India is a country so diverse that each region holds its unique culture, language and flavor to food. Here we have 10 New Delhi delicacies to try before you leave. Experience New Delhi cuisine like never before.
New Delhi, the heart and capital of India has its very own popular dishes. While cruising your way through the medieval architecture, famous shopping bazaars and bustling metro rides.
One thing that you definitely cannot miss is the wide range of lip smacking choices of food that the enticing streets of Delhi have to offer to you. Here on these streets you will surely satisfy your taste buds.
Experience New Delhi Delicacies
Below is the list of 10 Not to Miss New Delhi delicacies during your stay in the city, be certain to try these dishes and restaurants before you leave for home.
Paranthe Wali Gali, Chandni Chownk
The famous Paranthe wali Gali situated in Chandni Chownk was initially home to 20 Prantha shops of which only 3 or so remain today. Pt Kanhaiyalal Durgaprasad Dixit (Shop #36), Pt Dayanand Shivcharan (Shop #34) and Pt Baburam Devidayal Paranthewale (Shop #84 & #85).
These shops open from 9a.m to 11:00pm. The Paranthas served here are strictly vegetarian.
Shops at Paranthe Wali Gali serve Paranthas stuffed with fillings like Chilies, Lemons, Kajus, Badams, Matar, Khoya, Rabri, Bitter gourds, Lady fingers, Radishes, Carrots, Cauliflowers, Paneer, Aaloo, etc.
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You can also try the most unusual stuffing. Papad Parantha, Banana Parantha, Rabdi Parantha, Kaju Parantha and Khurchan Parantha.
Paaya Nihari Curry at Karim’s, Chandni Chownk
From the kitchens of Mughal emperors, passed on for generations, comes the Paaya Nihari at Karims restaurant at Jama Masjid, Chandni Chownk. Karim’s is an iconic, legendary place serving exquisite Mughlai dishes. Nihari is a lamb shank and paaya is a goat’s hoof.
Stewed in spices, turmeric and chilies, the meat in the nihari is extremely soft, and the marrow enhances the garlicky gravy. The dish is liberally spiced with mace and coriander powder. The paaya is simmered overnight in a stew until the marrow is softened and the bones free of gelatin.
The dish is usually eaten with tandoori rotis. This is considered as the breakfast food, since it is high on energy.
Jalebis at Old And Famous Jalebiwala, Chandni Chownk
This modest-looking shop located at the intersection of Chandni Chownk & Dariba Kalan in Old Delhi has had patrons as celebrated as they come. Ranging from Raj Kapoor to Indira Gandhi. In a league of its own, it has been serving only two items: samosas and jalebis for more than a century now.
Jalebi is a sweet made by deep frying flour (gram flour) batter in circular shapes in oil and then soaking in boiling sugar syrup after which they become orange in color. Thick and juicy, it is food porn at its best. Kailash Jain started this corner store in 1884, and the queues for his jalebis, fried in real ghee, trail past the bend.
Obviously not a place to go when one is on diet but if you need a sugar rush to help raise your spirits, this is the place to be for New Delhi delicacies and Jalebis are the food to eat.
Dahi Bhalla at Nataraj, Chandni Chownk
Taking yogurt experience to an all new level is the Natraj’s Dahi Bhalla. The crowd at Natraj Dahi Bhalle Wala never ceases to end. Undoubtedly it sells one of the best Dahi Bhalla in the city. Barely larger than a kiosk, this place has stood for decades, without a dip in quality.
A Bhalla is a deep fried piece of dough soaked in water and combined with a number spices like garam masala, cumin, pepper, and chili flakes. The Bhalla is served with a generous scoop of yogurt that has a dressing that tastes like sweet and sour tamarind juice combined with black pepper, just the right amount of chili, and finally a few pomegranate seeds to make things pretty.
The place is open from 11am – 11pm. Take the metro to Chandni Chownk from where Natraj is a 5-minute rickshaw ride.
Saravana Bhawan, Connaught Place
Dosas, thalis, and tiffins! Saravana Bhavan specializes in South Indian cuisine. Even though the restaurant serves South Indian delicacies. You definitely cannot miss this place when you are on your New Delhi delicacies food journey. Sarvana Bhawan in cp serves fast-food, but food is by no means junk: dosas, idlis and other southern specialities. Accompanied by lovely fresh chutneys.
