The roads of Old Delhi are a joy to encounter. There is history to catch in each corner. Shopaholics can discover anything they want here if they realize where to search for it in this jam-packed maze.
Concerning food darlings, the roads are overflowing with famous diners that have become well known over many years.
At the point when we talk about road food in Old Delhi, everybody has their top choices. From kebabs to kachoris, the air, that encompasses these foundations, further adds flavour to whatever it is that they serve.
Having lived in New Delhi the greater part of my life, I scarcely at any point investigated Old Delhi for its food. That all changed recently when I went on several Old Delhi food strolls. Presently, I’m dependent, needing to return and attempt more places, and return to the ones I discovered engaging.
The sheer liveliness around Old Delhi road food is amazing. Other than the food, the environment is whimsical and has an appealing nostalgic appeal. Hard to relate for some, who have experienced childhood in the cutting edge shopping centre culture. The best part is that it doesn’t hurt the pocket either, as the costs of the famous dishes of Old Delhi are fairly old also.
This rundown attempts to catch a little piece of Old Delhi’s culinary legacy. You will track down a periodic unbelievable Old Delhi café missing here – Karim’s and Qureshi being the undeniable ones. A few, I still can’t seem to investigate, others I haven’t eaten at for quite a long time. On schedule, I desire to add them with photographs to allure you, ideally.
In this way, the thought is to continue adding to the rundown. Fortunately, something superb about Old Delhi road food and eateries is that they tend to continue endlessly, serving ages, for quite a long time.
Kuremal Mohan Lal
Location : Shop No. 526, Kucha Pati Ram, Sitaram Bazar Rd, Chawri Bazar, Delhi 110006
“Old Delhi’s Most Famous Kulfi” is just novel and heavenly.
Operational since 1906, Kuremal Mohan Lal’s forte is their organic product kulfi. High on flavor with the additional dramatization of being full inside an organic product, normally occasional, makes it a tasty eat.
There’s a comprehensive appeal to the kulfi that at long last arises with a fruity smell, by and large delicacy, and reviving creation, ideal for the mid year months.
Mango kulfi is Kuremal’s most renowned dish. Yet, it is ideal to get some information about the in-season natural product. He prescribed the orange kulfi to us, which ended up being amazing.
Old Famous Jalebi Wala
Location : 1795, Dariba Kalan Rd, Opp Central Baptist Church, Chandni Chowk, Delhi 110006
Eating jalebis from a road slow down can be a hit or a miss. Be that as it may, there are a couple of reasons why Old Famous remaining parts as notorious as could be expected.
The size of one jalebi is gigantic. It’s thick and likely equivalents five typical ones that you get at Haldirams or Bikanervala.
They make the jalebis in little bunches. More than likely, they will make another one once you put in the request. Thus, expect steaming hot jalebis without fail.
The syrup is a real sense spill down your jaw with each nibble. There’s whimsical energy at whatever point this occurs, that is very nostalgic. Not to neglect, the tacky fingers you wind up licking subsequently.
Old Kheer Shop
Location : 2867, Bazar Sirkiwalan, Chawri Bazar, Chandni Chowk, Delhi 110006
The Old Kheer Shop works out of a house where, Madhubala, one of Indian film’s most adored entertainers, was conceived.
Albeit the proprietors of Old Kheer Shop don’t have any association with the unbelievable entertainer, their delicate, smooth, and rich kheer are in their very own group.
Especially like most diners in Old Delhi, the “shop” is small with barely adequate room for 7-10 individuals to sit and eat.
The menu contains the just kheer, made in restricted amount each day. Once finished, you need to stand by till the following day to have a lot of this sweet fixation.
Arvind Pakode Wala
Location : Vaidwara, Maliwara, Chandni Chowk, Delhi 110006
Arvind doesn’t have a billboard over his opening in the divider shop. There is no name anyplace, nor a location.
Truth be told, his shop isn’t really called Arvind Pakode Wala. Arvind is the name of the proprietor, and I surmise Arvind Pakode Wala is as great a name as it gets.
Arvind’s stew pakoras are well known. There’s nothing novel about them, with the exception of possibly a legitimacy that reflects in the hitter and their ideal firmness.
I’m not enthusiastic about fiery food, and eating a bean stew pakora is an impressive bet. You would luck be able to out and get tolerably hot bean stew or wind up going around searching for a container of water to quiet down your consuming throat.
It appears it was my day of reckoning, as both the bean stew pakoras I ate ended up being okay.
