Ram Swaroop Agarwal’s Bedmi Poori in Chandni Chowk

Bedmi Poori- Ram Swaroop Agarwal Halwai
Bedmi Poori- Ram Swaroop Agarwal Halwai

Bedmi Poori, Nagori Halwa, Samose in Chandni Chowk’s celebrated Halwai shop.

Amidst the bustling lanes of Sitaram Bazar in Chandni Chowk, Anil Mittal and Ajit Mittal, open the doors of their 82 years old shop everyday, as early as 9AM. Popular for serving piping hot Bedmi Pooris with delicious Aloo Sabzi and Nagori Halwa for breakfast, this shop has attained a legendary status, with the passage of time.

I was there searching for Bhaang Kulfi for our Holi celebrations. Even after a plate of Chhole-Bhature from Des Raj ji, I still felt hungry. But, I wasn’t sure where else I could eat. Strolling around, I found this shop where quite a few people had lined up. They were serving Bedmi Poori, a much-celebrated dish in Chandni Chowk. Made with whole-wheat flour (atta), semolina (sooji), oil, garam masala, dhaniya and salt, this poori has a coarse texture and remains fluffed up for longer, than a normal atta or maida poori.

Hungry and excited at the same time, I also ordered for a plate of Aloo-Poori. The Pooris were coming fresh out of the oil pan and the aloo sabzi had a great flavour of cumin, chilli, coriander and my new found favourite, heeng. The carrot pickle was tangy and added another layer of flavour to the dish.

Those who had finished their Bedmi Poori – Aloo, were having Halwa with Nagori. Made with sooji, maida and ghee and then fried, the small disc-shaped nagoris, are served with sooji halwa. Sweet and crunchy, this combination had different layers and textures of sooji. After the spicy aloo-poori, this sweet was a much-needed pacifier.

Mr. Anil told me, that I had come at a good time, as these dishes sell out pretty soon. You can visit them latest by 12:00 PM, if you want to have Bedmi Poori or Nagori Halwa. They also serve Samose by 1 and Jalebis by 3:30 in the afternoon.

Started by Ram Swaroop ji, the shop is now looked after by his two sons, Anil and Ajit, who worry for the future of the place. Their kids are now grown up and work in private sector, so no one in their family’s next generation is really interested in continuing the business. They still open their shutters everyday with the same zeal, albeit a bit unsure of what future holds for them.


In a nutshell:

Location: Shop no. 3284, Ground Floor, Sitaram Bazaar, Chandni Chowk. Nearest Metro Station: Chawri Bazaar.

Atmosphere: A small humble eatery, they have portable tables just outside their shop where one can stand and eat.

Service: The service is quick and one doesn’t have to wait for long, as everything is ready by the time they start serving.

Food: Halwa, Bedmi-Poori and Samose, it’s a perfect den for people who love to eat Indian sweets and snacks.

Must Haves: Bedmi Poori, Aloo Sabzi and Nagori Halwa

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