Ten-Second Takeaway

Come nightfall and Qutub Institutional area comes alive with hordes of people making a beeline for the line of dhabas here. The menus offer some of the best parathas in town, delish bowls of soup, momo, Maggi, Indian curries and cups of milky chai and coffee.

Getting There

After you cross Adhchini and Sri Aurobindo College of Arts and Communication, look out for a small lane on the left directing you towards IIPM. Once you’ve twisted and turned your way inside, look out for the dhabas along the walls. The aroma, if nothing else, should guide you. Although they all pretty much have the same menu, our personal favourite remains the one with a giant poster of Ranbir Kapoor—dining at the same place; he really did—hanging over the plastic chairs and tables. This is where you’ll find us sprawled on a cold wintery night or a rainy summer day.

Paratha Paradise

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Image courtesy: A Girl With Fork/Zomato

One of the star attractions here, the parathas are huge, crispy on the outside, stuffed with your choice of fillings and served with a large cube of white butter {you can ask for more at an additional INR 5}, green mint chutney and sliced onions.

We’re loyal to the keema and the chicken, but you could also try the aloo, the gobhi or the pyaaz if you’re looking for a more herbivorous affair. Although the parathas are the size of the steel plate they’re served in, they’re so delish {think Murthal} that we always end up devouring at least two. In addition, you can order butter chicken, kadhai paneer and a concoction we’re yet to try- the Sexy Chicken.

Bowls Of Yum

The hot and sour soup here needs to be on your order list for sure. It’s the perfect mix of spice and vegetables to make you feel satiated without feeling bloated. We’d however save this one for December onwards. You can also indulge in some good ol’ Maggi infused with onions, chillies, cheese and chicken chunks, as per your preference. If you’re lucky, you can also sometimes get a juicy mutton momo here, but it doesn’t seem to be a regular feature.


These dhabas are open throughout the day but remain open till one in the morning, which is when the place really livens up. We’d recommend stopping by here for a midnight snack.

Where: Qutub Institutional Area {near IIPM}

Nearest Metro Station: Hauz Khas

Price: Starting at INR 50 for a stuffed paratha

Featured image courtesy: Rajat Ahuja/Zomato


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