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Delhi’s Street Food- A Taste of History and Culture

Delhi is known for its dynamic variety of food which can satisfy even the die-hard foodies around the world and invite them back for more. The essence of the city, that lies in its street food, grows even better with its changing styles, aromas and time.

Here are some famous dishes and places of Delhi that we highly recommend. Make sure you go with an empty stomach though!

 

Chhole Bhature

What is it? An ideal dish for the monsoons and winters, this traditional Punjabi dish has carved an unshakeable pedestal for itself.

What is it made of?  The chhole (chickpeas) are prepared with aromatic earthy spices like cumin, anardana, garam-masala and coriander in a thick onion and tomato gravy, accompanied with perfect fluffy bhatura, i.e. fried dough.

Served with: This iconic dish is usually served with sliced onions, salad, pickles and lassi.

Where to Eat? Though one can get this hot plate of a complete meal all over Delhi, we recommend Chache Di Hattione of the oldest and most affordable street-food joints in Kamla Nagar near Delhi University’s north campus. You can also try the famous Baba Nagpal Corner next to Moolchand Metro Station.

 

Kebabs

What is it? The rich aroma and taste of the Mughal cuisine has not failed to entice people since its arrival in India; the proof resides in their traditional kebabs even today.

What is it made of? The kebabs are perfectly marinated fish and meat, grilled on burning charcoal.

Served with: They are served with green chutney and sliced onions.  

These kebabs are every food lover’s dream come true.

Where to Eat? We recommend that you try Ustad Moinuddin’s shop in Lal Kuan, 5 minutes away from the Chawari Bazar Metro Station, for one of the best kebab experiences in the world.

Meanwhile, Ghalib Kabab Corner, opposite the Markazi mosque in Nizamuddin, has been luring kebab lovers for decades now and it’s undoubtedly a must-do Delhi food experience.

You can also try Bhaijaan Kebab and Lalu Kababee near Jama Masjid, Chandni Chowk for their trademark shammi kebabs and the buttery seekh kebabs, respectively.

 

Parantha

What is it? The magic of this whimsical food-city can be seen when even a staple dish like a parantha is made with endless combinations of creative fillings.

What is it made of? The parantha is wheat dough stuffed with various fillings. From keema to pyaaz, palak to chicken, Delhi never falls short of parantha varieties to steal your hearts away!

Served with: It is ideally eaten with homemade butter and curd/yogurt.

Where to Eat? If we are talking paranthas, we cannot forget to mention the Paranthe Wali Gali in Chandni Chowk. From Mumbai to the UK, many have tried to imitate this centuries-old gali.  Apart from the mainstream aloo, gobhi, pyaaz, and paneer, this place offers you some unusual fillings like bhindi (okra), mewa (dry-fruit), rabri and even bananas!

Although the entire street is filled with plentiful vendors selling delectable wares, Babu Ram Paranthe Wala stands apart for their deep-fried buttery parantha experience.

 

Chaat

What is it? The chaat is a street eat in India that will make you keep wanting for more, and no one does better justice to this all-time favorite snack than the streets of Delhi.

What is it made of? There is a varied range of chaat available in India, namely gol gappas (which is like a fried dumpling with chickpeas and potato fillings. It is served with a tangy and spicy liquid called jal jeera), aloo chaat (a plate of deep-fried potatoes with toppings like spiced yogurt, tangy chutneys and crispy mixtures) and Raj Kachori (a savoury fried dumpling stuffed with chickpeas and potatoes topped with yogurt and tangy chutneys.)

Where to Eat? Chandni Chowk in Old Delhi is the synonym for mouth-watering street food, where the chaat is to die for. When in Chandni Chowk, stop by Shree Balaji Chaat Bhandaar, a vendor so famous that even their local competitors prefer to eat here.

Even the Nataraj Dahi Bhalle Wala, opposite to the Paranthe Wali Gali, can offer you the best chaat delicacies. You must also try Bittu Tikki Wala, popularly known as BTW in Pitampura that actually started out as a cart but today has franchisees all across the city.

 

Shahi Tukda

What is it? The Mughals were fond of rich flavours in every aspect of their cuisine, which lives on even today in their traditional dessert called Shahi Tukda or Double Ka Meetha.

What is it made of? It is prepared with a deep fried bread soaked in sugar syrup and creamy custard, served with plenty of dry-fruit toppings.

Where to Eat? You can find the most delicious Shahi Tukda near Jama Masjid, Old Delhi. Whether you’re sampling this dessert at the historic Kallan Sweets, established in 1939 or the 25 year-old Cool Point, this legendary sweet dish is sure to steal your hearts away!

 

The Far Horizon team are proud Delhi-food lovers and over the years we’ve tried the best that our dynamic city has to offer. We’d love to make your Delhi itinerary one of the tastiest experiences of your lives! To plan your trip, contact us today!

 

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