Nothing quite captures the true essence of Delhi like its overwhelming variety of street food. Through the maze-like streets of Old Delhi, the hustle and bustle of New Delhi and the vibrant markets in-between, the tantalising smell of samosas, dahi bhalla and jalebi is mesmerising.
Old Famous Jalebi Wala
Truly historic, the aptly named Old Famous Jalebi Wala has been around since 1884. A food institution, Jalebi Wala has been kept in the family for four generations and serves freshly made, jalebis fried in pure desi ghee over a coal fire. The jalebis are truly something to behold, hot, thick, juicy and thicker than your average jalebi. So delicious are they that past Prime Ministers have expressed their delight for Jalebi Wala’s jalebis.
We recommend: The Jalebis! Sweet, thick and made with a secret recipe. Yummy!
Another legend on the streets of Old Delhi, Moti Mahal was established in 1947 and was the first restaurant to introduce tandoori cuisine in India. The restaurant is also credited with the creation of butter chicken, and cooks up a delicious bhuna gosht. The vendor has been visited by a host of renowned names, including John F Kennedy, Richard Nixon and even Gordon Ramsay among them.
We recommend: It will be tough to choose from, but we recommend the bhuna gosht.
Paranthe Wali Gali
This pleasant eatery serves paratha, a flatbread that can be used in any number of dishes. Down a small, narrow lane, this place can be a little hard to find, so we recommend you keep Google Maps at the ready. The cheese chicken paratha, and mutton dhani paratha are to die for and for a special treat, try the chocolate paratha, you won’t be disappointed.
We recommend: A cheese chicken paratha and a chocolate paratha for desert. Hmmm.
Khandani Pakode Wala
Located at the corner of Sarojini Nagar, Khandani Pakode Wala cooks up over 30 different kinds of pakora with various tastes and complexions. The eatery has been winning rave reviews for its simple, but effective approach to street food. You can also get a refreshing badam milk here too. As this is such a popular place, the ques can become a little overcrowded, so you may need to wait, but it will all be worth it.
We recommend: The pakoras, specifically the paneer and baingan pakoras which are something special.
Lala Duli Chand Naresh Gupta
If you start to feel the heat, what better cure is there than a kulfi? Kulfi is a traditional Indian ice cream and here they are served in fun fruit themed containers. Lala Duli Chand Naresh Gupta are always striving to create new, delicious flavours to complement their already tantalising menu.
We recommend: The seasonal mango kulfi. Failing this, the kiwi one is equally as tasty