In a line: A small shop in paharganj, known for dal samosas and mal pua.
Cuisine/dish: Mong dal samosa, mal pua
Price for two: Rs. 60(approx)
Address: 9360 61/8, Multani Dhanda, Paharganj
Nearest metro station: R K Ashram Marg
A snack that has been thoroughly embraced by our country, the humble deep-fried samosa needs no introduction. Pair it with a cup of garam chai and some hot and crisp jalebis, and your Sunday breakfast will be sorted.
But did you know that this beloved snack of ours, which we demolish with tangy tamarind chutney and spicy green chutney, does not have its origin in India?
They say that samosa, originally known as samsas or sambosas, had originated in the Middle East, and were filled with minced meat. Introduced in the Indian subcontinent in the 13th or 14th century by traders from Central Asia, samosa adapted to local flavours and has evolved into being one of the most loved snacks of all times.
These deep fried patties are stuffed with spicy potato masala and are sold as a street snack, or are stuffed with some dry fruits and become a part of the menu of a fancy restaurant.
While everybody knows about the aloo stuffing samosas, I came across a famous shop in Paharganj, that offers dal stuffed samosas with aloo sabzi, which tasted so much better that what I had anticipated. Janta sweets, located in Multani Dhanda in Paharganj, is a small shop, where you can stand and enjoy some snacks.
Unlike the aloo stuffed samosas, these moong dal stuffed samosas didn’t have a lot of flavours and spices going on, but it was the simplicity that I enjoyed. Hence, if you’re not a fan of all the spices, these are perfect for you. But if you are still looking for more flavours, the aloo sabzi that the samosas are served along with does offer some respite.
Famous for their dal samosas and mal pua(which is clearly mentioned on the board outside the shop), after finishing the samosa, I also tried the mal pua(or mal pura, as they write it). Unfortunately, this didn’t turn out to be as good. Stretchy and not so sweet, the mal pua was served with sooji ka halwa and not rabri. While the halwa tasted great, the rubbery mal pua was cold, and not something that I’d go back for!