Where to eat Daulat ki Chaat in Delhi?

Was chatting with a friend of mine (who works as a corporate Chef and handles few of the major restaurants in Delhi)  yesterday afternoon and realized that both of us were hungry but not for the run of the mill stuff. He is someone who has spent lot of time working overseas and in Delhi as well most of the food he does is ‘international’. A jaunt to Old Delhi is what doctor seemed to have ordered for him and yesterday we both grasped at the opportunity and after parking our rides at Patel Chowk Metro Station and we hopped in a train straight to Chawri Bazaar.
Daulat ki Chaat from Gali Arya Samaaj
Got out from exit no. 3 of Chawri Metro Station and headed straight into Sita Ram Bazaar, deciding to ignore temptations offered in Chawri Bazaar starting from Ashok Chaat right at the corner to Shakahari, Standard, Shyam, Kulle Chaat & Jain Sandwich to the road leading straight to Jama Masjid and the numerous meaty goodies on offer in Matia Maharl and Urdu Bazaar area. And let me not even mention the Lal Kuan, Balli Maran, Khari Baoli and Chandni Chowk waiting for us on the other side. We ignored them all. 
We were men on mission, and the mission was simple – Daulat Ki Chaat. Daulat ki Chaat is a dessert which as per my understanding is basically milk froth – making it very light in weight and texture, something they say is made from dew and beating the milk with hand all night long. It is served with some crushed Khoya, which I would call Indian Cheese in absence of a better explanation, some finely crushed dry fruits and maybe some saffron water/syrup. 
Its a very fine dish available mostly in colder months in Delhi and available ONLY in Old Delhi. As Delhi moves into winter months, you can see the walled city dotted with numerous carts & hawkers selling Daulat Ki Chaat and everyone claims to be the best, accepting orders for weddings and other parties – complete with a visiting card offered to every inquisitive customer. Outsiders and/or novice food lovers get excited at the mere sight of them carts and find hard to control the temptation of trying them. Honestly speaking cannot just blame them, even the half good stuff commonly sold in Old Delhi (any part including Chandni Chowk) is good enough to make even hardcore foodies feel happy.
But then, I do not consider myself an outsider and my friend is not a novice foodie for sure.. 😉
Most of the Daulat ki Chaat sold on those carts parked in touristy, crowded or popular areas of Old Delhi sell adulterated stuff, or so I have been told by my cousins and family residing in that part of town. But then we are not the ones to believe in words and to be sure that we have a fare comparison we started by eating from a cart right on the Hauz Khazi chowk and actually enjoyed the stuff that he was selling. For bulk orders he quoted Rs.4000 for 12 kgs of Chaat, plus the transportation. 
Daulat ki Chaat we had on Hauz Qazi Chowk
Post that we decided to skip everything else and walk straight towards Gali Arya Samaj, a bylane of Sita Ram Bazaar. Its a unmarked street on your right hand side, right after Lal Darwaza, which is on your left hand side. You walk into the Gali Arya Samaj and as the street starts to narrow down, on your left hand side would will find a small stall selling Daulat ki Chaat and some kulfis/icecream. 
We ordered a plate each from this guy as well, and my chef friend straightaway started telling me that its more Pure, dense, flavorful, creamy and frothy. And as soon as he uttered those words my heart took a leap of joy, feeling vindicated & validated. The shopkeeper told me that they still have to make it with hand and have no other option, and quoted us Rs. 600 a kg plus transportation for bulk and party orders. 
There is no name of this shop, but I believe I have mentioned several points in the blog, points which are sufficient to send you on a treasure hunt, a hunt for the BEST Daulat ki Chaat, which of-course is nothing less than a treasure. 
Started this post to share the entire adventure we had yesterday which saw us gorging on some awesome Kachoris & Samosas as well, while finishing the gluttony with a rockstar Nahari and Kebabs, but I guess will limit this post to Daulat ki Chaat and save other details for another post.  
Would love to hear some feedback from those who actually are able to find and try this much elusive delicacy. Do share your story in the comments below. 
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Rasmalai Demystified – How to make Rasmalai at home?

