Summer is upon us and a colourful ice-candy, more popularly and indulgently known as Chuski in India, is quintessentially a summer delight. Of course, there are more sophisticated options to beat the Delhi heat—lemonades, ice creams, kulfis, gelatos, juices, milkshakes and coconut water. But sucking on chuski is, perhaps, more elemental in coping with the miserable months of May and June. A ball of crushed ice dipped in sherbets of different flavours, sometimes topped with dollops of fresh cream, milkmaid and nuts is often hard to resist.
Delhi is quite experimentative when it comes to its food including chuskis with offbeat flavours like Fruit Beer, Rabri, Gulkand, Coffee Chuski and what not! So, slurp down your favourite chuskis at these places in Delhi to drive away summertime sadness.
This isn’t your conventional chuski, but this isn’t just a paan, too—it’s the best of both worlds. Flavoured with a strawberry syrup, the paan is filled with crushed ice and is popped right into your mouth. Brainfreeze!
Where: D-1, Middle Cir, D Block, Connaught Place, New Delhi
The most famous one in Delhi, there is no way you can miss this. The chuski is prepared here at lightning-fast speeds, and comes in a variety of flavours. The best here are Khas and kala khatta. The best part is that his chuskis are made with mineral water and the syrups used are original and of high standards.
Where: Rajpath Area, India Gate
This Green Park Market favourite serves more than just delicious chuskis, like bhelpuri, sev puri etc. The chuskis are available in two sizes, regular and large. The Mango and Litchi flavours are a must try here. They also claim to have served a lot of celebrities!
Where: Amar Colony, Lajpat Nagar IV,Lajpat Nagar, New Delhi
Charan Singh, the famous kulfi guy in South Ex II is no more than a street side van serving the most awesome kulfis (think Jamun, Anjeer, Mango, Paan etc.) besides delicious chuski – we love their Kala Khatta chuski served for 40 bucks – go try!
Where: Parking Lot Of South Extension II
Yes, the place is known more for its delicious and spicy chaats and paan, but it does some great chuskis too that are hygienic and made with mineral water only. You must try their Lemon and Khas Chuskis. A particular favourite is the Tiranga Chuski which consists of three flavours- lemon, rose, and green cardamom so go explore GK with a chuski in your hand – a truly unforgettable experience!
Where: GK I & Preet Vihar
Call: 85271 91151
One of North Campus’ all-time favourite, situated in the heart of the Kamla Nagar Market, this chuskiwallah is a favourite among many college students and even local residents. He serves a variety of fruit-flavoured chuski with mango and combo chuski as the best seller.
Where: Near Spark Mall, Kamla Nagar
Head for a shopping spree to the Karol Bagh market, and make sure to stop by at this place for some khus and mix chuski. The shop is located in the lane adjacent to the metro station, and offers juices and shakes too.
Where: Palam Colony, Sector-8 Dwarka, New Delhi
The eatery serves more than 66 varieties of chuski and will have you scratching your head with their range of interesting flavours. Along with regular orange and kala khatta flavours, you’ll find some unconventional ones like Butterscotch, Kiwi, Coffee, Kewra, Gulkand, Rose, Chocolate, Rabri, Wine, Tea, Milk Malai, Fanta, Cola, Fruit Beer, Red Chilli, Jeera, Anjeer, Sauf and oh so many more! Which one are you trying first?
Where: G-16, Aggarwal Millenium Tower I, NSP
So, if you’re planning to go out shopping in the scorching sun, then we say pick your hat, your best pair of shades, your shopping list and your fave chuskis that’ll keep you cool even under the hot ball!
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