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Mumbai India
Paranthas Galore
Jul 29, 2015 03:47 PM 6316 Views
(Updated Aug 06, 2015 12:07 AM)


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This place  is nothing but just a very narrow gali / congested street with shops which are famous for their deep fried stuffed paranthas.

This gali at Purani delhi, Chandni Chowk,  is so old  that once Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi and even our former PM lal bahadur shastri have dined here and now Sheela Dixit.

A Panatha sells here by the name of  "Shastri Panatha" now .

A handful of  Bollywood  stars / TV serial personalities too have made their way to this gali and have their pictures hanging inside  the  shops  devouring the paranthas .

Though I am a mumbaikar, my wife is from Delhi and she is my guide  when it comes to delhi, she took me to  this Gali a few times, I do not exactly remember the name of the place we went to as all the shops look so similar  but, I do remember the lane is  very narrow and the traffic is youtube reviewer  has commented very aptly, you either run the risk of over eating here or  being hit  by a bike . The street looks overcrowded and bustles with energy and sounds.

People  who have Agoraphobia which often involves a fear of crowds, bridges or of being outside alone, are advised to stay clear of  this place.

I have vague memories of  having eaten lavishly here a few times and dishing  out very little dough. The paranthas were  great, so were the  chutneys and the sweet lassi in the kullad(clay pots). The pickles and chutneys to  go along with the paranthas are awesome! Some of  the offbeat  paranthas you will get here are papad, banana, bitter gourd, 16 layer parantha,  kaju and rabri ka parantha .Desi Ghee is also used as a filler / stuffing  along with the veggies at most times .

Most of  the shops  have over 40 varieties of parathas served  and some of the shops were established as back as 1872. I am told Actor akshay Kumar  lived somewhere near by. .

My only complain is that most shops seem a little unhygienic in the cooking area, the oil looks overused and very rancid or toxic and  the paranthas were deep fried not tawa fried .

Youtube channel owners Hetal and Anuja who stay in the US recently visted  India and  also this place to cover it on their channel to talk about Indian Street food .

The place isn't  glamorous, sophisticated or hep and unless you have an appetite for street food in a desi way  , do not venture  here . Expect to eat lavishly for a mere 150-200 rupees / person out here

I have left my old unhealthy habits behind and I will think 2  times before indulging in paranthas deep fried in such rancid oils but maybe ill settle for a few bites if am here with friends and family .

But for reasons that I have spoken about in my earlier reviews, I will always distance myself from the MCdonalds and the KFC's  of  the world . Such Khao Galis are so much more better, I only wish they tawa fried their stuff .

Jaisa tumhara food hoga waisa tumhara mood hoga, your food should be alkalizing, mineralizing and high on the  Pranic value  or  the life force and low on the glycemic index / glycemic load, at least this food is  served hot and fresh, since its made then and there and doesn't do any "food miles"  like burgers and french fries .

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