Mohan Sharma, co-owner of a stop-and-go eatery named Thelewala, transitioned into professional cooking from running operations in five-star international hotels. After years of managing North Indian-style restaurants in New York and Connecticut, he decided to pursue a fond memory from his college years.
The tastiest part of Thelewala's menu is a shortlist of street snacks—mixtures of puffed rice, fresh herbs and vegetables, chopped chilies, and chutneys that hit the tongue with a whirlwind of flavors. Sharma doesn’t serve bhel puri and jhal muri in a paper cone as he might in Kolkata or Mumbai, but the experience is just as lively.
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