A perfect blend

A perfect blend

Sweet n spicy

Evenings are crowded and one would have to struggle to elbow one’s way to the cash counter. Office goers, college kids and families hop in for a quick bit during the late hours.

The place was started by Mouji Lal Gupta four years ago. He wanted to replicate the authentic Kolkata taste here in the City. “There are not many places in the City where you get the real north Indian flavoured chaats. The khatta and meetha have to blend perfectly and most north Indians prefer it spicy,” Gupta said.

The eatery makes about 50 to 60 kachoris a day. “We know approximately how many customers we would get in a day. We’re always prepared for more and will make them as and when they’re ordered. Nothing is made and kept,” explained Gupta.

Since the channa forms the base of most of the dishes, it is cooked a day in advance.

“The vegetables are cut fresh and nothing is cut and kept for too long. We don’t have a fridge here so everything has to be cut and used then and there,” he added.

The main cooking is done elsewhere and it is brought and served at the joint. There are two stoves for heating and one stove just to fry the jalebi hot. The specialities include the Dahi Raj Kachori that’s a mix of channa masala, aloo and dahi vada. The dahi papdi chat are crisp puris topped with potatoes, sprouts, chutney, yogurt and sev. The sauce has the right mix of spice and sweet. The aloo tikkis are a favourite with most regulars. About 120 samosas are made in a day. “We have people who come by only for samosas in the morning and in the evening. We always end up making more,” Gupta said.

The parathas are made fresh in the morning and are available throughout the day.

There’s Gobi paratha, aloo and methi paratha. “We’ve heard people say that the stuffing is never enough elsewhere in other joints, so here we make sure the stuffing is wholesome. And it is always made fresh. We’ve brought in cooks from Bihar just to make sure the original taste is not distorted,” he said. These are just some of the specialities of this place in addition to the regular chaats such as Bhelpuri, pani puri, masala puri and pav bhaji. “The sauces and the masala we use make a big difference. It is all ground and made fresh at home. Nothing is bought from the store,” he explained.

The regulars vouch for the taste of the place but say they don’t really care about the
hygiene. Yoshika and her husband Saurabh Sahay pop in almost every other evening to have an aloo tikki and their favourite chaats. “I love the aloo tikki and the dahi puri. You don’t have a lot of places in the City serving authentic north Indian chaats but this place does. The mix of katta and meeta is just perfect. I like my chaat spicy so I ask for a bit more spice,” said Yoshika.

Dominic Xavier, a former hotelier, said he comes here on most evenings for the chaat. “It’s not very expensive and this place has its unique taste. The dahi puri, chaats and
kachoris are just some my favourites,” he said. The price is reasonable and does not exceed Rs 30. The joint is open between 10 am and 8 pm. For details, call 8050721772.

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