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Delhi and its variegated foodscape has attracted travellers from far abroad. If you are a kind of foodie who likes to explore the streets to understand the culture of the city, Delhi is bound to leave you dumbfounded. The street food fare of the city has been written about and documented in so many ways, yet there are many dishes hailing from the city that may not have deserved their fair share of stardom. In terms of flavour, detailing and texture, they are no less than the usual crowd-pullers, but they have, in their own way, managed to stand the test of time and are thriving in many mute alleys of Delhi. Kulle Ki Chaat (or Kulhe ki Chaat) is one such interesting chaat delicacy, not many people beyond Delhi would be aware of, but this deceptively easily looking chaat has been an intrinsic part of Delhi’s food map since centuries now.
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Kulle Ki Chaat is a bite-sized fruit or vegetable chaat stuffed with an eclectic mix of pomegranate seeds, boiled chickpeas and chaat masala. To make kulle ki chaat, the fruits or vegetables like cucumber, potato, tomato and oranges are first scooped and hollowed out. Now in that fruit/veggie case goes in the rustic mix of chickpeas, pomegranate seeds, and a salty-citrus mix of kala namak and lemon. The burst of flavours present between in each bite of this chaat is sure to leave you craving for more. Sweet, salty, and sour, this bite-sized chaat is one of the most well-balanced chaat items of Delhi. Since, it is made with just fruits, veggies, chana and a whole lot of lemon, this is also perhaps one of the (very few) healthiest chaat items you can have in Delhi, especially in monsoons. They are so vibrant and colourful, they can also help prettify your Instagram feed and get your friends salivating too!
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The snack is a popular Old Delhi delicacy; some of the iconic places try out lip-smacking Kulle ki chaat is Hira Laal Chaat Waala in Chawri Bazaar, Bishan Swaroop Chata Bhandar in Chandni Chowk and Jugal Kishore Ramji Lal Chaat Bhandaar in Chandni Chowk.
So, where are you heading this monsoon to have your fill of kulle ki chaat? Do let us know in the comments section below!
About Sushmita SenguptaSharing a strong penchant for food, Sushmita loves all things good, cheesy and greasy. Her other favourite pastime activities other than discussing food includes, reading, watching movies and binge-watching TV shows.