Delhi is known for many things and among them is its love for food. Here, is a well-curated list of top 15 famous food items of Delhi that you cannot miss while in the city.
People bond over food, people even fight over food. All our activities revolve around food.
Delhi also has its beloved dishes, some its own, some borrowed from other cuisines, and given a personal blend. They can be easily spotted around the city scattered like beans with everyone relishing alike.
All details aside, it is the love with which they are served that makes them even more delicious and savory. Below is the list of 15 such dishes with the places mentioned where can find the best of them.
Parantha, Paranthe Wali Gali, Chandni Chowk
You might be a little perplexed seeing that paranthas are actually a famous food in Delhi. They are just supposed to be made at home by mums and grandmums, right?
Not here! Paranthas are the most preferred form of breakfast in the city. We have a lane named after paranthas here!
From college students to corporate employees everyone likes to grab a loaded parantha in the morning and head to their work. They are available in so many varieties, plain, aloo, gobhi, lachha, matar, paneer, gajar, egg, daal, and even banana! Name it and the probability is you will find it.
Though exceptional paranthas can be found at every corner stall, strolling through the lanes of Old Delhi will take from where it all started.
Mutton Korma At Karim’s, Jama Masjid
It would be very unfair to talk about Delhi’s must-have food and not mention Mutton Korma at Karim’s. It has an age-old authentic aura oozing out of the place as from the dish.
Not only the mutton korma but any Mughlai and non-vegetarian dish is a real delicacy here. Food lovers from around the world travel all the way to just have a taste of the legends that they hear of.
If you are a non-vegetarian, then it is nothing less than heaven for you.
Aloo Chaat At Prabhu Chaat Bhandar, Khan Market
Who does not love a decent spread of aloo chaat? I don’t think there is anyone so. Aloo chat is a go-to street food here in the city.
Out for a stroll? Let’s stop for a serve of aloo chaat. This is how it is.
Diced up crunchy boiled potatoes, with an assortment of spices and fruits garnished atop, ever so beautiful drenched in the bright colored contrasting chutneys.
Anyone would fall for such a treat. It is a shame to not have tried a plate if aloo chaat while visiting the city
Pancakes At AMA Cafe, Majnu-Ka-Tilla
Pancakes are a love to behold for everyone around the world for anyone. They are best for breakfast or snack at any time of the day.
Delhi also houses the best pancakes in the world. This quaint and little but busy cafe has a cozy feel to it. It also served one of the best coffees in the city.
You can spend your day here with your favorite book sipping coffee and having pancakes.
Rolls At Nizam’s Kathi Kebab, Defence Colony
Rolls have somehow become the new food of the city. Every day new joints come up and with ever more refreshing tastes.
These are no ordinary rolls. Every vendor has some special combination of masala made from the same set of spices and yet different. You cannot find the same taste at any two different stalls even in the city let alone anywhere else.
Be it veg, egg, chicken, noodle, pasta, mutton, peri-peri, paneer, soya, or anything every roll has the superpower of being your favorite.
Laphing is a popular dish of the Tibetian cuisine. It is loved around the world just the same as in Delhi. Delhi has its own little hub for all things east in the city.
Laphing is an authentic dish made with utmost love and skill. It is a cold mung bean noodle dish served at every corner of this part of the city.
You must have already tried Chole Bhature at least once in life. But the flavor you will find in this city cannot be found anywhere in this world.
Chole Bhature is from the Punjabi cuisine and loved by all. We generally have chole bhature for our Sunday morning breakfasts or for a heavy lunch on a rainy day.
There is nothing better than the characteristic black tea-leaved chole with a sizzling hot deep-fried balloon-like bhatura. You just smacked your lips, didn’t you?
Best Chole Bhature places in Delhi
- 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
- Chache Di Hatti in DU
Gol Gappe At Raju Chaat Corner, C.R. Park
Reading gol gappe, you might be like what is so special in gol gappe here in Delhi? Every city in the country has it. Yes, every city has its specific style of it and so does Delhi.
Try the gol gappas here and I am sure you will forget everything else in the world. It is like a mini-explosion of spices in our mouths all the while trying to contain within our mouths.
I know you are already drooling over there. We have many types of spiced water available with different levels of spiciness. Another peculiarity is the one dry gol gappa that you get in the end smeared in red sweet chutney. It is like a prize won after a hefty competition.
Daulat Ki Chaat, Chandni Chowk
When you read chaat, you must have thought that this might be another of those spicy potato something, right? Well, it is not!
Daulat Ki Chaat is about milk. Yes, it is made of freshly churned foamy milk. It is a sweet dessert which will definitely take you a trance for a moment.
Fresh milk is churned, the thick froth that forms is separated from it. Then the froth is sweetened and garnished over the milk. It is even more delicious than it sounds.
Rabri Faluda At Giani’s Di Hatti, Chandni Chowk
This is another of the savory desserts in the city. It is not too sweet not too bland, just the right amounts. Served in a glass, all cold and white garnished with syrup and crushed dried fruits, it is perfect for a hot sultry evening.
It is a favorite of many city-dwellers and thus can be found very easily in any neighborhood. This milky treat is so mouth-watering that you will find yourself yearning for a second helping.
Lachha Tokri At Roshan Di Kulfi, Karol Bagh
Lacha Tokri is a contemporary of the ‘Raj Kachori’ of Rajasthan. It is a crisp bowl filled with so many things that it is quite hard to explain.
It is heaven in a serving. It is dressed in curd, green chutney, and red chutney. It looks so appetizing and is so delicious that you will find yourself lost in a trance feeling like on the top of the clouds.
Idli Sambar At Sarvana Bhawan, CP
It might be a surprise to find this South-Indian cuisine dish on the list of Delhi foods. But when it comes to delicious food, all surprises are welcome, isn’t it?
It is a super light snack that can be enjoyed while taking a little break from your tour around or a shopping spree. Also, it is readily available around.
Dabeli At Gujarat Namkeen & Bakers, Kamla Nagar
It is originally from the state of Gujarat. Delhi has made this street food it’s own. It is a peculiar type of street food that is served with chutney.
All the regular chaat material is stuffed up inside a pav and served with various flavored chutneys. It is such a delightful treat and leaves a feeling of a full stomach.
Aunty Momos, Amar Colony
Do you like momos? Of course, you do. You love them! There has been a sudden outpour of love for momos in the past decade or so. Every other corner has a stall and it is hovered upon by kids and adults alike.
Momos are not just steamy anymore. There’s more to them now. Delhi has some of the best spots to try the varied variants of momos. There are fried momos, tandoori momos, gravy momos, kurkure momo, afghani momo, pizza momo, peri peri momo, and the list could go on forever.
Pav Bhaji At New Arjun Bombay Pav Bhaji, Model Town 3
Paav bhaji is another of our city’s treats. It can soothe your hungry stomach but possibly leave you with a desire for more. The bhaji served with a thick slop of white butter on top it makes you drool at the sight of it.
It has so many vegetables in it all ground and blended in each other so much that it is almost impossible to make out what exactly it is that you are eating.
This is best eaten at night on some street-side shack, with a bhaji boiling on the tawa and pav being baked beside.
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Delhi is known as the city of hearty people. And we are so hearty because we always have our bellies full of mouth-watering and appetizing treats.
Delhi offers a whole power-packed load of street food of so much variety that you will find yourself overwhelmed. You will yearn for more each time.
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