The Capital Cuisine

I have written a bit about the culture of my city earlier. This time I would be discussing the places and things to eat in Delhi – some of which are Delhi’s speciality. Delhi has restaurants and eating joints for all kind of cuisines, from Punjabi to South Indian, Rajesthani, Chinese, Italian, Nagapuri, Bengali, Gujrati.. all kinds. But the places and food I am discussing are Delhi’s very own.

Kachori Sabji – This Kachori with Aloo Sabji (Potato curry) can be eaten in and around almost all the commercial places in Delhi, its more like a heavy snack and is really popular, especially amongst people who work in the field in these commercial places all day long.

Kulfi Faluda – This is one of Delhi’s favorite desserts. One of the good places to have it would be Roshan Di Kulfi in Karol Bagh.

Aloo Chat – These are hot fried pieces of potatoes served with lots of spices and chutneys all around the city and people love it.

Chhole Bhature – Although these are popular in most parts of Northern India but in Delhi is like a first choice alternative breakfast if you are planning to not cook at home on a weekend. You can see long queues waiting for getting their parcels of Chholle Bhature at every other corner of the street.

Chholle Kulche, Central Mkt – This guy sits under a tree in Central Market, Lajpat Nagar and is out of stock in no time every single day. Never had Chholle Kulche this tasty anywhere else in the world.

Some of the popular old places in Delhi to eat out are…

Kake Da Dhaba, CP – A very small dhaba in the outer circle of Cannaught Place is damn popular for its non-veg preparations. They still serve in those small while plates in the very traditional Dhaba style. The food is so tasty that you really cant help licking your fingers. And the prices are absolutely reasonable considering you are eating in a place bang in the most expensive commercial surroudings of the capital.

Pandara Road – A popular place to eat all kind of Paranthas 24 hours a day. Again, in the center of the city and a hub for late night freaks to catch a bite.

Chandni Chowk & Fatehpuri – These places are more known for shopping than meals. Also known as “Purani Dilli“, these places, which by the way are quite next to each other, offer great snacks and meals for a typical north indian food lover now being popularized as “Purani Dilli Ke Chatkare“. This ranges from snacks like Aloo Chat, Tikki, Dahi Bhhalle to sweets like Jalebi and beverages like flavored milk shakes and faluda especially with those huge glasses in which they are served. The taste of all this stuff is so authentic to Purani Dilli that people visit these places from miles away just to have a few snacks. Also, you can find amazing meals at dhabas which serve bread as big as you can think of. Dont bother ordering more than one. This is also the home of the much popular HALDIRAMS. A TIP though for visiters, to avoid crowded markets and enjoy just the snacks, visit on a Sunday.

Dhabas in Mayapuri Industrial Area – These are small eating joints which are not very popular being in Industrial area. However, amongst the businessmen and salesmen who travel to this part of the city and have eaten in any of these dhabas, they are very popular for their Amritsari Naans and the way the are served. For me, they surely form part of Delhi’s culture and cuisine.

Rajma Rice, NP – Nehru Place is one of the busiest commercial places in Delhi and is a IT hub as well. It has a no. of small eating joints which offer fast mails like Rajma Rice, Daal Rice, Chicken Curry Rice etc which are (not really hygenic but) very tasty and served within a minute with the green Pudina Chutney… yummmm.

Caventers & Wengers, CP – Caventers is a fantastic place in Inner Circle, CP to grab a quick bite and a flavored milk shake which is very filling by the way. And just around the corner is Wenger’s which is an amazing bakery with their unique varities of candies, pastries, cookies, jellies and what not.

Haldirams – For the localites, its one of the coolest places to take your family out for dinner. Its fun, their variety drives you crazy and you end up ordering a bit of a lot of things. Located in various locations like Mathura Road, Lajpat Nagar etc, its a damn popular for its hygenic snacks, thalis and sundaes.

Moolchand Flyover – This is a place which is very popular for its paranthas as well just like Pandara road. It used to be open late nights, however, nowadays, it closes down by midnight or so :(. The best part of this place is the masala mirchi they put on the paranthas. Egg parantha here is one of my personal favorites.

Khan Chacha, Khan Market – You surely cant get better non-veg snacks or rolls anywhere else. Put your calory concious mind at home while visiting this place. This is a small place which is so popular that I gets its publicity from word of mouth over radio as well.

UPSC, India Gate – Near India gate, outside UPSC office, you would find this place where you can have the most spicy chats you would ever have eaten and its a hot place amongst Delhi University students. (Atleast the ones I have been around with)

I guess I am, more or less, done with this list. I would really recommend any of you visiting Delhi to drop down at these places and get a taste of real Capital (take me along if you want).

PS – I have specifically kept out all the popular restaurants in Delhi out of this list. Although there are a couple of mentions of restaurants but they really form part of Delhi’s culture so much that it was hard to keep them out.

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