Recently, I had an amazing Breakfast in East Delhi, comprising a plate of Punjabi Poori Chhole followed by Chhole Bhature, a Thali of Naan with Shahi Paneer and Dal Makhani and then some great Dahi Bhalla. All these came as a pleasant surprise to me for East Delhi, for some strange reason, has always been under hyped for food.
The Poori was so crisp that the moment you try to pierce the puff with your finger, the crust would crumble into flakes. The Chhole were spicy and the watery gravy complimented the morsels of Poori, perfectly. The edges of the Malpua were crisp. The taste had a hint of cardamom and was not high on sugar.
The eateries at these places have evolved over the years. From being a local shop serving the locals in the close vicinity to become a place of interest for food lovers across the city. Then, a few become national tourist places and become known across the country. Yet there are a few, nested in various colonies, whose owners are contended with their local status and yet serve high quality food.