
Stem of Banana tree

Now we were done with the market no. 2, however Ghugni was still on agenda, and we trekked to market no. 1 for that.

Ghugni
Non-vegetarians in the group were delighted with what they had, however me an Ashish (vegetarian) were indifferent to what we had. very similar to Chana or Chhole, and nothing very interesting.

Well, there are no conclusions to this one, however as mentioned earlier, it was an evening well spent, eating what most of us had not eaten before, meeting old and new faces, laughing and having fun.

Also read :

Exploring Street Food, Bengali Style in CR Park – Part 2 

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