Delhi Street Style Egg Paratha


 

Egg parathas or Anda Parathas bring back a lot of memories from college days and later when mid night hunger pangs took us to moolchand parathewala and various other roadside paratha joints which catered to the night owls like us. It was the preferred choice of meal along with other stuffed parathas.  There can be no other soul satisfying meal than this when the city sleeps and the streets are almost empty except for  people like us and the dogs. The coveted time between 11 PM to 4 AM was the playground for these parathewalas and hungry night owls. You will always find people to tell you interesting stories related to their night- outs and paratha eating adventures.

Street food is an art. It is an experience to watch these street vendors conjure up delicious dishes right in front of you.  I have watched the art of making anda paratha but what we make at home doesn’t come closer to what the street side vendors sell. Still, for the love of it I started making a few variations of this famous paratha at home. My boys were sucker for this treat and it would be a choice of single egg or double egg, sometimes even a stuffing of anda bhurji or scrambled egg, keema would go in and the paratha would instantly become a  complete meal.

Crisp , flaky, packed with the goodness of eggs and spices egg paratha is a great thing to satiate your hunger. The stalls make this no frill delight and diligently serve you with pickle and onion rings. Sometimes even a dollop of butter.

Unlike usual stuffed paratha the street style egg paratha is slightly tricky to make. The beaten egg is gently folded into the layers of the crisp paratha and then it cooks inside them. Usually, in a good paratha you won’t be able to see a trace of egg outside and only when you tear it to take a bite the deliciousness of the cooked egg will come to light.

Some street parathas are made differently where the egg is broken on top of a large roti made with maida and cooked on hot tawa then folded with some keema or egg stuffing like a mughlai paratha but that is a different story.

The Delhi style egg paratha is different and unique in taste. Here are the two ways you can try to replicate the awesome street food at home.

Ingredients : (Serves 4)

Whole wheat Flour – 2 cups

Eggs – 4

Coriander greens –  4 tablespoons

Green chili – finely chopped 1 tablespoon

Salt and black pepper – to taste

Red chili powder – to taste.

Onion –  1/2 cup chopped fine

Water – to kneed the dough

Oil / Ghee – for cooking paratha

Steps : – 

The paratha for this recipe needs to be flaky so that when it puffs up the layers separate and you can slide the egg mixture inside by lifting the top layer. Regular paratha makers will not find this difficult and the new enthusiasts can learn from trial and error , it is all worth the effort. Trust me. 😀

In a bowl take wheat flour, add salt and a little oil and kneed it into a nice dough using water as required. Keep aside for 15 minutes and then kneed again with your fist to make a nice soft dough. Softer dough will yield great parathas. Keep it under a moist muslin cloth till ready to use.

In another bowl break one egg and add the coriander leaves, green chili, chopped onion and other spices.

Whisk it well and keep aside.

Divide the dough in four equal parts. Roll each part into a ball.

Dust the ball in dry flour and roll it into a circle with a rolling pin. Now apply some oil/ ghee and fold it in half circle , then fold again to make a triangle. brush oil/ ghee between each layer and sprinkle the dry wheat flour slightly. This will keep the layers separate.

Heat a frying pan or tawa, flat griddle on medium heat and cook the paratha till one side gets brown spots, flip and cook the other side similarly. Apply a little oil/ ghee on the sides.

When you see the edges becoming crisp and the paratha splits into layers  gently lift the top layer or make a incision with a sharp knife to pour the egg mixture between the two layers. Tilt the paratha a little so the mixture is evenly distributed.

Cover it again with the layer of paratha and let the egg cook inside.

Gently press it with the spatula to ensure the egg cooks well inside. Do it on both sides. You can keep the flame low and cook covered for a minute too.

Once done remove it in a serving plate and serve with pickle or chutney and a nice cutting chai. Yes, you need to have kadak chai with it. Coffee won’t do.

Sprinkle some chaat masala for that street style taste.

Repeat the procedure with other egg parathas.

They need to be eaten fresh but wrap them in paper towel or butter paper if you want to take them in your lunch box or pack them for your kiddo.

Method 2 

It is simpler and though parathas for me are always triangular and not circular but you can make it this way too.

The ingredients are the same So is the cooking method. What changes is the shape of the paratha.

