Breakfast in the Streets

The stunts performed in this article have been done by experts… Please do not imitate them by ordering the same at home… Home delivery at your own risk….

The importance of breakfast stems from the fact that it is the meal which sustains us throughout the day… It should be nutritionous and powerful enough to make you sit up and be ready to not only take on the world but conqour it…

Lotsa things can be done at home from the paratha regime which is a winter thing with so many filling available from aloo to gobhi to mooli (avoid it in breakfast unless you want to go with a smelly mouth the whole day). We have not even begun the rounds of the leftover dhal turned into paratha and the combos of aloo/bathua or maybe a methi/makai…

The other gamut of the spectrum comprises the powerful and light pohas, sooji ka upma loaded with veggies and groundnuts. The egg routine is being given a miss in this section as is the American spread of cornflakes/milk sandwiches and cold cuts with juice. This issue is dedicated solely to the guilty pleasure of roaming about on a lazy Sunday morning in search of the perfect breakfast routine in the streets…. Yes Breakfast in the Streets…

Imagine just getting up… What is the first thing which strikes your mind…? A hot Cuppa… Head straight to SHARMA… on the crossroads of Lalbagh and Bhopal House… Simple menu… Chai… Bun Makkhan (The white homemade butter) not the amul variety… And samosa (just the right infusion of mild spices in hot potato)… Rub shoulders here with the who is who of the morning walkers crowd… For the iron stomach I recommend a bun makkhan samosa… Piping hot samosa sandwiched between a buttered bun makes the butter melt to just the right consistency… Though the health conscious purists will balk at this idea… Well to shame with them… I’m a gourmand not a morning walker… I went there driving not walking… The chai is simple served in glasses or kulhars if you are the hygiene conscious types… Don’t miss the driver getting tea for his memsaab who can’t get her morning bowel movement till she has a sip of this posta (poppy) infused tea…

From there head straight to sadar for a moth watering sample of khasta with aloo and Jalebi at Chappan Bhog… The purists would again sneer at you for not going to netrams in aminabad… We are not even going to the nitty gritty of the Khoya Laced Jalebies available in the few shops around the old city… But the noodle thickness jalebis of chappan bhog are no comparison to the spaghetti thickness jalebis of netrams… Plus sadar is crisper too…  In making Jelebis the dough is as important as the time you soak the fried jalebis in the syrup… A little stinginess is called upon here…. Too long a soak would give you sweetness at the cost of crispiness and less would not let it get the optimum level of sweetness…

Breakfast… Hmm… Chola Bhatura at Choudhurys??? Wait… It’s been done to death… Maybe a poori and chilli infused sabzi at the leela poori bhandaar… No!!! He has become complacent enough by leaving his pooris thick and undone to abdicate his position… From the previous paragraph if you were having jalebis at chappan bhog then a khasta would be sampled automatically… But the best khastas you get at Ratti Khasta at Bhanumati Chauraha on Hewett Road… You get Barras and Pooris here too which are no match to the Khastas… Try the Chickpea Subzi (no… not chola)… in addition to his red in colour chillie aloos for the more gastronomically inclined… If they leave you fuming there is lucky juice corner for satiate you with amazing juices and a not to miss soda shinkanji just round the corner on the junction of hewett road and latouche road…

How does one talk of breakfast in the streets and not talk of netrams… Well apologies to the old timers for pulling down net rams in the jalebis department… But one place where it still reigns supreme is the breakfast thal… Four pooris, Gila Aloo infused with tomatoes, Sukha Tangy Kaddo (Mom till date thinks I don’t eat kaddoo but at netrams I cant resist), a helping of dahi, some grated salad and chutney… Manna for the gods truly…  It’s been ages since I last went and hope it’s still available… This Sunday maybe I will…

Let’s not even go to the non veg variety of breakfasts available… Nahari Kulchas, Omlettles, Keema Tikkis and what nots… Will leave that for another day …

Bon Appetite…

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