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Dhulichand Naresh Gupta Kulfis | Holi Special

Outside - Dhuli Chand Kulfi Wala
Outside – Lala Dhuli Chand Kulfi Wala

Where in Delhi can you find the finest Bhaang Kulfi?

Be it Eid, Diwali or Christmas, I await each festival with as much excitement. When it comes to Holi though, I have mixed feelings. I hate the cold and skin allergies, which follows Holi, more often than not, in my case. However, it’s a great time to paint the town red (literally) and gorge on lovely stuff like gujiyas, thandai and my favourite – Bhaang Kulfi!

It’s one thing that fascinates me the most about Holi, when the otherwise judgmental ‘Aunties and Uncles’, actually force you, on Holi, to have the notorious bhaang kulfi. Of course, having just one kulfi never harmed anyone, but I don’t remember stopping at one.

Owing to my love-hate relationship with Holi, this year I thought that I would give a miss to the gulal and pichkari part, but, of course, I did want my share of bhaang kulfi. I had a faint idea that it’s available in Chandni Chowk. After a few calls and frantic search on Google, I made my way to Lala Dhulichand’s Naresh Gupta’s kulfi shop, who have been selling kulfis, in Mango, Apple, Kulfi Falooda, Strawberry, Anaar, Fruit Cream and Paan flavours, since 1960.

I was, however, onky interested in Bhaang Kulfi – the flavour of the season.

In no time, I found myself standing in front of the shop, which to my dismay, was still shut. I called the number on the signboard. Mr. Naresh Gupta, the owner, sounded enthusiastic, as I told him about my blog and purpose of visit. I was told to wait for a boy, who would open the shop for me.

As I waited outside, I noticed the famous Kuremal Mohanlal’s Kulfi Shop, just across the lane. Kuremal, has quite obviously, managed to make its presence felt, while, Dhulichand has stayed in the shadows and done its job quietly.

After a long wait, Shiva, a dainty young boy, arrived and opened the shutters. He looked at me and Gurjas, with some suspicion and enquired about our purpose of visit. I mentioned bhaang kulfi and he squarely denied keeping any. I called Mr. Gupta, who, to my utter surprise, had lost all enthusiasm and didn’t want any further communication.

After ending the call, I stood there for a while, confused and disheartened. Shiva, I believe, sensed my genuine disappointment and offered to show the different kinds of kulfis, they had. Half-heartedly, I agreed.

He offered me to taste some, but I told him that my heart was set on Bhaang Kulfi. With a sheepish smile, he then disclosed, that they did have Bhaang Kulfi. I was enraged and delighted, at the same time. He explained that in order to avoid unwarranted bureaucratic interference, they keep Bhaang Kulfi, under wraps.

Now this might make it all sound like some illegitimate affair, but I don’t really get the fuss. It’s bhaang. It’s harmless and fun!

Bhaang Kulfi - Dhuli Chand Kulfi Wala
Bhaang Kulfi – Dhuli Chand Kulfi Wala

He scooped out a bowl of bhaang kulfi and served it to us. Just after a bite of this creamy, sweet and cold kulfi, I knew this is exactly what I was searching for. All the sweetness and good old memories of Holi parties, with my childhood buds, came rushing back. The best part about this kulfi was that it wasn’t overtly sweet. Even though I am not a huge kulfi fan, I have always liked the bittersweet taste of Bhaang Kulfi. At least its not a one-dimensional, plain, boring overtly sweet dessert!

To my delight, I was also told that, you could even get the kulfis delivered to your doorstep, with some additional delivery charges.

Happy, that I finally had my share of Bhaang Kulfi, I bid farewell to Shiva and headed back.

So, if like me, festivals mean good food and desserts to you, go for your fill of these ravishing Bhaang Kulfis. Years later, I am sure you’ll have some beautiful stories to share. Or may be, your best friends will do that for you.

Happy Holi, everyone!

Address: 934, Kucha Pati Ram, Sitaram Bazar, Chandni Chowk, New Delhi

Contact: +91 9953872664


In a nutshell:

Location: Located in the narrow lanes of Kucha Pati Ram in Sitaram Bazaar, it’s hardly few steps away from the famous Kuremal’s Kulfi. Nearest Metro Station is Chawri Bazaar.

Atmosphere: A tiny shop with clean and hygienic surroundings.

Service: Efficient, friendly and quick. You can order Kulfis from them and they will deliver it to your doorstep, with additional delivery charges. I paid Rs 50 for one plate of Kulfi at their outlet.

Must Have: Bhaang Kulfi, Mango Kulfi

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