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Best street foods of Delhi – a review

When in ” Rome do as the Romans do “ and when in Delhi eat like a Delhite, right on its streets –  a variety of delectable dishes which you may not find elsewhere in the city’s restaurants, and some of the stalls are there for generations. For a connoisseur of local cuisines, perhaps it will be the best dining experience you will ever enjoy !

But before venturing out, read what our Guest blogger Shivangi Rajendran has to say !


Best Street Foods of Delhi – A Review

The rustic walls and the never-ending gullies of the old city, the quintessential hub for authentic Delhi street food might seem a little daunting on your first visit, especially if you don’t know or understand the language very well. But don’t let that bother you. And no, it is so not over-rated!
delhi street food
Cold winter mornings are the best time. Not much else can get you out of bed at 7 in the morning like the thought of succulent, tender, juicy mutton nihari. The word Nihar originated from the Arabic word “Nahar” which means “morning” after sunrise Fajr prayers. You don’t have to pray or anything, but this meat cooked overnight in the bylanes of the Jama Masjid will definitely invoke something deep within. Try the paya too since you’re already there.

There’s also the famous paranthe wali galli where you will find everything from the normal aloo and gobhi to the crazy bhindi and karela to the exotic meva and rabdi filled ones. Please note that these paranthas are deep-fried in ghee for that heavenly taste. Chole bhature and jalebi with warm milk are also breakfast favourites around these parts.
paranthe wali galli
The chaat bandaars around the Chandni Chowk and Chawri bazaar areas is definitely some of the best you’ll ever find. Hira Lal Chaat corner, Ashok Chaat, Natraj ke bhalle, Shree Balaji Chaat Bhandar; everyone has their favourites and you’ll pick one too. The unique to Old Delhi favourites are Kulle (an unusual chaat made by scooping out the centre of either a tomato, a banana, sweet potato or cucumber and filling it with chick peas, pomegranate seeds, spices and lemon juice), fruit sandwiches and Daulat ki Chaat; the preparation of this desert chaat is the stuff of legend and it’s only available in winter.  You will of course find the regular tikkis, samosas, kachoris papri chaat and golgappas.
street foods of delhi
Head back to the Jama masjid area for dinner. The kebabs will literally melt in your mouth. Try authentic khameeri roti and biryani Mughal style. Karims is one of the most popular but walk around and take your pick from a number of other places. The thing with the Old City is that most of these places have been around for at least a century, with recipes and secret ingredients being handed down through generations. For dessert, an amazing varieties of kulfi is availale from regular kesar and badam to the exotic gulkhand and stuffed fruit ones. Or you can have the best kheer and jalebi with rabdi.
delhi street foods
And there are the underdogs of Delhi street food. The newer ones that have cropped up more recently but still have the city a strong firm hold. Momos, you’ll find these stuffed dumplings around every street corner. The juiciest, most tender ones, steamed and fried, you’ll find in the Chanakyapuri area. Shawarmas, meat grilled for as long as a day wrapped in pita with hummus, have also established their popularity in Delhi. The most popular shawarmas in Delhi are served up at Al-Bake. Khan Chacha’s rolls have also carved a pretty big niche for themselves in the stomach of the dilliwallah.
delhi chaat
Oh! The torture of writing this on a hungry stomach!

About Author:

As the newest member of the content team at WeAreHolidays, Shivangi Rajendran comes from the world of professional dancing. With a passion for travel and a flair for writing, the Masters in Mass Communication is just an added advantage. A gypsy at heart, she doesn’t believe in planning and is always ready to pack her bags and leave.


Hope you have enjoyed reading the article as much as we did. Thanks Shivangi for presenting us such a beautiful review.
Are you too a street food connoisseur, if yes then do share us your favourite ones !

Have Happy weekend



  • Reply
    Ravi Akula
    January 4, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    Yummy…feel like eating…thanks for lovely pictures…

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    January 5, 2013 at 6:27 pm

    Omg, so many street foods to taste and enjoy.. Never had a chance to go to Delhi,if am visiting India next time,i’ll keep this post in my mind to check out the places where to get delicious street foods,lovely post.

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    Bikramjit Singh Mann
    January 6, 2013 at 7:23 am

    Oh the TORTURE of reading and seeing the pics is also there 🙂

    yummy yummy I am drooling nowwwwwwwwwww…

  • Reply
    January 10, 2013 at 9:54 pm

    yummy n rich n delicious…

  • Reply
    January 20, 2013 at 11:32 pm

    Your post is just awesome! I just got back from 2 weeks holiday in Delhi. I spent a whole day in Old Delhi,trying the heavenly street food there. One really has to experience the food there to understand the array of amazing Indian food which is not available for those living outside of India.
    Thanks for the article!

    • Reply
      January 28, 2013 at 11:16 am

      Thanks J-me for your feedbacks on Delhi street foods. Food in India is also a reflection of its cultural kaleidoscope too, Delhi being the food capital too its street foods are as vibrant as its culture.
      Many thanks that you have liked the article. It reaaly feels good to receive some nice feedbacks.

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    May 30, 2013 at 6:22 am

    There is a new food joint with the name of ‘lucknow jn.’ in vardhman star citi mall, sector 7, dwarka, new delhi, offering delicious lucknowi chat…a must visit place for all foodies.

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    Color Odyssey
    July 3, 2013 at 3:04 am

    Ah! I miss Delhi and all that food! Here’s some street food I ate 🙂


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