Kala Burger Wala’ is an institution. Ask anyone in Subhash Nagar, West Delhi. So much so, that no one knows or remembers the name of the road its situated on in Subhash Nagar. When I asked a few bystanders, pat came the reply.
“Don’t worry about the name of the road. Just ask for Kala Burger Wala”
Joginder Singh Khurana opened his shop in 1990 and has since become a very popular evening takeaway joint for the residents of Subhash Nagar and Rajouri Garden. The name, Kala Burger Wala comes from the most popular dish on the menu. The vegetarian burger.
The Fried Burger
To be honest, I’m not too fond of fried burgers where the buns are also deep fried. But when I tasted the burger there, I was stumped. The first time I had the burger, I didn’t realise that the bun was fried. It was skilfully done and very impressive! The bun was sort of unusual. More like a Eight-shape bread roll than the round buns that we usually get at roadside burger joints.
There was very little taste or feel of oil on the bun, but it was crisp. It was stuffed with an Aloo Tikki and fried black, even though the insides were still soft. It’s this blackish colour that gives the place and the burger the name. A thick slice of Malai Paneer, raw of course. Sliced cucumber, onion and a sprinkling of the heavenly Kala Burger Wala masala’s then put on the Tikki. It’s a stunning all-vegetarian affair.
The chutney that they give with burger is a mix of the green coriander and green chilly chutney and the red saunth chutney. I don’t know why they mix the two chutneys and serve, but as a result both chutneys together in the proportions given, taste awesome.
The other items on the menu are just about ok. I tried the Malai Chaap, the newest addition to their menu and the Spring Roll (spring roll sheet stuffed with Chowmein and fried), but they didn’t really measure up. I did notice some customers ordering other dishes, but it’s the burger that’s a real hot-seller and what you should try.
Joginder ji passed away a few years ago. His wife and son now run the shop. It’s amazing that a small shop like this has managed to achieve iconic status. Kala Burger Wala continues to be an icon and may the force be with them.
Happy hunting and Chowder-on!