We love chaats and the monsoon gives us the perfect excuse to enjoy our street foods more than ever. Whether you call it panipuri, golgappa, phuchka or pani ke bataashe, we have to have it. So here is a list of the best places to go to for a plate or two (or three) of this delicious, refreshing treat.
1. Elco Market, Mumbai
Mumbai Ki Pani Puri has been a famous one and when it comes to Mumbai Ki Pani Puri you simply cannot miss eating golgappa’s from Elco Market, Mumbai. Golgappa’s here are slightly priced, but it is worth the price. You can surely enjoy eating every single water ball here because the environment is so hygienic and foodie.
2. Lala Babu Chaat Bhandar, Chandni Chowk, Delhi
Delhi’s golgappa are slightly different from Mumbai and if you can run down for those spicy water balls, Lala Babu Chaat Bhandar will offer you the best golgappa with some spicy and tangy jaljeera water, flavoured with Harad which is absolutely good for digestion.
3. Ramraj’s Pani Puri, Frazer Town, Bangalore
Served with the right amount of tangy water and crunchy puri, Gol gappa at Ramraj is similar to those served in Kolkata as puchka. It all started with one stall in Bangaluru which has now grown to four in most busy and prominent places in Bangaluru.
4. New Alipore, Kolkata
There are two people who are making New Alipore famous for their puchkas. One is Bada Phuchkawalla, and the other stands in front of Nandan Market and is simply known as ‘Dada’. Like the name says, Bada puchkawalla gives big, round chunky puri with a variety of flavoured water. These water shots are delicious and would cost you Rs. 10 for a plate of 5.
5. Sindhi Pani Puri House, Chembur Sindhi Camp, Mumbai
Opening from 4 pm sharp till 10 pm, Sindhi Pani Puri house is famous for selling world class chilled Sindhi Pani puri filled with boondi. This Pani Puri house has been there in Mumbai for 30 years responsible for selling the best Sindhi Pani Puri you have ever eaten.
6. Ashok Chaat Bhandar, Delhi
On an average, it is said that Ashok Chaat Bhandar attracts more than 700 people to the stall. This is a 70-year-old stall known to every )real) Delhi-ite and it needs no introduction at all. Mint flavored water is the most preferred and loved by all.
7. Padam Chaat Corner, Old Delhi
Situated in Kinari Bazaar of Chandni Chowk, Padam Chaat Corner is quite famous for its pani puri and the panditji who serves paani puri to people. Unlike others, Padam Chaat Corner gives you four in a plate, but will surely take you to the absolute joyride. From a large variety of soft boiled potatoes, sauth, chutney, and green masala water, eating pickled guava will take you to heaven.
8. Dilip Da’s phuchkas, Kolkata
When you encounter the line, you will find that people are desperately waiting for Dilip Da to come to the stall and start giving them Puchka’s which are slightly different from the rest. The filling is made of lightly mashed boiled potatoes with black salt, salt, tamarind pulp, spices and chili powder while the water is tamarind water.
Author: Rima Chowdhury