You ask a Delhiite about the 2 outstanding things that stand out in Delhi and make them proud of the capital, their answer would be its rich heritage and culture and its mouth-watering delicious food. The narrow and ancient ‘gullies’ of Old Delhi narrate many real-life and memorable stories through their overwhelmingly grand display of street food that they offer. Not only would you fall in a tizzy about what to have and what not to have, the food will also inspire you to pull out your camera and explore new ways of cooking them. When you walk through the chaotic lanes of Delhi, you can never be lost as even if you are, you will definitely catch the whiff of some ‘samosas’ which are still there on the hot oil or of the crisp ‘jalebis’ that will literally lead your senses.
So, if you want to take a troll around this foodie’s paradise, as we lovingly call it Dilli, get ready to blow your mind with some awesome street food to international cuisine. Check out the list of some of the most famous street food in Delhi.
- Paranthas: When it comes to preparing something perfectly health and start off a morning, Paranthas are definitely at the top of the list for hungry college goers or for adult office-goers. You can either choose a plain parantha or with some kind of stuffing of your choice, be it potatoes, radish, cauliflower, keema or even the left over dal of last night! Your stuffing options are galore! You can try this in the Paranthe wali Gali in Chandni Chowk whose customers include Prime Minister Nehru and the Maharaja of Kashmir.
- Butter Chicken: Butter chicken is one of the most gratifying dishes on the Earth. Want to know about an interesting story? Butter chicken originated in the 1950s in Daryaganj, in a restaurant names Moti Mahal Restaurant. They were popular for their tandoori chicken and one day the cooks accidentally used the sauce which consisted of butter, tomato juice and chicken juice. Rest was History! Today, you name this dish and you get it in any non-vegetarian restaurants and highway dhabas. It’s best enjoyed when you have it with naan or roti.
- Chaat: If there’s something which keeps the scene of Delhi food ticking, then it’s undoubtedly street food. Chandni Chowk is unanimously called the Street Food Capital of Delhi and though there can be no guide which tells you about the best places for Chaat, there are some landmark chaat stalls which stand out in the crowd. The UPSC Building, Shahjahan Road, Daulat ki Chaat, Chandni Chowl, Bittu Tikki Wala, Karol Bagh are some of the destinations to try.
- Kebabs: Anyone who had thought that grilled chunks of fish or meat marinated in Indian spices couldn’t give you enough joy should think again! The Delhiites have got a lot to be thankful to the Mughals and kebabs are one of the main reasons. In Delhi you will find Kebabs being delivered in your car and you can even try out in stalls and dining restaurants. Once you try them out, you will be hooked forever. Ustad Moinuddin Kebabs, Ghalib Kebab Corner and Salim’s Kebabs are some of the famous places.
- Chole Bature: Chole Bature is always a dish which is enjoyed in an empty stomach. Since it is spicy, heavy and rich, it is considered as one of the famous Punjabi dishes that shouldn’t be missed in Delhi. You will be taken by surprise when you find it on the breakfast menu of restaurants. Chole Bature is best accompanied with Lassi. Sitaram Diwan Chand in Paharganj and Chache Di Hatti Kamla Nagar are 2 of the memorable places.
If you’ve been to Delhi, you would have heard the famous line where they insist people to have some sweet dishes or desserts after a meal. The jalebis and Rabri Falooda, Kulfis and Motichoor Ladoo are some hot favorites to end your meal with.