Don’t worry if the egg comes out. Perfection is not always essential. The parathas taste just as awesome even with a little spillage from side.

Be careful while filling as the steam from the paratha can give you burn.

It takes a little practice to make these but once you learn it you will want them every day. We will make the famous Kolkata Mughlai paratha or the Baida roti soon

Usually the street stalls use refined flour or maida to make the paratha but this healthier version with whole wheat flour is better.

 

Important Tip – It is good to learn from people sharing their food adventures and recipes perfected over time. It is better to make your own stuff and share than copy paste someone else’s. Not everyone is a professional or seasoned food photographer so it is cool to take pix as it is in your kitchen than to steal from other blogs etc.

Don’t be scared to share the way food looks in your kitchen or plate. 🙂

 

 

 

 

Ten On Tuesday -1 – Favorite Street Food Joints and Dhabas In Delhi


I came to know of Ten On Tuesday from Swaram‘s blog but I think the original idea came from Shilpa‘s blog. So it is kind of chain I guess. I am just doing it to fill the cracks between my ‘seriously writing’ and ‘thinking about seriously writing’ 😀 .The idea is to post ten things every Tuesday on one particular topic or even randomly. I am still cocooned nicely in the foodie love circle so the first post will be about some awesome places for street food and dhaba style food in Delhi. Some places that are in everyone’s budget.. well almost everyone. You can of course add more places to the list in the comment section. So here we go..

1. You think of street food and the first place that anyone will say is, Purani dilli (Old Delhi). The place is heaven for everyone who loves street food of any kind from chaat to kulfi, to rabdi faluda to chole bhature or parathas for that matter or the sumptuous kebabs and such mouth-watering delicacies. Not really a place for those who are on some sort of fancy diet or watching their calories. You need to be hopelessly devoted to food if Old Delhi is your choice to savor Delhi’s best authentic cuisine. The places I am fond of are Daulat ki chaat(kinari Bazaar). Oh, this is not the usual chaat you know. This is sweet malayi makkhan as it is known in UP. A delicate treat made of milk froth, khoya, boora cheeni and khurchan decorated with pistachos and silver vark dished out in a dona(leaf plate). Must have in my list. For the tangy chaat you can go to Heeralal chaat wala in chawadi bazaar or jugal kishor’s chaat or Ashok chaat bhandar natraj dahi bhalle wale, Jang Bahadur kachoriwala, Bishan Swaroop chaat wala (fruit chaat and chole kulche), Shyam sweets for bedmi poori, Jang Bahadur kachoriwala (chandini chawk). I can go on forever. There are vendors who sell awesome chaat in sitaram bazaar, kinari bazaar, farash khana that you can explore.

For foodies who love to venture out in the night, area near Jama Masjid (Urdu bazaar and side street of Matia Mehal comes to life with makeshift eateries selling, kebabs, fish, fried chicken, tikkas.biryani, qorma, jalebi, phirni and a lot more. Go discover yourself and tell me what all you loved. Beef, chicken, mutton, name it and you have it along with delicious sweets. Everyone knows parathewali gali, don’t we. The name says what you will savor there.

Sweet lovers can also go to Chaina Ram and annapurna sweet shop. Don’t miss Gyani’s di hatti for best rabdi faluda and dal halwa. There are so many great place that it will take me many posts to do justice to them so just head out to purani dilli and explore. 🙂

2 Paharganj is also full of fantastic eating joints that serve different kind of cuisine but we are here just talking of street food. Staram Diwanchand (chole bhature.. yum), Junta sweets, Geeta kulcha, Kashmir sweets( I think it serves veg food only), Banke Bihari samosewala, soni sweets, lassiwala neat Imperial cinema (don’t know if it still exists), Pappu Delhi sandwich stall (must try). Then there is German bakery, Sam’s café and many such hidden gems all dotting the Paharganj market. There are nankhatai sellers and Afghan food joints too.

3 Mandirwali Gali in Yusuf Sarai is for street food lovers who love samosas, kachoris and pakodas. The place has some very good eating joints. Tucked away in this busy market place is Dhan Singh’s kachori shop which sells delictable kachories, bread pakodas and jalebi, if you love kadhayiwala doodh then head to Atithi restaurant. There is also Balaji peethiwale, panditji naanwale. There are some other pakodewale and little food joints one can explore here.

