Chole Kulche, Miranda House

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I am not a big fan of chhole kulche. The number of times I had it in life can be counted on the fingers of a single hand.

What’s the deal with a bland mashed peas and blander bread? I don’t think the dish will survive without the mandatory garnishing of lime juice, tomato and onions. During the last few days, I have had it at Bikanervala, Haldiram’s and at a street stall. A sign that I am hanging out with totally the wrong set of people.

There is nothing worth writing about the chain store ones. I am not a blogger who writes to fill pages. So, let’s head straight to the most unique experience of them all.

chhole kulche north campus

If you are from the North Campus, you will know the many landmarks on that one street. The ladies hostels, the white kurta donning bhelpuri walla, the tea stall at the entrance to the university gardens. I talked about a few in a previous post on Delhi School of Economics, this one is dedicated to the chhole kulche wala at the rear gate of Miranda House.

chhole kulche wala miranda house

The day I was there, daddy was away. The son, whom I had never met before, who had failed his exams recently, was manning the stall. We were the only customers at a place built to sit thirty. There was the hated item and banta on the menu.

banta

We tried both. Banta is such a cute pet name for lemon soda, which sounds more like a chemical reaction. Thirty people died from lemon soda blast, that’s what it sounds like. On the other hand, banta is something you will name your dog.
I remember, when I was at the campus a decade earlier, there was a rumour that the ice these guys use is sourced from mortuaries. We refrained from banta binges for quite a few months, and I regret that till date.

banta north campus

This particular stall is quite hygenic, an imported concept that’s spreading like a virus. On a side note, please stop ordering mineral water bottles at upscale restaurants. Unless, you are foreign born. Coming back to the stall, there is improvised seating space all around. You get the open kitchen experience for free and the kulche plates are for twenty rupees. It came with onions at a time when Standard’s Punjabi Khana had stopped serving them with Rajma Chawal.

chhole kulche miranda house

What I loved about the food is it was all fresh and flavoursome. The kulche were unlike the fluffy thick breads that you get at Haldirams etc, but who cares!

kulche

 

chhole kulche

It was the first time I gathered the courage to ask for a photo. It was also his first time being photographer as a food vendor. I wish us both many more of the same. As per you, go there if you are around or you are nostalgic. Don’t drive thirty kilometers and then litter my comment section.

  • Nice article !! Though I dont agree about “please stop ordering mineral water bottles at upscale restaurants”. Why not? It is up to me, isnt it?

    • That’s the reason for the “please” before the instruction.

      The reason being if the water at a upscale restaurant is not clean enough to drink, may be, the food is not hygienic enough to eat too.

  • your non-editor

    I know I’m asking for trouble but, looking at the first few sentences, I would write: “The number of times I have had it in my life can be counted on the fingers of one hand. What’s the big deal with bland mushy (or mashed-up) peas and even blander bread?”

    • I guess just for the sake of before after effect I will let both the versions stay on this page. Who knows, some day, I may get traffic for easy to digest English lessons πŸ™‚

  • JahidAkhtar

    Aree, last one is so tempting πŸ™‚

    • yes, it does look so. For once, I will concede it tasted the way it looked πŸ™‚

  • Aziz

    Mouth Watering stuff !