Gole di Hatti Chandni chowk

Everyday punjabi food….with a simple twist

Chole palak chawal

Unique chole, palak, chawal (chickpeas,spinach,rice) in Gole di hatti chandni chowk old delhi chole palak chawal in kulhad

 
presentation exceeds the flavors

 

Chole Kulche

 

Chole kulche a Delhi staple at Gole di Hatti in chandni chowk A very simple dish

 

 

An average kulcha

 

Gole di Hatti….very reasonably priced

 
The menu at Gole di Hatti is very reasonable light on the wallet

 

Location is the challenge

 

Location of Gole di Hatti is a challenge to reach In the thick of crowds and chaos

 

 

Verdict…..

 

 

Location and how to reach

 

 

Gur (Jaggery) Lassi in Chandni Chowk

Delightful and totally refreshing…

must try lassi in chandni chowk delightful lassi
 

So it happened again with me, a true customer delight moment and the build up to it had all the ingredients of a classic customer delight moment as described in management books. First, the visit to this particular joint was totally unplanned, out of ignorance as I was not even aware of its existence. Second expectations from the place were minimal.

 

I felt nervous excitement building, leading up to the moment of truth and when truth surpassed all expectations I was left with a delightful refreshing experience.

 

Jagdish Narayan Pandey…..unknown gem in Chandni chowk

 

Unknown lassi gem in chandni chowk delhi look out for this board
 

This place is not even a hole in the wall, it is just a wall and do not blame yourselves for having walk past without noticing it. There is nothing in the physical decor of the place to draw your attention, its very missable and working literally and figuratively in the shadows of two famous neighbours Giani Di Hatti  with whom it shares the same wall and separated from Kake di Hatti by a shop.

 

But do not go by the humbleness of the joint, it is a setup, no its actually perfect coverup to hide or at least delay the discovery of a Lassi gem, but the secret is now out in the open.

 

Must try the Gur (jaggery) lassi

must try the gur lassi

The gur lassi is served in a kulhad (earthen glass) and that always works for me. Let me admit, I am a little biased towards earthen pots and leaf plates and would add five points to the overall experience just for this. Any way coming to the lassi……it is a good sized helping for Rs 70/- and can be a complete meal for a single person and a very satisfying experience for a couple after a meal.

The lassi is off white in colour owing obviously to the gur (jaggery) as a replacement for sugar and floating on top is one of the most luscious and creamy blob of yoghurt fat. The Lassi texture is perfect, the right balance of thickness making it eminently drinkable and refreshing at the same time.

Come to think of it Lassi is a very simple drink…..it is after all just whipped up yughurt, water and sugar, can anything be simpler and yet some places can elevate this simple concoction to levels that one is left wondering about the secrets. The secret at Jagdish Pandey is the high and non negotiable quality of yoghurt used in the lassi, it is made in house always and never sourced from outside to keep a strict check on quality of the final product.

 

Rabri faluda and Lassi at Giani di Hatti….

Giani di hatti serves a good lassi in chandni chowk lassi at Gianni’s

Sharing the wall with Jagdish Narayan Pandey (or should it be said the other way around) is Gianni di Hatti, a well known highly venerated place, both lassi and specially for rabri faluda.

 

The lassi at Gianni’s is also good, no doubt and the helping is even larger than Jagdish Pandey at Rs 80/- with cream. Its a classic lassi white in colour and has a slight sour tang to it imparted no doubt by the yughurt. The popularity of the place is evident in the long lines in front of the shop and I am sure the place has a loyal following for their kind of lassi. Being fair to Gianni di hatti let me add that I might have been a victim of diminishing marginal returns before I judge the places because I tasted at Gianni’s after having tasted the Gur lassi……still if I have to pick a winner that would be the Gur Lassi at Jagdish Narain Pandey.

So I urge you to go ahead and try both and comment on which out of the two is your favourite.

