Best way to romance Delhi is through it’s dynamic food. The play of Mughlai and Punjabi flavours gives the city a unique gastronomic appeal that draws food fanatics from all over the world. What shouldn’t you miss? We’ll tell you. Here is the list of 5 famous dishes of Delhi you cannot afford to skip and where you can find them.
The staple food of every Delhiite, Chole Bhature is one dish that’s available on every street corner throughout Delhi. Although widely made, only few get the balance right. Every Punjabi swears by the chole bhature cooked at Nagpal Corner in Lajpat Nagar and Sitaram Diwan Chand in Paharganj. Sold for reasonable prices, chole bhature is a fulfilling meal often paired off with a cup of milky tea.
Parathas finds it’s way into becoming indispensable to Delhiites. This classic North Indian flatbread comes in different stuffing and kinds. Often accompanied by pickles, yoghurt or potato curry, parathas rule every North Indian platter. Head over to Paranthe wali Gali in Chandini Chowk for loaded stuffed parathas or to Laxman Dhaba in Qutub Institutional Area for mind-blowing keema parathas.
You haven’t done your homework right if you don’t know the importance of butter chicken to Dilliwalas. This popular creamy chicken curry is famed worldwide and nobody makes it better than Delhiites. There are three addresses you need to know for a spectacular butter chicken, one, Gulati at Pandara Road, Kainoosh in Vasant Kunj and finally, Rajinder da Dhaba at Safdarjung Enclave.
Expat of Lucknowi and Hyderabadi kitchens, kebab is a delicacy every carnivore adores. Mughlai loyalists living in Delhi will point you towards Karim’s at Jama Masjid for exquisite seekh kebab and to Kale Baba ke Kebabs in the same area for sutli kebab. The Kakori kebab at Alkauser of Chanakyapuri and galouti kebab at Kainoosh are to die for.
This Persian dessert brings this delicious list to it’s rightful finale. Packed with nuts and molded out of thick condensed milk, this marvelous dessert rounds off every Indian meal in summers. The kulfi sticks available outside Moets in Defence Colony to Roshan di Kulfi in Karol Bagh, we can’t seem to make ourselves choose between these two crowd favorites. Natural flavours like rose, paan, mango, creates a delicious havoc on our tongues.
Every person with wanderlust has Delhi on their list and for the right reason. This culturally diverse city is known for it’s ancient heritage, colorful noise and rich background. Plan your visit soon, for this city has a lot to offer.