Known as golgappa in northern India, panipuri in southern and central India, pani ke bataashe in the west and puchka in the east, this crunchy ball of goodness is known to every chaat lover in the country. And Delhi being the food capital of India is a true gourmet’s calling, chaat is delhi’s speciality. One can find a golgappa vendor in every nook and corner of the city but the exceptionally exceptional places where you can truly satisfy your panipuri cravings are:
- Raju Puchka Wala, CR Park South and sophistication go hand in hand but when it comes gol gappa who gives a jack to the high. Chittaranjan Park, in South Delhi, homes a large Bengali community and hence we find lip-smacking panipuris to savor upon. Once you start gobbling them, you just as may forget count.
- Where: Near Canara Bank, Market 1
- Price: 30-40 bucks per plate
- Vaishnav Chaat Bhandar
Kamla nagar is a one-stop market for all your needs in the north campus area, including that of mouthwatering street yummies. Vaishnav chaat bhandar is one such outlet in the heart of Kamla nagar, which serves absolutely zesty golgappas and one can just never have till their heart’s filled.
- Where: 93-E, Kolhapur Road, Kamla Nagar
- Price: 40-60 bucks per plate
- Vendor opposite Hansraj Hostel
This guy doesn’t have a stall or even a cart; he sells panipuris from a typical vendor’s stand below a tree. But with the right crisp and right flavors, his golgappa’s are beyond perfection. Those looking ahead for a golgappa munching competition, this is the place to be at.
- Where: opposite Hansraj hostel, outside Kamla Nagar Market
- Price: 20 bucks per plate
- Lala Babu Chaat Bhandar
Chandni Chowk is the only place, which comes to our minds when we think of chaat and indeed it is a foodie’s heaven. Lala Babu’s golgappa’s have been known for decades and they have only gone better with time. Sworn by Delhites, this gem from Chandni Chowk has a special place in every food lover’s heart and stomach!
- Where: 77, Chandni Chowk (Near Kumar Cinema)
- Price: 20-40 bucks per plate
- Bengali Sweet House
Puchka and golgappa have been a topic of argument since forever and this tiff comes to end when one has had puchka from Bengali Sweet House. Coming straight from the streets of Kolkata into the tummy of Delhites, get ready to taste an eastern version of golgappa.
- Where: Shop No. 27-33, Bengali Market, Connaught Place
- Price: 40 bucks per plate
6. UPSC ki chat-PrabhuChaatBhandaar
This chat stall has been around for close to 3 decades in the by-lanes of UPSC building. Nicknamed UPSC kichaat, Prabhu Chat Bhandar serves golgappe with the most spicypaani. They always go out of business in 4-5 hours as their hot-selling items, the golgappe and tikka run straight out like hot cakes!
- Where: Dhopur house, adjacent to UPSC building, Khan Market
- Price: 50 Rs per plate
- Ashok Chaat Bhandar
Another Chandni Chowk gem, Ashok ChaatBhandar has been selling chaat in Delhi for about 50 successful years now. When here, ditch the regular paani-waalagolgappa and opt for the dahikegolgappe; golgappe stuffed and garnished with cool dahi. Perfect summer food, we say!
- Where: 3611, Chowk HauzQazi, Bhagirath Place, Chandni Chowk
- Price: 40 Rs per plate
One of the go-to and affordable places when it comes to North-Indian cuisine, Bikanerwala is for the hygiene freaks who want scrumptious chat but with much more hygiene.
- Where: Any Bikanerwala outlet
- Price: 50-60 Rs per plate
- Bobby TikkiWaala
A West-Delhi favourite, BobbyTikkiWaala started from a humble shack and grew out to become a chain of chaat selling vendors. Their taste has not diminished even a tad and is one of the hippest golgappa selling outlets.
- Where: Any BobbyTikkiWaala
- Price: 50-60 Rs plate
- Made in Punjab
For those who love their chaat with a little oomph, Made in Punjab is the place to be. With golgappepaani being served in shot glasses with the gappa’s mounted on top of them, Made in Punjab does all the things right to please the elitist of the crowds.
- Where: 6-7 Ground floor, Cyber Hub, DLF Cyber City, Gurgaon
- Price: 200 bucks for a plate of golgappa shots
- Nathu Sweets
It originated as chaat selling place and grew to be a chain of restaurants that now has been around for quite some time now. Almost every Delhi-ite has grown up gobbling down golgappas from Nathu’s at least once in their life.
- Where: Any Nathu Sweets Corner
- Price: 40 Rs for a plate
12. Chote Lal ChaatBhandar
The shack in the infamous Sitaram Bazaar of Old Delhi’s Chandni Chowk is a name in itself. The perfect spheres of fried goodness filled with the spicy tamarind water is sure to lull you in the narrow galis of Old Delhi and you won’t be able to have just one!
- Price: Under 40 bucks a plate
So go tickle those taste buds with the tanginess of this street food and we’re sure, you’re not gonna stop after one!
It tastes as sumptuous as it seems, so, ready, set, go and attack!!!