Okay, so before you think what’s a food story doing in travel, let me tell you that all things that are about food are somehow also about travel.
Today, as I write this right now, I am sitting next to a window in Mumbai, a city that has no connection to kulchey choley whatsoever (and no, those small and celebrated joints in Mumbai that claim to serve it just like Delhi don’t count, no offence).
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Even as I write this, I am transported all the way to Delhi, my home town, and to that bhaiya selling this poor man’s delicacy at the side of the street, at one or other of Delhi’s colourful street market.
While travel tales may or may not have food stories woven in them, which is hard actually, (I mean to leave out food when you’re on a trip is similar to stop talking about nature when you’re on a road trip), I feel a food tale will also essentially have some travel story to it.
For instance, the very humble kulchey chholey first started out as a poor man’s food. And there is much story behind it. You see, the kulcha, which is made out of maida is quite filling in itself and makes a chunk of a big meal. These days, most people sell it with regular besan or atta mixed in it, so that even those who are health conscious can eat it without feeling guilty. The chholey is nothing but boiled safed matar or vatana, or dried white peas as it is called in English.
These peas are loaded with fibre, protein, folic acid, magnesium, phosphorus, manganese and more. Imagine starting your day with a full meal like this. I can guarantee you the tummy will be happy for the next few hours at least.
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As you move from Delhi to other parts of Northern India, you can easily spot the variations. Every city has its own take on food, even foods that are unique to a certain part of the country. And that holds true for this plate of heavenly food that costs a mere 25 rupees.
So while that is the original version from Delhi, you will find them in Punjab and other parts of Northern India, with a slight twist in the taste.
Of course I have made it at home, but then, I always feel that the flavour of the street is missing. Every time someone goes to Delhi, I always ask them to try and bring a plate back for me. And each time I go, the first meal I do after I land is to go for a plate.
If you’re in Delhi, you can find them from about 9 in the morning to 5 or latest 6 in the evening. Makes for a great breakfast or lunch, and especially when you want to get a flavour of Delhi if you’re a visitor.