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A Sweet Story
In 1950, two halwais—or confectioners—from the Rajasthani city of Bikaner ventured to big city of Delhi to ply their traditional snacks together. Setting up a stall in the Old Delhi Chadni Chowk market, they crafted sweet and savory treats like rasgollas (cheese dumplings in a sugary syrup) and Bikaner bhujuia (fried flour and lentil crisps), based on family recipes—and soon became so well-known that the people of Delhi bestowed them with the nickname of “Bikanervalas,” in honor of their hometown. Today, the brand has over 50 outposts across India, from the Himalayan foot hills of Dehradun and the Mumbai airport to the upscale Hyderabad neighborhood of Banjara Hills, but that Old Delhi original remains. Come for classics like till chikki (nut brittle squares with sesame seed and brown sugar), rich halwas and milk cakes, fruit-and-nut chocolates, and more, as well as seasonal choices. All of the locations are casual, but some are take-out shops only, while other serve a fast-food menu of chaat, Indian and Continental main dishes (including parathas, veggie burgers, and pizzas), desserts, and shakes.
By Sandra Ramani, AFAR Contributor
Sweets and Namkeens at Bikanervala
Bikanervala is all over Delhi, and for good reason. The sweets and namkeens (savory snack foods) are heavenly and very popular. During festivals and holidays, lines stretch out the door...and around the corner...and down the block. The shop is named after the city of Bikaner in Rajasthan, famously known for its sweet and snack production.
By Allison Sodha, AFAR Local Expert
382, Kucha Seth Rd, Gachi Ram, Fatehpuri, Chandni Chowk, Delhi, 110006, India
+91 11 2397 5341
Sun - Sat 8am - 11pm