When talking of food, Delhi is often romanticized with tandoori chicken, butter chicken, kebabs and various tikkas. From the sound of it, the Capital may not sound like a vegetarian-friendly place. But alas, the city proves you wrong once again with a long list of restaurants that cater to the veggie palate. Here are some of our favorites.
8, Pandara Road Market, New Delhi-03 | 011 33105837
A vegetarian rendition of the legendary Gulati, this restaurant stands in the aforementioned near vicinity, a.k.a. two shops apart. A spacious restaurant, it serves every imaginable variety of vegetarian North Indian dish along with a special Jain selection.
9-A, Atmaram Mansion, Scindia House, Connaught Place, New Delhi-01 | 011 43501200
A place known for its North Indian specialties, Rajdhani outdoes most of the restaurants in its league when it comes to Gujarati and Rajasthani cuisines. The interiors are simple and ambience very sober but their food is worth a million bucks.
Defence Colony – 18, Defence Colony Market, Defence Colony, New Delhi-24 | 011 24333658; 011 24333440
Chanakyapuri – The Ashok, 50-B, Diplomatic Enclave, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi-21 | 011 26888242; 011 24105626
A name synonymous with South Indian food in the Capital, Sagar Ratna never fails to impress with its quick service and authentic pure vegetarian food. Diners must order the Rava Idli, Uttapam and Rava Masala Dosa.
15-A/56, Ajmal Khan Road, Opposite Roopak Store, Karol Bagh, New Delhi-05 | 011 45000255; 011 45000266
Situated in West Delhi, Suruchi is a restaurant chain loved for the authentic dishes served here – Rajasthani being one of them. The service is excellent and the staff is humble. The food here is delectable.
Shraman – The Ashok
18, Defence Colony Market, Defence Colony, New Delhi-24 | 011 33106494
Nestled in the fancy Ashok hotel, this place never disappoints with its authentic Rajasthani cuisine and overwhelming ambience. Also known for its North Indian cuisine, the food here is onion and garlic-free.
Shop F-20, Hog Market, Rajendra Place, New Delhi-08 | 011 33106204
Stuff yourself with delicious street foods from all around the country at Imly. Get set to binge on dishes like khaman, samosa, idli, berry pulao, pao bhaji and a hoard of other street grubs at this railway train coach-inspired restaurant.
35, Defence Colony Market, Defence Colony, New Delhi-24 | 011 33105408
Overlooking the busy roads of South Delhi’s Defence Colony Market, Kathputli is a popular restaurant with excellent traditional Rajasthani food. From a man in traditional clothes playing the iktara at the entrance to the little wall arts and showpieces to the perfectly crispy papad and zest pickle, this place has it all.
East Patel Nagar – 25/35, East Patel Nagar, New Delhi-08 | 011 25862929; 011 65457986
Hauz Khas Village – Shop 1, Hauz Khas Village, New Delhi-16 | 011 26960426; 011 26536045
This pure vegetarian South Indian restaurant is symbolic for its authentic food preparations coupled with a breathtaking Karnataka-style temple décor. The place exuberates gastronomical glory in all its true senses.
P-13, Connaught Circus, Connaught Place, New Delhi-01 | 011 28844305; 011 23345577
Steal 30 minutes from your schedule for a quick bite at this bustling food joint that is known for its decadent thalis and adorable tiffin-sized meals that go gentle on your wallet. Grab yourself some packets of salty snacks fried in desi ghee as you head out.
Ground Floor, India Mall, Community Centre, New Friends Colony, New Delhi-25 | 011 41008630; +91 8802222889
Visit the place whenever you crave for simple yet impeccable vegetarian South Indian food. Some of their best preparations include the Rava Masala Dosa, Bisi Bele Bath and refreshing Butter Milk.
31-BC, Ground Floor, Aditya Mega Mall, Karkardooma, New Delhi-92 | 011 33105101
Sink your teeth into a potpourri of delicious vegetarian dishes from Chinese, Continental and North Indian cuisines. The place is perfect to kick back with a platter of chili paneer, tikka and some sheesha.
2510, Ground Floor, Hudson Line, Kingsway Camp, Delhi University-GTB Nagar, New Delhi-09 | 011 64588222; 011 41558005
Gorge on delectable vegetarian food items spanning across North India and the Orients. The place also serves a special Jain menu that boasts of kebabs, curries and full-fledged platters.
DDA Shopping Complex, Phase 2, Munirka, New Delhi-67 | 011 26175487; 011 26106572
Savor a plethora a dal, sabji and roti that’ll send your taste buds dancing. The place offers both individual dishes and fixed thalis. The preparations are predominantly South Indian with a few North Indian options like Aloo Masala, Chana Masala, Dal Makhni, etc.
