Japani Samosa

Chandni Chowk is considered as one of the oldest and busiest markets in Old Delhi, which nowadays come in central north Delhi, India. Chandni Chowk was built in 17th century by the great Emperors of Muslim, Shah Jahan. Chandni Chowk was designed by the daughter of Shah Jahan. Originally, the meaning of Chandni Chowk is moonlit square or market.

Japani Samosa is served in Delhi since 1949 from the time of partition. Earlier, the stall was in Lahore and the Japani samosa was invented there only. After partition, the whole Manohar family shifted to Delhi and continued their family business of street food/Chart with Japani Samosa as their USP snack. It is a unique street food not for one reason but there are many reasons. Japani Samosa neither looks like nor tastes like any Japanese food or a Samosa. It is stuffed with lightly spiced potatoes that are bounded by 60 skinny layers like a blow. It is fascinatingly served with Choley and chutney to add to the confined taste.

Japani Samosa is an Indian snack served as a street food in a Restaurant located at Near Bhagirath Palace, Chandni Chowk and Delhi NCR by the name of “Manohar Japani Samosa Wala”. This samosa does not look like a samosa and it does not resemble like any of Japanese food. It was invented in Lahore, Pakistan in 1924. Japani Samosa is a USP of Manohar Japani Samosa walas. Japani Samosa also comes with dry fruit stuffing. There is no specific reason known to any one for the name of Japani samosa. 

Manohar Japani Samosa wala is to be found at Diwan Hall Road in a narrow road that's clutched between the Old Lajpat Rai Market and a building which earlier was a well known lodge with the name of Fort View Hotel and later it is renovated and turned into a café coffee day channel.


Before independence Manohar Dhaba was positioned in Lahore. In Lahore, this street food outlet was placed outside Lahore's Dayal Singh College and it was a big knock with the students of the college. Later, Partition among India and Pakistan compelled Manohar, the inventor of Japani Samosa, and his younger brother Gurbachan to move the stall to Chandni Chowk from Lahore in 1949. Umesh who is presently running the stall is Gurbachan's son.

How to Reach

One can easily reach this place. Chawri Bazaar Metro Station is the nearest metro station from Jama Masjid. From the metro station, one can walk up to Jama Masjid and then take a rickshaw to Moti Cinema Hall. After getting down at the entrance of Dariba, the old silversmiths’ center, take the road between Moti Cinema and Lajpat Rai Market. In front of the street, there is Manohar’s Japani Samosa wala restaurant.


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