Each dosa comes with unlimited sambar and three chutneys. The tomato chutney being the house favorite. Be sure and sample the Rava Masala Dosa, washed down with fresh lime juice. They also house an array of inventive sweets including cucumber-seed ladoos (sweet balls). Finish with a South Indian coffee.
Rasgulla at Bengali Sweet House, South Extension
When it comes to Bengali sweets, whether you have a sweet tooth or not hardly matters. One look at these enticing babies will melt your heart and your taste buds! Bengali Sweet House is one of the oldest sweet shops in Delhi.
It’s a fully functional restaurant serving North Indian, South Indian, Chinese, Fast Food and Indian Sweets. They have a huge variety of sweets and New Delhi delicacies prepared.
The place is always jam packed, but the service is really swift. You can always look forward to a yummy treat here.
A treat which comprises of Bengali sweets like chum chum, burfi, rasgulla, sponge rasgulla, gulab jamun and samosa. Their soft and juicy rasgullas are a definite thing to try out.
Laping at Majnu ka Tila
The Tibetan Refugee Camp is near the Delhi University North campus. It is a paradise for every food enthusiast and adventurer. The veritable ‘Mini Tibet’ is indeed what it claims to be. It is a small sample of Tibet and home to more New Delhi delicacies.
It showcases a convincing replica of New Delhi delicacies, authentic Tibetan food, culture and tradition. Lapping is the street food you need to try when here. Laping is a mung bean noodle dish which can be found at any of the small food stalls in the market.
The degree of spiciness can be decided by you on the spot, but here’s a suggestion – have it as spicy as you can, if you can.
Paan at Shukla Odeon Paan Palace, Connaught Place
The round kiosk outside Odeon Cinema Hall serves the best and most delicious Paan in Delhi. A paan is basically a preparation of betel leaves with various condiments for the filling and chunna paste, or slaked lime, to bind the leave.
The mind boggling varieties of paan are something you need to try at least once in your life. Varieties of Paans include the chocolate paan with huge dollops of chocolate sauce and chunks of chocolate inside. The chuski paan, the offspring of a traditional chuski and the regular paan, which will lead to immediate brain freeze.
The massive flood paan, with even more crushed ice, pushed deep inside your mouth by the paanwaala. Also on offer are strawberry, mint, rose, raat ki raani, khus and marigold flavors. There’s also a Choko-Moko Chocolate Paan, which is not a paan with chocolate inside, but chocolate with paan inside.
Roshan di Kulfi, Karol Bagh
Located on Ajmal Khan Road in Karol Bagh, Roshan di Kulfi is a famous sweet and snacks shop known for its variety of kulfis. A kulfi is a frozen milk desert that resembles an ice-cream and in Delhi no one else does a Kulfi like Roshan di Kulfi restaurant.
As the name suggests this place offers some of the best kulfis in New Delhi. Their Special Kulfi Falooda Kesar Badam Pista, which is a kulfi with the flavor of pistachio, almond and cardamom, is a sure melt-in-the-mouth desert.
Dal Bukhara at ITC Bukhara
The romance of the rugged North West Frontier comes alive at this authentic restaurant. Located at the ITC Maurya Sheraton Hotel in New Delhi, Bukhara. The restaurant recreates the charm of the traditional clay oven or tandoor.
Once a rustic cuisine, it was enjoyed in the harsh rugged terrain of the North West Frontier. Bukhara is exceptional in every sense. Not only has it fed millions over the years, but it has done so with the same relatively concise tandoor-based menu throughout.
Bukhara’s signature dish is made with black lentils cooked with tomatoes, ginger, and garlic. The recipe for this slow cooked dal is a hugely guarded secret.
Soft, creamy lentils almost melt in your mouth, and the mellow, yet fiery spicing takes a while to materialize on your taste buds. Every bite, with a soft naan, is a sensation. Its truly an experience in itself.
There you have it, 10 not to miss New Delhi delicacies to enjoy during your stay in the city. Find more information on eating out on the Delhi tourism web site. This will suggest where to eat and stay for your trip.