Street Food Stalls in Chandni Chowk to reminisce Old Delhi

Old Delhi including Chandni Chowk is known for its heritage of monuments and eating joints that have been here for years. It is the place to head to if you want to know and see the Real Delhi. And Chandni Chowk is the place you must visit to have real street food of Delhi.

Rajesh ke Chole Kulche

For the past 33 years, Rajesh has been making Chole Kulche and selling them at various places in Delhi. His spot outside Chandni Chowk Metro is the 4th one. In a plate of chole kulche which will come for Rs. 20, you will get 2 kulche, chole ki sabzi, a chile, onion and tomato served in a leaf plate.

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kulche, chole ki sabzi

Recommendation- Chole Kulche
Timings- 12pm to 5pm
Landmark- Near Hanuman Mandir, Outside Chandni Chowk Metro West

Nathu Ram Kachori Wala

Nathu Ram starts his day right early in the morning at his stall and ends the day at the stall itself. He lives nearby and can make something for you to eat even at 2 am at night if he is awake and at the stall. Buy any of his delicious items like khasta kachori, bread patties or samosa for Rs. 15 each. You can also have something sweet like two pieces of gulab jamun for Rs. 10.

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Khasta Kachori

Recommendation-Khasta Kachori
Timings- 6am to 12pm
Landmark- Near Hanuman Mandir, Outside Chandni Chowk Metro West

Anish’s Cheela

Cheela is a dish made of besan and mixed with various ingredients like onion, tomato and paneer if one wishes to. Anish’s cheela has masala aloo too added to it. You will get two cheela for a price of Rs. 40 which you can eat it either as a roll or put into a bread as a sandwich.

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Cheela Roll and Cheela Sandwich

Recommendation- Cheela Roll
Timings- 12pm to 10pm
Landmark- Near Hanuman Mandir, Outside Chandni Chowk Metro West

Jalebi and Rabdi

This stall has been here for the past 110 years. Mr. Roop Chand, the current owner has been selling jalebi and rabdi for 30 years now. Ask anybody in Chandni Chowk from where to buy some good jalebi, and they will tell you to head to SP’s. You will get some amazing 100 gm of jalebi for Rs. 40 and equally tasty rabdi for the same amount.

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Jalebi

Recommendation- Jalebi
Timings- 9am to 9pm
Landmark- Gurudwara Sisganj Sahib, Chandni Chowk

Shri Shyam Kanji Corner

Dahi Bhalle is a popular dish in Delhi which is many times prepared at home as well. But people coming to Dinesh Kumar’s stall swear that they can never make dahi bhalle like him at home. Buy a plate of dahi bhalle for Rs. 40 and you will know that his taste is unbeatable.

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Dahi Bhalle

Recommendation- Dahi Bhalle
Timings- 1pm to 8pm
Landmark- Gurudwara Sisganj Sahib, Chandni Chowk

Hathras ki mashoor thandi Rabdi

What’s better than a ‘thandi rabdi’ to beat the heat? Slurp some sweet rabdi or rabdi falooda here. This thandi rabdi would cost you just Rs. 30 and if you want some extra rabdi with some extra rooh afza flavour and dry fruits, then try rabdi falooda which cost you Rs. 50 which is totally worth the price.

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Rabdi topped with dry fruits

Recommendation- Falooda Rabdi
Timings- 11am to 10pm
Landmark- Gurudwara Sisganj Sahib, Chandni Chowk

Bhishan Swaroop Chat Bhandar

Just a look at the preparation of aloo chaat at this stall and you will feel like having it right away. A plate of aloo chaat here will come for Rs. 30 and it has all the ingredients and masala that will probably make you want to buy another plate of aloo chaat just like a few customers here often do.

