KFC claims to be finger lickin good, but in Old Delhi you’ll find two chicken fryers that put the Colonel back in his box. Ready to meet Delhi’s finest chicken fryers? Let’s eat.
Chicken fry, green chutney, fresh onions and a couple of roomali roti make a meal made in heaven. These two Old Delhi experts show the rest how it is done. But whose better?
Haji Mohd Hussain, Old Delhi
Colonel Sanders could learn an awful lot from Haji Mohd Hussain. This family of chicken fryers have been sharing secrets with one another for three generations.
The Hussain’s secret spice recipe is mixed into their chickpea batter. Despite my pleas there was no way I was going to find out what makes their chicken fry better than anything that the Colonel could serve up.
It’s not just a little bit better, it’s way, way better. Crispy on the outside, juicy, fresh and tender on the inside . It comes with that warm hello and welcome that only Indian spices can offer up. Presented with fresh onions, a top notch green chutney and a couple of Roomali rotis. You really can’t go wrong.
A short walk from Karim’s – the Old Delhi Mughlai kitchen that is every guide book. You would be a fool to miss this place. At No.113, Matia Mahal Rd, Jama Masjid, Bazar Matia Mahal.
Chicken fry corner – CCTV Chicken Fryer, Netaji Subhash Marg
The crossroads where Kusturba Hospital Marg and Ansari Road meet Netaji Subhash Marg is chicken fry central. The one furthest east on Ansari road, next to Jahangir hotel, is our firm favourite.
Complete with CCTV, there’s hustle and bustle around this chicken fryer that has no name.
All we know is it is good. Late one Friday night I got chatting with a three young men from out on the town who had travelled to CCTV chicken all the way from Noida.
They insisted that there’s no better chicken fryer in the whole of Delhi. And that’s why this place was well worth a two and half hour round trip to get here.
My arguments about a better option over at Haji Mohd Hussain about a km away fell on deaf ears. I pressed the point to try and convince this triumvirate of friends that they should give Hussain’s chicken fry a go.
Blank looks greeted me. The leader of the gang spoke up. My Hindi was clear and they didn’t doubt my judgement, but they could not believe that anyone, anywhere could be better than CCTV chicken fryer. It was simply an impossibility.
I suppose the evidence is on CCTV.
For me Haji Mohd shaves it, but I’m up for putting them up against one another again and again. And again.