Been there, eaten that nearly-deep-fried stuff in Old Delhi’s Paranthe Wali Gali? Chances are, you haven’t tried this one:
I had read about Halwa Parantha being sold near Nizamuddin Dargah and was very keen to see this as I heard that this parantha is over two feet in diameter. So when we were assigned to go discover a little-known Delhi delicacy, I knew exactly where to head. The Dargah and its surroundings are crowded at all times; it’s a bit of a sensory overload. Winding my way through the alleys, I had to keep brushing off advances from shopkeepers wanting me to buy cloth and flowers for the Dargah. It wasn’t hard to locate the parantha shop— everybody in the area knows it.
I bought a quarter of kilo of the famous ‘Halwa Parantha’ which was served in a plate with the flaky parantha topped with the tutti-fruity-flecked halwa. I took the first bite of the parantha with the halwa and it instantly dissolved in my mouth. The sweetness of the halwa and the savouriness of the parantha are a marriage made in heaven. For just 30 rupees, it’s a filling and delicious meal. The shop’s been around for more than half a century, and next time I go, I’ll ask what this parantha cost when they just started.
Input and photos: Prajal Narain