Exploring Street Food, Bengali Style in CR Park -> Photolog

Bengali and vegetarian in the same sentence? Something just does not sound right, does it? However Barnali Ganguly and Moumita Rudra insisted that their is plenty to offer in terms to street food, and offered to take us to Chitranjan Park (CR Park for some) Market in south of Delhi to do some exploration, and FEDs jumped on the offer. Around 10 of us assembled in CR Park market no. 2, for what was a delicious and fun filled evening. Here are some pics
FEDs in Chitranjan Park market
FEDs in CR Park market, with yours Truly in the pic this time.
 We started at Dadu’s Cutlet Shop, which accounted for most of the food we had in our stomachs that evening.

Non-vegetarians kick started their evening with Egg Devil and Fish Cutlet
While the Vegetarians enjoyed the Samosas and Pyazi

Here I must point out, though Pyazi felt like the Bhajiya I had in Mumbai, however the masalas in Samosas were different than what we are used to having in Delhi. Rate list made for a happy reading, as most of the things were reasonably priced.

Veg Chop and Mocha Chop

The highlight of the evening for me was the veg chop, and Mocha chop was one of the most interesting things. Mocha (pronounced with Ch in Chai) is Banana flower, and it has a bit bitterness in the taste. I was told that it was quite good for health, but I feel its going to be an acquired taste, something you would get to like after your have it a few times.

Samosas

It was still around 7 pm and people at Dadu’s were still making Samosas, however Barnali was literally not eating anything. On being asked, she said that they started serving Aloo Chops at 7:30 pm and she was waiting for them. A hard core non vegetarian, waiting for Aloo Chops, we were intrigued.

The Delightful Aloo Chop
Stack of Aloo Chops

And when they started making it, they were just not able to make enough. Every round was immediately lapped up by the crowd.  From the looks of it, its similar to Batata  Vada or Aloo Bonda, as the basic ingredients remain the same, however there was a distinct difference in spices and this lens the chop a unique taste.

Sandesh or Sondesh
Now with Annapurna Sweets next door, desserts came in a little early.
Chanar Jilipi or Chhaina jalebi
 More Chanar Jilipi
Mishti Doi
Jilipi was introduced to me as Chhaina Jalebi and somehow I was expecting it to be hot, which ofcourse it was not. I was left wondering if it would taste better if served a bit warm. Then the ubiquitous Sondesh was there, however I was more keen on Mishti Doi. Have heard great things about it, and I was not disappointed.  I was told that this mishti doi was as good as what they serve in Bengal and the packaged ones, do not even come close.
Already feeling full, we were wondering what we can eat or rather handle next. However when the name Puchka came up, we all agreed in unison.

 

The Puchka Stall
A mix of Potatoes and Chana, used to stuff Puchka

Now this was really different, first many Delhiites, including myself, like to have their Gol Gappas or Pani Puris or Puchkas made of Suji, however the Bengali Variety only comes in Atta. And then Aloo and Chana that they stufff in it is mixed with various spices and herbs, unlike Delhi, where they just put boiled potato and/or chana.

Unfortunately this turned out to be disappointment, no one enjoyed it, including our Bengali ladies. Who later explained and this was a specially bad day and their regular guy was not there. Well, we live to try them some other time.

Other major attraction of the area is the fish market, which most of us had no intention of going with our stomachs full. I guess even for non-vegetarian North Indians, the stench is unbearable. However Barnali did point out couple of vegetables at the grocer which were used  in Bengali cuisine and would be hard to find anywhere in Delhi.

Lal Saag, cooked and eaten with rice
Lau or Bengali Ghia, well not my cup of tea
Stem of Banana tree

Now we were done with the market no. 2, however Ghugni was still on agenda, and we trekked to market no. 1 for that.

Ghugni
Non-vegetarians in the group were delighted with what they had, however me an Ashish (vegetarian) were indifferent to what we had. very similar to Chana or Chhole, and nothing very interesting.

Well, there are no conclusions to this one, however as mentioned earlier, it was an evening well spent, eating what most of us had not eaten before, meeting old and new faces, laughing and having fun.

Also read :

Exploring Street Food, Bengali Style in CR Park – Part 2 

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Author: Shashank

CFE – Cheap Food Enthusiast Entrepreneur by birth, hippie by heart he is here just because he loves to eat. This adventurous biker is constantly looking for new avenues to satisfy his insatiable hunger for food & life. Though he loves sugar dense food, there is nothing sugar coated about him- brutally honest with his words, he often ruffles feathers with his stark naked opinions about food, fancy restaurants & orthodox ideas.

5 thoughts on “Exploring Street Food, Bengali Style in CR Park -> Photolog”

  1. Wow! The Bengali in me had quite a rising… Must explore these avenues as and when we have time 🙂 Thanks for trivia.

  2. That thing you label as lau or ghia is not ghia: it is chal kumro (very young petha), tastes quite different from lau/lauki/ghia

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