Lajpat Nagar Anandji chholey bhaturey equals joy

By Rahul Verma, 2017-09-03 15:01:55

I don’t need GPS – I rely on rickshaw pullers. Whenever I need directions, I stop by a rickshaw. And I get perfect directions to my destination from one of the thousands of hard working men who have left their villages to make Delhi their home.

That is why, when I was on my way to Lajpat Nagar in search of a chholey bhaturey wallah that I had not visited ever, I didn’t worry. I took the Metro from Rajendra Prasad Road to Lajpat Nagar, and once I walked out of the station at the Lajpat Nagar Metro Station, I jumped on to a waiting rickshaw.

I am looking for some special chholey bhaturey, I said to him. Oh, Anandji, he replied, and took me right there.

It’s nice to know that there are still some chholey bhaturey in Delhi that I have not tried out.

Seeing is believing

I had been hearing about Anandji for a while, but, as it happens sometimes, I had never gone there. Last week, I thought I couldn’t call myself a chhole bhatura expert if there was a much talked of place that I had not been to. So, as I said, I took the Metro.

This is a 22-year-old shop in Lajpat Nagar 1. The address is Shop No 3, Krishna Market (Tel nos 011-29817406 and 41326226; owner Bittu’s number: 9811301302). I was quite impressed by the place – it was spic and span, and had high tables for those who wanted to stand there and have a quick meal. I was there pretty early in the day, so it was not crowded either. There were a few people there, and I was happy to see that they were all eating chholey bhaturey.

I asked for four plates – each for Rs 70. The bhatureys were not enormous, as some bhatureys are. This I thought was the right size – neither too large, nor too small. The chholey was superb – and what I really enjoyed was that it wasn’t dripping oil, or overwhelmed with spices. It was almost like the good chholey that you get at home, with the perfect balance of spices. There was a nice juicy piece of potato in the chholey, which came with chutney, some pickle and onion rings.

The service is smooth, too. I went in, placed my order, paid up, went to the counter where I presented my receipt, and within fifteen minutes, I was out of the place, where my friendly neighbour GPS-wallah was waiting.

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