Cuttack: The Millennium City is famous for its street food like 'Dahibara-Aludam', Bara-Piaji, Chat, Gupchup etc. One outlet here dishing out staple evening snacks and making a major change in taste buds is the “micro Dokaan” that’s turned a rage among food lovers for its micro sized Baras, Piajis, Singadas and Aluchops – all for only 50 paisa a piece.
Two brothers Khirod Kumar Sahoo and Sujit Kumar Sahoo of Cuttack have been serving these delicacies for last 12 years at Satichoura in Cuttack. With increase in price, most of the shops in the city are selling Bara, Piaji and other snacks for at least Rs 2 per piece whereas the Sahoo brothers have still stuck to the old price giving people a unique taste and value for their money.
"By the grace of God our business is running successfully since the last 12 years here. There are 50 paisa items at our shop so people are loving it," says Khirod.
When asked about the preparation of small sized Singada, Sujit replied, "Business will click if we do something different and as all others are making big sized Singadas, we decided to try making smaller ones."
People from all walks of life gather at this roadside eatery in the evening to have delicious food. Residents of the nearby areas who live outside Cuttack for work or study, make sure they visit the stall to enjoy the snacks whenever they are in the city.
"I live in Kolkata but whenever I come to Cuttack, I prefer this shop because of its specialty," says Santrupta, a student of IISER, Kolkata.
"I am coming here since last four to five years. I want to give 10 out of 10 for the taste and the behavior of the proprietor is also very good which draws a lot of crowd in the evening," says another student Soumyadarshan.
A daily costumer of the shop says, "They put in great efforts to make Singadas and taste is unmatched, so while returning home daily I purchase Singadas for my daughter."
The combination of Bara, Piaji, Singada and Aluchop with mouth-watering Ghuguni and special Chutney draws the locals to this place in the evening.