Parathe wali Gali ki Thali is a platter with curries, parathas and accompaniments from the famous Parathe Wali Gali of Chandni Chowk, Delhi.
Chandni Chowk is one of the most bustling areas of Delhi and a very famous area of Old Delhi. Chandni Chowk is said to be established when the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan laid the foundation of Shahjahanabad. It was initially shaped like a square at the centre of which was a pool that shimmered in the moonlight which is what the market is named after. The shops around the bazaar were arranged in a half-moon pattern around the square.
With time the market has changed and one no longer can see the pool, it is only a sea of people that we see! It was during our Delhi BM Meet that we took a food tour of this busy market and spent almost the full day just exploring food.
The market is full of clothes, spices, books, jewellery – you name it, it’s there, but the street food definitely makes you crazy. You have different areas in the market and they all are famous for particular food. Parathe Wali Gali is one of the most popular lanes and you can see a number of tourists especially visiting this lane. It has shops on either side with a specific menu and a variety of parathas. The parathas are cooked right n front of you and one can make out that they are fried in pure ghee. The aroma of these just pulls you into the lane. The crisp parathas loaded with ghee are truly a delight for any tourist. The locals find it a simple, cheap way to fill their tummies.
The menu of the parathas is very elaborate. They have the basic Aaloo Paratha, Gobhi Paratha, Mattar Paratha, Paneer Paratha...and many more of the regular ones, then they have some unique ones too, like Nimbu Paratha, which is slightly tangy. Another unique one is the Mirchi Partha which is a spicy paratha with green chillies!. It’s not only the savoury parathas which attract the customers the sweet parathas like the Malai Paratha, but The Khoya Paratha also make a special appearance for the ones with sweet tastebuds.
Today’s Delhi’s Parathe wali Gali ki Thali is the second Thali in the Regional Series for our Mega Marathon under the theme Thali and Platter Festival.
Parathe Wali Gali ki Thali
Menu for the Thali
( sweet and sour pumpkin curry )
Aloo Mattar ki Rasse wali Sabzi
( potatoes and peas made with basic spices, absolutely rustic way )
(Elimuccai is lemon in Tamil…I had to give it this name as we were doing A to Z series. This is a lemon paratha. A paratha from Parathe wali Gali of Chandni Chowk .)
( fresh yoghurt spiced up with spices )
Kele ki Chutney
( finger-licking sweet and sour tamarind chutney dressed with freshly sliced banana and melon seeds )
( spicy mint and coriander chutney )
( radish, carrots and cucumbers cut into batons seasoned with black salt and a drizzle of lemon )
Achar (store-bought )
( pachanga achaar, a popular mix pickle )
Gulab Jamun with Rabri
(a heavenly combination of two classic Indian sweets )
For today I will be sharing the recipe for Kaddu ki Katti Meethi Sabzi.
Let’s look at the Thali’s I have posted so far for The Thali and Platter Festival-
Day 1 Sindhi Lunch Thali
Day 1 Guar ji Bhaji
Day 2 Chithiyal Gogdu
Day 3 Sindhi Moong Dal
Day 4 Sindhi Kadhi Dal ji
Day 5 Royal Awadhi Thali
Day 5 Subz e Noor Chashm