TRAVEL & FOOD

Food Prowl: Delhi – Volume I

Konark Bansal, Travel Writer, India

18 JANUARY 2018

Street food, a word which is so common, but what makes them so special. Whenever we hear a word street food, its automatically carry our soul in the world of delicious, mouthwatering food.

India the most diversified country in the world. From weather to culture and culture to food, you will find indefinite things to know. And if we talk about the food, you will find different, different taste at every corner of the country either its capital Delhi or a financial one Mumbai. Now it’s winter in Delhi, which means there’s a nip in the air, the afternoon sun is pleasant and balmy, the innumerable parks and carefully tended traffic roundabouts ablaze with greenery and color.

In total a perfect weather, for sampling Delhi’s incredible street food. In my Opinion winter is the ideal time of the year to sample its famous piping hot tikki’s, kachoris and samosas, as well as the seasonal specials like gajar (carrot) halwa or the eternal favorite, hot jalebis.

In Delhi, there is so much of history and culture mixed up with the food, Eating out on the streets in Delhi is not just a culinary experience — it’s a crash course in history, sociology and anthropology all rolled into one, with the added bonus of a close-up look at the quirks and foibles of the incredible diversity of people who make up the national capital.

Delhi is the city of historical landmarks. Everything from Asoka-era iron pillars to Mughal forts to the haunting tombs of the various invaders who held sway over Delhi for shorter or longer periods to the massive Purana Qila (Old Fort) which is said to date back to the time of the Mahabharata can be found here.

And all of them have left the taste of their food behind. Delhi is a foodies’ paradise. From street food to international cuisines, Delhi, or as we lovingly call ‘Dilli’, can blow your mind in every expanse. You can experience normal (read boring and bland) wine and dine or you can just let your mojo rule and devour the mouth-watering flavors of street food in Delhi.

 

To celebrate the street cuisine, we bring you an exclusive and extensive list of the delectable and the best street food in Delhi. If you haven’t tried of these Delhi street foods then your experience is not very rich.

Chole Bhature

Trust me, only Delhi can provide you with the best chole bhature. The extra care and less soda put to make fluffy bhature make it the best street food in Delhi.

And I am not going to share the secret ingredient we put in chole to make it richer and appetizing.

You can find a best chole bhature in Giani’s di Hatti in Chandni Chowk, Roshan’s at Karol Bagh, Sita Ram at Paharganj, Nand ke Chole Bhature in Sadar Bazaar, Baba Nagpal Corner in Lajpat Nagar and Chache di Hatti in DU. And if you are a hygiene lovers Bikanervala at Rajouri Garden, Lajpat Nagar, Dwarka and Shalimar Bagh and Kwality Restaurant in CP is the best place for you to enjoy one of the most delicious street food of Delhi.

Tip: Ask for that special chutney to put in your chole

Golgappe

Try this street food in Delhi and you will forget Mumbai’s pani-poori and Kolkata’s puchka.

The other variations of golgappe simply can’t beat the flavor that Delhi has to offer. You can also try some different combinations like the ‘Pachranga’ variations of golgappa pani and the Vodka or Tequila Golgappe

Local market in Chandni Chowk, Rajouri Garden, Lajpat Nagar Market, CR Park, UPS Bhawan are the best places to taste is mouthwatering food. For hygiene lovers try this at best food joints in Delhi like Haldirams, Om Sweets or Bikano.

Tip: Don’t forget to ask for that extra piece of papdi dipped in dahi and saunth to relieve your burning tongue.

Poori Aloo

This is a very spicy and delectable Delhi cuisine. If you are in Delhi and haven’t tried this heavenly dish then you are missing out on something big. A must tries for spice lovers!

You must Try its other variation, bedmi poori with sabzi. You can visit Chaina Ram in Chandni Chowk, Karol Bagh Market, Tewari Sweets in Lajpat Nagar and Shyam Sweets at Chawri Bazaar to taste this spicy dish. For hygiene lovers Bikanervala, Haldiram’s, and Evergreen is suitable to taste.

