Delhi is not just the capital of India for food lovers; it is the ‘food capital of India’! As one of the best food cities in the country, it invites foodies for a tasty indulgence and leaves them utterly satisfied with its gastronomic delights. Interestingly, some of the most famous dishes of Delhi have their origins in different regions of the country, but the Delhi version of this dish has its distinct flavors, and there lies the specialty of Delhi food. It can borrow culinary treats from other places and make them it’s own – this also directs to Delhi’s accepting nature, be it different cultures or cuisines, Delhi has the heart to adopt them. So, without further ado, let’s look at the most famous dishes of Delhi which you must not miss out on during your trip to the nation’s capital city. Looking for affordable flights to Delhi. Go check out Indian Eagle, and you’ll surely get the best deal!
Start your food expedition in Delhi with Chole Bhature. Pierce the hot and puffed-up golden Bhature (a deep-fried Indian bread) and pair a piece with spicy chole (chickpea curry) and onions. Eaten for breakfast, lunch, and even dinner, Delhiites’ love for Chole Bhature is obvious. This famous dish of Delhi can be found at all food joints, be it any nondescript stall in the street or a popular restaurant.
Best places to eat Chole Bhature in Delhi: Baba Nagpal Corner in Lajpat Nagar, Om Bhature Wala in Karol Bagh, Sitaram Diwan Chand in Paharganj, and Sagar’s Special Paneer Wale Chole Bhature in Noida.
Delhi food is almost synonymous with butter chicken; such is the popularity of this melt-in-mouth chicken curry. Butter Chicken, the most famous dish of Delhi, was introduced to the world by the city itself in the 1950s. It was first cooked in Moti Mahal Restaurant in Daryaganj, and today it is a common food item found in the menu of every non-vegetarian restaurant and highway Dhaba in Delhi. This spicy and creamy butter chicken can be best enjoyed with rice or naan.
Best places to eat Butter Chicken in Delhi: Moti Mahal Restaurant in Daryaganj, Have more near Pandara Road Market, and Rajinder da Dhaba opposite Safdarjung Enclave.
Kebabs and Rolls:
Although adopted from Mughalai cuisine and Kolkata cuisine respectively, kebabs and rolls of Delhi deserve special mention when talking about the famous dishes of Delhi. Given the ‘grab-and-eat’ nature of these food items, they are quite popular among Delhiites, including the busy employees who frequently ‘eat them on the go’. The famous ones to try are Seekh kebabs (Karim’s), Sutli kebabs (Kale Baba ke Kebabs), Galouti Kebabs, Kakori Kebabs (Aap Ki Khatir), Kathi rolls, and Chicken Tikka Rolls (Khan Chacha).
Some other best places to eat Kebabs and Rolls in Delhi: Ghalib Kebab Corner, Salim’s Kebabs, and Nizam’s Kathi Kabab.
Paratha (Indian flatbread) is a nostalgic food item for most Delhiites as it reminds them of their college days when they loved to go for a paratha break with friends or even dared to sneak out of the hostel to satisfy their late-night cravings. Plain or stuffed (with vegetables or keema/ chicken), parathas are among the favorite breakfast options besides being a common street food item in Delhi. The parathas of Parathe Wali Gali in Chandni Chowk are undeniably the most popular, and you’ll have to bear with the long line to taste their super delicious parathas.
Some other best places to Parathas in Delhi: Moolchand Parathe Wala in South Delhi and Laxman Dhaba near Qutub Institutional Area Road.
Just as you love to end your meal with a savory dessert, we are ending this article with the Delhi special dessert, i.e., Kulfi. Though there are a dozen other famous desserts of Delhi, we choose to bring your attention to this classic Indian dessert which comes in various flavors like malai, Kesar, pasta, rose, mango, cardamom, and other experimental flavors. But the most popular ones are the traditional malai or Kesar Pista kulfi. This creamier and denser version of ice cream delights the taste buds of anyone with a sweet tooth. You must give every flavor a try if you haven’t already.
Best places to eat Kulfi in Delhi: Roshan di Kulfi in Karol Bagh and Kuremal Mohanlal Kulfiwale at Chawri Bazar.