8 Food Trails in Delhi, With Google Maps
Delhi has been at the core of this nation political growth from time immemorial, it has been the seat of power from the days of holy texts, Rajputs, Mughals, modern and contemporary India. With that came a strong cultural confluence which extended to food. A variety of cultures and ethnicities have come to Delhi at different points of time, making it their home and return these folks have shared their way of living and culinary traditions.
Discovering Delhi through its food is no more a novelty, the walls of Old Delhi alone holds gastronomic magic which is enough to leave the biggest of foodaholics satiated. But there is more, from regional fare from the north east to south and even from foreign shores.
If you are the hungry and adventurous ones, these 8 trails are meant just for you. We have mapped the locations to help you find these eateries.
A foodie trip to Delhi will remain incomplete if you don’t try the Indian fried stuffed breads. Chandni Chowk’s Parathewali Gali to Moolchand and Nizamuddin there are shops and vendors specializing in various stuffing to cooking techniques – there are some which are deep fried!
Literally, chaat means lick in Hindi. These snack style nibbles are capable of leaving you salivating for more. There is often debates as to which Indian region does chat best; answers vary depending upon familiarity and loyalty. Delhi however always comes to the fore of these conversations and with good reasons, no one does Dahi Bhalla or Aloo Chat as well as Delhi.
Milk is an indelible part of north India and you will see it take many forms from yogurts to desserts. To satisfy your sweet tooth try the Kulfi Falooda at Pandara Road, Kuliya Chaat in Old Delhi or the winter time wonder of Daulat ki Chaat.
Kebabs and More
Thanks to the Mughal domination of Delhi, there is a smorgasbord of flavors when it comes to kebabs and non-vegetarian dishes. Walk around the old Jama Masjid to devour plates of Nihari, Paya and kebabs or go uber posh with the likes of Bukhara at ITC Maurya.
South Indian Fare
It’s not longer about ubiquitous Dosa, but south Indian fare has gone through much needed boost. Places like Andhra Bhavan offer more nuanced and localized food. And though Saravana Bhavan still dominates, Hauz Khaz Village’s The Toddy Shop and Carnatic Cafe offer a modern alter ego.
North East Kitchens
Delhi is flocked by people from north east and Tibet all looking for greener pastures in life. They brought with them their very unique taste buds which has permeated through the national capital; we don’t need to tell you about the cult of momos. But apart from that if you wish to try out some other local north eastern fare Majnu ka Tila in the north or Green Park in south are good bets.
Wherever there is food, there are Bengalis. There love for food is only accentuated by their own cuisine. While Anjan Chatterjee’s Oh! Calcutta has made the regional cuisine hip, alleys of Chittaranjan Park are known to be little Calcutta for Delhi and a slice of Bangla authenticity – food obviously is integral to it.
For the Global Gourmand
There is a lot on offer for those who want a taste of the world. Being the diplomatic hub of the nation has its advantages. Everything from venerable brands like Le Cirque to hole in the wall African joints like Many’s Square and contemporary Indian from Indian Accent, there is a variety to choose from.