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Preparation of Aloo Chaat

Recommendation-Aloo Chaat
Timings- 11am to 9pm
Landmark- Near Bank of India, Gurudwara Sisganj Sahib, Chandni Chowk

Babu Ram Parathe Wale

Though there are many shops in ‘Parathe wali gali’ in Chandni Chowk but there is something about Babu Ram Parathe wale’s parathas that tell you why it is so difficult to get a seat here. Parathas are favourite street food of Delhiites and they don’t mind eating a plate of paratha even at 11 at night. For probably more than a 100 years, this shop has been here. You can order a plate of mix paratha which is quite delicious for Rs. 80.

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A plate of aloo paratha with sabzi, chutney and onion

Recommendation- Mix Vegetable Paratha
Timings- 8am to 11pm
Landmark- Parathe Wale Gali, Near Gurudwara Sisganj Sahib, Chandni Chowk

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Andheri Balaji Colony’s Street Food Market

Located near the famous Balaji Office and Yash Raj Studios, this place has become a hub for the creative crowd and provides good food.

Feast Of Momos

Come to this stall for perfect steamed momos. Their shape and size, with ample stuffing keeps attracting more and more people. Their specialty is chicken momos.

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Speciality – Chicken Momos
Timings – 9 am to 7pm
Landmark – Balaji Office

Nagori Tea Stall

This chai stall is a sensation amongst the working crowd from the neighbourhood, served with a yummy bun maska.

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Speciality – Tea with Bun Maska
Timings – 8 am – 8 pm
Landmark – Balaji Office

Barbecued Rolls

Hot barbecued paneer or chicken pieces are rolled in a wheat or maida based roti (Indian bread). The chicken tikka roll is the most wanted item on the list. Other varieties served are paneer tikka roll, chicken seekh roll, chicken tandoori roll.

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Speciality – Chicken tikka roll, Chicken seekh.
Timings – 12:30 am – 10:30 pm
Landmark – Balaji Office

Snacks And Chai

Want to go for some light bites? Snack on a variety of bhajiya and samosa, with a cup of chai. The place is famous for their samosas.

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Speciality – Samosas
Timings – 7 am – 9:30 pm
Landmark – Balaji Office

Shree Balaji Dosa Centre

This South Indian street food stall is no less than any posh restaurant in town, when it comes to taste. You get the best food at reasonable prices. Its specialities are jini dosa, gravy dosa, pizza dosa.

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Speciality – Jini Dosa, Pizza Dosa
Timings – 9 am – 8 pm
Landmark – Balaji Office

Chaas Vala

Make your hot summer day a little less punishing with the cold chaas at this place. He uses a special masala and indeed his chaas stands apart from the crowd. There’s also lassi, nimboo paani, jal jeera, etc.

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Speciality – Masala Chaas
Timings – 9 am – 7 pm
Landmark – Balaji Office

The Chaat Corner

For an extensive range in chaat and paani puri, this is the place to go. Although best known for its paani puri, the place also offers sev puri, dahi puri, etc.

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Speciality – Paani Puri, Sev Puri
Timings – 3:30 pm – 7 pm
Landmark – Balaji Office

Radhe Shaam

It’s the most famous stall around the corner. Radhe Shaam serves aloo parathas with a variety of vegetables. The parathas are well stuffed and fulfilling. Their anda burji is also a must try.

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Speciality – Aloo Parathas
Timings – 7 am – 8 pm
Landmark – Balaji Office

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8 places to visit for Pani Puri in Mumbai Suburbs

Although pani puris are relished all around the country, you can taste a whole range right here in Mumbai – here is a list of eight places in the suburbs for an unforgettable experience.

Ram and Shyaam Bhelwala

This place is run by the fourth generation of the original owners, started 55 years ago. The place serves the most delicious pani puri in Santacruz. Seeking hygiene with amazing taste? This place serves you pani puri right, with mineral water.

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Timing: 3 pm to 10 pm
Landmark: North Avenue Road, Santacruz West

Elco Pani Puri

Considered as the best pani puri all over Mumbai by some, Elco pani puri is quite famous for its hygiene and taste. The sindhi puris here have the crunchiest puris and are also refreshing. The snack here costs slightly higher than the general price at Rs 60, but the quality is totally worth it.

