You ask any Delhiite about their favourite breakfast and it is very likely they’ll say Chole Bhature. Even though Delhi has a lot to offer when it comes to breakfast, such as bedmi puri, aloo puri, masala dosa, chole kulche, dhokla among others, Chhole Bhature still tops the chart.
Delhi, being the capital, is very diverse in its demographics. It is home to people from pan India and even beyond India, and still, Chole Bhature has managed to find a place in the hearts of everyone. Punjabis and their food and culture build a very significant part of Delhi. It was the migrants from West Punjab who brought Chhole Bhature to the capital post-partition of 1947. With time, the love for this delicacy expanded, and today, every part of Delhi has a famous Chole Bhature joint that people of those areas boast about.
A very interesting aspect of Chhole Bhature is that everyone has their own way of enjoying it and every place has its own way of serving it but it still never loses its essence. Yet, there is one particular way that Chole Bhature tastes the best, at least to me. The bhaturas should be soft and stuffed with slight paneer and coriander. The Chole must be spicy but not too much, along with a piece of aloo in the middle, which is a must. To accompany Chole Bhature, there must be gajar ka achaar, spring onion with green chutney, all served together. Finally, to make the meal complete, there is no better accompaniment than a glass of sweet lassi.
Though Chhole Bhature is an all-time food, they hit differently on winter mornings. This warm meal is perfect to satiate you and also keep away winter morning blues. Also, the chilly winds and low temperatures on winter mornings just add to the flavour of Chole Bhature.
It is very likely that you have relished the most popular chhole bhature of your locality. However, have you tried Chole Bhature from across Delhi? Well, we are here to help you. We have curated a list of the most loved Chole Bhature joints from pan Delhi to bless your taste buds and satiate your cravings.
Sitaram Diwan Chand, Paharganj
It is not possible to talk about Chhole Bhature in Delhi and not mention this place. What started with a single man selling chhole bhature on cycle in front of DAV School in 1970s, is now one of the most popular Chola Bhature shops that serve the whole of Delhi. There is no way the servings of this place are going to leave you disappointed. Located in front of the Imperial Hotel, Paharganj, this place is always buzzing with customers. They serve a softer version of bhatura with chhole that is full of flavours without being too spicey.
Bhogal Chole Bhature, Barakhamba
This small spot opposite the bylanes of Janpath has been serving people since 1962. The place has a peculiar way of serving Chole Bhature. They serve it with kofta and a sweet chutney but mind you, their chhole preparation is packed with spices and is on the hot side. As Barakhamba is a hub of offices, this place is one of the best lunch hosts for office goers. Their Chole Bhature doesn’t just carry taste but a lot of history, love, and pride as well. Having your plate of chhole bhature in this unassuming and nondescript place is an experience in itself.
Prem Di Hatti, Rajouri Garden
Just at the entry of the main market of Rajouri garden, you’ll find this very popular spot in West Delhi. They serve lip-smacking Chole Bhature along with onion rings and pickles. Their special kulhad wali lassi is just chef's kiss. The important fact here is that West Delhi is, for the most part, culturally Punjabi and when it comes to Chole Bhature, Punjabis can never go wrong. If the whole of West Delhi loves this place, that is testament enough for you to go and try it.
Chache Di Hatti, Kamla Nagar Market
In a narrow lane of the ever-bustling market of Kamla Nagar, Chache Di Hatti is where everyone comes to take a break from their shopping spree and have a fulfilling meal. The place has been serving the students of North Campus for generations and is still very popular among them. Their servings include the very famous Pindi Chane (chhole), Bhature, onion rings and tamarind chutney.
Hari Om Chhole Bhature, Prashant Vihar, Rohini
When it comes to having a plate of piping hot chhole bhature, people living in this part of Delhi see no further than Om chhole bhature. The place is so popular that you will have to wait a bit (especially during weekend mornings) to get your hands on the chhole bhature served here. They serve a crispier version of bhatura with mildly spiced chhole which is never too oily. Located in the middle of this middle-class colony, many chhole bhature lovers prefer getting their breakfast meal packed from here to be consumed at home with the whole family.