Full of a thousand culinary secrets, a walk through the by-lanes of Old Delhi is likely to lead you to countless food joints that are redolent with the aromas of good food and the hum of both hungry and satisfied customers. Since the time it was the seat of Mughal authority, Old Delhi has had a long and intimate relationship with food. These veteran restaurants and hole in the wall eateries draw loyal customers with their time-tested family recipes and unmatched taste. They are not for calorie counters or picky eaters, but culinary adventurers seeking an intoxicating mix of flavour and atmosphere.
Natraj Dahi Bhalla Wala
The constant crowds milling outside this tiny eatery testify to its tremendous popularity. There are only two dishes on the menu—dahi bhalla and aloo tikki—both spiced to perfection
Review : The constant crowds milling outside this tiny eatery testify to its tremendous popularity. There are only two dishes on the menu—dahi bhalla and aloo tikki—both spiced to perfection. The crisp tikkis are served with two kinds of chutney (coriander and tamarind), while the crumbly bhalla is also accompanied with cooling curd. Both are excellent appetisers for Old Delhi’s other lip-smacking fare. Grab your plate, find a spot on the pavement outside the stall, and get ready for culinary epiphany.
Old & Famous Jalebiwala
Situated at the northern end of Gurudwara Sis Ganj Sahib in Chandni Chowk, this age-old sweet shop dishes out the juiciest jalebis in the city.
- ADDRESS: 1795, Ground Floor, Dariba Corner, Chandni Chowk, Delhi
- CONTACT: (+91) 11 23256973, (+91) 9811020546
- CLASS: Budget
- CUISINE: Indian
Review : Situated at the northern end of Gurudwara Sis Ganj Sahib in Chandni Chowk, this age-old sweet shop dishes out the juiciest jalebis in the city. Unlike the regular crunchy versions available in the other parts of the city, these jalebis are thick, large and soft. After being fried in pure ghee, they are dipped in a blend of sugar syrup and spices. The delicious samosas come with potato or pea filling, and are a perfect antidote to the sweet jalebis.
Branching off from one end of Chandni Chowk, this narrow alley is lined with several small eateries of which Pandit Kanhaiyalal Durga Prasad Paranthe Wale is the best. The deep fried paranthas are stuffed with regular fillings like peas, radish and lentils as well as quirky ones like lemon, tomato, banana and sweet rabri, and accompanied by spicy potato curry, pickles and chutneys.
- ADDRESS: 36, Gali Paranthe Wali, Chandni Chowk, Delhi
- CONTACT: +91 9971997140, +91 9891664131
Kake Di Hatti
Vegetarians need not feel left out during a Chandni Chowk outing. They should simply head to Kake di Hatti for its lip-smacking north Indian fare. The pick of the menu is the vast range of mammoth naans stuffed with everything from green chillies, garlic, soya, cheese and capsicum, to sugar, radish, potato and cauliflower. These are also a good non-greasy alternative to Paranthewali Gali’s deep fried breads
- 654-655, Church Mission Road, Fetehpuri, Chandni Chowk, Delhi
- +91 9910722254
- CUISINE: Mughlai
Kuremal Mohanlal Kulfiwale
- ADDRESS: Kucha Pati Ram, off Sitaram Bazaar, near Chawri Bazaar metro, Delhi
- CONTACT: PHONE
- CUISINE: Indian
- OPENING HOURS: 0900 hr – 2230 hr