A trip to the legendary Parathe-wali Gali in Old Delhi

Parathe-wali Gali in Old Delhi

If you want to enjoy Delhi then you just have to walk its small by-lanes. This is where the magic of India really is. I understand site-seeing is an integral part of any visit but Delhi is different. You don’t just do site-seeing, you experience the place.

The “Parathe Wale Gali” is one such place. It literally means “The Paratha Lane” or the “by-lane of fried bread” is situated in the famous Chandni Chowk area of Delhi. These “parathas” are strictly vegetarian and has no onions or garlic. A real treat if you ask me. One of the shops is so famous that even the Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru (the first prime minister of India) have visited – how cool is that!

Parathe-wali Gali in Old Delhi

Here’s a great video on the Parathe Wale Gali. A must watch if you are going to Delhi and certainly not to miss if you are a foodie. You’ll love it!

Just make sure you come to Delhi hungry. If you are really concerned about getting the dreaded “Delhi Belly” (and believe me, it will happen), then have your dysentery, hepatitis A (here’s a drinking water buying guide) and cholera jabs before you land in India.

Please note that the nearest metro station is Chandni Chowk and while you are there don’t forget to eat “jalebis” at the Old Famous Jalebi Wala shop. But remember, a walk in these lanes is not for the faint hearted –  it’s very crowded. Meanwhile if you love jewellery then you must visit the jewellery shops at “Dariba Kalan”, an old 17th-century street in Chandni Chowk.

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33 thoughts on “A trip to the legendary Parathe-wali Gali in Old Delhi

  1. Yamiiiiiiiii Nice Post Shalu ………..50 years back the paranthas were just of 3-4 types aloo, gobi and matar (potato, cauliflower and peas). But now-a-days, you can try 24-25 varieties of paranthas.

  2. Hi Shalu,

    YUMM…. you surely got my mouth watering 🙂

    Yes indeed, this is one famous gali of Delhi no one should miss out, especially if you love paranthas. And even if you don’t, I think you’d fall in love with them once you start eating them.

    Just like Simar said in the video, you should visit this place empty stomach because you can’t really make out what all to eat and what to leave out because each parantha is SO different from the other. Not to mention the way they deep fry each one of them, very unlike to what we all do at home. I guess that’s why they are so delicious.

    Thanks for sharing. Have a nice weekend 🙂
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  3. Hi Mam

    50 years back the paranthas were just of 3-4 types aloo, gobi and matar (potato, cauliflower and peas). But now-a-days, you can try 24-25 varieties of paranthas. yamiiiiiiii..

  4. That’s the food I have been craving all week long. The plate is full of my favourite delicacies, can’t wait to find an Indian restaurant this weekend in Hong Kong so maybe they serve something similar to Parathe Wale Gali :).

    • Hi Agness, not all restaurants abroad serve the parathas and even if they do, they might not be as good as the ones at the Parathe Wali Gali. I am not sure about Hong Kong, many Indians there who might have a restaurant serving it. Thanks for your comment.
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  5. Hello Ma’am,
    This place is really “legendary”. parathe wali gali is maintaining its legacy. The plate is full of true Indian taste. I would like to say, no matter you are a foodie or not, visit this place. Once you eat these you will surely find them YUMIIII.. :). I visited delhi recently and after watching the video and i got my mouth watering :))
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  6. Hey Shalu
    Thanks for this “live” journey through the amazing sights and sounds of new dehli.
    I have never been to india, only near by in Nepal. But I love the culture and of course, the food!
    Oh, my mouth is crying!
    I live in Switzerland and we do not really have such tasty options¨
    thanks for this
    ashley

  7. The parathas look great. Love to know about such hidden food options in the by lanes of Delhi. I will make it a point to visit this place the next time I am in Delhi.

    Thanks for the write up Shalu.
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  8. This place is ultimate and one can enjoy without spending much.

    I had experienced this gali when i went to Chandi Chowk for doing shopping for my marriage. You can also mention that this place is famous for Lehangas and Sarees and People came here from various parts of India to buy the same.
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  9. This place is ultimate and one can enjoy without spending much.

    I had experienced this gali when i went to Chandi Chowk for doing shopping for my marriage. You can also mention that this place is famous for Lehangas and Sarees and People came here from various parts of India to buy the sam
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  10. Parathe-wali, just name is enough ! Every one know Parathe-wali in Delhi ! Parathe-wali is is really much famouse gali in Old Delhi & be came more famouse gali with time in Old Delhi, When superb star Akshay Kumar came from Old Delhi ! Well Shalu nice article 🙂

  11. Shalu,

    I’m starving now! I just love original Indian food, but here in the States it is pretty difficult to get.

    When I lived in New York City, there was one little street downtown that was called “Little India” and both sides of the street were full of restaurants.

    That’s the closest I have ever gotten to the real food. Watching this video sure got me hungry. I don’t know how to cook Indian food, but where I live now doesn’t have anything close to it.

    What I especially liked about the video was the scene of the marketplace. I would love to be there. Thanks for giving me a little virtual trip.

    -Donna

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