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Luring with its hygienic and delicious food

Kusum Kanojia, Nov 22, 2012, DHNS :

Filling

ENJOYING: Eateries at Jantar Mantar offer delicious and hygenic food.

A stretch that witnesses hunger strikes ever so often also boasts of eateries where people can make a beeline for filling, hygienic and delicious food every day.

Two eating joints on Jantar Mantar Road in front of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Smarak Trust are a hit among the residents of the surrounding areas and working population of Connaught Place.

Both the eateries – one of which is popular for its north Indian food, while the other one sells only South Indian food, have been on this historic road for the last two decades. Running at unnamed NDMC shops, every hour is rush hour at the two very popular joints.

If you have are hungry enough and craving for North-Indian food, you can go for a thali for Rs 60 which offers naan/lachcha paratha or missi roti /pudina paratha along with two sabzis and a salad.

Rajkumar, whose family has been running the eatery for the last 20 years, says the most sought after dishes are sarson ka saag with makki ki roti, kadhi chawal, rajma chawal, chhole chawal and shahi paneer chawal along with dahi bhalla at Rs 60 per plate. Gulab jamuns and kulfi faluda for dessert completes the meal.

“Working people usually look for food which is like homemade and hygienic food and they get it at my shop. That is why most of my customers are people who work in surrounding areas. When the Parliament session is on, many MPs also come here to eat.

Govinda has had food here many times when he was an MP. We don’t even have a name for our shop. Our food is enough for spreading our goodwill,” says Rajkumar.

“During Anna Hazare’s first protest last year, a lot of people ate here and that is when we made our major sale in recent times. In the following strikes, they had their own rasoi,” he shares with Metrolife. The place manages to lure a cross section of people such as gentlemen in suits; students and even those sitting at Jantar Mantar for protest.

Anurag Srivastava, who works in Sahibabad, says, “I make sure that I eat here whenever I visit Connaught Place for official purpose. The quality of the food is good.”

Those who prefer South Indian food over North Indian cuisine can eat right next to Rajkumar’s place. In a very reasonable range of Rs 30-60, one can choose from nine types of dosas, six types of uthapams, four types of rava dosas, two types wada and idlis served hot.

Kutty from Kerala, who is running the ‘South Indian Snack Centre’, says, “Apart from the people who regularly visit here including parliamentarians such as Sitaram Yechury, Brinda Karat and others, a lot of residents of the area also order food which we deliver at homes.”

Not one, but all South Indian dishes are equally relished by his customers. Rawa kesri made in desi ghee is a permanent dessert in the menu. If you happen to be in CP, drop in here for a wholesome eating experience. Starting at 10 am, both the joints are open till 10 pm.


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