Chhole Bhature at Roshan Di Kulfi

When opportunity presented itself to have breakfast from outside, I thought of giving McDonald’s breakfast menu a try and order in. However they do not deliver in Rajendra Nagar and that is where my office is situated. Going to one of their outlets was an option, however if I have to go out, I would not go out for McDonald’s specifically. For me, they have always been about convenience more than the food. Subway came to mind, and so did Roshan Di Kulfi, which is hardly 5 minutes ride from where I work. And no prizes for guessing where I landed up.
Those who know me, they know that last thing I want to eat before I die is Chhole Bhature. And while god has gifted me with this life, I want to make most of it by sampling as many as I can. Stepping into Roshan Di Kulfi, I could feel the old school ambiance, the seating arrangement that I used to see couple of decades back, waiters in black trousers and white shirts, walls lined up with ceramic tiles, and the place is still a clear favorite with locals. There were several gentlemen in latter halves of their lives, having breakfast and chit chatting over lassi. 
Roshan Di Kulfi’s name pops up every now and then, and it is never for the Kulfi but more often than not, Chhole Bhature. Though they serve a great deal more, and kulfi obviously is their specialty however I decided to commit the blasphemy and not order their kulfi. I started by ordering a plate of Chhole Bahture, which by looks of them looked pretty ordinary, however as I was checking my mails and they were sitting on my table, a whiff of Desi Ghee took my attention, and paying attention to the smell of the food in-front of me, I realized that it was made in Desi ghee. First bite of Bhatura, and it was evident that it was of plain variety (no paneer or aloo stuffed in it), though non greasy from outside; however had a moist feeling from inside, which clearly was from the ghee present there. 
Puri Subzi
Subzi made of mixing Aloo and Chhole
 Overall Chhole Bhature were good, however I would just limit myself to saying that they were ‘good’. After this experience, I can say for sure that making Bhatura’s in Desi ghee is not a good idea, Puri is fine, but not Bhature. Since they were serving Puri Subzi too, I decided to give them a shot. Puris were made of Atta and were of non-crispy variety, the subzi being a mix of Chhole and Aloo. Again, the taste of Subzi was over powered by Desi Ghee and I could hardly taste the spice, but it still went down well. A helping of Dahi (Curd) added to subzi would have helped a lot. Then came the Lassi, in tall steel glass, which definitely is one of the better ones I have had in Delhi. It was quite thick, not too sweet, and went down very well. 
Tall Glass of Lassi
Talking about pricing, though Rs.60 per plate for Chhole Bhature sounds steep, however I will give in to the fact that they actually use Desi Ghee, which is quite an expensive proposition. Paid Rs.40 for lassi and Rs.20 for one Puri I had.
I am definitely going back there to have more of their Puri (with dahi along with subzi this time), however I will not go their specifically for Chhole Bhature, but won’t mind eating them if I am there.
PS : Please pardon the quality of pictures, as they have been shot using a mobile phone camera.

Bille de Hatti – Best LASSI in Town. Period.

Since the start of my professional career, I used to visit Bille di Hatti at Kamla Nagar (Near North Campus). For last few years, I used to go to Kamla Nagar quite regularly for work, and Billa was and still is my favored source of nutrition. It is a small shop, but its Puri and Chhole are real good. And the halwa that I used to order with my Puri-Chhole is a delight to have. But the real treat or should I call it the reason to visit the shop is heavenly LASSI ‘malai maar ke’.
Sinful pleasures, Bille ki Lassi, in Tall Steel Glass
I went there this past week and realized one thing: Bille’s food in past years have got a special place in my food menu, a must have even if I am in locality or already stuffed with food. The place though, has changed quite a bit in last few years, it’s now bigger with sitting area inside for the food lovers. But outside it is as it used to be – the busy Kamla Nagar Market. The very smell of heeng on the road or in Market makes you feel hungry.
Puri Chhole being served
In one corner of the shop ‘halwai’ fries Puris in huge kadhais, while in another corner, which is the entrance to the shop and the sitting area, the owner prepares glasses of frothy LASSI. The shop has been around for 60 years, and it serves only three items in the first half – Puri-Chholey (Chholey also have Aloo in them), Halwa and LASSI. And in second half (post 2:30 pm) Samose, Halwa and Lassi.
Puris being made
As mentioned earlier, for me the must have is the LASSI, the guy prepares the lassi in front of you by putting a vessel full of Curd / Dahi, for me the reason for the taste of LASSI lies here only because unlike other vendors in Delhi, they (Bille’s) prepare and keep their curd in traditional ‘Mitti wala bartan’, as it is called in Punjab, rather then aluminum or steel vessels used in other places. The earthen vessel (paraat / bartan) gives the real flavor to the curd. Then the guy puts approx 200 -250 gm of curd, ice cubes and a big quantity of sugar (It might seem a real big quantity for diet conscious people) for one glass and serves it with delicious topping of Malai. They serve Lassi in thick paper glass but the traditional tall steel glasses are still available on demand. Though I have lassi through out the year but in summers it gives a real high when Delhi heat just squeezes you out, more so when your job requires to be on road for a major part of the day.

The shop is situated in the lane opposite to the main market , though the shop is quite famous, it is advised to ask the shop owners in market for the direction rather then a rickshaw-wala or fellow vehicle drivers (the address is 72D, Kamla Nagar). The near by metro station is Pul Bangash or Vishvidhalya.

Lassi, ready for takeaway
Each plate of Puri Sabzi for Rs. 30, a glass of LASSI for Rs. 30, a plate of halwa (very well roasted) for Rs. 20 and the Samosa is for Rs 8 per piece .

If we are looking for some real good Lassi then I would recommend Bille ki LASSI it is a cut above the rest in Delhi, not sure even the shops Chandni Chowk area can match it.

All the pictures come from Shashank’s collection, shot in February 2011.