Top 10 Street Foods Of Delhi
Delhi, or as we lovingly call it ‘Dilli’, is unparalleled in terms of it’s the rich and varied street food culture. One’s trip to Delhi is incomplete without trying these exceptional street foods of Delhi. So let’s start :
1. Chole Bhature –
Chole Bhature is the most popular street food in Delhi. It is a combination of spicy chickpeas curry (chole) and deep-fried fluffy flatbread ( Bhature) made with all-purpose flour or Maida. Being a heavy dish, it’s best eaten empty stomach. It is served with sliced onions, lemon wedges, and pickles.
2. Golgappe –
Also called Panipuri or Phuchkas, the street food menu of any Indian city is incomplete without this mouth-watering street snack, let alone Delhi. It consists of round, hollow pooris stuffed with spiced mashed potatoes or chickpeas served with a mixture of flavored water and a variety of chutneys, onions, green chilies, and sometimes curd. Pleasingly, this dish is famous all over the world. But I can assure you that, any city’s golgappe simply can’t beat the flavor that Delhi has to offer. ( An important instruction: Don’t forget to ask the sukhi papdi from the golgappe wale bhaiya. 😉 ).
3. Kachori with Sabzi –
Considered a popular breakfast in Delhi, Kachoris are deep-fried crispy balls stuffed with Moong dal, black pepper, red chili powder, and ginger paste. They’re served with a spicy curry of roughly mashed boiled potatoes. This dish tastes heavenly and its a must-try for all spice lovers.
4. Daulat ki Chaat –
The Indian Souffle, Daulat ki Chaat is a dessert contrary to its name.
Daulat ki Chaat uses Milk as the main ingredient which is mixed with cream and cooled over an Ice-Slab for 8 – 10 hours straight. Then it is whisked until it turns frothy and is blended with Khoya and Fresh Cottage-Cheese. This heavenly dish is served in ‘Kulhads’ and topped with extra Khoya, Saffron, and Dry Fruits. Well, Chandani Chowk is the only place where you’ll find this cuisine.
5. Ram Laddoo –
Laddoos are generally sweet in taste but Ram Laddoos are salty and tangy served with fresh Coriander chutney and grated radish. These are made with a batter of dals and spices. You can also eat it with sweet chutney..
6. Chole Kulche –
A delightful combination of spicy Chickpeas curry and Butter roasted all-purpose flour flatbread makes a popular and relatively affordable breakfast in Delhi. Served with Raita and Onions, this dish is a quick fix for spicy cravings.
7. Pav Bhaji –
Pav Bhaji is a popular Indian delicacy that consists of a spicy vegetable mix and smooth buns topped with butter and freshly chopped onions and lemon wedges.
8. Momos –
The Street food Menu of our beloved ‘Dilli’ is incomplete without including this evergreen dish. It consists of steamed Maida balls (roughly round in shape) stuffed with a variety of spiced ingredients ranging from Veggies to Paneer to Chicken. Served with Mayonnaise and a spicy tomato Chutney with a Nepali flavor (Timur) in it, this dish tastes heavenly!
9. Lassi –
Lassi is a popular traditional yogurt-based sweet drink that is amongst the original products of the Indian subcontinent. It is a blend of Yoghurt, Spices, Dry-fruits, and Sugar.
10. Paranthe –
The Indian (sometimes stuffed) flatbread made of wheat roasted in butter or desi ghee is an age-old Indian delicacy.
The variety of Parantha is incredibly rich. There are more than a hundred varieties of Paranthas, the most common being the Aloo ka Parantha( Paranthas stuffed with spiced mashed potatoes served with Chutney and Yoghurt) which I believe is the king of Paranthas!
So these were the top ten stereotypical street foods of Delhi which I can think of at the moment, but this is only a glimpse of what our ‘Dilli’ has to offer.
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