A Treasure trove…Dilli Haat

I love visiting Dilli Haat …each time I go to Delhi.If not for anything then just to drool over all the vibrant and colourful stalls displaying the Art,the Culture,the Cuisine and the Craftsmanship of the artisans from all over the country.For me moving from one stall to another is like discovering each state bit by bit.I love the way even I interact with the shopkeepers- talking to one in Bengali when I spot Kanthawork,telling the one from MP that I  have stayed there for some time while bargaining a Maheshwari and conversing in English with the girl from Manipur for the beautiful cane bags and black stone crockery.People who stay in Delhi may argue that Dilli Haat is too expensive since they have access to a lot of fairs throughout the year but for me going from a small town where such events hardly take place,  Dilli Haat  is the hotspot where I can pick up just about anything I had been craving to buy .I find it worth the money spent if you are good at bargaining which my hubby definitely is.So I decide what to buy and leave the haggling over price to him.Shopping is incomplete without that .DSC09478DSC09472DSC09480DSC09471DSC09474DSC094762013-05-20 15.13.04I just love this section although I cannot buy as much as I would like to because of luggage constraints and also considering that I had still some more to shop from Sarojini Nagar and Lajpat and Janpath…the list goes on.

Keep falling in love with all this pottery.

Keep falling in love with all this pottery.

I am a big fan of Madhubani art and dilli haat offers wide choices

I am a big fan of Madhubani art and Dilli haat offers wide choices

I specially love the fact that after so much hard work , you can gorge on delicacies from all over India — Fish roll,mutton roll,prawn curry  at the West Bengal stall,mouth-watering Momos from Sikkim,Daal baati from Bihar,Idlis from Kerala,Biryani from Hyderabad…….the list goes on.Have I tempted you enough?

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        A Delightsome Life

A journey into Purani Dilli

In spite  of my innumerable visits to Delhi,I had never had the chance to walk down the streets of Old Delhi.I had seen them pictures in magazines and watched many a travel and food channels showing the age-old “Parathe-waali galis”.Being the foodies that we are,I coaxed my husband to do this trip with me despite the heat and the humidity This time I was determined We decided not to take our car but the Delhi Metro we got off at Chawri Bazaar metro station just before Chandni Chowk.As it was almost lunch time when we reached there,we decided  we were going to start our journey into puraani dilli by having our lunch at the Karim’s.The place is famous for its Biryanis and kababs and Mutton Qorma and Sheermaal.If you are a true non vegetarian,this is one place in delhi which is not to be missed.Right next to the Jama Masjid,the restaurant is now a chain all over Delhi but who can beat the taste of the original although  the place issaid to be crowded on Fridays, we got a place easily and Yes the restaurant is air conditioned.

Thereafter we took a rickshaw  to Chandni Chowk and straight into the famous Paranthe waali gali.Too full for the parathas, we still had space for some lovely looking Kulfi Faluda. And we bought some laddoos ,karachi halwa,samose and kachoris for later.I tried to imagine Kajol staying in Chandni Chowk in Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham.The noise,the crowds,the sweat and the rising smoke from the constant frying of parathas filled my nostrils.This was Delhi as it must have been years ago minus the skyscrapers,the innumerable vehicles on roads,the Metros and the Malls.After getting a whole variety of parathas packed for dinner,we took the metro back home as the girls not being used to walking through narrow lanes were getting all restless.Hubby and I winked at each other and with an understanding nod promised to return again without the kids.We knew that this place still had lots to be explored.The magic of puraani Dilli still lingers on with me….

Yes of course,I have some pics for you…

Mom,dad,hubby and Munch at Karim's

Mom,dad,hubby and Munch at Karim’s

Yummy Biryanis in pots
Yummy Biryanis in pots

Rumalis and Naans

Rumalis and Naans

The Jama Masjid

The Jama Masjid

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The Goodies

The Goodies

More goodies

More goodies

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Kinaari Bazaar

Kinaari Bazaar

 

How healthy!

The kids are having a term break.Being at home makes them hungry all the time.Ask them what they want and the answer is always a junk.  So , I drew up these pictures and put them on the soft board in their nursery.Now each time they feel hungry ,I ask them to choose items from the board and now all they eat is healthy.And they find the idea of choosing from the board fun.

And making all kinds of recipes out of these is a challenge for me too.Some of the things I tried were cheese pakodas,cheese bites,fruit chaat, a banana shake,french toast,Fish fingers,vegetable dips, chicken sandwiches….tasty and healthy is the mantra.

What all recipes can you think of with these ingredients?Do share.

Fruits,veggies,fish,chicken ,eggs,cheese,milk,nuts

PS Munch helped me colour the pictures.

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