Best Places to Eat Golgappas in Delhi
Some call them golgappa, some call them panipuri. In West Bengal, they call the same stuff phuchka. However, if you want to savor the best them, you must come to Delhi. Few in India can claim that they do not know what this stuff is. From Gen-Ex to Gen-Next, nobody can claim that they have never tasted the stuff in their life.
Where to find Golgappas in DelhiIf you have somehow missed these golgappawalas, let me tell you where you can find them. They are found in every small and big market. Try for them in your local shopping hub or at Chanadni Chowk, Sarojini Nagar, Sadar Bazaar, Lajpat Nagar, Central Market, Gol Chakkar Market, Kalkaji and wherever else. Then again, many sweet shops also sell golgappas along with other chats.
Grover Sweets in RajouriGrover Sweets in Rajouri is one such joint. It is located near the entrance of the Rajouri Market and is one my favorite joints as well. The golgappas there are crisp, the stuffing is just right and the pani (the liquid) is delicious to say the least.
Golgappas at Agarwal Sweets
Another famous name in this sector is Aggarwal Sweets. The shop has branches in different parts of city and golgappas offered by them is simply delicious. The main showroom is known as Aggarwal Sweet Center and it is located on Main Suraj Kund Road in Pull Pehladpur (Pin Code: 110044). You may also call at 2636-0007 and 6517-1501.
Other than the above mentioned shop, golgappas are also available in their different franchises located in different parts of the city. You will find such franchises at Krishna Market in Kalkaji, DDA Market in Vasant Kunj, Mukherjee Park in Chaukhandi Road, Kakrola Housing Complex near Dwarka More, Vashisth Park in Sagarpur, Block B2 in Sultanpuri etc.
Golgappas at Chandni Chowk
However, few can beat Chandni Chowk in providing not only delicious golgappa, but also the right ambience. Indeed, ambience is as important as the taste itself. Many upscale air conditioned restaurants in Delhi also serve golgappas. They are delicious, but one does miss the local flavor. Among the shops that sell golgappas in Chandni Chowk my favorite is Shree Balaji Chat Bhander located at 1462, Chandni Chowk (Ph: 23280579) . The papri chat they sell is also very delicious. Ghantewala in Chandni Chowk also sells delicious golgappas. Did you know that the shop was established in 1790?
Golgappas at Tilak Nagar and Bengali Market
Manmohan Bakery at Tilak Nagar Market Place is another good place to look for delicious golgappas. Khan Market also has quite a few joints. Contrarily, many also vouch that the golgappas in Bengali Market are the best. They suggest that one must try Nathu Sweets (shop no 23, 24 and 25) and Bengali Sweet House (shop no 27 to 33), both located in Bengali Market before one talks on this subject.
Golgappas in Upscale Restaurants
However, if you are looking for something upscale, you can try Prince's Paan & Chaat Corner at 29, M Block Market, Greater Kailash I (Ph: 29236364). The golgappas here may cost a little more, nonetheless, they are equally delicious and in the bargain you do not need to negotiate the crowd in the streets of Delhi. Evergreen Sweet House in Green Park is another upscale place you can try for golgappas. In these restaurants, they will serve the golgappas, stuffing and the water separately and you will have to do the mixing. Did you know that Punjabi by Nature, a restaurant chain in Delhi offer vodka instead of the tangy water with golgappas. You may consider this blasphemous, but many also like it that way.
Oh Golgappa? What is that?
You still do not know what golgappa is? Keep your eyes open while you walk through the streets of Delhi. It can be a dingy lane in Old Delhi or a posh locality in New Delhi; it will at least have one vendor selling these heavenly stuffs. See those round balls kept in glass case… these are the golgappaa. You see, gol in Hindi means round. And gappa? Well, it does not really mean anything… one just swallows it…gulps it... gaaap… and so it is golgappa.
The Best Way to Savor GolgappaIn general golgappas are made with semonila (suji or rava). Sometimes flour (maida) is added to it. It is then mixed with baking soda and kneaded with warm water… but what will you do with the recipe? Make them at home? But the best way to savor golgappas is to go to the street corner and stand in a semicircle with your friend. The golgappawala will take turns to serve you. What is more, he will also customize it according to your taste.
You want really hot golgappa? He will happily add more chilly to the stuffing. Then he will make a hole in the middle of the golgappa and fill it with the stuffing and then with that savory liquid we call golgappe ka pani (spicy jaljeera/ mint water) and pass on to you. You want it sukha? Without that pungent water? He will gladly oblige. Ask for a meethi papdi and some extra paani please!
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