Dwarka adds an amazing new eatery to its kitty almost every other day, so naturally, we’ve become a big fan of this place but sometimes, it’s good to go back to the basics and try out the famous but humble places that have made a name for themselves by dishing out quality food for years. The search for such a place led me to Raju Chur Chur Naan Wale in Sector 12.
Now, delving into the main attraction of the place, i.e., the food, I ordered their Chur Chur Naan Thali and was pleasantly surprised for the naans looked similar to a crumpled rose. The dish consisted of two insanely buttery and gigantic naans, gravies like dal makhani, shahi paneer, mixed veg, and chole, all of which were topped with tons of cream and dry fruits, raita, salad, green chutney and small pieces of jaggery. This mammoth plate, which will cost you quite a hefty amount at any restaurant, comes for all but 160 rupees, unbelievable, right?
The dal makhani I had here was just as creamy as any posh restaurant, shahi paneer was incredibly tangy with a hint of sweetness and the mix veg served as a toothsome side dish for the naans. Coming to raita, it had an even consistency, was remarkably chilled and came loaded with cucumbers, onions and boondi. This massive portion requires a huge appetite to finish it all in one go by a single person. The shine of the butter on the chur-chur naan was just a treat to the eyes!
This humble eatery is mainly known for its loaded chur chur naans. It was earlier a stall and has recently been converted to a small shop affixed with big boards and more stands to eat on. It is a pocket-friendly place and would cover both your breakfasts and lunches for they open shop as early as 10 am in the morning and dish out yummies till 10 at night.
Rajendra, famous by his nickname ‘Raju', migrated to Delhi from Beawar, a town near Ajmer in Rajasthan in the 1990s with the hope to earn and provide for his family.
Before the stall earned a name for itself, Raju Chur Chur Naan Wale had humble beginnings. Rajendra told me, “I started my food stall during Indira Gandhi’s time in 1984. I had set up shop in C-1, Janakpuri. In 1997, I shifted my stall in Dwarka and I have been here ever since.”
In 2002, along with his stall, he had opened a small shop. However, due to disputes with the owner over the rent, he closed it and decided to operate on a full-time basis on the side of the road. He again tried to open a shop in Sector 11, where he paid rent of Rs 90,000 per month but had to shut it down as the owner had found someone willing to pay more rent than he was paying.
Mr Rajendra felt it was better for him to operate through his stall but he was constantly bugged by the authorities and the famous ‘committees’ known to remove roadside vendors.
“Opening this shop in Dwarka Sector 12 is a relief for me as I am no longer disturbed by the authorities. However, I still have to worry about paying the rent but I’m happy that people are craving about our chur chur naans,” said Mr Rajendra. When asked if he would consider buying his own shop, he replied that it would be better for him to buy his own shop back home in Rajasthan as the rates in Delhi are too high.
Don’t let the looks of this place fool you, visit this modest eatery and I bet you’ll go back home with your belly as well as your heart singing in joy. So, if you’re a gastronome or just fond of wildly rich, buttery and creamy naans, Raju Naan Wala is the place you all must head to!
Where | Raju Chur Chur Naan Wale - Pocket 6, Sector 7 Extension, Pocket 4, Sector 12, Dwarka
Price | Rs 100-160
Timings | 9:30 AM - 9:30 PM