Location : House No. 112 Chowk Barshahbulla, Chawri Bazar, Delhi 110006
Rumors have spread far and wide suggesting that it was Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru who recommended that Shyam Sweets should make matar (kachoris loaded up with peas).
Presently, Shayam Sweets is broadly referred to all over Delhi as “matar kachori rib.”
A famous breakfast objective for local people, Shyam Sweets, has significantly more to bring to the table. A showcase case holds an assortment of desserts though billboards advance their stuffed samosas.
There’s no spot to sit, aside two or three tables where you can stand and have your supper.
The matar kachoris come plunged in a potato sauce and are somewhat hot yet healthy and flavourful.
Jung Bahadur Kachori Wala
Location : 1104, Gali Bhojpura Rd, Maliwara, Katra Lehswan, Chandni Chowk, Delhi 110006
A minuscule across the board foundation, JB Kachori Wala has a huge banner on their divider gladly referencing every one of the spots they are reachable on the web.
The kachoris are piled up in one corner, new ones being made close by, and a consistent progression of clients travelling every which way consistently.
Arranged on a bustling road, one needs to remain as an afterthought and regularly squirm around passing cycles and scoters while eating.
JB’s kachori is the thing that I would call regular Old Delhi food. Served squashed in a potato sauce; it’s fiery, crunchy, exquisite, and overflowing with the sort of tartness that makes you need to have another chomp regardless of whether it’s excessively zesty for the ton
Location : Shop No. 4 & 5, Matia Mahal Road, Opposite Jama Masjid Gate No. 1, Delhi 110006
Arranged right at the corner, before the Jama Masjid, you can’t miss Kallan Sweets. It’s likewise one of the greater shops in the path directly inverse the mosque.
While you will get the standard desserts at Kallan, it is basically known for paneer jalebis and keema samosas accessible around Ramadan.
The paneer jalebi is very thick, sweet, yet has a lot gentler surface to it than the standard jalebi.
The keema samosa is nothing similar to the conventional appetizing solace food that we eat. This one resembles a gunjiya with what I accept is negligible filling inside. Both the jalebi and samosa are a famous piece of iftar – the evening feast to end a day of fasting during Ramadan.
Padam Chaat Corner
Location : Kinari Bazar Rd, Kinari Bazar, Chandni Chowk, Delhi 110006
While strolling through the roads of Kinari Bazaar, Padam Chaat Corner out of nowhere comes up in one corner. It’s another of those opening in-the-divider road food joints with no limits on different sides.
The pile of gol gappas on one side and the fairly ill humored lighting – the road is moderately dim during the day – further makes it stick out.
Padam encapsulates Delhi’s road food scene. Everybody adjusts to permit newbies to submit their request.
There’s normally some progressing talk between regulars with a comment to a great extent on India’s political status or whatever is in the information at that point.
The dahi papdi chaat I had was great. The individual making the talk, who was not the proprietor, even situated it so I could take a superior photo.
Now and then, it doesn’t make any difference if the food is positive or negative, yet the temporary associations we have while eating makes the experience essential.
Location : Urdu Bazar Rd, Jama Masjid, Old Delhi, Delhi 110006
Every individual who appreciates kebabs will have that one spot that serves the “best kebabs in Delhi.” It’s close to difficult to attempt every last one of these acclaimed restaurants, yet a couple of stick out.
Lalu Kababee is a couple of steps from Jama Masjid’s Gate Number 1. It’s little and during celebration time stays swarmed all through the evening.
The kebabs here, or besides in most Old Delhi cafés, look a ton not quite the same as what many people grew up eating in eateries. Be that as it may, in taste, they outperform any kebab you may have had in the best and generally costly of spots.
Made with buffalo meat, Lalu Kababee served the mildest kebabs that one can have. So delicate that they were separating as people attempted to get one.
The unexpected factor for me, however, was that the kebab accompanied a margarine “sauce.” A generally new pattern, increasingly more kebabris are serving kebabs or chicken with spread around here.
In taste, the spread surely complements the kinds of the kebab to another level out and out.
Location : 1894, Opposite Driba Klan, Chhippy Wada, Chandni Chowk, Delhi 110006
Lassi is the quintessential invigorating beverage to have during hot and damp Delhi months. Rambhoj is one of the numerous spots in Chandni Chownk that serves a tasty rendition of it.
Rambhoj’s claim to fame is that they normally serve the lassi in a tall kullad (mud glass). Just like the case with tea served in a kullad, there’s a heartiness to the beverage that one can’t get in a steel glass.
