Durga Puja celebrations at pandals in Delhi are either limited to members only or asking for pre-booking of bhog. This will give food to the foodies in the capital, who waited for the festive time throughout the year, got food #FOMO. “We are not organizing our usual puja food this time as none of the pandals have set up food stalls,” says Ramit Mitra of Delhi Byfoot. So, how to satisfy the craving? Do not care! We curate a food trail consisting of nine typically bong delicacies from some of CR Park’s most popular crannies to rejuvenate your days at your pandal. So jump in, and dig in!
Raju Chaat Corner, Market 1. to Churmur and Puchka
Churmur is the perfect appetizer to start a chatty chat, especially if it’s from this little food kiosk in CR Park. Recalling it here, Birju Kumar of a JNU hostel, who tells us, “The churmur they make here is very different from the churmur I make at my home in Bihar. It is very spicy and full of spices. We wanted to eat Bengali food in the budget, so came here.
As far as the world famous Bong Panipuri aka Puchka is concerned, if you see a cart with two matkis on the corner of the market, you know you are at the right place! Palak Kapoor, a food blogger, was first spotted eating puchkas here, and says, “I came from Rajouri Garden especially for these. It is great to see these little matki in your car. There are two types of water in these, and the lemon wedges make the puchkas taste totally different!” Kapoor’s friend Bineet Singh, another food blogger, says, “I have had a huge meal here. These are really my favourites, and Raju Bhaiya gives me a double discount!”
Price: Churmoor – ₹40 puchka – ₹30 for a plate of six
Aami Bengali to Dab Chingri
This traditional Bengali dish made of chingri (prawns) is cooked and served in coconut. And it is an absolute hit among many who come here only to taste it! Rajeev Adhikari, manager of the eatery, says: “This is one of our bestsellers. Nariyal (coconut) cooked in curry is something we always recommend to customers and people themselves come to us.
Aloo Bhaja of Joy City
Well, which Indian festival can be devoid of potatoes! Aloo Bhaja is another absolutely scrumptious main dish that sells hot throughout the year and especially during the time of Durga Puja, both vegetarian and non-vegetarian can be seen relishing it in equal amounts. Shelly Sinha, a social media manager with her husband, Vishal Sinha, an advertising professional from Lajpat Nagar, says that their meal at City of Joy is never complete without a portion of it. “This aloo bhaja is a must try! Potatoes are sliced and deep fried to make them crunchy, and here it tastes like no other. We always come here especially for this Bengali dish,” says Shaily.
cost: ₹100/plate ( ₹70 for half)
Aami Bengali to Kosha Mutton
“The celebration is incomplete for Bengalis without delicious food,” says Sangeeta Biswas, an IT professional from Noida, who swears by the kosha mutton served here. “At every Durga Puja, I make it a point to eat kosha mutton with luchi (a deep-fried flatbread made of maida, and looks similar to a puri). The rich, spicy and thick gravy of mutton and the tenderness of luchi make this combo extremely delicious. This place was recommended by my friends, and we came from Noida to try it. love it already! ” she adds.
Joy City to Pada Tel Jhal
Borg or not, you can’t miss this dish that features single bone whole fish served with spicy gravy! Debajyoti, the owner of this small restaurant, said, “Our lead chef’s specialty is Pabta Tel Jhal (a tangy tomato gravy with nigella seeds and green chilli tempering) and it remains a top seller in all seasons. The pubda (Indian catfish) has always had its own circle of loyal bongio patrons. Moreover, being a whole bone fish, it has also happily satisfied the non-Bengali (bones….oh no no) fish hobby of Delhiites.”
cost: ₹420/plate ( ₹240 for half)
Eilish Shorshe from Aami Bengali
Known as one of the most sought-after Bengali dishes, any meal walk is incomplete without Ilish Shorshe. This dish requires cooking Hilsa fish in mustard gravy. “It is a super common dish in every household, every restaurant. And it is the most delicious dish of any Bengali or non-vegetarian non-Bengali. And whenever I have it, I feel that these people make even the simplest of dishes so delicious,” says Nilanjan Bhowmik, a Noida-based banker who eats regularly at CR Park.
Yummi Kolkata to Sondesh, CR Park Market 1
After a sumptuous authentic Bengali meal, if you are looking for some absolutely mouth-watering message that melts in the mouth, then this is the place for you! “We have four-five-five types of messages and all these we all become dresh and by noon all are sold out. Two-three of these contain sugar and the rest are made by the guru,” informs Tanomesh Halder, an employee of the outlet.
Mishti Doi from Artistocrat
And how can someone with a sweet tooth be justified if there is no mishti doi! This creamy dessert is the best bet for making a sweet ending any day. Ipshita Panda, an artist from CR Park says, “I love the taste of Mishti Doi, which we get at this CR Park shop.” more authentic. And it’s my usual favorite place to eat this dish on any day of the year, not just during Durga Puja.”