Rasmalai is one of the most loved and popular Indian Desserts, yet it is the least made dessert at homes and easily bought from shops for the sheer fact because we think it is some rocket science to make Rasmalai at home!
Rasmalai
Time to change that belief and make super awesome beauty at our homes – it is super easy but requires lot of patience!!
Ingredients:
  • Milk – Full Fat  2 litres
  • Alum/Phitkari –  1 tsp
  • Baking Powder -1 tsp
  • Water – 3 cups
  • Sugar – 2 cups
  • Cardamom Powder – 1 tsp
  • Saffron – 10-12 strands
  • Kevra Water – 1 tsp
  • Silver Varq/Foil -15
  • Almonds – 15-120 sliced
  • Pistachio – 15-20 sliced
Method

  1. Boil 1 litre full fat milk and add 1 teaspoon
    phitkari or alum. When the milk starts to curdle adds one cup cold water.
    Strain through a thick cloth. 
  2. Transfer this paneer/cheena in a plate while it is still hot and add
    1teaspoon baking powder. 
  3. Make 15 equal dumplings and set them aside. Be careful there should be no
    cracks. 
  4. Boil 3 cups of water and add 2 cups of sugar. Let it cook for 10 mins on
    high flame. Then put the dumplings in this boiling sugar syrup on medium flame
    for 15 mins. 
  5. Remove the dumplings and reduce the sugar syrup further till it becomes 1
    cup. 
  6. In a separate pan boil 1 litre milk with the reduced sugar syrup. Add
    cardamom powder, saffron and kevra water. Reduce this to your desired
    consistency. Add dumplings. Let it cool. 
  7. Garnish with silver varq, almonds and pistachio.
Homemade Rasmalai

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an evening in DLF Place, Saket

 Last night Ashish, Sakshi and me planned to visit Hard Rock Cafe to hear ‘Musafir’ play. However Sakshi did not want to eat at HRC and she was insistent on trying the food court at 2nd floor of DLF Place. And being the polite and courteous gentleman that I am, I obliged the lady (Ashish had no choice in the matter you see, he is married to her :D) and we were at the Food Court deciding on what to eat.
As stated earlier, I am not a fan of mall food, and have never appreciated it, unless of course it is a known outlet running a branch there. On the contrary, this court hardly has any brands, and whatever is recognizable is far from exciting (McDonald, Subway and Haldiram’s). So we went adventurous and shortlisted three different outlets from where we wanted to order. First was this ‘American’ joint, the person at helm of things there was quite convincing and we thought of giving a shot to their veg. combo and one of the Joes, something which was an omelette with stuffing. Next was Paneer Shashlik sizzler from Kobe’s Sizzler, and finally some Mid-eastern / Israeli food from a joint called Zaitoon.

assembly line Lasagna at the ‘American’ joint..
The time taken to serve and other service of all three joints was satisfactory; I wish I could have said the same about food. The veg. combo turned out quite sad, contained one sliver of a slice of garlic bread, lasagna, mashed potato and baked beans, along with some vegetables. Let us say, it was uninspired food at its best, with baked beans, which were probably packaged, being the best item of the lot. However the second item, called the ‘Joe’, with Black Olives, Mushroom and cheese was quite good, however there is only so much you can do wrong with an omelette.

Vegetarian Combo
Paneer Shashlik Sizzler from Kobe’s
Next up was the sizzler, which did not look appetizing to start with, and did not betray its looks as well. We ate it, because we put our money in it, we were hungry and it was just, mind you just edible. Now we came to food we ordered from Zaitoon, for those who are not aware, it is Hindi for Olive.  We ordered two items, one was Paneer Baghdadi Tikka with pita, and other was Falafel with Humus and Pita. And those two dishes were the saving grace of the evening. I have got limited experience of eating humus and falafel, and mostly in backpacker areas, so I am no authority to judge its authenticity, however whatever we had was fantastic, and I am definitely going back there for more. Paneer Tikka was marinated unlike anything else I have tasted before, and went very well with pita. The pricing was very decent, and portion sizes were VFM.

Baghdadi Paneer Tikka, with Pita
Falafel with Humus
Now it was time for dessert and having been lamented by Sakshi and Ashish previous night for not having visited The Big Chill Café till date, I decided to make amends. And while we settled and were looking at the menu, I was amazed to find Banoffee pie on it, as before this, I had only heard about and had it in my travels specifically in backpacker trail (Leh, Manali, Goa, Pushkar etc.). The second thing we ordered and I cannot thank Sakshi enough for it, was Double Chocolate Decadence Cake, which is her favorite dessert and now mine as well, at least favorite chocolate flavor.

Banoffee Pie @ The Big Chill Cafe
Double Chocolate Decadence Cake

 Oh, and what happened to the band playing at Hard Rock Café, well they had a cover charge of Rs.500 per person, and all three of us being non-drinkers and our bellies full of food, decided to give it a miss and went to our favorite open air lounging area of Mocha. A Paan Hookah (Sheesha) and some white tea from north eastern part of India facilitated further conversation.

Chilling out at Mocha

PS : All the pictures used in this post have been shot using my phone camera, kindly pardon the poor quality.