When someone talks about the oldest part of India’s capital, the first thing that comes to an individual mind who doesn’t know much about Old Delhi is the narrow alleyways of Chandni Chowk. Known as the street food capital of India, Old Delhi is home to the thousands of culinary outlets among which some date before independence and its congested labyrinths can reward you with treasures of flavor unlike any part of the country. It is the best place to enjoy India’s gastronomical voyage.
Roam across the busiest lanes of Old Delhi to taste Not-to-Miss 4 legacies of food without which your Delhi excursion is incomplete. Are you ready? Prepare yourself to be amazed!
Shyam Sweets and Bedmi Puri are synonyms to each other. If you ask anyone in Chawri Bazar for the best Bedmi Puri, with no doubt they will send you to Shyam Sweet that has been selling this delicacy since 1910.
Start your day with the breakfast of Bedmi Puri. Made of wheat flour and stuffed with finely crushed urad dal, Bedmi Puri looks exactly like gol-gappa, but it’s comparatively more crumbly and bigger in size. It’s usually served with hot & spicy potato curry. However, you can also try it with imli chutney and sitaphal. After a spicy treat, don’t forget to try Nagori halwa which is another specialty of Shyam Sweet.Our Tip: If you wish to enjoy Bedmi Puri to the fullest just poke a hole in it like you would do in pani puri and then stuff it with a small amount of nagori halwa to explode flavors in your mouth.
Its a must-try snack to have on your Delhi Sightseeing tour. This chaat corner has been satiating souls of chaat lovers before independence. While they sell all kinds of chaat, but Kulliya Chaat is the one that made customers hop at this place. It’s a healthy fruit chaat with a difference.
It’s not an ordinary fruit chaat. For bringing impeccable flavors to your mouth, each fruit is individually scooped out to give it a Kullad like shape and then mold is filled with fresh pomegranate seeds and boiled chickpeas, sprinkled with tangy chaat masala and lemon juice. So when you take the first bite of this chaat, crunchiness of pomegranate seeds contracts with the sweetness of fruits, and the tanginess of lemon juice bring marvelous flavors to awaken your taste buds.
Our Tip: Also try crisp aloo chaat — another specialty of Hira Lal Chaat Corner. Potato patties are baked from both sides to give it a super crunchy feel.
If you think you’re a hardcore foodie, you’ll need no directions to make your ways to the most famous lane of Old Delhi’s Chandni Chowk market, and it’s Paranthe Wali Gali. Let’s start with the basics — variety. Discussion on variety is worthless here as you turn around you’ll see ghee soaked paranthas everywhere with an aroma of spices which is hard to resist.
Forget the basic potato and onion ones and let your taste buds enjoy the flavors of the unimaginable fillings like green peas, lemon, cashews, almonds, chilly and many more like this. These parathas are enjoyed best with potato curry, sweet pumpkin, mixed pickle, and chutney. Mark this place for lunch!
Our Tip: For an outstanding gastronomical experience head to Pt. Gaya Prasad Shiv Charan Paranthe Wale, one of the oldest in the lane. Don’t forget to have chilled yogurt shake of Indian origin, lassi served in kulhads after lunch.
If you’re fond of sweets and looking for something that is traditional and can tantalize your taste buds for a long time, then must-try this saffron-colored Indian dessert, Jalebi.
Old Famous Jalebi Wala is serving Jalebis since 1884 offering an arousing interplay of sweetness whose credit goes to the super thick and soft texture of their jalebis. They fry them in pure ghee and uses a special syrup made of ‘khandsari’ sugar which is the unprocessed but traditional and the healthiest form of sugar. It’s the reason behind the distinct and authentic taste of their Jalebis.
All these places are quite known in Delhi. If you wish to Visit Incredible India to try best street food, then you must visit these places to try their specialty. Old Delhi is no less than a paradise for food lovers!