Tragically, the stormy season is the point at which the kullads are supplanted with steel glasses.
In any case, it merits halting here, in the middle of your Old Delhi food stroll, for a plunk down and a reviving beverage.
Location : Shop No. 1125, Matia Mahal Road, Opposite Jama Masjid Gate No. 1, Delhi 110006
On the first occasion when I held a glass of Sharbat E Mohabbat’s renowned Pyaar Mohabbat Mazaa, I thought it was Roohafza milk with enormous pieces of “red” ice in it.
In actuality, quite possibly the most wanted beverages during Ramadan comprises of milk, Roohafza, sugar syrup, and watermelon. Chilly, sweet, fruity, and an enjoyment to drink, I currently sometimes make a hand crafted form of the beverage at whatever point watermelon is in season.
For the most part accessible throughout the mid-year months, the musically named Pyaar Mohabbat Mazaa is an absolute necessity have on the off chance that you run over it during an Old Delhi food walk.
Gaya Prasad Shiv Charan Paranthas
Location : 34, Paranthe Wali Gali, Maliwara Tiraha Bazar, Chandni Chowk, Delhi 110006
It doesn’t get any more famous than the paranthas at Gaya Prasad Shiv Charan in Paranthe Wali Gali, Old Delhi.
Operational since 1872, six ages have effectively served an assortment of seared paranthas to food darlings in this incredible path of the city.
Accessible within excess of 25 distinct fillings, the paranthas are singed in desi ghee and presented several blended vegetables and curries.
Firm and fulfilling, it merits trying different things with a portion of the more uncommon fillings like a harsh gourd, banana or dry natural products. I, notwithstanding, played protected and attempted the paneer and peas paranthas.
Location : No.113, Matia Mahal Rd, Bazar Matia Mahal, Jama Masjid, Chandni Chowk, Delhi 110006
I have talked to lot of people there and all of them said that Seared chicken never tasted this great.
Known locally, and among gourmands, as JFC (Jama Masjid Fried Chicken), the owner of Haji Mohd. Hussain Fried Chicken actually sits at the café consistently and makes the zest blend and marinade himself.
The mystery behind the accomplishment of the chicken is that they fry it twice. From the outset, the skin gets a tanish tone with a shallow fry. At that point, the chicken is cut into more modest pieces. At last, when a request comes in, the pieces are pan fried.
The last dish is crunchy, succulent, and overflowing the sort of substantial goodness that sends you to foodie paradise.
Individuals’ top pick about the seared chicken is the uncommon in-house yellow chutney that accompanies it. Its vigorous flavours guarantee that each chomp is fiery and finger-licking great.
Haji Sharbati Nihari
Location : 722, Haveli Azam Khan, Jama Masjid, Matia Mahal, Chandni Chowk, Delhi 110006
Somewhere inside one of the side roads of Matia Mahal is Haji Sharbati Nihari. Regularly, Nihari is a morning dish, and most shops finish their stock by around early afternoon at max.
Be that as it may, during Ramazan, they serve this seriously flavourful substantial thoroughly enjoy the evening.
The shank of sheep is for the most part sluggish cooked, for the time being, giving it a serious and full-bodied taste. Regularly, a tad of the stock from one day is added to the new stock, to furnish it with a good progressing character.
The rotis, served alongside the greasy and to some degree sleek, positively, nihari, are enormous and feathery, with an unassuming gentility to them.
Dil Pasand Biryani Point
Location : 735, Haveli Azam Khan, Chitli Qabar Chowk, Jama Masjid, Delhi
Found a couple of steps from Haji Sharbati Nihari, Dil Pasand serves probably the best biryani in Old Delhi.
Regardless of whether you pick chicken or lamb, there’s waiting goodness to the dish that comes from the sluggish cooked meat and aroma of the rice.
Effectively full from eating the nihari, people just had a couple of nibbles of the biryani. Nonetheless, on the off chance that you are around there, it merits having the biryani stuffed for home.
The biryani works out in a good way for raita and pickles, served as an afterthought with the dish.
Asha Ram Food
Location : 1st floor, Shop No: 755, Chandni Chowk Rd, opposite Town Hall, Chandni Chowk, Delhi 110006
Food with a view, Old Delhi style.
Asha Ram is a shockingly roomy veggie lover just eatery arranged on the principal floor of a structure that neglects the traffic circle close to the Town Hall.
They have indoor seating also, however I suggest sitting in the little deck from where you can appreciate the traffic down beneath and get a first line perspective on the oven.
