Ghaziabad.... A Street Food Safari
Also known as the “Gateway of UP” a 2.5 km drive from Hindan River takes you in to Ghaziabad. Known to be the industrial hub, with emerging educational institutions, shows a steady inflow of both floating crowd and people settling down. This place swells with a number of street food joints.
Our exciting journey started on a Saturday evening with a group of four, as we snow rolled we were 16 in all - should say a ‘heterogeneous lot’. I was happy to see my friend’s parents too jump along, few friends of friends, few siblings. We were all set to explore, nothing pre-planned, more of a ramble. That’s what street food is all about, ain’t it?
The little ones in the crowd wanted to try out the “My Corn” outlet in the same locale, it tasted like any other run-of-the-mill corn with the flavours being, magic masala, black pepper, chat masala and mint pudina.
A friend popped up with this idea of Maharashtra Foods, which specialises in vada pao, bhel poori, sabudana vada, dabeli (yeah there is one with this name, which is a pav, stuffed with spicy mashed potatoes, fine sev, served with chutney), matar poha, missal pao, ragda patties. As ever we ordered one of each and tasted all... the bhel poori and sabudana vada by far were unputdownable.
The fame of Jain Shikanji spread far and wide, (near ITE college, Modinagar) how could we miss it. Pioneers in serving their own classic versions of Shikanji, special shikanji, lemon squash, masala shikanji. They served rice-rajma, patties, pakoras. But we just settled for the shikanji, and indeed their secret recipe works.
There were many tempting joints that we passed fleetingly, my heart said “bring it on... but my stomach reminded me that there existed a threshold”... in all, I silently smiled and toyed the possibility of the next expedition.
-- As shared by writer Gayathri Iyer