4 Pakodas remind me of one of our favorite joint near Nauroji Nagar market. Khadani pakodewala, The shop offers a variety of veg-pakoras to choose from including Paneer, Potato, Spinach,onion, Lotus stem, Cauliflower, Eggplant, fat green chilli, and Bread Pakora served tangy green chutney. There is an awesome lassiwala next to it. Not to be missed. There are many good places for pakoda lovers and for non vegetarians the best choice is Paramjeet’s fish pakodas (near Motinagar metro station). There are some good pakoda shops in Karol Bagh too.

5 Poori sabzi – bedmi kachori etc- Poori sabzi at Arihant Sweets Dariyaganj best for a nice hot breakfast of nagori poori, aaloo sabzi and halwa. Sohan lal’s eatery in mehrauli bazaar, shiv kachori near Dilli Gate, Dariyaganj, Gopal snacks, Kamla Nagar, Jain Sa’ab’s bedmi kachori (near Golcha cinema- Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg T junction).

6 Nizamuddin Basti street food – The area around the Dargah Shareef is a delight for food lovers especially during festive months of ramzan and Eid. At other times too one can get a vast variety of sumptuous food here. One such shop is near the dargah and is called Muradabad ki biryani (old shop), a must visit place. There is one famous shop for nahaari on Mirza Ghalib road but I cant remember the name just now. Ghalib kebab corner, a place for the softest delicious kebabs. For sweets head to nasir for yummy kheer ( I have yet to taste it :p) or some other small shops that sell imarti, jalebi etc. The entire area near the dargah is dotted with small food stalls that sell anything from biryani to kebabs, tikkas, qormas,and various mutton, chicken, beef dishes. One just has to explore and experiment with food here.

7. Around HT House- Pappu Chaat Bhandar- Okay, I know I am going a bit heavy on chaat business but then I love it and what is Delhi without various kinds of chaats. There are many places famous for chaat in Delhi but I am talking about only those I have visited. Pappu Chaat Bhandar is right in front of HT House. My son introduced me to the awesome chaats he makes. (Kid1 works for HT City).  The guy sells best aloo chaat ever. I also like the fruit chaat he sells. Buy the simple salt and lemon seasoned one or the spicy tangy masala one. Both are a treat. Yes, the place sells Rimzim too. Added bonus. Behind HT  House you will find a lane full of food vendors. A small shop near the underpass on KG Road sells small samosas worth eating. Prabhu Chaat Bhandar ( next to UPSC building) is an old favorite.

8. Bhel puri – Bombay bhelpuri on Janpath and Bombay Bhelpuri at south Extension -1 are my favorite but you get nice one at Maharashtra stall in Dilli haat too. (Dilli Haat is over rated by the way but the Nagaland stall is awesome.)The north campus is another world of street food that one needs to cover in a separate post but I can not talk about bhel puri without mentioning Mohal lal bhelpuri wala (outside Hindu College, DU North Campus)

9. Here is a list of some good dhabas that I can vouch for – Pehlwan ka dhaba (Mehrauli), Rajender ka dhaba,Ajit Khalsa ka dhaba (Love this one opp Trivoli Garden, Chattarpur), Ashok and Ashok (Sadar bazaar), Break Fast Point ( near east Rohini metro station), kapashera and Delhi gurgaon border has some good dhabas you can explore. You can check out dhabas near Naraina Metro Station and Uttam Nagar flyover.

10. Some other places I can think of are kuldeep Parathewala 9usuf sarai), Baba Nagpal Corner for chole bhature ( Lajpat Nagar), Munnilal samosewala ( Gole Market), Dilli Haat for all kind of local cuisine from different states (near INA Market), Keema parathas near Qutub institutional area(Laxman fast food), there used to be a famous parathewala at Moolchand but I am not sure if he is still around. ( Kid 1 says he is near the metro station now. Must check.) He made awesome egg parathas. Matthew’s cafe in R.K.Puram for awesome masala dosa, dal wadas, parotta veg qorma , veg pulao, set dosa, and filter coffee.

I will add more names as i remember. 😀  This is just a trailer. Delhi has hundreds of local joints tucked away in colonies. Please feel free to add more names so that we can have a good list here. One can always talk about Karol Bagh but what I am looking for are undisovered places.