daulat ki chaat and parathes

I usually try to eat out on sunday afternoons. Last week was in Andhra Bhavan, veg thali and mutton curry. This week was gali parathe vali, purani dilli. Had matar, dal-aloo, mooli and kela paratha. And finished it off with daulat ki chaat. In fact it was the first time I noticed it. It’s kind of like a extremely foamy ice-cream.
As you might now, a very easy way of making ice cream is just pumping it with lots of air. A typical softie you eat might be 40% air. Also true for cheap ice creams. But the problem with this is once it melts all the air comes out as bubbles. Daulat ki chaat must use some stabilisers which ease the making and retaining of the foam at room temperatures. Here’s a pic:


Indeed from the recipe in this page, we realize that it has cream of tartar, which is a stabilizing agent.

Electronic components in Delhi

I am playing with LEDs nowadays. I got them from nehru place. It was hard finding the place, only after asking about 15 people. So I am putting it here so that it goes online :). There is a building called vishal bhawan and in its basement there are lots of such shops. You can get resistors, capacitors, microchips, etc.

update: Also found Janak electronics in Hauz rani. Slightly more expensive than the vishal bhavan one, but it’s not that crowded.

Ad without copy

As most ads have copy, this one caught my eye. On the header of instructable, it was just a series of images. And the first think which came into my mind when I saw the ad was what is it. And when I was about to click it I realized it was an ad. I guess more people are deliberately shying away from clicking on ads. Which is making ad designers create ads which do not look like ads.

Google – oversmart?

Google shows search results from India even when the radio button for “the web” is selected. Either it should show the real results or when it tries to be “helpful” it should change the selected radio button to “pages from India”.


Saw this fruit on the Jaipur – Delhi highway. Somewhere around 100 kms from delhi there is a dhaba called Baarmer vale. And this tree stands in front. Needless to say it has a uncanny resemblance to the valentine heart. Anybody know what this plant is called?

Recycled – for comfort

Saw this charpayee, in a dhaba on the Delhi Jaipur highway. The thing which makes it different is that traditionally ropes are used, while in this case stripped pieces of a conveyor belt has been used. The guy there told me that this comes at Rs. 30 per kg which is almost half of the ropes. And this also has a springy quality which makes it preferable to rope. And it is much more durable.

I see such innovations happening not in big companies but at the roadside tea stall, or the local mechanic. Makes me glad :).

The paki perspective

In the future I’ll try to get such reports from both sides of the border, so that viewers can decide if they want to believe any media at all.

update: It would be wrong to say this is the perspective of a whole country. As I am aware of channels in india which would more aplty be tabloid channels, I guess this might be one too.