If you are near Moolchand Metro Station or Vikram Hotel in Lajpat Nagar after 5 in the evening, you can easily spot the famous ‘Moolchand Parathewalle ke dhaba’ across the road. If you still not able to locate it, you can straight away head to the spot where a huge number of people have gathered, with a plate in each of their hands and munching on the delicious parathas. Yes, so you have finally spotted it! This is the famous Moolchand Parathewalla, as it has come to be known among its visitors over the years.
The place might not attract you at the first glance; it is a small make-shift shack that they have made it as their dhaba. But this thought would soon evade you after you have taken a bite or two of their parathe.
The name ‘Moolchand’ has been borrowed from the Moolchand Hospitals, close to which it is located. Theirs is a family business that was set up way back in 1975 by Ramlal Khattar and the legacy has been carried forward ever since by his son, Deepak Khattar. The huge number of customers that visit the dhaba can easily be gauged from the fact that a total of 30-40 kgs of atta (flour) is being used daily.
Moolchand Parathewalle offers a total of 9 varieties of parathas – starting from aloo ke parathe, ande ke parathe, gobi parathe, paneer parathe, daal paratha, piyaaz parathe, soyabean parathe, matar parathe and mixed parathe. The mixed parathe will have gobi, aloo, piyaaz and matar as its main ingredients. The cheapest in the menu is the aloo paratha that costs Rs. 25 and the highest is the Paneer & piyaaz mixed parathas that cost Rs. 60.
However, aloo and ande ke parathe are the most popular among its customers. You can also request for a bowl of raita to have with it. The parathas are otherwise served with spicy, fried chilies and onions dipped in a mixture of curd and pudina chutney.
Looking into its popularity over the years, the family has now opened an extension of their famous shop just below Moolchand Metro station, two and a half years back. It has Café Coffee Day on its left and Sanjay Chur Chur Naan on its right. This time they have taken a proper shop in the Metro complex with a proper board above that clearly reads – Moolchand Parathewalla. Other than parathas, Moolchand also offers in its palette kullar lassi, kheer and raita.
Both the shops remain open till 10.30 at night. While the one below the station opens at 9 in the morning, the older shop opens only in the evening after 5.
Most Popular – Aloo ke parathe and Ande ke parathe
Waiting Time – 3-5 mins (after you have placed the order)
Hygiene – 3 (if asked to rate it on a scale of 5)
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