Some recipes are not stuff that legends are made of, but Bollywood has shown us what magic it can create through memories. These dishes tie us to certain places with certain very strong memories. Films like Rang De Basanti, Dilli 6 and Band Baaja Baraat showed us what food from Delhi does to memories. Ranbir Kapoor gave us a Rockstar straight from the canteens of North Campus, over just two samosas, while Ranveer Singh and Anushka Sharma bonded over bread pakoras. Whether it is minced cutlet at St Stephen’s College or the Basketball Sandwich at Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC), most collegegoers not only crave for these dishes but also for the stories that grew around them with their friends and canteen crushes. Available at almost half the price compared to any Khan Market or Defence Colony restaurant, Delhi University canteen food has a special place in the heart of every Delhiite. We took a walk around the best canteens in North and South campuses. Here’s to digging in!
St Stephen’s College
Timings: 9 am to 6 pm
Prices: Rs 15 to 30
Menu: Cold coffee, tomato toast, bread roll, sandwiches
Popular picks: Minced cutlet, rohtas samosas, gulab jamun
Student Speak: ‘Our minced cutlet is the USP of our canteen, which makes us the best of the lot,’ says Elsa Mathew, final year History Hons at St Stephen’s.
Timings: 8.30 am to 5 pm
Prices: Rs 5 to 30
Menu: Dosas, puri sabzi, aloo paratha, bread pakora, Chinese bhel
Popular picks: Noodles, chole bhature
Student Speak: ‘The variety of the food items are huge, along with great quality, and almost all kinds of beverages are available in our canteen,’ says Aparna Singh, 2nd year, Chemistry Hons at Hindu College.
Timings: 9am to 6pm
Prices: Rs 5 to 40
Menu: North Indian cuisine, ice creams, chicken / egg rolls
Popular picks: Pao bhaji, rolls
Student Speak: ‘The best thing about our canteen is that we have a hall where the food is served, and a Nescafe outlet where you can get a variety of beverages, along with seating arrangements in an open area,’ says Manya Sharma, final year English Hons at Miranda House.
Timings: 9 am to 4 pm
Prices: Rs 5 to 30
Menu : Uttapam, veg and non-veg thali, egg hotdog, egg dosa, rajma chawal
Popular picks: Basketball Sandwich, ccutlet, paneer- and egg dosa.
Student Speak: ‘We can play musical instruments in our canteen, chill out with friends with the DU favourite Basketball Sandwich,’ says Kalzang Lepcha, first year Accounts Hons at Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC).
Timings: 9 am to 6pm
Prices: Rs 3 to 30
Menu: Momos, chocolates, spring rolls, pastas, noodles
Popular picks: Shakes, paneer cutlet
Student Speak: ‘The speciality of our canteen is the juice parlour which is a huge hit among the students both from here and outside. There is also one special dish on the menu everyday’, says Priya Anand, 2nd year Physics Hons at Kirorimal College.
Jesus and Mary College
Timings: 7am to 6pm
Prices: Rs 10 to 35
Menu: Idli sambar, chhole bhature, noodles, rice
Popular picks: Multi-cuisine, chilli potatoes
Student Speak: ‘Our canteen boasts of multi-cuisine food items, ranging from pastas, macaroni to chilli potatoes. The best thing about the canteen is the decor, which is very colorful and bright,’ says Sanchi Chadha, first year, English Hons at JMC.