Daulat ki chaat
Old Delhi is a well known hub for those undaunted by the crowd and willing to explore. The Red Fort, the Jama Masjid, the markets, the eating joints and so on. In my earlier visits, I had not come across this street food because it was not in winter. Daulat ki chaat is sold on the streets of old delhi only in the winter. From what I have been told, it is mainly malai cream served with khoya and flavoured with safron and rosewater. The cream gets easily spoilt and hence, it is seasonal as a street food.
Daulat ki chaat being sold in the streets of Old Delhi
My first impression of the street food was its veil and I wondered why it was veiled like a lady!
Leibaklei * Indian crocus * rounded galangal; photo ©Rekha Konsam
The leaves have interesting shades of green for most part of the year but when it is bloom time, there are no leaves. the flowers spring from the ground directly without any leaves around, perhaps because of this, it is called leibaklei (literally, a flower of the ground). The flower is fragrant and delicate but because it crops up even on hard ground and is resilient, it is symbolical of perseverance and hence culturally defined as akhang kanbi leibaklei. It is easy to plant and transplant. I find that the best time to photograph them is in the morning when it has just sprung out its petals and when the light is not too strong. By the evening time, the colour becomes faint and the flower wilts