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Cuisine of Delhi

Hands down, food has its own way to make someone fall head over heels, make them drool, dream and munch. And while some say that their heart beats for food, why not steer close to the heart of India, Delhi which is like a buffet of some of the best mouth-watering food one can find anywhere else. Whether it be the squeezed streets of old Delhi where vendors mix different flavours; the overcrowded bazaars of central and south Delhi where the aroma of food can pull you in from kilometres away or the posh restaurants from all around Delhi that boast of their authenticity, there is a lot for food connoisseurs to catch up on when in Delhi. And it won't be wrong to say that one can go absolutely bizarre at the idea of how varied things can get in terms of food in Delhi, from its own land’s cuisine i.e., South Indian and North Indian, Delhi also experiments with flavours from Chinese, Italian and Global cuisine.

Besides, one interesting fact about the cuisine of this city is that even though some of the delicacies that it offers have been influenced by Punjabi, Mughlai, Tibetan and Chinese cuisines, Delhi has managed to adopt the flavours as its own and helped those dishes become the must tries over the years. And it won't be wrong to say that one can go absolutely bizarre at the idea of how varied things can get in terms of food in Delhi. With a flavour for each weather from spicy, sweet, tangy, creamy to dreamy, Delhi not only surprises its own natives but its travellers with its ever-changing colours and hues in its cuisine. With a flavour for each weather from spicy, sweet, tangy, creamy to dreamy, Delhi not only surprises its own natives but its travellers with its ever-changing colours and hues in its cuisine.

Popular Cuisines of Delhi

  • Chaat

    Whether it be the crispy raj kachori, papri chaat topped with curd or the mouth-watering gol gappas, bhel puri,sev puri or any other kind, in one word and finite varieties, this anytime snack has found a place on the streets of Delhi and heart of travellers.

  • Chole Bhature

    A typical combination from the Punjabi cuisine of chana masala (zesty chickpea) and bhatura(fried bread made of maida flour) which has ever since been an integral part of Delhi and another star dish in its cuisine.

  • Kebabs and Rolls

    Probably a party indoor or outdoor is incomplete without this grilled meat dish and this wrapped up stuffed delight which both non-vegetarians and vegetarians thank Mughals and Kolkata for respectively.

  • Paranthas

    Sometimes stuffed and sometimes plain, these flatbreads have been the untamed king of breakfast in every other house of Delhi from ages and are best tried on with butter, pickle or curd.

  • Butter Chicken

    Delhi pats its back for being the place of origin of this delicacy which is loved by all non-vegetarians for its delicious saucy and creamy curry.

  • Momos

    From the streets of Delhi to its high-end restaurants, momos are a special kind of South Asian dumpling which are a must-have in Delhi that best tastes with its typical red spicy chutney.

  • Rabri Falooda and Kulfi

    A delight for every foodie who has a sweet tooth are the traditional dairy desserts Kulfi the "traditional Indian ice cream." and rabri falooda, a sweet drink made up of vermicelli and rabri.

  • Chole Kulche

    Sometime or the other whether after school, college or office you must have binge eaten this deadly duo in Delhi which is basically dry peas and buttered maida kulcha topped with tomatoes, green chilli and onion.

  • Samosa & Jalebi

    As soon as rain knocks on Delhi’s door, it's a ritual to rush out on the streets and grab a bite of the ultimate must-haves of the city, the steaming hot samosa and its sugary companion, jalebi.

  • Shawarma

    Another marvel of the streets of Delhi, Shawarma is a Lebanese meat dish which is popularly known for its finely grilled and chopped ingredients stuffed in a cushion like pita bread.

  • Biryani

    The name does full justice to the flood of flavours that it brings to the mouth of each and everyone, who tries this South Asian mixed rice dish and that’s why it's a favourite of many in Delhi.

  • Daulat ki Chaat

    Winters are somewhat sweet and sugary for Delhites as that's when they can relish Daulat ki Chaat, a dish which is layer by layer decorated with frost of creamy milk churned on moonlit nights

  • Kachori and Aloo ki Sabzi

    One of the favourite street foods of Delhi from decades is the spicy any time snack Kachori best enjoyed when dipped in an even toothsome aloo ki sabzi.

  • Sohan Halwa

    A traditional dessert of India which is full of such a commendable mix of ingredients like milk, cornflour and finally topped with saffron in such a way that delights its lovers from heart to soul.

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