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Timing: 9:30 am to 11:30 pm
Landmark: Elco market, Bandra West

Jacky Chaat Bhandar

The lip-smacking pani puri of this stall are the best in Juhu. As soon as the clock hits six in the evening, you can see a long line of people forming in front of the stall. Whether or not you order pani puris, Jacky offers free sukhi puris to all.

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Timing: 6 pm to 10 pm
Landmark: Gulmohar road no. 7, Juhu, Vile Parle West

Sharma chaat bhandar

Located in one of the poshest areas of Mumbai, they are very cautious about hygiene. Being spacious, it also has a sitting area. The pani puri here is an ideal combination of sweet and spicy. The service here will never disappoint you giving you an experience that would make you come back.

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Timing: 3 pm to 11 pm
Landmark: Amarpali Shopping Center, JVPD scheme, Vile Parle West

Jai Shankar

This place, which has permanently shifted to JVPD road number 6 now, is famous for its pani puris. The seller is so famous that he is regularly called at lavish parties.

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Where: JVPD road number 6, Vile Parle
Price: Rs. 35
Timing: 6 pm to 9:30 pm

Jain Sab Kuchh Food Plaza

One of the best chaats in the suburbs, they give utmost priority to hygiene. The servers always wear hair caps and plastic gloves. And the pani puris are mouth watering and finger-licking good.

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Timing: 9 am to 11 pm
Landmark: Link road, Malad West

Ganesh Chaat House

A small place on Subhash road, this place is always crowded with chaat lovers. The stall offers a choice between Sindhi pani puri and Ragda pani puri – a choice given by only a few chaat vendors. The puris are thin and crispy and the water is perfectly spicy.

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Timing: 11 am to 10 pm
Landmark: Subhash road, Vile Parle East

Shiv Shankar Chaat

The puris so crisp, the filling perfect, and the water tasty and cool – what else would you want.

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Timing: 10 am to 10 pm
Landmark: Shastri Nagar, Andheri Lokhandwala, Andheri West

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5 Best street food stalls on Linking Road.

For those looking for inexpensive joints during shopping trips, here is a guide to some of the best eateries in and around Bandra.

Quality Picnic

Don’t let the big red sweets banner or the grocery look confuse you, Quality Stores is synonymous with frankies. If you are a franky-lover, you need to drop by and taste the various options and combinations on offer. Fastest selling items on the board are their Paneer Schezwan Cheese Franky and Chicken Franky.

quality picnic

Recommendation: Chicken Franky
Landmark: Linking Road, Bandra

Jai Jawan

Jai Jawan has just seven options on the menu, but each worth trying. The fish fry is crisp from outside and juicy inside, their prawns masala has prawns done just well enough, and the bright red chicken tikkas are tender and succulent . Each plate comes with a complimentary side of spicy green chutney and onion salad. The portions are generous and you will most probably need the help of a friend to finish a plate.
They are priced at Rs 170 per plate , but you can order the dishes weight wise as well for big parties and get-togethers

jai jawan

Recommendation: Chicken tikkas, Fish Fry
Landmark: Linking Road, Bandra

ELCO Veg Restaurant

Although popular with Hill road shoppers for its chaat, Elco’s pani puri and the sugarcane juice are the real deal. The eatery is so famous that the area is now popularly known as Elco, rather than Hill Road. They used to have outside seating on the footpath earlier, which had to go because of BMC rules. The staff is friendly and efficient, which adds to the experience.

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Recommendation: Pani Puri
Landmark: Linking Road, Bandra

Eataeria

Although there are a number of joints on Carter road offering shawarmas, Eataeria tops the list with the juiciest and the best of all. The price range is also quite reasonable, starting from Rs 90.Although Eataeria offers many more options , shawarma is what gathers the most amount of crowd. Just off the shopping hub, the place also gives you a break from the chaos.

