Delhi – Foodie’s Paradise!
The narrow gullies of Delhi narrate many stories through the overwhelming variety of street food that they offer. While walking through the chaotic maze of by-lanes, you can never be lost. If ever you are, you’ll probably catch the whiff of steaming samosas still hissing from the hot oil or the sweet aroma of crisp jalebis that will lead your senses. Temptation is everywhere and it’s hard to resist. The old city shares an intimate relationship with food, one that was founded during the Mughal era. Here, traditions rule and history is served sumptuously garnished with culinary secrets that have been passed down through generations.
Presenting, a food lover’s paradise!
1. Natraj Dahi Bhalla
Natraj is located near Bhai Mati Das Chowk at the turning to Chandni Chowk metro station. It was started in 1940 and is run by Inder Mohan. They have only two items on the menu – dahi bhalla and aloo tikki. Both are worth a taste.
2. Kake Di Hatti
Kake Di Hatti, an authentic Punjabi eatery, is one such paradise. Located in Gali Batashan near Fatepuri Chowk, Kake Di Hatti serves traditional North Indian cuisine in pocket friendly values. Their Dal Makhani and varieties of stuffed Naan are a must try. Price for two is Rs. 400 approximately.
3. Old Famous Jalebi Wale
Located at the Dariba Kalan Road in Chandni Chowk, the jalebis here are the real deal. A look at those lovely swirls frying in hot oil, then delicately dipped in sugar syrup and you just can’t wait to eat them. This shop has been around since 1884. The jalebis here are fried in home-made desi ghee. The founder of this shop, Nemi Chand Jain, is known to have experimented with many recipes before deciding on the final one. The jalebis are soft and are cooked over coal-fire. Another thing that interests me is that they use desi khandsari sugar and not the regular one to make the syrup. That’s what we call pure pleasure.
4. Hazari Lal Jain Khurchan Wale
The word ‘khurchan’ mean leftover scrap.The unique sweet that they serve here is only made with milk. A sticky sweet, khurchan is easy to make. Boil the milk, scrape of the leftovers from the karahi and sprinkle with powdered sugar and pistachios.Bite into the soft, gooey texture and you’re in heaven. This small establishment was set up about 90 years ago by Gauri Shankar Jain, an immigrant Uttar Pradesh. He named the shop after his son, Hazari Lal.
Founded in 1790, it is one of the oldest sweet shops in India. From Mughal Emperors to Indian Ministers, it has satisfied may a sweet tooth. It is famous for its ‘sohan halwa’ and ‘Karachi halwa’ along with badaam barfi, kalakand, pista samosa and mootichoor ladoo. It was started by Lala Sukh Lal Jain from Amber and is now being run by his fifth generation.
Next time in Delhi, make sure you try all of them out! Check out some of the Tour Packages for Delhi here.