Aman Namkeen Bhandar | Samosa King

Aman Namkeen Bhandar
Aman Namkeen Bhandar

Amidst all the chaos, reaching Aman Namkeen Bhandar is worth taking all the effort, only for the love of Samosas.

Lately, I realised that I only go to a handful of places and there’s hardly anything that’s unusual about what I get to try. If I have to pick up an outing in recent times, where I loved eating almost everything, it was my trip to South Café. Though, that was also a while ago.

Feeling uninspired, when I noticed a post by Sanju Aneja (a fellow food lover who writes his food adventures at Food bites by Sanju) about a place serving Chocolate Samosa. It sounded bizzare and I couldn’t wait to visit the place and indulge. With the help of Zomato, Google Maps and of course, Sanju’s directions, Saurabh, Gurjas and I reached Krishna Nagar. The approach to this place made me feel that I was taking a ride in a walled city. I had never imagined, that I would travel all the way just to eat a Samosa. However, this was not just your ordinary Samosa.

Chilli Paneer, Chilli Potato, Matar Paneer, Makhni Paneer, Soya Chaap, Pizza, Pasta, Macaroni, Gobhi, Soya Keema, Chowmein and of course Chocolate, were some quirky flavours in which the samosas were available, at Aman Namkeen Bhandar.

Once we reached the place, it was hard to make up my mind about what I wanted to order. To be honest, I was a little skeptical about some flavours, as I found it rather difficult to embrace something like ‘pizza in a samosa’.

I saw a sea of people queuing up to have their share of Samosas. With each minute the number kept growing, as the halwai dished out hot piping samosas. So much so, that the next-door Property Dealer’s Shop had people sitting on their porch to eat samosas. Well, soon I was also one of them.

We ordered for Chilli Paneer, Chilli Potato and Pizza Samosa only after confirming that Chilli Paneer and Chilli Potato filling will have Indian style Chinese flavours. The samosas were being fried right in front of us and served with Saunth and Green Chuntney. The sweet, sour and spicy flavour of Chilli Paneer and Chilli Potato was really good. As the samosas were freshly fried, the golden curst had a nice crunch. Although, I personally felt that none of the samosas really required the chutnies, as they had a unique flavour of their own.

What I had till now was pretty inventive, but not outstanding. But, then came my favourite, the Pizza Samosa. I was most apprehensive of this combination, but it turned out to be the best! The minute I took the first bite, I was enamored by the aroma of oregano, black pepper and cheese. It was stuffed with corn, beans and Alfredo sauce, which is seemingly everyone’s favourite. To get these flavours right, was highly unexpected from a humble place like this and they proved me wrong.

Luckily, Matar Paneer and Makhni Paneer followed it and the run of delicious Samosas continued. With a stuffing that was similar to what you will get at various Dhabas in North India, these samosas were remarkably good.

Sadly, I can’t say that about the Soya Chaap Samosa, which was too spicy for my liking. Also, most of the flavour was stuck on the crust and the chaap filling was very ordinary and difficult to chew, probably not boiled/cooked properly. Personally, I don’t enjoy chaap as much anyway, but those who do, may try it for their own liking.

Finally came the showstopper Samosa, which had been instrumental in getting us to travel to Aman Namkeen Bhandar: The Chocolate Samosa. Filled with Chocolate and Nuts and covered with the regular coating and fried. Once the Samosa becomes cold, it is coated with melted chocolate and frozen. Gurjas is an ardent lover of chocolate in all forms. No wonder, he loved it and also got it packed. So if you have a weakness for Chocolate, you must try this samosa!

The number of people at this joint kept swelling up, as the halwai toiled hard to keep up with the orders. I felt bad for the sweet shop located right opposite to this one. Their tray of Samosas was untouched and the owner seemed evidently clueless, even though they had ‘Lahore wale written in bold on top of their shop’s signage.

In today’s time, especially in the food industry, I feel, a fine balance between elements of quality and novelty is required, to sustain yourselves. And Aman Namkeen Bhandar seemed to be doing all right on these fronts.

We paid the bill of Rs. 180 and left. I was feeling like I have had my fill of samosas for the next couple of months. There was a time when I only loved eating Samosa’s crunchy crust. The filling was always passed onto my Dad. This foodventure, however, had been a revelation. With flavours as diverse and unheard of, these samosas very well epitomize Delhiites love for weird food, as long as it pleases our tastebuds.


In a nutshell:

Location: A bit tricky to find, as it tucked into a busy lane. Kumar Pav Bhaji is closest landmark to find this place.

Atmosphere: Very Simple just like any Mithai/Namkeen shop, with no adornment. The set up though is chaotic and it’s located on a busy lane.

Service: The staff is swift and friendly, they know their job well enough to guide you.

Food: For those who love Samosas and relish different flavours. Do visit if you love experimenting with food. Also the prices are very affordable.

Must Haves: Pizza Samosa, Chilli Potato Samosa, Makhni Paneer Samosa.

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