Come winters and we Delhiites start craving for hot breakfast options within the city and around. Faridabad is an adjoining town of Delhi, a part of NCR and the perception is that not many options are available there for breakfast. In my earlier blogpost I had talked about two good breakfast options in Faridabad. Today, we explored a few more, taking the count to five. We had a sort of three-course breakfast comprising Fruits, Kachori Subzi and Chhole Bhature. These too are street food and yet amazingly tasty. Believe me, each item was a class, not heavy either on tummy or the pocket. To know more, please read on…
Three of us, as always, set out early morning and reached Faridabad, via Gurgaon. The road which leads to the famous Neelam Chowk, just short of the crossing, we could spot many carts parked on the both sides of the roads, selling fruits. Most of them were bedecked with Papaya and Guava fruits. We were delighted at the sight and therefore pulled over in front of one of the carts. Soon, each one of us had a plate full of cut Guava and Papaya, with a sprinkling of Masala and some squeezed lemon juice. It was such a refreshing sight and a start to the breakfast trail. The fruits seemed fresh and were amazingly tasty. Our tummy and the palate were both ready to enjoy the next course.
Sandeep Kachori Wala
This unassuming cart parked on the side of the road, in front of a house, on Gurdwara Road, in NIT 5 area of Faridabad is quite famous with the locals. This may not listed on the Google Maps and yet it easy to reach. The prominent landmark is Chaska Restaurant bang opposite this cart which could help you reach this one. The owner-cum-chef, Harbhajan Singh ensures complete hygiene and high level of taste and quality.
First, he breaks a medium sized freshly fried Kachori (had an apt stuffing of Urad Dal Peethi) in a paper bowl. Then from a huge vessel he would ladle out the Aloo Subzi which has an aroma Hing (asafetida). The runny gravy having small cuts of Potatoes is then topped up with the oil from the gravy to give it the sharpness of spices and a distinct colour. He then adds a pickled Green Chili, followed by sprinkling of masala and a dash of Pudina Chutney (Mint Sauce) before serving. One of us requested him not to add the Green Chili but Sardar ji he insisted that he let him serve the way he is serving. And later our friend realised that he was right.
This one bowl, having hues of golden and dark red colours, aroma of spices, was a blend of flavours, textures, and temperature. The first spoonful and the flavours of spices blasted on the palate. This was simply the best of Aloo Subzi I would have ever tasted. Piping hot, sharp spices combined with tanginess of the chutney and masala with an after taste of Hing put this curry apart. The pieces of Kachori gave the texture and base to the whole dish.
He also prepares a Lassi which has a lavish inclusion of Boondi and is topped with a sprinkle of Masala before serving. One could mistake it for a Raita. Well, even in this cold weather, this was quite refreshing to wrap up your meal. We had six pieces of Kachori with this amazing Subzi followed by one glass of Lassi and our total damage was just INR 70. This one starts serving at around 7 in the morning and is over by around noon. So, if you want to enjoy in peace, reach a bit early to avoid that congestion in the market.
Babu Bhai Chhole Bhature Wale
Now were headed to have Chhole Bhature. This again is an unassuming Cart parked in front of a shop (serves as place to stand and eat using wall mounted eating platforms) in Ballabgarh, an adjoining town of Faridabad. This one too is quite famous with the locals. This may not listed on the Google Maps and yet it easy to reach. You ask anyone in the vicinity, and you are cross checked, “Desi Ghee Wale,”? Even before your respond, you are guided to the location. However, the prominent landmark is Agarwal Public School, bang opposite this cart which could help you reach this one. The owner-cum-chef, Babu Bhai ensures complete hygiene and high level of taste and quality. The Bhaturas are fried in Desi Ghee here.
These Chhole Bhature here are a local rage. This, almost five decades old eatery, has loyal fan following and the locals vouch for its quality and consistency. The goodies are available from 7 in the morning and are mostly done by around 11. This says a lot of the popularity.
Three of us, initially ordered single serving of Bhatura for each. We were served a runny Chhole of pale brown colour garnished with sliced onions. First spoonful revealed that it was a concoction of Kabli Chana, which were soft and yet had its shape intact, done in spices and had a tang of tamarind. The spices were mild and had a prominent after taste of black pepper. Quite relishing taste.
The golden fried Bhatura was smaller than what you normally get. There seemed no trace of oil on the top. It was well puffed and the tearing of the first morsel told me it was crispy thin and not fluffy. Though done in Desi Ghee, it was not heavy at all. In fact, one of us ordered one more single portion for he liked it so much. Once again, a great breakfast and the four single servings cost us just INR 80.
We relished our three-course breakfast of street food where each dish was a hero. Faridabad surely has hidden gems. Do try these places and the others about which I had written earlier. The link to the earlier blogpost is here:
If you have some special eateries, do recommend to me. Would be happy to try. Thill then…
Bon Appetite !!