Tip: Try the hot halwa with your poori aloo. Don’t forget to ask for extra sabzi

Dahi Bhalle

You just can’t miss this delight of the street food in Delhi that we call dahi Bhalla. The sweet curd and mix of sweet red and tangy green chutney on top of soaked dal vada.

Where to try: Natraj in Chandni Chowk, Atul Chaat Bhandar in Rajouri Market, Shyam Ji Corner at Old Delhi Road and Dahi Bhalla Corner at Karol Bagh. For hygiene lovers Haldiram’s at Chandni Chowk, Subhash Nagar; Connaught Place and Kaleva sweets

Tip: Try the dahi bhalla with a sprinkle of aloo bhujia namkeen

Rolls

The Delhi version of these rolls will keep you on your toes no matter where you try them. Every Roll Wala in Delhi has his own special ingredient to make this tasty goodness all the more delish.

Where to try: Local joints in Kamla Nagar Market, Taste Drive at Rajouri Garden, Wah Ji Wah at Mayapuri, Nizam’s in CP, High on Rolls in Defence Colony. For hygiene lovers new Friends Colony and Khan Market.

Tip: Let go of the conventional tomato ketchup and try these rolls with chili sauce (commonly known as momos wali chutney in Delhi)

Kachori with Sabji

This Delhi street food will make you ask for more. Teary eyes and runny nose, all the while you enjoy this spicy treat. Add a dash of coriander and chilies, and you are set!

Where to try: Hanuman Mandir in CP, Jung Bahadur in Chandni Chowk Metro, Old Fort, Kamla Nagar Market, Baba Nagpal Corner in Lajpat Nagar, Sharma Kachoriwala in Pitampura. For hygiene lovers Bikanervala in Shalimar Bagh, Haldiram at CP is best.

Tip: Ask for the special “masala” on top of your sabzi for an enhanced flavor. Also, try the stuffed Onion Kachori and Matar Kachori for added texture.

Samose with Chole

This fried flavorsome preparation is a unique make of Delhi street food. I assure you that just one single bite of this deliciousness and it will become your first choice among junk fried food.

Where to try: Tilak Munjal in Pitampura, Chandni Chowk eateries and Annapurna Sweets in CR Park. For hygiene lovers most of the Aggarwal’s serve samose with chole and Crispy Tokri at Kalkaji.

Tip: Add the green chili chutney on the top for added spiciness

Bishan Swaroop Chaat

This is health plus taste at its max. Nobody knew that fruits could be made so delicious with just a few minor additions.

. The divine taste of fruits mixed with chana toppings can make you healthy and wise. You don’t need to be wealthy to try this goodness.

Where to try: You will only get this food of Delhi in Chandni Chowk. For hygiene lovers I guess fruits should be reason enough for you guys to smack on this

Tip: Try this special chaat with a glass of chilled lemon soda

Kulfi

The dessert lovers will love this sweet savory. The granules of crushed dry fruits and thick texture of caramelized milk; now this is on top my list of cold desserts.

Where to try: Roshan di Kulfi in Karol Bagh, Kuremal at Chawri Bazaar, Siya Ram Nannumal at Ajmeri Gate, Ravi Raj di Kulfi at Karol Bagh and Jain Kulfi Bhandar at Shahdara. For hygiene lovers every major food outlet in Delhi serves this sweetness.

Tip: Dip your kulfi in the thick mixture of rabri to take its awesomeness to another level

Aloo Chat

Who doesn’t like aloo chaat? Please tell who doesn’t. A dish of fried potatoes with sprinkled spicy ingredients will make the lover of this dish, if doesn’t taste yet.

Where to try, taram Bazaar in Chandni Chowk, UPSC Bhawan, Nathu’s Sweet in Bengali Market, Prabhu Chaat Bhandar in Khan Market. For hygiene lovers: Haldiram’s, Bitto Tikki Wala at various outlets in Delhi and Shree Makhan at Janakpuri.

Tip: Add diced fruits to your aloo chaat to make it a complete meal for you.