Parathe Wali Gali
Pt. Gaya Prasad Shiv Charan Paranthe Wale – 34, Gali Paranthe Wali, Chandni Chowk, Delhi-06
Pt. Kanhaiyalal & Durga Prasad Paranthe Wale – 36, Paranthe Wali Gali, Chandni Chowk, Delhi-06
This one needs no introduction. The paratha magnate of Delhi, this restaurant and the gali around it has fed hundreds of thousands of foodies, celebrities and tourists alike.
S-5, 2nd Floor, Select Citywalk Mall, Saket, New Delhi-17 | 011 33106084
As the name suggests, Sattvik is all about healthy vegetarian food. The dishes here are rich in nutrition, are not too heavy and spicy and at the same time score high on the taste meter as well. What more could you possibly wish for?
Delite Cinema Building, Main Asaf Ali Road, Daryaganj, Delhi-02 | 011 23275356; 011 65568767
Standing next to Daryaganj’s Delite cinema, Bhaja Govindam is a vegetarian getaway for people looking for great North & South Indian food. The place is a modest little space with humble service, letting the food speak volumes for itself. Do try their Andhra MLA Dosa, Paneer Kadhai Wali and Spl. Thali.
Sona Sweets Sri Udipi Restaurant
G-3, Saraswati House, Nehru Place, New Delhi-19 | 011 26426777
Owing to its pocket friendly bites, Sona is flooded by proffesionals in the area during lunch hours. The menu here covers a vast variety of regional staples like dosa, dhokla, pav bhaji, paratha, samosa and cutlet, which are all unbelievably delicious.
NDM 2, Netaji Subhash Place, New Delhi- 34 | 011 45514008; 011 45515008
Set out on a food-filled course at this pure vegetarian restaurant. The place offers a wide variety with North Indian, Mexican, Lebanese, Italian and Chinese cuisines on the menu. The décor is pleasing and the service and food match up to it.
Noida – 108-109, Ground Floor, Spice World Mall, Sector 25 A, Noida-201301 | +91 8588000501
Connaught Place – L 6, Outer Circle, Connaught Place, New Delhi | 011 47685300
Chandni Chowk – 1454/2, Near Sheeshganj Gurudwara, Chandni Chowk, Delhi-06 | 011 47685111
Haldiram’s has dotted the Delhi map for years now. The place has outlets all over the Capital and is loved for its regional dishes, street foods, variety of sweets and continental favorites. Head over to this neat and crisp sweet shop for a bite of India’s best.
310/311, 3rd Floor, The Great India Place Mall,Sector 38-A, Near Sector 38, Noida-201301 | +91 9711996557; +91 7428412126
Thaal Vaadi offers a variety of choices to satiate the Rajasthani food fanatic in you. The go-to place if you are looking for a typical Rajasthani thaali, the food here is sumptuous and delicious with accompaniments like the crispy dal papad and buttermilk.
Kake Di Hatti
654-666, Church Mission Road, Fatehpuri, Chandni Chowk, Delhi-06 | +91 9810909755; +91 9910722254
Another legendary gem in Delhi 6’s crown, Kake Di Hatti serves up delicious North Indian specials. The space around might not impress you much but the dal makhani, paneer butter masala and shahi paneer definitely will.
WZ-38, Uggarsain Market, Ashok Nagar, Tilak Nagar, New Delhi-18 |+91 9818993635; 011 25133056
Yes, a pure vegetarian dhaba, go on do your happy dance. With a vast menu and a number of cuisines to choose from, this dhaba is a vegetarian’s delight. A few things that you just can’t miss are the malai rolls, the aloo chur-chur naan and the achari chaap.
Gurgaon – 3/5, City Center, Near Leisure Valley Park, Sector 29, Gurgaon-122001 | 0124 4337777
Karol Bagh – 10181-82, Arya Samaj Road, Karol Bagh, New Delhi-05 | 011 28750878; 011 28753627
Noida – 1st Floor, Silver Tower, Near Metro Station, Sector 18, Noida-201301 | +91 8130396666; +91 8130396658
Binge out on classic Old Delhi-style street foods like chhole bhature, chaats with a variety of grubs from around the country.
Manglam Paradise Mall, Manglam Place, Outer Ring Road, Rohini, New Delhi-85 | 011 27942866; 011 65496521
Warm lighting coupled with a rustic décor gives you the feeling of dining in a North Indian village at Urban Karahi. The food plays along with the ambience with traditional North Indian vegetarian gravies with a few Continental and Chinese offerings as well.
4702/21, Ansari Road, Daryaganj, New Delhi-02 | 011 23273578; 011 41563336
A modest kitchen in Daryaganj, Sugandh offers a variety of zesty North Indian foods like Kadhai Paneer, Dal Makhani and sumptuous thalis. The place feels like a typical dhaba complete with outdoor seating from where you see the steaming tandoor rolling out crisp rotis.
Brace your palate vegetarians!