Lacking an official name, Sardar ki Aloo Poori is a small, almost run-down restaurant in Darya Ganj which sets up shop every Sunday, churning out some excellent aloo poori.
What We Loved
They have seating for maybe six or eight people that is practically on the road, so it’s better to just sit in your car and eat.
I just love going to Darya Ganj for Sunday brunch. At INR 40 a plate, it cannot get any better than this. The pooris are piping hot, crisped to perfection and just out of this world. Maybe it’s the Jain in me, but I need my regular dose of aloo poori and this is where I go when I need my fix.
Darya Ganj at that early hour on a Sunday morning is a completely different place. The mad traffic is absent, you can actually see the road and there is no danger of being run over by a rickshaw.
What Didn’t Impress Us
Their water is a bit dodgy, so you may want to carry your own.
Reach early to avoid the rush. I usually get there by 8.30am and I’m out before it gets super crowded. If you’re driving, go with a friend or family member; there is usually no parking available so you just have to find a spot to squeeze in to, while your companion goes and orders.
Also, don’t forget to ask for extra achaar – he does a fabulous pickle of amla, carrot or chilli – whatever is in season.
Where: Near Delhi Book Depot, Ansari Road, Darya Ganj, Delhi (just ask for Sardar’s shop)
Nearest Metro station: Chawri Bazaar (I’d suggest driving, taking a cab or an auto)
Price: INR 40 for one plate (approx.)
Timings: Sunday mornings 8.00am onwards
[[An edited version of this article appeared on Little Black Book Delhi. That story can be read here.]]