 

Rabri faluda is not my cup of tea…

Gianni di hatti is famous for rabri faluda rabri faluda

I tried the much hyped Rabri faluda at Gianni di hatti and found it over hyped. There was nothing in the drink that makes it memorable, it was a confusing concept lacking in execution. The rabri is everything but creamy infact it is grainy and powdery, the faluda does nothing to add anything to the dish. The drink is saved by crushed ice which by providing the necessary liquidity and cooling makes the drink just about palatable.

So if you are at Gianni’s try the lassi instead, and if trying the faluda is on your bucket list go ahead to strike it off and be wiser on your next visit.

 

 

Location and how to reach

The most efficient and convenient way to reach is by taking the Delhi Metro, take the yellow line and get off at Chandni chowk. Both the establishments are located some 800 metres from the station.

Given the massive renovation taking place in Chandni chowk getting around even on foot has become a challenge so keep that in mind. Hoping for a speedy finish to the work leading to an improved experience in the near future.

 

 

 

 

 

Sanctuary of truth Pattaya- Spirituality carved in Wood

Spirituality in the midst of sinful pleasures….

 
Sanctuary of truth is a metahuman effort in wood dedicated to the supreme mesmerising woodwork

 

Non believers can turn believers

Exquisite carvings
 

Human offering to the Supreme….

a must see in Pattaya Envisioned on a grand scale

 

striking details

 

massive in scale

 

located on the edge of sea
 

Cross an enchanted forest….

 

Pass through an enchantment forest to approach The Sanctuary of Truth in Pattaya forest walkways

 
figurines on the way

 

haunting silhouette

 

Verdict

 

Location and how to reach

 

 

Coral Island – Relax rejuvenate recharge and refresh

Twelve kilometres  off the coast of Pattaya and some 134 kilometres from Bangkok is located a quiet and serene island surrounded by clear blue waters. Coral island is as different from the flesh-pots of the ‘sin’ city Pattaya as chalk is from cheese. If Pattaya is capital of hedonistic pleasure seeker then Coral island can provide the much needed relaxation of the five senses, body and soul.

If you happen to be in Pattaya with time on your hands, then stay over in the island for a day or two to experience splendid isolation and watch the sun disappear in the ocean, if not then still make a half day trip to the island and be back in Pattaya by lunch time.

 

 

Nong nooch a man made natural wonder

Nong nooch is all about structured gardens, surreal spaces and wonderful outdoors….

The Gardens

French style garden in Nongnooch Thailand French garden

 

 

Cactus Garden

 

cactus garden[/caption]

 

Butterfly Hill

 

Nong nooch is rated amongst ten best gardens in the world butterfly hill

 

Animal Kingdom

 

Animal kingdom in Nong nooch is a surreal experience Giant insects come to life
 

Red Beetles
 

Owls

 

Owls

 

So much for children to learn and enjoy at Nong nooch in Thailand African zebra

 

Experience Thai culture and tradition

 

The cultural program in Nong nooch provides wonderful insights into thai history Thai dancers

 

 

Verdict

 

Location and how to reach

 

 

 

 

Zakir Nagar Food street in Jamia

Single street for all your food cravings

 

 

Taleb kebab

 

smoky grilled buff kebabs and tikka's at Talib kebab corner Zakir nagar
smoke and burn

 

Intense heat does the magic

 

 

Buff seekh kebabs at Talib kebab corner zakir nagar are excellent value for money
have them hot

 

unbeatable value for money

 

 

For the sweet tooth…

 

Pahalwan ji lassi corner Zakir nagar
saffron rasmalai, rabri and gulab jamun

 

 

rabri in Zakir nagar Delhi
Pistachio rabri

 

 

 

 

 

Buff biryani at Medina biryani centre

 

shop front

 

 

Biryani degs

 

 

buff biryani at Medina in Zakir nagar Delhi
buff biryani

 

 

Saeed’s Rolls

 

One of the best rolls in Zakir nagar at Saeed'ss
shop front