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By Somrita Ghosh

New Delhi: If you have the knack of trying innovative savories and have been longing for one recently, head straight to Purani Dilli (Old Delhi) to satisfy your sweet tooth with desserts like ‘aloevera ka halwa’ and ‘malai kulfi’ stuffed in fruits.

The lanes of the walled city amazes every time with their wide spectrum of delicacies to satisfy food cravings. Old Delhi has been home to many eateries that are continuing the legacy in making culinary dishes that they call art with recipes which they prefer to keep a secret.

As the city faces winter, a walk towards Old Delhi becomes compulsory for sweet maniacs as these lanes will never disappoint you.

If you can manage to break through the potholes, cross over the maddening crowd, overtake the rickshaw walas, and walk across the dingy lanes, you will find the sweet shop – Sheeren Bhawan, standing tall at Hauz Quazi Chowk for the past 70 years.

The sweet shop, which specialises in making sweets of pure ghee, was started by Fayazuddin and is currently managed by his great-grandson Adnan Qureshi and his three brothers.

“We are the fourth generation in this business, looking after the shop”, said Adnan to reporters.

Asked what makes Sheeren Bhawan stand out from rest of the sweet shops, Adnan replied, “We make sweets of pure desi ghee. Even the ghee is home made. Our sweets are freshly made. We haven’t made any alteration in sweet making”.

Sheeren Bhawan expertise in Aloevera ka halwa, a less sweet dish, elicits the fine taste of aloevera mingled with pure ghee and dry fruits; habsi ka halwa, which is made of laung (clove) and adorns a brownish look presented with heavy pourings of dry fruits; safed gajar (white carrot) ka halwa, as name suggests, the halwa adorns a whitish look. And special ghee kewar ka halwa, which is made of the high proportion of ghee and other milk products.

The halwa, heavily garnished with dry fruits and spices, speak of its rich ingredients and taste of pure ghee in every spoon of it.

“These few dishes are our specialities, you won’t get it anywhere else”, added Adnan.

However, gulab jamun remains the hot favourite of local people. The jamun, made of ‘mawa’ are dipped deep in the sugary quotes reaching every part of the item.

With no intention of opening outlets in other posh areas of Delhi or competing with other sweetmeat brands, Sheeren Bhawan is happy to be located in the lanes of the walled city.

If your sweet craving is still not satisfied and you dare to have a bit of kulfis in winter, then your next stop should be Kuremal Mohanlal Kulfiwala, a shop that has been serving multiple flavours of kulfis for the past 100 years.

Located at Sitaram Bazar Road in Chawri Bazar, Kuremal’s will amaze you with its variety of flavours.

Starting off with kesar pista flavour, the shop now has come up with more than 60 flavours and there lies its uniqueness.

“We have more than 60 variety of kulfis,” said Anil Sharma, now of the fourth generation continuing the legacy of Kuremal.

The namkeen kulfi, fruit stuffed kulfi and daulat ki chaat kulfi are its specialities. There is a long list in a variety of flavours. Some popular ones being aam panna, sweet mango, paan, kesar pista, gulab and rabri.

The namkeen flavour kulfi lists kaala khatta, imli (tamarind), aam papad, sandalwood and jamun (blackberry).

“We keep bringing out new flavors in kulfi. For us, the people’s liking matters most. Our satisfaction is from customers’ happiness,” Sharma explained.

Kuremal Mohanlal Kulfiwale is also a wholesale dealer for parties and other special occasions.

With no other outlets in the city and not even planning so in the near future, Sharma said, “By god’s grace our business flourished here. We cannot imagine shifting to any other place”.

So, take a walk into these old lanes and indulge yourself on a trip of sweet delights! (IANS) (Image source: bugnewz.com)

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Foodies Must Try These Dishes from the Streets of Kolkata

Here are 5 must try dishes from the streets of Kolkata

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Here are the dishes from the streets of Kolkata that foodies would not want to miss. Wikimedia Commons

BY PUJA GUPTA

When you think about Bengali food, you will have a veritable carnival of sweet treats and seafood dishes parading through your mind. While roaming the streets of Kolkata, you will drool at all the delicacies; thats the Kolkata street food scene for you. Every true Bengali food lover has their recommendations or will suggest some must-try street food. But there are a few places which foodies agree you have to try!

Chef Ananya Banerjee, the owner of LAB studio, who hails from West Bengal, lists the top five must-try food items from the streets of Kolkata:

(1) Kathi-roll:The Kathi-roll of Bengal is a famous Mughlai influenced dish. The dish comprises of mutton and chicken rolls, spiced with fresh lemon juice, finely chopped green chilies, red onions and salt and is served as a roll in an egg paratha. Simply mouth-watering!

(2) Jhal Muri: This Bengali take on Chaat, distinguishes itself with the use of mustard oil or paste. This pungent treat is a must-have for a tete-a-tete over tea!

(3) Kobiraji Cutlet: “Kobiraji”, is a juicy cutlet, usually made with prawn coated with a lacy fried egg on outside. “When I was young, I remember going down to the Shyam Bazar- crossing for evening walks with my grandfather. After our walk, we would regularly eat prawn- Kobiraji from a food stall called Allen’s Kitchen. This tiny place has been serving the delicacy for more than 80 years,” says Banerjee.

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Jhal Muri is a Bengali chat that is loved by all foodies. Wikimedia Commons

(4) Moghlai Porota: This is surely not for the faint-hearted! It’s a flaky, crispy porota (parantha) stuffed with mutton mince and eggs. Have one and it will keep your tummy full for the rest of the day! The Anadi-Cabin, a restaurant on Dharmatala streets in Kolkata, is one of the pioneers in making “Mughlai-porota”.

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(5) Macher Chop: Among the many influences that the British gave us in their 200-year reign, the “chop” preparation is very popular. You go anywhere in the world, the word “chop” usually means “cut-of-a-meat”. However, in Bengal, it typically means fish, meat or vegetables, crumb-fried. You will typically get a whiff of that appetizing aroma, from the local roadside snack counters every evening around 5 pm.

It’s barely a preface into the sheer delights Bengali cuisine has to offer, but this must-try is enough to get you hooked! (IANS)