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Budget bites

Restaurants that fill you up without emptying your pockets

Delhi | Rollmaal

Step 1. Step 2. Step 3. And I always thought steps were only essential to solving tricky theorems or shedding that midriff lard. Who would have thought that you took three steps to a scrumptious roll too?

At Rollmaal, the new 'roll place' in New Delhi's Defence Colony Market, you do just that. Step 1: Choose your roll (rumaali roti, ulte tawa ka parantha, flaky lacha, Malabar parantha). Step 2: Choose your maal (filling) - vegetarian: Rs 99;chicken: Rs 130;mutton: Rs 150. All served with choorma, fried green chillies, chutney and spiced onions. Step 3: Feel as if you are in an Epicurean heaven without a hole in the wallet.

The squat 15-seater restaurant looks straight out of a retro film. At the entrance, nearly 200 rolling pins peep from a glass pane;nearly 300 bhopus (trumpets) hang from the ceiling;the seats are rustic, music is Bollywood and the waiters wear khaki kurta/pyjama with a brown Gandhi topi and red/ white gamcha to complete that classic '60s look. A moustached, vest-wearing, beefy Rollu is the mascot chef and the tagline question is: Roll ke andar kya hai? Cheeky? Yes. But the food is so yummy and the price so reasonable that you forgive the cheekiness. And the loud Hindi music.

The step-wise rolls are the Rollmaal Classics. From First Class Rolls, pick from Chettinad Southy "Mind It" Roll, Bombay Franky, Keema Pav, Bun Samosa with Pindi Chana. In Doosra Maal, the options include biryani, dal makhni, mutton curry. There's peene ka maal (ice tea, desi remix and colas) and only two things in meetha maal (honey date phirni and gulab jamun).

At Rollmaal, you'd want to roll over and pretend you're hungry. Again.

PREETI VERMA LAL Rollmaal, A-28 Defence Colony Market, New Delhi- 110024;Phone: 011-41017360 /61, 9873736881 Timings: 11. 30 a. m to 1 a. m. Average price for 2: Rs 350/-


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