Give a rest to your taste buds with the Paranthe Wali Gali menu!!
Chandni Chowk is one of the oldest and busiest markets located in the central north of New Delhi. Or you can say it is located in the heart of Old Delhi.
This market locality is known to be the largest wholesale market in Asia. From clothes, footwear, ceramics, tech items to your favorite restaurants, you can find anything and everything in Chandni Chowk.
This location has its old charm with a hint of newness. It has these busy roads where people tend to bump into each other, cute little places to eat for the foodies at every corner. The aesthetic vibes here in Chandni chowk are remarkable.
Rikshawalas dropping people to their address and then, well, wherever you see the place holds beauty, to any person with an eye of appreciating aesthetics would find Chandni Chowk a location of art and charm. Consider this a sign for one to visit Chandni Chowk.
Personally, my father, grandfather, and great-grandfather all have their roots in Chandni Chowk. So, I am pretty confident with the places that I will recommend you all today to eat in our Paranthe Wali Gali with its famous Paranthe Wali Gali menu.
Paranthe Wali Gali is a famous street in Chandni Chowk known to sell the city’s best parathas. This legendary street is a haven for foodies who’re on the lookout for a range of parathas that can instantly bring water in their mouths. The restaurants have mouth-watering menus with good ratings.
I like to have a heavy breakfast, and among all the breakfast items, parantha is my favorite one. Well, paranthas are not just a breakfast item. People like to eat it as and when they want.
From fancy hotels to Roadside dhabas, it’s available everywhere. Our love for paranthas is such that there is a street named after paranthas in the heart of old Delhi.
Parathas aren’t the only thing Paranthe Wali Gali is known for. They also serve rabris, halwas, and spicy gravies with their parathas that are bound to make a person go for the second time in a row.
Here is a list of the most famous stops you must make in Paranthe Wali Gali.
But hold your horses, before that, shouldn’t you be going through the Parathe wali Gali menu once?
Paranthe Wali Gali Menu: What to eat?
In the by-lane of Chandni Chowk, you will be amazed at the options you will get. Do not just make up your minds yet on the simple, regular style Paranthas because Paranthe wali Gali has more to offer than that.
There are around 20 paratha shops in Parathe wali Gali, and all of them have a range of Parantha stuffings. Now it’s totally on you, how many you can devour.
Parathas stuffed with delicious and unique fillings like Kajus, Khoya, Rabri, Badam. These parathas are for the ones looking for an unusual taste.
If you are more of a regular, “masala wali” paratha, you will find options like Chilies, Cauliflower, Aloo (evergreen filling), Bitter Gourd, Lady Finger, Peas, Raddish, Carrots, Paneer, and whatnot.
Also, note that the Parathas served in this Gali are strictly vegetarian.
If you want to experiment more, you can try the most unusual ones: Papad paratha, Khurchan paratha, and Banana Parathan.
Along with the parathas of your choice, you will get a glass of sweet lassi, different chutneys (mint, tamarind, and so on), potato, paneer ki sabzi (curry), mashed pumpkin, and pickle.
Famous places to eat in Paranthe Wali Gali
Google maps easily help you search, reach and get to these restaurants. People here can either do self-service, or there are many people in the Gali at the restaurants who can serve you good food.
So, let’s get going.
1. Kanhaiyalal Durga Prasad Dixit Parathe Wala
So, our first stop is at Kanhaiyalal Durga Prasad’s.
There are a bunch of benches and tables at Kanhaiyalal Durga Prasad Dixit Parathe Wala, but unless you are going in a large group, you will have to share your table with a stranger during the peak times.
Here, a thali with aloo in a spicy gravy, petha, and sweet banana chutney awaits your arrival.
You can pick your option of paratha from a dozen written down on the menu. Their best-served parathas are bhindi, gajar, and banana.
Price for two: INR 150
2. Sharma Bhojnalaya
Right next to the Kanhaiyalal Durga Prasad Dixit Parathe Wala is the Sharma Bhojnalaya, which serves the milkiest and sweetest lassis available in town.
They use earthen pots, colloquially known as kullads, to serve lassis, thick in taste but not heavy.
You can ask them to bring your lassi to the table at Kannaiylal’s and immerse them into the sweet and spicy bliss of this combination.
Sharma’s offer a lot of delicacies other than Paratha’s including “Aloo Choley, Choley Koftey, Dal Makhani, Malai Kofta”, and the list goes on.
Price for two: INR 250 (max)
3. Babu Ram Paranthe
Babu Ram Paranthe has a repertoire of exciting dishes, one of them being the papad paratha – and it’s exactly what you think it is! Papad stuffed with potato. Another exciting culinary dish is the meva paratha.
You should try their dal parathas! Serving paranthas with an aloo-matar (potato-peas) sabzi and Pethe (pumpkin) ki sabzi, Baburam Paranthewala at Paranthe Wali Gali is known for its robust flavors and wholesomeness.
