Dilli’s dil is not easy to conquer!
The capital city will welcome you with open arms, but to be counted amongst one of their own, Delhi-ites need you to think big… big heart and a big, big appetite for partying and food!
So after the sea of students at Delhi University’s North Campus showered their love – and tiffin boxes! – it was time for Aditya and Parineeti to show their love for Delhi. The whole contingent of 19 cars made straight for Rajinder da Dhaba at Safdarjung Enclave, one of the best places to get kebabs and tikkas, and perhaps one of the best Afghani Tandoori Chicken. But what left both the stars wide-eyed and open-mouthed was the Dahi ke Kebab – simple little crisp pakoda-like nuggets with actual soft dahi in the centre! Several plates of that and Chicken Tikkas disappeared in quick succession as more and more fans gathered, one even lying down in front of Pari and Adi’s car and refusing to budge for a long time! Finally he was coaxed into leaving – maybe with some piping hot, moist and melty Murgh Malai Tikka straight from Rajinder’s seekh!
Last night’s dramatic and late wrap left everyone groggy and sleeping in a bit more this morning. But once up, the team started off towards Sonepat, Haryana, one of the oldest towns in the country which played a significant role in the epic tale of Mahabharata. Today it was the scene for some epic consumption of Parathas. The team stopped at the famous Amrik Sukhdev Dhaba that more than 50 years ago used to be the favoured pit-stop for road-weary, hungry and hearty truck-drivers of National Highway 1. The team devoured some hot, fluffy and crisp parathas, with ice-cream scoops of white butter ladled onto the top! And then followed some tall, tall glasses of Lassi, malai mar ke, an ode to the truck-drivers who still visit here!
That done it was nostalgia time. Parineeti sat on the edge of the car window in anticipation, as the cavalcade wound its way to Ambala and headed straight to her home. There she was, running into a warm, giant family hug and feeling little and pig-tailed all over gain, with all the fussing and family attention. Plenty of singing, dancing, dhol and nagara greeted the team, and then followed the one thing that the bhukkad’s of Food Yatra had been craving all this time… the home-made, fresh, flavourful ‘Maa ka Khana’, that always has one special ingredient mixed right through it… Mom’s love! That’s why the Butter Chicken, Paneer Bhurji, Chaat, Boondi Raita and Moong Dal ka Halwa tasted so amazing!
After soaking up all the love from Pari’s home, the team departed from Ambala amidst misty eyes and plenty of food dabbas, heading towards Chandigarh to complete the last leg of the Food Yatra.
What will be the grand finale of this delicious journey? What lies in store for the romantic duo of Parineeti and Aditya at the hip and happening Chandigarh?
Find out tomorrow, right here as I bring you the last juicy morsels of this brilliant food journey.
Daawat-E-Ishq releases next Friday, 19th September.