City Food – White Rasgulla, Amar Colony
The taste of light sweetness.
[Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi]
Every time The Delhi Walla visits an artsy home in this city and happen to fall in love with some exquisite table or chair, it turns out that it came from Amar Colony. The south Delhi neighbourhood is home to an excellent furniture market. But the other evening, I was dining in a tasteful apartment in Greater Kailash-I and the hostess’s piece de resistance — the tasty white rasgullas — turned out to be from Gopala in Amar Colony. “They are the best rasgullas in town,” she declared.
The morning after I headed to, where else, Amar Colony market. Tucked next to an Arya Samaj temple, the tiny Gopala looked just another forgettable mithai shop. The walls were decked with posters of Lord Krishna. Shelves were stacked with namkeens and other savories, including non-desi desserts such as pastries and muffins. And then I spotted the rasgullas.
Pop one in and it’s like eating air (this obvious exaggeration is to convey the rasgulla’s astonishing lightness). What’s even better is that the rasgulla maker does not go crazy with the sugar. The creation’s tempered sweetness is a delight.
Gopala has 18 outlets in the city. The mithais are made in its factory in Okhla, where 8,000 rasgullas are produced daily. While you could go to the outlet nearest to your house, I urge you to travel all the way to Amar Colony. This is the original shop that opened in 1976. Rasgullas were introduced here in 1988. Few things are more satisfying than consuming a delicacy where it was first served.