Spices from India

Spices from India have been the soul of global cuisine since time immemorial. Indians have been well versed with growing spices and also with their culinary and medicinal applications much before the rest of the world. The lure of these spices has led to historic explorations, wars and conquests and the country continues to retain its stature as the Spice Bowl of the World.

Spices from India

Spices from India have been the soul of global cuisine since time immemorial. Indians have been well versed with growing spices and also with their culinary and medicinal applications much before the rest of the world. The lure of these spices has led to historic explorations, wars and conquests and the country continues to retain its stature as the Spice Bowl of the World.

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Chandni Chowk Foodwalk

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The first step to our journey to Chomp Slurrp Burp has to be our first ever Old Delhi food walk. Yes, it was a part of my curriculum in college but the calling for food was above all that. And it is amazing how far we have come from the scrawny shots and hitting the classis corners. Old Delhi has a charm of its own, it is a way of life, and you can’t be a true Dilliwala if you haven’t got lost in the meandering streets of Chandni Chowk and discovered something incredible on the way.

And as much as we love the place, we don’t get to visit as often as we would like. We started early on a Sunday morning to uncouth some newbies (for us of course).

Now, starving we took respite in a small kiosk just outside the main street from the famous choley kulchewala. An old man heading the stall with such finesse and with piping hot samosas, kachoris and bedmi poori and aloo ki sabzi. But we had eyes and appetite only for the delectable looking bedmi poori and aloo ki sabzi – bedmi is like a cross between poori and kachori. Poori is deep fried without any kind of stuffing and kachoris most commonly are stuffed with either urad ki dal or aloo. Bedmi however is made when uradki dal ir ground and kneaded into the dough which makes it crunchy and still a lighter option than kachori. This street option is a delectable classic preparation – totally oil free bedmi pooris, served with a spicy and flavoursome aloo ki sabzi and achaar.

We next made a stop over at Shyam Sweets – famous for Nagori Halwa, Matarki kachori and lassi. The sweet lassi is served in a kulhad and is super refreshing spiked with a hint of rose. Kachori stuffed with matar and masala and served with aloo ki sabzi. The unlikely combination makes for a breakfast option for innumerable people and bodes amazingly well together. Will definitely try their Nagori halwa on our next visit.

We wandered through to Jama Masjid and landed in the land of meaty goodness. Karim’s, Al Jawahar and numerous other joints tucked together in a street. We halted at Al Jawahar for some mutton korma and khamiri roti. The mutton was drenched in oil and a gravy so delectable with a sweet aftertaste thanks to the brown onions. The khamiri was slightly disappointing but the experience was golden.

Our last stop was the Old Famous Jalebi Wala – the shop has been there for years now and the taste hasn’t wavered. The Jalebis are thick and huge, each piece weighing upto 100grams, and yet they are surprisingly fluffy and crispy.

Original post was published here https://chompslurrpburp.com/2017/05/13/chandni-chowk-foodwalk/

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Nov 062017

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