‘Prabhu Chaat Bhandaar’ or the UPSC wali gali ki chaat’ as it is popularly called is known for its best chaat in town; check it by asking anyone who has grown up in Delhi.
The present day owners of the chaat outlet were originally from Bulandsahar in UP, they moved to New Delhi in the 1930’s. In Delhi, they learnt the art of making chaat from their guru who was based in Bandook- Wali Gali at Ajmeri gate. Their first shop was at India Gate in 1935.
The present generation caretaker of the shop said in addition to the Indians who loved the chaat, the foreigners who were in India at that time would be tempted to try it as well. They would be fascinated by the different food items at the stall and the process of making the chaat.
In 1987, they moved to their current place near UPSC Bhavan, New Delhi. Though they make , bhalla-papri, aloo tikki , aloo fry, falooda -kulfi and gulab jamun too, it is the bhalla-papri that is the favourite with the customers.
The owners recall the fascination of movie stars & celebrities for their food. Bollywood comedian Mehmood used to order the bharwa gol guppa , whereas, Superstar Rajesh Khanna used to order the bhalla-papri without chilles. Whenever the singer Daler Mehendi visits, he orders a portion of everything.
They don’t want to expand to other areas as it may result with a compromise over the quality. Even the recipes they uses are the ones passed down from his grandfather.