Amma Ki Rasoi literally means Mother’s Kitchen. What better name for a joint serving food that tastes like Ghar Ka Khana (home cooked food).
This inconspicuous joint is located at one of the gates of Doordarshan Building in the Mandi House area facing the roundabout. I call it inconspicuous because I passed Amma Ki Rasoi almost once a month for over a year without noticing it. My office used to be in Sikandra Road and I used to walk down to see the art exhibitions at the Lalit Kala Akademi.
As I was passing Amma Ki Rasoi one day, I found someone walking out of it with two steaming hot cups of tea. I peeped in to find a small flourishing eating joint inside!
At first I thought I would have a cup of tea. But, when I went in I saw hot pakoras emerging out of the frying pan. I ordered one piece for taste. Then I went on to have a second one, a third one and a fourth one. It went on and on until I had gobbled eight of them. Then I thought it was time to stop. Otherwise, my tummy would have gone bust. It was like Kurkure…Kya Karen, Control Hi Nahin Hota!
Amma Ki Rasoi is being managed by David, his family and friends. It was originally started by his mother who wanted to provide inexpensive food to students of the National School of Drama and upcoming artists who could not afford to spend too much money on food. That is why it is called Amma Ki Rasoi. It is still a hot favourite with artists.
Believe me, the pakoras I ate there are some of the most sumptuous pakoras I have ever eaten in my life. It really tastes like homemade pakoras. And, there is a mother’s kindness element in the food you have…the price.
Amma Ki Rasoi serves one plate of pakoras at Rs.6 a plate. You get four pieces in a plate. And, you have a choice of aloo, palak and pyaj ka pakora to choose from. At six rupees a plate it is a great deal. You can also get aloo bonda, bread pakora and chai there. All at bargain prices. If you want to have lunch, you can have a full meal for Rs.25-30. Whatever you have at Amma Ki Raoi, it is easy on your pocket!
A few of years back Amma Ki Rasoi was doing brisk business. But, now, the business is a little down. Not because of the economic meltdown. It is more because of the Delhi Metro. The Delhi Metro which has come as such a great boon for commuters in Delhi has turned out to be a bane for Amma Ki Rasoi. Earlier passengers waiting for their bus would walk over to Amma Ki Rasoi for tea and refreshments when their buses took a long time in coming.