Ghaziabad: It was while I was out for a reporting assignment that my hunger pangs kicked in. In the scorching heat, I was desperate for food near Vaishali metro station and my search came to an end when I saw a man selling Khasta Kachori, a very tempting street food. Even though it was a hot afternoon, I had nothing to complain about that equally hot treat. It was an amalgamation of various flavours, the spices were on point and the kachori perfectly complimented the aloo ki sabzi. The best part? All of this for just rupees 20.
The man who runs this stall is Vikas and he has been doing so for 13 years now. Whenever you are around Vaishali metro station, you can find Vikas's stall on the right corner of the metro station. Every morning at around 9 am, Vikas reaches the spot, cleans up the space, and starts setting up his stall. By 9:30, he is all set to cater to his many customers and does so till 5:30 in the evening. The huge crowd around his stall, even in the sweltering weather is a testament to how good the food is and how much people enjoy it.
Waking up at dawn and preparing more than a hundred servings of fresh khasta kachoris is how Vikas's day usually starts. What he serves is crispy kachoris, dipped in scrumptious aloo ki sabzi, topped with a squeeze of lemon and crunchy onions. On being asked about how he prepares this delicious sabzi, he tells us that he buys raw Indian spices for giving the sabzi all the right flavours. However, the key ingredient in his recipe is curd.
Emphasizing a little about his journey, he tells us that 13 years back, while he was looking for a spot to start his stall, it was then the Vaishali metro station was built and he decided to set up the stall there, which turned out to be a good station. The crowd that the station attracts has helped Vikas with his business for so many years and thus, he has no plans of moving.