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Recommendation: shawarmas
Landmark: Carter road, Bandra

Nature’s Nectar Van

The area has recently flooded with many food trucks, but Mrs Thakkar has been around for the past 18 years. All the food on sale is homemade, prepared by Mrs Thakkar, and is particularly delish. The variety of soups that are served are a combination of ingredients prepared either for diabetic patients, blood pressure or other ailments; costing Rs 50 per bowl.  Many ofher customers happen to visit after their morning or evening walks for a glass of bitter gourd juice which claims to have a good effect on the body if consumed in the morning. The juices  (pomegranate, green apple, kiwi juice, lime juice, etc.) are priced at Rs 60. However, if you still need that little sweet at the end of the day then they do serve you with Brownies and Cookies as well.

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Recommendation: pomegranate juice
Landmark: Carter Road, Bandra

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KHAUGALLI AT THE JEWELRY HUB OF MUMBAI

Mumbai’s hustle-bustle can be experienced in its full glory in Zaveri Bazaar. From wholesale markets to roadside stalls, one will Spread across the 3rd Agyari Lane to Khara Kuwa lays this famous Zaveri Bazar Khaugali running whole day serving amazing and pocket-friendly food to the market people and few wandering shoppers. This khaugalli only has vegetarian eating options.

Agarwal Fast Food Centre

Among the most crowded stalls in this area, Agarwal Fast Food Stall does not disappoint. The must haves are Dahi Wada Rs.50 and Sev Khamni Rs.25. They also offer other chat options like Pani Puri and Sev Puri.

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Recommendation: Dahi Wada and Sev Khamni
Timings: 10 am – 8.00 pm
Landmark:  1st Agyari Lane, Khara Kuwa, Zaveri Bazaar, Mumbai – 400002.

Mokshkaari Doodhpaa

A small shop in the 1st Agyari Lane, adjacent to Raut Indian Dosa, which has over 10 varieties of milk based beverages. From Masala Thandaayi to Cold Cocoa or from Mango Lassi to Fruit Salad, everyone who enters this tiny shop will come out happy.

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Recommendation – Mango Lassi and Fruit Salad
Timings: 10 am – 8.00 pm
Landmark: Shop no. 7, Khara Kuwa, 1st Agyari Lane, Zaveri Bazaar, Mumbai – 400002.

Khichiya Stall

The very second stall by the entrance of the 3rd Agyari Lane, sells freshly roasted Khiciyas. Try the Masala Khichiya (Rs.30) and Khichiya (Rs.10). The prices of Khichiyas are the same in all the stalls in the khaugalli but there was something different about this stall and the khichiya’s taste that everyone must experience.

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Recommendation – Masala Khichiya and Regular Khichiya
Timings: 10 am – 8.00 pm
Landmark: 3rd Agyari Lane to Khara Kuwa, Zaveri Bazaar, Mumbai – 400002.

Raut Indian Dosa

Located opposite Agarwal Fast Food Centre, this stall has 7 varieties of Dosas and Uttapams. One must try the Mysore Masala Dosa (Rs.50) and Mysore Masala Uttapam (Rs.70) with two creamy chutneys that compliment the Dosas and the Uttapams amazingly!

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Recommendation – Mysore Masala Dosa and Mysore Masala Uttapam.
Timings: 10 am – 8.00 pm
Landmark:  Khara Kuwa, 1st Agyari Lane, Zaveri Bazaar, Mumbai – 400002.

Pani Puri Stall

The first stall at the entrance of the 3rd Agyari Lane sells cold Paani Puris for Rs.20. One can choose between the ragda and sprouts filling for the Paani Puri. The Paani Puri here is definitely worth a try.

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Recommendation – Paani Puri
Timing: 10 am – 8.00 pm
Landmark: 3rd Agyari Lane to Khara Kuwa, Zaveri Bazaar, Mumbai – 400002.

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