When it comes to Indian culture, one of the main elements that express the beauty, diversity and richness of the land is cuisine. India is considered as an important food destination in the world. When it comes to a land like Delhi, which was ruled by numerous rulers and reigns in the past, the diversity of cuisine is epic. If you are a foodie, Delhi is one of the top destinations to cover during your Indian visit. Top-notch dishes, iconic traditional dishes and festive sweets are quite important. However, the item that tops this list is the mouth-watering street-foods.
Here are the top street-foods to enjoy in Delhi:
1. Chole Bhature
This is both a snack and a meal. Chole is a spicy curry made with chickpeas and bhatura is a soft wheat pancake. Some vendors also serve with special chutney. Best places to try chole bhature are Chandni Chowk and Sadar Bazaar.
Also called as panipuri, it is a small papdi filled with mashed potato and spices and dipped in spicy tangy sauce. Each vendor has a unique taste. Top place to enjoy this is Lajpat Nagar Market.
3. Poori Aloo
Although looks similar to bhature, it is a different traditional dish. It is served with fried bun of wheat and served with potato curry. Best places to enjoy this dish are Chandni Chowk and Karol Bagh market.
4. Stuffed Rolls
There are numerous variants to this, based on the type of stuffing and time of the pastry roll. Starting from vegetarian to seafood, you can find numerous styles of rolls. Most chosen one are Manchurian rolls, chicken rolls and others. Top places to try are Rajouri garden, Kamla Nagar market, Chowrangee lane and others.
5. Bishan Swaroop Chaat
This is a seasonal chaat, which is made with seasonal fruits, channa toppings and others. Best place to try is Chandni Chowk.
This is a traditional styled ice cream made with crushed dry fruits, caramelized milk and others. This saffron flavored ice cream is famous among all age groups. Best places to try this ice cream are Chawri bazaar, Karol Bagh and others.
7. Ram Ladoo
These are small balls stuffed with potato or lentils. It is served with varying styled chutneys. Best places to try this ladoo is Tilaknagar.
8. Rabri Faluda
This is a traditional style faluda made with coconut, faluda milk, dry fruits and others. Try this delicacy in Chandni Chowk.
Although not a traditional dish, you can find different types of kebabs in Delhi like Galouti kebab, kakori kebab, shami kebab and others. Try this Mughal dish at Vasant Place market, Tilak Nagar and others.
10. Aloo Tikki
This is a fried mashed potato served with hot and tangy chutney. Try this at any chaat corner of Chandni Chowk.
If you have a sweet tooth, try jalebi, fried spaghetti styled crispy dessert soaked in sugar syrup. You can find various flavors of jalebi like doodh, kesar and others.
12. Nan Khatai
This is a local form of butter cookie baked in traditional oven. These salty cookies are famous delicacy of all the markets of Delhi.
13. Besan Chilla
This is a pancake made with gram flour, mixed with cheese and veggies. Try this savory dish in Chandni Chowk.
14. Dahi Bhalle
Baked ball of lentil soaked in thick curd and served with red and green chutney. Try this delicacy at Rajouri Market and Chandni Chowk.
This Arabic street food is a type of roll made with Egyptian bread stuffed with shredded meat, spices and others. You can find many shawarma stalls in Karol Bagh.
This stuffed and fried ball comes in varies flavors and tastes. Best of all is Raj Kachori, which is quite a huge one to make a meal out of it. Try this dish in Chandni Chowk, Connaught Place and Lajpat Nagar.
You can find various other street foods in Delhi. If you want a complete list of delicacies to try here, take our foodie tour package of Delhi like: