Nestled in the buzz called Chandni Chowk, right next to Dariba, the shopping haven for traditional jewellry and saris, is the Parathewali Gali. The epicurean grandness of the very rich Paratha manifests at the Parathewali Gali in Old Delhi. Yes, there is an exclsuive street named after a dish, which is dotted with shops making and selling parathas. Some of the shops in this street are more than a century old.
So what is a Paratha you may ask. The answer is not simple . It can be a multilayered, griddle fried bread. It can be a pan fried bread stuffed with various ingredients, it can also be a stuffed bread shallow fried in oil/ghee or like in parathewali gali’s case -Deep fried in ghee!
The menu at one of the shops in Parathewali gali: and the Paratha wala
On my last visit to India, I went shopping with my friend Dee . We stopped here for lunch. We spent hours looking at hand crafted silver jewelry in Dariba and trying on a few pieces, like this beautiful choker style silver necklace:
And finally bought a few intricately detailed miniature Tablas and sighed over the miniature dholki.
During our online conversations before I went to visit, Dee had told me about a new paratha that was on the menu at the gali. The Nimbu paratha.
Lemon in a paratha? Now that was something I just had to try. And try we did. The lemony tangy pucker your mouth while eating paratha was quite an experience. We both shared one of those, but couldn’t eat more than that. It was way too tangy. We both agreed that it would have been more delicious if it was not all that tart. Since we were in the parathewali gali and had many more options to choose from, we ordered another one of a different flavor to share and some lassi to beat the heat.
However, the kick of eating the Nimbu paratha was quite memorable. And when one of my Facebook Foodie groups decided to have a Recipe challenge on Parathas, I just knew that I had to try and make it. This time around Ms know it all Google had no help for me. The search results came up with no recipe for a nimbu paratha. Hmm.. So I was on my own afterall.
If you do try this recipe, do let me know if you liked it or if you made any changes. And If you point the hat tip towards me, I would appreciate it.