The love of Delhiites for chaats has no barriers. Green chutney, tamarind chutney, curd, and masalas all poured generously over the crunchy paapdi and gol gappa make them go crazy over the spicy flavors. They travel over long distances only to relish chaat at age old stalls. They love hogging upon a variety of chaats including aloo chat, paapdi chat, corn chaat, gol gappa chat, bhalla chat and an endless variety. The next time you’re in Delhi and want some hot spicy street food, here’s a list of the best chaat stalls you should not miss out at any cost –
8. Shree Balaji Chaat Bhandar, Chandni Chowk
Also popular as the Radha Swamy Chaat Bhandar, if you’re looking for typical desi flavors, you’ve got to be in Chandni Chowk and try chaat at Shree Balaji. Every shopkeeper in the vicinity orders their tea time snacks from them. They use a very special saunth (meeti chutney) which is made from kachaalu, instead of the regular tamarind; and that sets them apart from the numerous other chaat walas in Chandi Chowk.
7. Prince’s Paan & Chaat Corner
For those of you who aren’t willing to trudge through the narrow crowded and filthy by-lanes of Chandi Chawk for a plate of chaat, this up market place will leave you delighted. They prepare gol gappa water in mineral water and serve several varieties of chaat that include Spinach Chat, Banana Chat, Pattor ki Chaat, etc. In addition to chaats, they also serve the best pans in town. Don’t miss out the meetha paan, butterscotch pan, strawberry pan, among others.
6. Bittoo Tikki Wala
Bittoo Tikki Wala started selling chaat in a cart, and today his family owns franchises all over Delhi. The taste at all the outlets remains standardized. What’s signature about their chat is the pomegranate pearls and ginger. Besides the most popular Padi chaat, they also serve South Indian cuisines like idlis, vadas, dosas, and pav bhaji also.
5. Bishan Swaroop Fruit Chaat Corner, Chandni Chowk
The by-lanes of Chandni Chowk are arranged into a very confusing maze, and searching for the Bishan Swaroop fruit Chat shop can get a little tedious. But thanks to its popularity, anyone on the streets will be able to guide you through. The chat stall is famous for three things – Aloo chaat, aloo ke kulee and fresh fruit chat.
Now Bikanervala Chaat shop is not like the usual streetside stalls we have, but a fully fledged food chain that serves Chaat in very clean surroundings. You can find their courts in Chandni Chowk, Karol Bagh, Janakpuri, Connaught Place, Ghaziabad, Lajpat Nagar and many other areas of Delhi. The best they serve is the classic Papdi Chaat, a must try when you visit any of their shops.
3. Raju Chaat Bhandar, Bharat Nagar
Another Chaat stall about which every Delhiite knows and often makes a trip for chaat, Raju Chaat Bhandar is located on the way from Gulab Bagh to Ashok Vihar. The place always remains crowded and there’s hardly ever a chance that your turn will come without waiting.
2. Lala Babu Chaat Bhandar
The Lala Babu Chaat Bhandar offers one of the most palatable delights from the ancient streets of Chandi Chawk. A roadside shack, it serves the most gastronomic Indian street chaats including gol gappas, somosa, kachori, tikki, bhalla and even pav bhaji. If you don’t want something fried, try their fresh fruit chaat, it is equally savory and tastes best during a hot summer afternoon.
1. Prabhu Chaat Bhandar, Shahjahan Road
The most popular chaat stalls in Delhi, this is has been nicknamed as UPSC Chaat Wala. It is has been serving chaat for the past 28 years in Delhi. The melt in the mouth spicy aloo tikki with mint and tamarind chutney is a must try. If it becomes too hot to take on, they also have the best chilled Pista Kulfi topped with Faluda. People start lining outside the stall from early in the morning. They don’t mind waiting for the clock to tick 12 when the stall finally starts serving.