The narrow by lanes of Old Delhi exude legends and stories via the amazing variety of street foods on offer. They will excite your senses, encourage you to explore new flavours and even inspire you to learn to cook some items. You will be tempted to go through the busy by lanes attracted by the aroma of sizzling pakoras and crisp jalebis.
There is an intimate link with food for Old Delhi, with its prominence since the Mughal rule. The culinary secrets have been passed down the ages. Old Delhi is renowned as a paradise for food lovers. Here is a sample of famous street food in Delhi, available in small and big food joints:
Surely, the most delectable culinary destination in Old Delhi, Karim’s provides an inimitable experience of Mughal cuisine. Launched by Haji Karimuddin in 1913, today it figures as a top restaurant in the whole of Asia. Always, crowded, it is the finest and most popular non-vegetarian restaurant in Delhi.
Babu Ram Devi DayalParanthe Wale:
Mouthwatering vegetarian food at rock bottom prices are the feature of this food joint, located in Paranthe Wale Gali (road of Paranthas).It serves over 100 versions ofparanthas. It is also crowded.
Kuremal Mohan Lal Kulfi wale:
It is one of the food joints that serve the best Kulfi in the country. It is a highly popular dessert joint. The delicious Kulfi is really cheap and it must not be missed.
An iconic shop in Delhi, going back to 1940. It serves moderately priced DahiBhalla. The DahiBhalla is sprinkled with a unique concoction of chat masala. Dahibhallas are made of vadas soaked in yogurt.
Old Famous Jalebi wala:
This is a legendary shop serving delicious Jalebis made in Desi ghee. The jalebis have a unique flavor, not found anywhere else in the country. It is also a budget friendly joint.
Kake di hatti:
It is a joint famous for its amazing Naans (breads). It is known for its baby naans called as Kake naans. Don’t expect a fancy place but the naans are finger looking good. The top quality, cheap food will be served even in cars parked there.
Jung Bahadur Kachori wala:
It is a road side stand located in Chandni Chowk. It serves sizzling Kachoris with delicious Alu (potato) curry. Subzi is hot and spicy while Kachoris are crisp and lip smacking.
Shree Balaji ChaatBhandar:
It is tucked away in a side street. Try their AluKeGulle (potatoes stuffed with chick peas) and amazing fruit chaat. The food has an old world feel.
One can sample the traditional Delhi breakfast- the bedmi aloo. They also serve some amazingcrisppuris with curried potato. For those with sweet tooth, there are some tasty Halwas. Wash it all down with delicious lassi. Or you can taste some delicious jalebis.
Al Jawahar, Matia Mahal:
This joint is located in a side street called Matia Mahal, near Jama Masjid. Tandoors are set up late evening and sample some heavenly non-vegetarian fare like chicken tikkas and Mutton Barrah. Taste their chickenchangazi and Mutton Kormah and you are likely to get hooked for life.
These are some of the best places to sample street food Delhi. This tour will be a gastronomic experience never to be forgotten.