Yes, I was at Dili Haat this weekend. The climate was estatic, windy, chilly as drizzles ahead of show had made up for a splendid weather best for musical evenings.
An energetic young group from ‘sahitya kala academy’ (Translated as Art and Literature Academy) gave a staggering performance pouring their hearts into cultural folk songs from Haryana and Rajasthan.
Dili Haat, as is popularly known, is famous for its unique collections of artefacts created by rural craftsmen (and women alike) from different village-pockets of India.
After strolling through stalls put-up and watching the folk performances, we ventured in for some mouth-smacking dishes. The time was right for some Oriya Dishes.
We helped ourselves served with a traditional snack called ‘Prawn Pakodas’ which is a fried spicy dish of finger-size Prawns.
We had this served with a typical Oriya cuisine dish called ‘Kanika’ which is a sweet yellow-inked rice cooked with dry fruits.
Not far from Dili Haat is Kashmiri Haat (in fact, just opposite side on road) where you can find, real Kashmiri hand crafted patch-worked women/men wears. You can also purchase a bottle of flavoured honey, which comes in atleast 15-20 flavours!
Then, near INA metro station, is INA market, which hosts a huge circuitory lanes of different stores, some from different states, including foreign fishes like rare African black-burnt-out fish. And yes, there is a flesh market too, which is a small copy of Korean fish markets. You may find here fresh crabs, lobsters, eel fish, prawns and several other fishes including chicken, goat meat and beef.
A typical mention would be off Kerala’s authentic ‘banana pakodas’ which is a deep-oil-fried banana crispy dish..along with another serving from Kerala’s crunchy urad-dal bite.
After all that, we proceeded to INA Metro’s gate no.3, from where a 10 bucks sharing autorikshaw may take you to Sarojini Market..which is so huge and so wide, that we couldn’t complete it.
A special mention here, would be of sheek kababs, which was freshly-barbecued, crisps and up-to the mark of any Muglhai dish.
Ps: Please do not go to Sarojini market without liquid cash, as there is no ATM shops, and those few are spread across four different corners which may take an hour of yours. And yes, Indus bank ATM behind mall doesn’t work gives transaction cancelled error, PNB bank ATM dial-pad key (especially after you type the amount and hit Okay) doesn’t fire..and yes, HDFC bank has three ATMs, but middle one has a technical problem..ahem ahem..