Asha Ram has a genuine dhaba vibe to it; be it the wooden table and seats to sit on, or the open oven from where hot and fresh naans mysteriously jump out after at regular intervals.
Despite the fact that they have the customary veggie-lover admission, the margarine paneer masala is eminent. Delicate bits of paneer in a rich sauce with quintessential Indian flavours, it sounds average, however, tastes incredible.
There’s nothing uncommon about this tea slow down in an Old Delhi path, then again, actually it turns out to be directly close to Sheesh Mahal.
Alright, so you likewise get an astounding cup of hot tea from an owner who could care the slightest bit about being captured. He continued on ahead totally overlooking me. Ha!
A private structure, Sheesh Mahal, is the area of Old St. Stephen’s College. The present-day occupants are cordial and don’t care either way if you venture inside the patio to take some photographs.
Indeed, an old noble man halted me, seeing that I had a camera, and gave a little history exercise on the spot.
The structure doesn’t have its previous wonder any longer, however at one time, there were vivid mirrors all around its entryways and dividers.
Pt. Ved Prakash Lemon Wala
Location : Chandni Chowk Rd, Katra Nagpuri, Katra Asharfi, Delhi 110006
The exemplary “Banta” brings about the ideal result each time you need to re-stimulate your body while investigating Old Delhi.
Particularly like the niche stores of Old Delhi, Pt. Ved Prakash has just a single thing on their menu. Notwithstanding, you can request that they increment or diminishing the masala in the lemon soft drink according to your inclination.
By and by, if looking at, I lean toward the first Jain Shikanji of Modinagar, principally in light of the fact that it has more effervescence and masala to it. In any case, Ved Prakash Lemon Wala is a nearby second.
Cool Point – Purani Dukan Zene Wali
Location : 972, Bazaar Matia Mahal, Opposite Jama Masjid Gate 1, Delhi 110006
There are a lot of shops named “Cool point” close to the Jama Masjid, however this one likewise passes by Purani Dukan Zene Wali – Old shop with a flight of stairs.
The claim to fame here is their shahi tukda. I’ve just at any point had one from Bikanervala, so this one was a disclosure.
There’s without a doubt a blame factor in eating broiled bread dunked in cream, yet to take things up an indent, request them to add a scoop from their handcrafted mango frozen yoghurt for that ideal hot and cold nibble.
Hathras Famous Rabri
Location : Khari Baoli Road
As “road” as it can get, I went over these two slows down selling rabri in a walkway in favour of Khadi Baoli Road.
It’s an impermanent set up with an enormous plate loaded up with rabri, appealing to customers to pause and enjoy.
A billboard behind the dealer flaunts that this is the acclaimed rabri from Hathras, a city in Uttar Pradesh. I will believe them.
In taste, there’s a breeziness to the rabri that makes it even more addictive.
The pleasantness is perfect, and the rabri functions admirably as a speedy pastry in the wake of having tasted an assortment of road food in Old Delhi.
Brijwasi Paan Bhandar
Location : 374, Kucha Ghasi Ram, Kucha Ghasiram, Chandni Chowk, Delhi 110006
It probably won’t be the best of things to eat, however, it sure is perhaps the most flavourful digestives you’ll at any point have.
The little shop close to Brijwasi Bhoj eatery is the ideal spot to end your food stroll in Old Delhi with a meetha or sada paan.
The huge measured meetha paan (sweet paan) I had, a few nibbles to complete, and tasted extraordinary!
BONUS: The Perfect Chai Experience
Location : Gadodia Market, Khari Baoli Road, Delhi 110006
On the off chance that hoping to accomplish something genuinely stunning, head down to Khari Baoli Road in Old Delhi. The Spice Market is the biggest in the entirety of Asia and is a blast of hard to neglect tones, scents, and sights.
Someplace in the street is an old structure by the name of Gadodia Market, close to Fatehpuri Masjid. Step inside and take the back flight of stairs as far as possible up to the rooftop. It’s free, however somewhat shabby so try not to go all alone. In any case, you’ll track down a periodic explorer there with their guide.
Be that as it may, prior to ascending, request one from the tea slows down on the ground floor to send over some tea or two. One of the features of my Old Delhi food walk was having hot and sweet tea, under a marginally cloudy sky, while watching the coordinated mayhem of the Spice Market down underneath.
While I think about my following visit to Old Delhi, for another foodie experience, on the off chance that you are aware of any secret pearls, if it’s not too much trouble, let me know.