Venue: Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Lodhi Road
Date: Dec 25 2014
To warm the delhi chill which we are told is breaking record, various organizations are organizing interesting events.
National Association of Street Vendors of India – NASVI is now holding National Street Food Festival 2014 at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium during December 25-28. Functioning from 12 noon till 10 in night, this gives enough period for holidayers/office goers to visit this event.
On 25th the area around Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium seem to have been transformed into a temporary car zone.
At a moderate ticket of 50/- per person this is an easy do for everybody. The Jawahar Lal Nehru stadium grounds are lined with tables carrying street food from delhi and other parts of india.
The delhi tables looked like the chat counter at a North Indian shaadi. These had tikki, golgappe, Bhalla papri, soy chops. The non veg fare had rolls, kebabs and biryanis.
The stalls from other parts of india listed a variety of dishes with quaint names. Unfortunately almost one third of the listed dishes were not available.
We tried rice pita and black tea from Assam. Ram laddoos, choley bhature and aaloo tikki from Delhi. Some sweet n savory crispies and pancakes from Telangana and brinjol fritters from West Bengal.
The organizers claim that the preparations here ensured absolute hygiene and the ingredients including the water were accountable. We appreciate the approach. However the food tasted just about average and the approach or presentation was very half hearted. Among the 100 plus stalls there was only one stall and that couldn’t supply to the waiting customer as they were out of milk!
Lesson learnt – street food is best on streets.