Giani’s di Hatti (near Fatehpuri Masjid, Chandni Chowk, Delhi)


In a nutshell:

Lickilicious rabri falooda, one of the best daal halwa I have had in my life & some good gajar ka Halwa in winters – A must visit to get the authentic Dilli taste.

Giani's di Hatti & the crowd in front
Giani’s di Hatti & the crowd in front

Address & other details: Once out of the Chandni Chowk Metro Station, take a rickshaw to Fatehpuri Masjid. Once u r in front of Fatehpuri Masjid, (facing the masjid) turn right & keep walking for 50 meters & u get Giani on ur left

Meal for 2: Rs. 50 per glass for Rabri falooda. Rest as per serving that u ask for.

Cuisine type : Vegetarian

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Description:

As u reach Giani’s, u see a crowd. The crowd is a constant, whenever I have been there. People from all walks of life, all genders, all ages, all regions, all religions & all everything….. lined up to have their favorite rabri falooda. What a way to unify people!!!! The shop does not have seating area & so people stand on the footpath to enjoy the food.

The name itself is weird & it is easy to make out the etymology. The original shop was Giani di Hatti. Later when ice creams were introduced, branding happened & Giani’s became the branding for shops all across delhi. So the branding at the old shop became Giani’s di Hatti!!!!!

crowd in front of Giani's
crowd in front of Giani’s

The cash counter is as retro as it can get – A tiny wooden window with glass & a small hole to exchange money & receipt……….. Like it used to be in Movie theaters in the 80s. The receipt needs to be handed over to the delivery counter where two to three people r constantly churning out rabri falooda. This counter is like a manual assembly line without a belt!!!!

Gajar ka halwa
Gajar ka halwa

The guys at the counter r pretty dispassionate when it comes to sharing a smile with customer / just exuding warmth. They r as cold as one can get & have become mechanical – almost like robots. We asked for 3 extra plastic spoons & he refused. We said we will pay for it & after a short argument we were given 3 plastic spoons for Rs. 5!!!!

All the crowd & the bad behavior disappears as soon as the rabri falooda lands on the tastebuds. Wah…. The rabri is non sweetened. They add a sweetener, add crushed ice, rabri & falooda in a glass, stir it & serve it……………… perfectly sweet, flavor of good milk, texture of falooda & wow. I guess I wud give this 4.25/5 – The best of its kind I have had.

rabri falooda
rabri falooda

The dal halwa is awesome beyond description. Let me first announce its rating at 4.75/5 before I describe it more. It is displayed in a huge vessel beneath a glass in the counter. A thick layer of dry fruits is there atop the halwa.

Dal halwa with a bed of dry fruits
Dal halwa with a bed of dry fruits

As order is placed, the guy on the counter mixes a portion of the halwa with dry fruits & liquid ghee (that has dripped from halwa into a corner of the same vessel) & serves it in a plate. The intensity of the flavors, the robustness of the taste, the aroma of the good ghee & the texture of perfectly crunchy dry fruits.

dal halwa
dal halwa

Gajar Halwa is also great & gets a 4.5/5. It is not the ‘paste’ type but the ‘piece in the mouth’ type. Nuts r crisp & the taste intense.

Gajar ka halwa
Gajar ka halwa

All this comes in smart packaging.

Smart packaging
Smart packaging

Overall rating for food at Giani adds up to 4.5/5. A must try recommended by YUMMRAJ……………In case u r thinking calories, just forget that, Njoy this & run 2 extra miles the next day.

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8 comments

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    09832044780
    09475533987
    09832007745

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