Aloo Ki Tikki is probably the most loved chaat in India after Gol Gappe.This makes it extremely important to know the places which serve the tasties tikkis.
This search of mine took me to Vrindavan. I am not saying that we don’t find good tikkis in Delhi NCR. There are several good tikki sellers in Old Delhi like Natraj, Mansingh Caterers, L.S. Caterers, Shambhu Singh, among others. Also there are the likes of Bittoo Tikki Wala, An unnamed Good Tikki Wala in Rohini Sector 13 DDA Market, Haldirams and Bikanervala in Gurgaon.
But I will have to admit that if there is one heaven for Tikki lovers, it has to be in Vrindavan. There are dozens of Tikki and Chaat sellers in the market adjacent to Bhanke Bihari Ji Mandir, all of them a million times better than the Delhi-NCR tikki walas. They all make nearly similar types of Tikkis, only masala, red chatni, greent mint chatni and Matar Chaat preparation differs. Same is the case with other items like gol gappas (they are called pani ke batashe in Mathura and Vrindavan), Dahi Bhallas, Papdi Chaat, Dhoklas, and kullad lassis. All the shops sell at nearly the same rate, and are all very nice.
Also there are some very good shops which sell great aloo poori, samosa, gauras ki chaat and aloo kachori, though I believe Aloo kachoris sold outside Dwarkadheesh Mandir in Mathura and outside Marghat Wale Baba ka Mandir in Jamuna Bazaar, Old Delhi are much better. Seperate Posts on Kachoris and Gauras ki Chaat will be coming up shortly. also there is a prasad shop outside Banke Bihari Temple which sells excellent pedas and Kullia. Seperate post will come up for the kullia.
Coming back to tikkis now. After having tried and tested all the tikki walas in that area, I’ve finally zeroed it down to Mukesh Chaat Lassi Wala. When we come out of Banke Biharaji Mandir, and take a right on the small street, we walk nearly 25-30 meters, before the street ends at a T point. This shop is located at that T point. I’ve posted the map to locate the shop and also the pic of the sign board of the shop ( its punch line is “aisa koi saga nahi, jisko humne thaga nahi”. HAHA)
It is one of the smallest Tikki shops in the area, and only sells Tikkis, Dahi Bhallas, and Lassi. And I’ve to admit, that he is the best in all three items, specially the tikki.
They dont fill anything inside the tikkis. No dal, no matar, no paneer, no dry fruits, nothing. Its just plain aloo ki tikki fried to perfection in pure desi ghee, till it becomes extremely crispy. They serve it with lal chatni, hari chatni, dahi if u want and matar ki chaat, which is the USP of Vrindavan ki Tikkis ( God…Unable to control all the water that’s coming in my moth, just thinking about it)…. and sprinkle some great masala. Awesome, Just Awesome).
The size of the tikki is quite big, usually 1 tikki is enough for light eaters. But for Rakshas like me, I am usually done in 4 tikkis ( 4 tikkis not coz I can eat that much, just for pure indulgence in such divine taste). Also because in between I have to eat 2 dahi bhallas, 1 small namkeen lassi and 1 small meethi lassi, which tastes just great.
Check out the pics guys, just check out the pics… and dont forget to enlarge the pics by clicking on them, that’s where you’ll be able to get much closer to this delectable stuff. Yum Yum!!
I used to visit Vrindavan in my college days just to eat these tikkis. 7-8 hours of to and fro road journey just to taste this scrumptious dish. Sorry I was literally lost in those thoughts since last 10 minutes. Now I get to eat them when I go for Bihariji’s Darshan and to meet relatives. And I am rewarded by this heavenly dish.
My Ratings :
Tikkis : 5/5 no 7/5 if possible. Oh yes its possible in this lagoon of foodies.
Bhallas : 5/5
Namkeen Lassi : 5/5 ( and one bonus number for the experience of drinking in the kullad)
Meethi Lassi : 4.5/5 ( and one bonus number for the experience of drinking in the kullad)
Rs. 20 for 1 Tikki, one bhalla and small lassi.
Value for Money:
7/5 again. So buy a tikki or 2 for the poor old ammajis and babas who come asking for help on the road. Do not give money. Feed them.
What ambience can one expect at a small eatery in a very busy market at a Religious Place, but who gives a damn to the ambiance anyways when one can get to gobble up all the good stuff.
Divine!!! Need I say more?
Go eat it guys, you are missing something if you are not eating it. Highly highly recommended.
People who have tasted this gratifying dish, do share your views with us. Those who have not, can plan out. I can come along.
Now i am hungry and I think it is best to stop writing and concentrate of eating.