Let me begin by telling you that I am hopelessly biased in favor of one Rahul Arora. It was a mildly breezy evening about 8 years ago when I met a man wearing black onyx earrings, and we smiled across a table, held each other’s opinions close, and examined our mutual love for semi-precious stones, food, and music. Ever since, he has been making things for me and I have been eating them, because its love and food that brings us closer.


My birthday this year began with a huge parcel of khichuri, thanks to Mr. Arora. True to his form, Mr. Arora doesn’t do anything in a normal scale. Therefore, I was sitting in my room with four different kinds of khichuri, a giant plate of anaardana aloo, and begun bhaja. A bowl of pickled onions were parcelled to me as well. It was my breakfast.

On that platter, I ate Szechuan-flavored khichuri, made with a fiery dose of chilli added to a rice dish that reminded me more of a risotto. Pleasantly surprised, I moved to the herbs and cheese, and realized it was a close cousin to the risotto as well. In fact, the flavors available are quite distinct from one another, augmented with bits of vegetables to support the taste. This is why the double cheese version features bits of potato, to provide additional creaminess and the illusion of eating a rather creamy version of sheddho bhaat. The five spice ginger gets an extra dusting of roasted cumin to truly bring out the ginger. The pesto parmesan is topped with extra parmesan, because really, who can go wrong with more cheese?



The begun bhaja (Fried aubergine) and anaardana aloo accompanied the khichuri. My table was particularly enamored of the aloo, probably for the nuttiness of the pomegranate seeds. I loved the sweet tamarind chutney, which I poured generously on top of the potatoes before I began.


The Bhog With a Twist event will be on through till Diwali (which is probably till the 21st), so head over to Paranthe Wali Gali for good food! A meal for two would roughly cost INR 500.
Paranthe Wali Galli Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Disclaimer: Poorna Banerjee was invited to sample the fare at Paranthe Wali Galli. 

Written by Poorna Banerjee


  1. anshul 2017-10-24 at 12:30 pm

    Really mouthwatering photos. At first I thought this is Parathewali gali from Delhi.

    • Poorna Banerjee 2017-10-27 at 3:21 pm


  2. Heather Behrends 2017-10-18 at 8:11 pm

    What a great event! Thanks for sharing about it. Your pictures make it look so good!

  3. haris 2017-10-18 at 11:00 am

    Mr Arora sounds like a great cook. Food narrative mate

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  4. Americas On A Stroller 2017-10-17 at 8:58 am

    Very nice reading and I must admit I LOVE this food! I have to do a course or something one day 😉

    • Poorna Banerjee 2017-10-17 at 9:05 am

      please do. Indian food is amazing!

  5. Himanshu Sharma 2017-10-17 at 8:56 am

    The photos make it look so tempting

    • Poorna Banerjee 2017-10-17 at 9:05 am

      thank you!

  6. shweta agrawal 2017-10-17 at 8:14 am

    Awesome post. I love your article.

    • Poorna Banerjee 2017-10-17 at 8:21 am


  7. Laura 2017-10-17 at 8:07 am

    Awesome post!

    • Poorna Banerjee 2017-10-17 at 8:08 am


  8. Manish Ghosh 2017-10-16 at 4:28 pm

    Can you get chicken in the Parathewala Galli in Delhi? I can’t remember.

    • Poorna Banerjee 2017-10-16 at 8:05 pm

      No you cannot. Its vegetarian.

  9. thequeenmomma 2017-10-16 at 12:04 pm

    Wow you’re blog is loaded with adventure! I love it!

    • Poorna Banerjee 2017-10-16 at 1:33 pm

      Thank you so much for visiting!

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