Navni posted on 12th August

Thukpa, Kebabs & Biryani: Eating Our Way Through JNU

One of the most prestigious universities in the country, JNU is also a popular hub for khaadi clad students to chill at, sipping on adrak chai and indulging in a variety of treats ranging from momos and thukpa, to rolls and tikkas, and on occasion, luchhiand aloo bhaja. If you’ve just got into a hostel or just want to check out the culinary scene, get off at Hauz Khas or Chattarpur metro station, take a rick and check out our picks of the best cheap food in Delhi.

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Mughal Darbar

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Ganga Dhaba

24 x 7 Food Court

As is evident by the name, this one’s open through the day {and night} and has a range of parathas, rolls, chicken tikkaschhole chawal and even some Chinese infusions such as chowmein and chili potato.

Where: Near Sabarmati Hostel

Contact: +91 9873444889

Price: INR 350 for two {approx.}

North East Dhaba

This is a staple amongst those who love themselves a slice of the North East. Take your pick from momos, thukpa, tengaakhuni, raja mirchi, chili mushroom, potatoes and more. There’s a lot for non-vegetarians, including some seafood.

Where: Near Sabarmati Hostel

Price: INR 250 for two {approx.}

Sabarmati Dhaba

This is the ideal place, especially after a bout of rain. They serve steaming hot pakoras{aloo, paalak, pyaaz etc} along with a stellar chai. Also, really good Maggi {when it’s not banned, we mean}. We suggest getting there by 5.30pm though; we hear the pakoras are all over by 6.30pm.

Where: Sabarmati Hostel

Price: INR 100 for two {approx.}

Ganga Dhaba

Surrounded by trees and rocky lands, Ganga Dhaba is known for the crowds it draws at night {it’s open till 2am} and is a popular site for political conversations. Over 30 years old, the dhaba has gained itself quite the reputation and is always flooded with people wanting to catch up over a cup of tea and snacks.

Where: Opposite Ganga Hostel

Price: INR 150 for two {approx.}

Lohit Hostel

The canteen at Lohit Hostel has been made famous by Raju Bhaiya, who prepares some delicious egg rolls, bun omelette, momos, lemonade and cold coffee. He also keeps packaged namkeens and occasionally, plain cakes and muffins.

Where: Lohit Hostel

Price: INR 150 for two {approx.}

Fast Food Restaurants

Mughal Darbar

This is perhaps the most expensive joint at JNU, but with its range of Afghani chicken, mutton seekh kebabs, sheermal, chicken tikkaskhamiri roti, shelling out the money is well worth it.

Where: Opposite Lohit Hostel

Contact: +91 9810414284

Price: INR 400 for two {approx.}

Fast Food Restaurants

Library Canteen

This is where you can indulge in a full satiating meal, complete with gulab jamun et al. There are items on the menu for as low as INR 7! Take your pick from fresh dosas, chicken, fish, utthapams, roti, vegetables etc. There’s a fixed menu everyday  with as many as 15-20 options. LBB Tip: Try their green mint chutney.

Where: Behind Library

Price: INR 50 for a full meal {approx.}

Shombhu Da’s Canteen

This is the only joint at JNU serving some delicious Bengali fare. Bite into aloo dum, mutton, fish curry and rice and if you’re lucky, lucchis. However, the food’s very much in demand, so we recommend getting here way before 1pm to claim your meal.

Where: Opposite Indian Railways Reservation Centre

Price: INR 250 for two {approx.}

Mamu ka Dhaba

Word has it that Mamu is an ex JNU student, who just never left campus. His dhabaserves thaalis {with influences of Bihar}, biryanisamosas, and a lot of shakes {cheekoo’s a universal favourite}. Mamu {M. Shahzad Ibrahimi} prides himself on not keeping any mass-marketed goods and even the jhaal muri is made by him.

Where: Behind Ad Block on the way to School of Social Sciences {SSS}

Price: INR 150 for two {approx.}

{with inputs from Tanvi}