In a nutshell:
Excellent dal kachoris served dunked in aloo ki subzi with a dash of spicy Kachalu chutney that makes a difference.
Address & other details: Enter parathe wali gali. Go straight, turn right, turn left, keep walking straight till u hit a T point with a shop called Sant Lal Sanskriti. Turn right & this shop is at the next corner. See map for details.
Meal for 2: Rs. 60 onwards
Cuisine type : Vegetarian
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Many years back this was one of my most favorite kachori shop. Those days an elderly gentleman used to sit in this super tiny Shop & serve fresh kachoris. The aloo ki subzi used to be so fiery that at times water wud overflow from the eyes & nose!!!! But taste was king & we loved having 3 – 4 kachoris at a go. Back then the shop was much more humble that the current avatar.
Few years back we revisited & found that the shop has had a makeover. But we cud not eat kachoris here coz most of the occasions we came here the shop was closed either coz it was a Sunday or coz it was some public holiday.
Ate here after almost 4 years recently. Lot has changed from then to now. The façade has been made more modern, the shop boasts of presence on facebook & also has a website, has all the Press coverage on the wall etc.
The shop is manned by a pretty young guy now & with the change of guard it seems the rustic-quotient of the food has gone down. The masalas r toned down, the mirch is way less, no need to huff & puff after eating this & the kachalu chutney is way less teekha than b4.
Confused? Well here is how it goes – If u do not have a baggage of the past, u wud love it. If u have eaten here in the past, the current version might seem to b toned down but then this is way superior to the Bikanervalas, Haldirams & all other Chain stores. In fact this is still an excellent option as compared to most other options in this city.
The crust of the kachori is as crispy as it can get. It is layery as well. It is optimally fried – a bit more wud have ended up in burnt kachoris & a bit less wud have left it less crispy. The dal inside was spicy & slightly hot & had super flavors of masalas.
The aloo ki subzi was very good & kachalu chutney added a zing to it.
I wud give this a 4/5 with its current version. The earlier one was surely 4.5/5.
I will surely keep going here . How about u?