The culture of any city can be evaluated from the kind of food it serves. The national capital has had a rich history from the times of Mahabharata. Delhi has been ruled by several dynasties including native ones such as Tomars, Chauhans and foreign invaders such as Mughals, Persians, etc. Each added their own flavors, cooking styles, and spices which lead to the emergence of some unbelievable amalgamation of flavors and food items. Today, Delhi is home to lip-smacking food across an exhaustive list of cuisines. We highly recommend you book a taxi in Delhi to explore all the street food the city has to offer. Let us look at some of the Delhi’s best street food and places that serve it.
The street chaat in Delhi is so famous that you will see eateries across India selling a variant of Delhi Chaat. Thus, it is hardly surprising that you can savor delicious chaats in every nook and corner of Delhi. The list of iconic Delhi Chaat includes delicious Raj Kachoris, Dahi Bhalla, Papri Chaat, Aloo Chaat, Aloo Tikki Chaat, and the list goes on. Natraj in Chandni Chowk is an 80-years-old eatery known for its Dahi Bhalle. You can also head to Shree Balaji Chaat Bhandar, Bishan Swaroop chaat corner, Lala Babu Chaat Bhandar, and Bittoo Tikki Wala for some mouth-watering chaat.
Kebab, also traditionally known as Chenjeh originated in the Middle East and came to India along with the Mughals and Persians. Today, Kebabs in Delhi are as renowned as Vada Pav in Mumbai or Rosogullas in Kolkata. The Kakori, Galouti, and Seekh are a few variants of Kebabs that you should try in Delhi. Vegetarian options are also available at several Kebab outlets. You should definitely visit Ghalib Kebab corner, Rajinder Da Dhaba, Karim’s, Khan Chacha, and Gulati to sample a range of mouth-watering Kebabs.
Paranthe Wali Gali
The Paranthe Wali Gali is probably the most iconic place to eat in Delhi and anyone who loves food would have visited or heard about the place. The Paranthe Wali Gali came into existence in the 1870s when a family from MP decided to set up a shop selling Paranthas along with Sabzis (Curry) in the vicinity. There was no looking back and over the years several shops have sprung up selling a range of stuffed paranthas. You can visit the parantha shops such as Pandit Gaya Prasad Shiv Charan, Durga Prasad’s Parantha Shop, and Pandit Babu Ram Devi Dayal’s that are over a century old. For other non-traditional variants, you can head to Kake di Hatti or Moolchand Parathewalah.
Chhole Bhature, originally a Punjabi offering is now synonymous with the streets of Delhi. Chhole Bhature with its piping hot chickpeas curry and fluffy bhatures are a satisfying meal that can be breakfast, lunch, or even dinner. With the side serving of onions and chilies, Chhole Bhature will definitely satiate your taste buds. There are several old and new eateries across Delhi serving lip-smacking Chhole Bhature. However, Sita Ram Diwan Chand, Bille Di Hatti, Chache Di Hatti, and Pandit Ji are a few that should not be missed. These places serve better Chhole Bhature than the ones on the highway that you encounter during your Chandigarh to Delhi taxi ride.
Momos are one of the most recent additions to the culinary scene in Delhi as if it has always been a part of it. These tiny little dumplings are filled with anything and everything including chicken, vegetables, paneer, mutton, pork, etc. Irrespective of where you are in Delhi, you will come across some locally famous eatery serving Momos. You should not miss the fiery hot Momos at Dolma, Aunty’s Momos in Lajpat Nagar. Other places serving delicious Momos include Tee Dee, Depaul’s, Rosang Soul Food, Momo’s point, and Yo Tibet.
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I’ve had chaat before and it was delicious! And kebobs are an all time fave. I would love to try authentic Indian versions when visiting India, I imagine it to be more flavourful and tasty! Great recommendations!