Jal jeera and Kanji vada

Chandni Chowk to Rohini – Delhi 6 Festival @ Crowne Plaza

Charis thought the Delhi 6 festival at Crowne Plza Rohini to be quite close to it’s street counterparts.

Dahi golgappa
Dahi golgappa

After its tremendous success last year, Mosaic, the all-day dining restaurant at Crowne Plaza, Rohini is back with the Chandni Chowk to Rohini – Delhi 6 food festival.

Sid and I visited Mosaic last Sunday to get our dose of Delhi 6 ka khana. We started with some Jal Jeera and Kanji Vada that you can have served from a thela with colourful pots even before you enter the restaurant. The Jal Jeera was ordinary, but I really enjoyed the Kanji, which hit the back of my throat and vigorously awoke my appetite.

Once you step inside the restaurant, you’ll see you’re surrounded by colourful kites, posters of old Bollywood movies, and cardboard pigeons. There’s even a decorated rickshaw where you shouldn’t miss the chance for a photo-op! We tried some golgappas with khatta and meetha paani – they were good, but the shells could have been crispier. Calcutta puchkas have ruined me and rendered me quite incapable of really appreciating any other type.

Aloo chaat
Aloo chaat

Once we were seated we were treated to what I’m going to call the “Chaat attack”. One after another, different types of chaats came to our table. There was the crisp Aloo chaat, studded with pomegranate seeds, the grandfather of all chaats – the regal Raj Kachori overflowing with papri, dahi, and mixture, the masala-packed Samosa-chole ki chaat, the green Palak ki chaat which I wished tasted more of spinach than of chaat masala, the Aloo tikki chaat which was lovely with the fresh onion rings which crowned its golden head, Fruit chaat with masala for the healthy folk, and my favourite – the Dahi bhalle and papri chaat which was fresh, light, and crumbly.

I enjoy chaats, but my problem with them is that they’re always doused with the same masalas and chutneys – the prominent flavours are usually the same. But that’s just me – if you enjoy your chaats, you’ll definitely love these.

We also tried some other very typical street food snacks. There were Baby bread pakodas (so cute!), Chole kulche (which both Sid and I agreed was very close to the street version in flavour), and Dahi waale golgappas that were mildly sweet, but oh-so creamy.

Keema kaleji
Keema kaleji

Before the non-vegetarians wonder where the “real” food was, let me tell you what we ate next. The tender Chicken Changezi, topped with small pieces of hard-boiled egg was spicy and quite rich, but the Keema Kaleji was slightly over-cooked in my opinion. These went wonderfully with assorted parathas (Gobi, Piyaz, Papad, Aloo) and dahi.

For dessert, you can have your choice of Habshi halwa, Rabri faluda, Almond halwa, or assorted mithai. Try those by all means, but definitely do not miss the creamy Kesar pista kulfi with a sweet-sharp mango concentrate and slices of kiwi (the small black seeds add such a gentle crunch) – it was excellent. Finish off with a chilled Meetha paan.

If your want your hit of street food but are too lazy to move your behind all the way to the Chandni Chowk, get your fix at the Chandni Chowk to Rohini – Delhi 6 food festival in Mosaic, Crowne Plaza, Rohini.

Date- 5th July 2013- 21st July 2013
Venue: Mosaic, Crowne Plaza, Rohini
Price: Lunch- INR 1149+tax per person ; Dinner- INR 1499+tax per person Weekend dinner- INR 1649 + tax per person