Delhi, especially the old parts of the capital is obsessed with the street food items. The places find some of the most luscious and succulent and dreamy dishes both veg and non-veg, and sweets as well. If you are a fan of street food, Delhi is your savior- A Paradise for the foodies all around the country! Here we have curated a list of spots that serve the finest of drool-worthy dishes in the capital’s old city. Have a look!
- 1 Paranthe Wali Gali
- 2 Shree Balaji Chaat Bhandar
- 3 Natraj Dahi Balle – Chandni Chowk
- 4 Khandani Pakode Wala
- 5 Lotan Chole Wala
- 6 Bishan Swaroop- Aloo Kulla
- 7 Sitaram Chole Bhature
- 8 Salim’s Kebabs
- 9 Karim’s
- 10 Khemchand Adesh Kumar’s Daulat ki Chaat
Paranthe Wali Gali
We cannot start this list without mentioning the Paranthe Wali Gali! For those who have been, there will know. Finding a place somewhere in the narrow lanes of Old Delhi’s Chandni Chowk, the Paranthe Wali Gali spreads its charm in the whole nation. The place attracts tourists from all over India and world. The place has the widest variety paranthas (a kind of Indian bread). The place is a paradise for paratha lovers. These paranthas are served with vegetable curry, chutney and pickles.
Shree Balaji Chaat Bhandar
Chandni Chowk is a great place for having your hunger pangs and craving fly away. Chaat is another heavy snack that is eating pan-India with different versions of each place. In Delhi, the list of Chaat places is incomplete without Shree Balaji Chaat Bhandar in Chandni Chowk. They serve Aloo Puri, Dahi Bhalla, Tikki and Papdi Chaat. But the papri chaat tops the list hands down.
Natraj Dahi Balle – Chandni Chowk
Another from Chandni Chowk! Natraj Dahi Bhalla is a well-known north Indian snack. The dish is a nice blend of sweet curd, spicy chutney with a soaked vada. Natraj in Chandni Chowk offers the best Dahi Bhalla and the outlet is said to be more than eighty years old.
Khandani Pakode Wala
The Khandani Pakode wala in Sarojini Nagar is heaven for people who like to stuff themselves with pakodas in the wintery days in Delhi. Khandani Pakode wala gives around ten types of pakodas at any given time. The bread pakoda and the Paneer pakodas are the most liked with Chutneys served alongside.
Lotan Chole Wala
For the love of spice! Been there since 1977, the cholas of Lotan Chole Wala are served with potatoes in a red hot curry, garnished with coriander and green chilies. Located in Barsha Bullah Chowk you can easily find it, as almost everyone would know about him.
Bishan Swaroop- Aloo Kulla
One of the hidden gems of Chandni Chowk is Bishan Swaroop. It is located in Chandni Chowk, and the average costs just Rs. 50 for two people! The fruit chaat & aloo kulla is totally mouthwatering! Aloo Kulla is a dish made from scooped out boiled potatoes with a filling of chickpeas. It is garnished with the spices and lemon to give you a never-eaten-before taste!
Sitaram Chole Bhature
Sitaram Dewan Chand is found in Old Delhi’s PaharGanj. Chole Bhature is the most loved dish in North India. Sitaram has many branches in other parts of Delhi as well. The shop sells the best and undisputed Chole –Bhature in the entire Delhi- claims a chole bhature lover!
Coming to the non-veg section of ‘Delli’, we have Salim’s Kebabs. Located in Defence Colony Market, the kakori kebabs at Salim’s are simply mouth-watering. These kebabs melt in your mouth the minute you put a piece in. The best way to relish this is by wrapping them in Rumali Roti and savoring every bite.
Carrying a royal tale behind it, Karim’s was opened by Haji Karimuddin, one of the sons of Mohammed Aziz was a cook in the royal court of Mughal Emperor. Karimuddin moved to Delhi with an idea to open a dhaba and that’s how Karim Hotel was established in 1913. Kebabs and mutton nahari are the dishes or say reasons why people flock to this place.
Ending up with something sweet!
Khemchand Adesh Kumar’s Daulat ki Chaat
You can find the Daulat ki Chaat at Dariba, Kinari Bazaar, and Daryaganj. Khemchand Adesh Kumar’s Daulat ki Chaat is a frothy, creamy sweet dish made from churned milk. The soft, foam is carefully collected and served. It looks like cotton candy but in a more dense form. It is flooded with ‘khoya’ and saffron and instantly melts on your palate. Its preparation takes about six hours; it is made during the night and served fresh in the morning.
Aren’t you excited to taste all of them? So next time you plan to eat out in Delhi, do not forget to drive down to these places. Do tell us your experience on how flattered you felt by these welcoming dishes. These mouth-watering snacks and dishes are the soul of the Old Delhi.