The Best of Street Food in Delhi
If a country’s capital were to be decided on the diversity of its food, the result in India’s case would still be, well, Delhi! And we’re not talking about the fancy five-star restaurants that have sprung up in the capital of late – even the street food of Delhi is to-die-for, giving it an unparalleled variety. Here’s a guide to the best street food in Delhi
Prince’s Paan & Chaat Corner, GK I
If you not the kind of food enthusiast who will venture into the depth of Chandni Chowk, there is Prince’s Paan and Chat Corner to the rescue. With its Chaat Papdi and golgappe made in mineral water, it has a serious following among the hygiene-conscious. The range of offerings is wide, from Palak ke Patte Chaat, Baingani Chaat to Banana Chaat.
Must-try: Paan Chaat (while there, do give the Chocolate Paan a try): Rs 250 for two
Natraj Dahi Bhalla, Chandni Chowk
Nestled in the narrow lanes of Old Delhi since the 40s, Natraj is a must-visit place when it comes to Dahi Bhallas and Aloo Tikkis. Naysayers might complain that these are the only dishes Natraj serves, but they are totally worth the effort. Rumour has it that the chaat masala sprinkled here is a secret recipe – but we are not complaining!
Must Try: Dahi Bhalla, Aloo Tikki Cost: Rs 150 for two (Rs 80 for one)
Lotan Kulche Wala, Chawri Bazaar
A small, makeshift stall, it offers the best chole kulche you will every try! With a heavy dose of sour sauces and a smattering of chillies, the vendor is a virtual traffic magnet. His kulchas get sold out by the noon, so one’s got to beat therush to it. Must Try: Chole Kulche Cost: Rs 259
Bittoo Tikki Wala (BTW), Karol Bagh
Put a dollop of dahi on top of your tikki, and you will know what we are talking about. BTW also boasts of several other scrumptious snacks such as Dahi Bhalla, Bhalla Papri and Pani Puri. They cook all their dishes in olive oil, so even the fitness conscious make a beeline for their offerings.Must Try: Aloo Tikki Cost: Rs 120 for two
Kuremal Mohan Lal Kulfi Wale, Chandni Chowk
The outlet serves over 50 varieties of kulfi and flavours of almost every fruit! Fun fact: You will get some weird ice-cream flavours, such as Aloo Bhukara, Sharifa, Falsa, Jamun and Paan, to name a few. Clearly, the good old Naturals has some serious competition.
Don’t be surprised when you are served mango ice-cream stuffed inside a real mango, in October. Yes, you heard that right!
Must Try: Paan ice-cream, Mango ice-cream Cost: Rs 100 for two
Ashok & Ashok Meat Dhaba, Azad Market
A hidden gem, Ashok serves a bevy of North Indian (Mughlai) non-vegetarian dishes. If you are looking to devour some delicious mutton, go only on Wednesdays and Saturdays, between 1 pm and 3 pm. But the more popular chicken curry is available on all days.
Must Try: Biryani, Fresh Murgh
Cost: Rs 250 for two (can you beat that?)