Gali Paranthe Wali

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Coordinates: 28°39′21″N 77°13′47″E / 28.65583°N 77.22972°E / 28.65583; 77.22972

Gali Parathi Wali in Chandni Chowk is known for its parathas, December 2006.
A paratha stall in Parathe wali gali

Gali Paranthe Wali[1] or Paranthe wali Gali (Hindi: गली पराँठेवाली,[2] literally "the bylane of flatbread") is the name of a narrow street in the Chandni Chowk area of Delhi, India, noted for its series of shops selling paratha, an Indian flatbread.


Gali Paranthe Wali is located in Chandni Chowk, which was established in 1650 during the reign of the Mughal Emperor, Shah Jahan, and designed by his daughter, Jahanara Begum.[3]

Earlier this lane was known only for its silverware shops, before the Parantha shops moved in, first in the 1870s,[4] like Pandit Gaya Prasad Paranthewala shop, was established in 1872,[5] though many sari and jewellery shops are still in this lane.

Paranthe Wali Gali ("lane of parantha-makers") in Old Delhi is a famous gourmet locality in the world. The famous Mela restaurant in the UK has imitated this famous gali and in Bombay the "Only Parathas" restaurant group is trying to copy the ambience of the Delhi lane.[6]

Of the 20 parantha shops in the late 1960s (all belonging to branches of the same family),[7] three remain: Pt Kanhaiyalal Durgaprasad Dixit (estd 1875), Pt Dayanand Shivcharan (estd 1882). Pt Baburam Devidayal Paranthewale (estd 1886). By 1911, this area, known as Chota Dariba or Dariba Kalan, got the name Paranthewali Gali.

In the years just after the independence, Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi, and Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit came to take their parantha meals in this gali.[8] The "Pandit Dayanand Shivcharan" shop proudly displays the photograph of the Nehru family eating in their shop. The late Jayaprakash Narayan was a regular visitor.

In the late 1980s many of them closed shop and moved out, though today this place is experiencing a revival and some shops are being run by the sixth generation of the same family.[9]

The famous Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar used to live in the area.[10] Flight lieutenant Tapan Kapoor of the Indian Air Force who martyred in a rescue operation at Uttarakhand on 25 June 2013 was also the resident of Paranthe Wali Galli [11]


The food is old fashioned, strictly vegetarian, and cooked dishes do not include onion or garlic, since the owners are Brahmins, and traditionally their clientele has included Jains in the neighborhood. Varieties include exotic fillings like kaju, badam, matar, Mix Paranthas, rabri, khoya parantha, gobhi parantha, Parat parantha, etc.[12] The parantha is usually served with sweet tamarind chutney, mint chutney, mixed vegetable pickle, paneer and potato curry, potato and fenugreek curry, and a sauteed mash of sweet pumpkin.


Sweet lassi, often served in Kulhars is also a specialty of this place.

Lassi served in kulhad a traditional method of serving drinks in India.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Official name
  2. ^ Delhi Food
  3. ^ Paranthe Wali Gali
  4. ^ Magical Flavors of Chandni Chowk
  5. ^ "Why the 200-year-old taste shop won't budge". The Times of India. 22 April 2012.
  6. ^ Frozen paranthas posing a challenge to Paranthewali Gali fare
  7. ^ 'Gali Parathe Wali' continues its glorious tradition
  8. ^ Thomas, Lindsay Brown, Amelia (2008). Rajasthan, Delhi & Agra (2nd ed.). Footscray, Vic.: Lonely Planet. ISBN 1-74104-690-4.
  9. ^ Paranthewali Gali The Hindu, 19 November 2007.
  10. ^ "Bollywood's favourite Paranthe Wali Gali". Times of India. 11 December 2010.
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  12. ^ A culinary cruise down Chandni Chowk