Must try Paranthas:
Papad parantha, karela parantha, lemon parantha are a must-try
Price for two: INR 100
4. Jung Bahadur Kachori Wala
If you want to try the best of kachoris, then Jung Bahadur Kachori Wala is a must-visit. They are served in a bowl with mildly spicy stuffing and dipped into the soaking hot and sweet aloo curry.
The crispy kachoris coupled with the curry make for a delightful treat, and the tinge of coriander topped on it only adds to its taste. The specialty of these kachoris is that despite being deep-fried, one does not see any excess oil, and they come squeaky dry.
Incredibly crisp and flaky on the outside and soft at the core with the filling of just the right amount, these kachoris are thus the ideal ‘khasta’ snack to go with a hot cup of tea, for those in the mood of eating something spicy and flavor full.
The kachoris at Jung Bahadur are not for the faint-hearted as they are slightly high on spice levels but carry a bagful of flavors.
Price for two: INR 100
5. Pandit Gaya Prasad Shiv Charan
Pandit Gaya’s khurchan and Pudina Parathas will make your taste buds go popping and exploding.
Khurchan is more like a dessert paratha, while pudina paratha is stuffed with pudina or mint chutney and garnished with coriander and pudina powder.
Price for two: INR 150
6. Kedarnath Premchand Halwai
Opposite Jung Bahadur Kachori Wala, Kedarnath Premchand Halwai isn’t only known for its sumptuous sweets but also matar samosas, or pea-stuffed samosas.
Their gajar halwa, lassi, and gulab jamun are a must-try! This shop serves up some seriously delicious food.
To start with, one cannot miss the ‘matar samosas.’ Here, which are spicy and crispy served with sweet and sour chutney. Kedarnath Halwai is also famous for its ‘Nagodi’ in winters, which is a small-sized crisp ‘poori,’ served with aloo-sabzi and halwa
Price for two: INR 100
7. Old Famous Jalebi Vala
This is the place to go after you are done with your cravings for paranthas and samosas. This stall serves the tastiest and crispiest jalebis with sugary syrups oozing out of them in every bite.
Topped and dipped in thick creamy rabri, it is a foodies dream come true scene.
This shop, aptly named, sells at the rate of INR 500 for a kilo, and is a hot favorite amongst the tourists, locals, and the NRIs whose trip to Chandni Chowk is incomplete without gorging on some heavenly goodness of the golden-fried jalebis.
Price for two: INR 140
This sweet shop is located right at the start of Gali Paranthe Wali on the main road. Kanwarji is famous for the usual street food like poori aloo, bhatura chana, and gulab jamuns.
It is good to get some dry snacks in a compact, clean, and sealed packaging. You could also try out Karachi halwa, paneer jalebis, and Mathura pedas.
They have an excellent variety of matthris and namkeens, of which their dal-biji is legendary.
How to Get There:
Chandi Chowk is located within Old Delhi. To get there, take the Metro to Chandni Chowk, then head east on Chandni Chowk road until you see Kanwarji’s sweets shop – that’s where you enter the alley.
From there, follow the alley, and in a few moments, you’ll see the paratha restaurants. If you get lost, ask anyone for “paranthe wali gali,” and they will point you in the right direction.
Tips for Visiting Parathe Wali Gali in Chandni Chowk
There are certain things that one should keep in mind before and while visiting the Parathe Wali Gali:
1. The streets of Chandni chowk are filled with hawkers selling various objects like neon bands, bracelets, and anklets. Their presence may be pestering at times.
2. If one is visiting on a Sunday night, the street will be swamped with people. Beware of pickpocketers in such a crowd.
3. If you’re a person who is not used to spices, then ask the chefs there to make mildly spicy food that serves your taste buds both in flavor and spice.
What Makes Paranthe Wali Gali so Special?
This street serves a basic menu, but in its twists, some examples you would’ve read above like papad parantha. This street serves each of its customers with love, care, and many variations to choose from. Anyone who has been to Chandni chowk would agree with me on this.
There is no corner in this Gali that one would find empty. It’s a street of great hustle and bustle. People from all over the world, when visiting Delhi, they do make sure to take a visit to this street of robust flavors, wholesomeness, spice, and color.
Unlike at home, the paranthas at Chandni chowk are made by frying the paranthas. When I first visited in 2015, I was awestruck by looking at the menu, and I wondered, “Iska Bhi parantha ban sakta hai” (parantha can be prepared for this item too!). Pudina paratha, banana paratha, nimbu parantha, and the list goes on.
Critics also argue that it’s not a parantha; they add that it should rather be called poori. Well, whatever the critics say, it has always attracted people.
Many famous people visited here to taste these paranthas, from Bollywood celebrities to politicians.
So, what’s stopping you? Visit Parathe Wali Gali soon.