Durga Puja celebrations in Delhi’s pandals are both restricted to members solely or asking for pre-booking of bhog. That is certain to make the foodies within the Capital, who used to attend all yr spherical for the festive time, get meals #FOMO. “We are not conducting our usual Pujo food walks this time as none of the pandals have put up the food stalls,” informs Ramit Mitra, from DelhiByFoot. So, the right way to satiate the cravings? Fear not! We curate a meals path comprising 9 sometimes Bong dishes from among the hottest crannies of CR Park, to make you relive your pandal hopping days. So hop on, and dig in!
Churmur and Puchka from Raju Chaat Nook, Market 1
A tangy chat, churmur is the proper appetiser to get began with particularly if it’s from this little meals kiosk in CR Park. Relishing it right here is Birju Kumar, a JNU hosteller, who tells us, “The churmur they make here is very different from the ones I have back at home in Bihar. It’s very tangy and high on spices. We wanted to try Bengali food on a budget, so came here.”
So far as the world well-known Bong panipuri aka puchkas are involved, in the event you occur to identify a cart with two matkis on the nook of the market, you recognize you’re on the proper place! Palak Kapoor, a meals blogger was discovered attempting the puchkas for the primary time right here, and says, “I’ve come all the way from Rajouri Garden especially for these. It’s cute to see these little matkis in his cart. These have two kinds of water, and the lemons slices make the puchkas taste absolutely different!” Kapoor’s pal Bineet Singh, one other meals blogger, provides, “Main yahan bahut bari kha chuka hun. In fact these are my favourite, and Raju bhaiyya gives me double discount!”
Worth: Churmur – ₹40 Puchka – ₹30 for a plate of six
Daab Chingri from Aami Bangali
This conventional Bengali dish made with chingri (prawns) cooked and served in tender coconut. And it’s an absolute hit amongst many who flip up right here solely to savour this! Rajeev Adhikari, supervisor from the eatery provides: “It’s one of our bestsellers. Cooked in nariyal (coconut) curry, it’s something that we always recommend to the customers and people themselves come to us asking for it.”
Aloo Bhaja of Metropolis of Pleasure
Nicely, which Indian pageant may be devoid of potatoes! The Aaloo Bhaja is one other completely delicious predominant course dish that’s a sizzling promoting all around the yr and particularly in the course of the time of Durga Puja as each vegetarians and non vegetarians may be noticed relishing it in equal measures. Shelly Sinha, a social media supervisor alongwith her husband, Vishal Sinha, an promoting skilled from Lajpat Nagar say that their meal at Metropolis of Pleasure isn’t full with no portion of this. “This Aloo Bhaja is a must try! The potatoes are shredded and deep fried, to make them crisp, and here it tastes like no other place. We always come here especially for this Bengali dish,” says Shelly.
Worth: ₹100/plate ( ₹70 for half)
Kosha Mutton from Aami Bangali
“Celebrations for Bengalis is incomplete without yummy food,” says Sangeeta Biswas, an IT skilled from Noida who swears by the Kosha Mutton served right here. “Every Durga Puja, I make it a point to eat Kosha Mutton with Luchi (a deep-fried flatbread made out of maida, and looks similar to poori). This combo is extremely delicious because of the rich, spicy and thick gravy of the mutton and the tenderness of the Luchi. My friends recommended this place, and we came all the way from Noida to try it. Already loving it!” she provides.
Pabda Tel Jhal from Metropolis of Pleasure
Be it a Borg or no, you possibly can’t miss this dish comprising single bone entire fish served with spicy gravy! Debjyoti, proprietor of this small restaurant, shares, “Our head chef’s speciality is the Pabta Tel Jhal (a tangy tomato base gravy with a tempering of nigella seeds and green chilies) and continues to remain a top seller all seasons. Pabda (Indian Catfish) has always had its own coterie of loyal Bongio patrons. Moreover, being a single bone whole fish it has gleefully catered to the non bengali (bones….oh! no no) fish fancy of Delhities as well.”
Worth: ₹420/plate ( ₹240 for half)
Ilish Shorshe from Aami Bangali
Touted as one of the crucial sought-after Bengali delicacies, any meals stroll is incomplete with out Illish Shorshe. This dish requires cooking Hilsa fish in a mustard gravy. “It’s a super common dish in every household, every restaurant. And it’s the most tasty dish any Bengali or non vegeratian non-Bengali can have. And whenever I have it here, I feel these guys make even this simplest dish so tasty,” says Nilanjan Bhaumik, a Noida-based banker who dines repeatedly at CR Park.
Sondesh from Yummi Kolkataa, CR Park Market 1
After a luxurious genuine Bengali meal, if you’re in search of some completely mouth-watering Sandesh that merely melts-in-the-mouth, then that is the place for you! “Humare pass chaar-panch paanch type ke Sandesh hain aur yeh sab hum subah dresh banate hain aur dopahar tak sab sold out ho jaate hain. Inmein se do-teen mein cheeni hoti hai aur baaki sab gur ke bante hais,” informs Tanomesh Haldar, an worker on the outlet.
Mishti Doi from Artistocrat
And the way can these with a candy tooth be justified if there’s no Mishti Doi! This creamy dessert is any day the very best wager to make candy endings. “I love the flavour of the Mishti Doi that we get here at this shop in CR Park,” says Ipshita Panda, an artist from CR Park, including, “The fact that it’s served in a kulhad (clay cup), makes it all the more authentic. And not only during the time of Durga Puja, this is my usual favourite place to source this delicacy on any day of the year.”