City Food – Shrikhand, H. Nizamuddin Railway Station
The sweet idea from Gujarat.
[Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi]
It is a dessert from the west Indian state of Gujarat. In Delhi, shrikhand can be found at the milk booth on Platform No. 4 of Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway Station.
This cardamom-flavoured fermented curd is supposed to be sweet and soury. The Delhi Walla found — at least the station edition — extremely sweet, and refreshing.
The fresh stock of this yoghurt arrives daily from Madhya Pradesh, not Gujarat. Prepared by the workers of that state’s Dairy Federation Ltd, it reaches the capital after an overnight journey in a refrigerated mini-truck from Gwalior, the hometown of the late Madhavrao Scindia. During his tenure as India’s railway minister, the ex-Maharaja-turned-politician had set up milk parlours at various stations across the country to encourage the cooperatives of his parliamentary constituency as well as of other towns in his region.
Although the people of Gujarat, notorious for adding sugar even to their spicy curries, treat shrikhand as a side-dish, this dense creamy mass is so heavy on the palate that it is a meal in itself. A bowl or two of it with paratha or poori during the breakfast hour will energize you sufficiently enough to carry on with the rest of the day without additional servings of rice and dal. No wonder then that the makers of Sanchi Shrikhand, the brand available in the aforementioned railway station, describe it as “a delicious substitute for food when away from home and during fasting.”
Indeed, this is perfect food for the hungry people who travel in trains, and for all of us non-vegans who are always agreeable to extra sweetness in our lives.
Where Platform No. 4, Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway Station Time Morning to Evening Nearest Metro Station Jangpura
Sweet folds of whiteness