Amidst the crowd and the commotion lies heaven for foodies in Old Delhi. Delicious food is the most attractive thing about Old Delhi for both tourists and locals. These dishes can take you back in time, as most of them date back to almost a century or two ago. Check out some of the best street food you can sample in the streets of Old Delhi.
Jalebi probably isn’t anything new for you, but while in Old Delhi you simply cannot skip having jalebis from the famous Jalebi Wala in Chandni Chowk. This place has been serving jalebis for over 125 years! Their jalebis are fried in pure desi ghee, and served hot and fresh. The jalebis are for Rs 250 per kilo, with a minimum order of 120 gms. Delhi 6 showcased some famous delicacies of old Delhi, including its jalebis.
Sohan halwa is a crunchy and nutty Punjabi sweet dish popular in Chandni Chowk’s Ghantewala. Ghantewala was established in 1790 and is one of the oldest and most popular destinations for finding the best sohan halwa in Delhi. Served with a lot of pistachios, almonds, cashews and ghee, this is a must try delicacy. Even Raveena Tandon referred to Govinda as sohan halwa in a song from the movie Aunty No.1!
Bedmi-aloo and Nagori-halwa
This dish is a popular winter breakfast that has a big puffy, deep fried puri (Bedmi) served with spicy aloo curry, along with a smaller crispy puri made with suji (Nagori) which is served with suji halwa. You can choose to eat this exquisite combination in any way you like.
Shyam Sweets in Chawri Bazaar is a good place to have Bedmi-aloo and Nagori-halwa for about Rs 50. They open at 8 am and the sooner you reach the better chances you have of grabbing a bite.
The Parathewali Gali, as shown in Chandi Chowk to China, is a narrow winding lane famous for its stuffed parathas. These parathas are pan-fried, stuffed with vegetables or paneer (sometimes both), and served with pickles, spicy sabzi, chutney or yogurt sauce. You can choose your stuffing, and the price usually ranges from Rs 35 to Rs 50.
Mutton Burra Kebab
Well marinated mutton, skewered and roasted in the tandoor, resulting in spicy-smoky meat makes the Burra Kebab. This non-vegetarian Mughlai dish costs around Rs 400 for a full plate and Rs 250 for a half. It is popular in the famous Karim Hotel, near Jama Masjid, which is open from 9 in the morning to midnight. Other places serving good Burra Kebabs are Al-Jawahar near Jama Masjid and Moti Mahal in Daryaganj.
Fried lentil fritters served with dahi is famously known as Dahi Bhalla, a perfect dish for the city’s summers. It is topped with yellow raisins, pomegranate seeds and tamarind chutney, making it tangy, sweet and spicy. Natraj, a corner stand in Chandni Chowk, is most famous for serving this dish for Rs 30.
Kulle is probably the most nutritious street food in Old Delhi. It is made with fresh fruits and vegetables hollowed out and filled with pomegranate seeds, lime juice, chickpeas and chaat masala. This is surely a must-try dish, especially when it comes for as less as Rs 40. Sultan Kullewala in Roshan Pura, Nai Sarak, and Hira Lal Chaat in Chawri Bazar are the best places to try Kulle.