Come winter, and we have to make a trip to Chandni Chowk in Old Delhi to indulge in lip-smacking Indian street food. This is the time when we dare to venture out to the narrow bylanes of what is a maddening neighbourhood of the capital city. Morning time is the best time to experience the food culture in Chandni Chowk. Some of the most sought after delicacies are available early morning, which soon runs out through the course of the day as the crowd builds up. One such hot selling item is Daulat ki Chaat.
Daulat ki Chaat is known by many names – Makhan Malai, Nimish, etc. In Delhi and parts of UP, this winter dessert is customary. Its selling point is its light, delicate, melt-in-the-mouth texture. It can be described as milk foam, which literally vanishes in the mouth as you enjoy a spoonful. As such, even a large helping seems nothing at all by the end of it.
It’s a winter dessert because the cold temperature and morning dew are essential to its making. Traditionally, morning dew and milk are churned together until the mixture is light and frothy. It is then left to set in earthen pots or matkas. Different vendors then add in other ingredients to spruce up the flavour and texture, such as pistachios, powdered sugar, mawa, cream, etc. A drizzling of saffron water is also added for some colour.
In Chandni Chowk, a small serving of Daulat ki Chaat will cost you INR 50. Go before noontime to enjoy this treat.