What comes to your mind when you hear the term ‘Delhi’? That’s an easy one. The capital city of India. Well, that one is correct, but when it comes to a true Delhiite, Delhi is incomplete without the mention of its street foods. From desi delicacies to international cuisine, Delhi streets have it all.
The varieties the streets offer are unlimited, flavours varying, and no one person can say they have tried it all. We have tried to squeeze every famous street food from the streets of Delhi that, truth be told, are some of our favourites.
If you are on a trip to Delhi or are new to the city, this list is going to be your handbook of every popular and amazing food you can try in Delhi.
I don’t think there can be anything better and more worthy than Chhole Bhature to start off the list of Delhi street foods. One of the favourite options for breakfast for a true Delhiite, the taste of Chhole Bhature is something unmatchable.
The perfect blend of spices in chhole, paired with the crunchiness of perfectly puffed bhaturas with the heat of green chillis, creates an explosion of flavour that is sure to make your mouth water even as you think about it.
Where To Eat: The popularity of chhole bhature makes it one such street food that is available in every nook and corner of the city. Every place has its own charm and a distinct flavour.
However, some of the best places to try out Chhole Bhature are Chahe Di Hatti- Kamala Nagar, Anand Ji- Lajpat Nagar I, and Prem Di Hatti- Rajouri Garden, to name a few. If you want a hygienic option, then you can try out Chhole Bhature at Haldiram’s. They are pricey but hygienic and taste oh-so-amazing.
While talking about the street foods in Delhi, I can’t commit the sin of not discussing chaats and the varieties are unlimited. Aaloo Tikki, Samosa chaat, papdi chaat, dahi bhalle, matar chaat, raj kachori, the options are endless.
Where To Eat: Chaats are best enjoyed at a streetside vendor, and you will find them on every corner of the city. However, Bikanervala, Haldiram’s and Bittu Tikki Wala are some of the more hygienic options serving good chaats.
Everyone loves momos. Right? I have yet to meet a person who doesn’t like momos. One of the most popular snacks to enjoy among a group of friends or even alone on a cold winter day.
Flour dumplings stuffed with veg or non-veg filling served with a dollop of mayonnaise and hot chilli chutney, Momos is a crowd favourite.
Where To Eat: Majnu ka Tilla, Kamala Nagar, and Delhi Haat are the place which sells some of the best-tasting authentic momos.
An authentic Punjabi breakfast, parathas are a common delicacy you will find people enjoying every morning on their way to work.
Soft dough stuffed with a wide variety of filling including aloo, paneer, onion, mixed vegetables and sometimes even non-veg like egg, chicken or others. Parathas are best enjoyed when served hot with curd or lassi.
Where To Eat: You are going to find a paratha-selling vendor near every commercial office area, metro station and bus station. Parathe Wali Gali in Chandani Chowk and Moolchand Parathe Wala are some places where you can enjoy varieties of parathas.
Another favourite among every college and school-going kid is Kathi Roll. You can find a stall of Kathi rolls at every prime location in Delhi. One of the best evening time snacks for people returning from the office, the Kathi roll is available in eggs, chicken and veg variants.
Where To Eat: Connaught Place, Nizam’s, Khan Market, and several other places are a must-try for every rolls lover.
Not just in Delhi, the mention of street foods in India is incomplete without mentioning Golgappe. Golagppas are tiny round pooris stuffed with aloo chana mix and dipped in a sour, spicy liquid made of pudina and tamarind.
Every city has its own distinct version of golgappe, with the stuffing and liquid flavours changing slightly. People also eat a sweeter version of golgappe with saunth, a type of sweet chutney, and curd.
Where To Eat: Every street has its own golgappe walas, and there is no specific place that serves golgappas better than others. However, if you want a hygienic option, then you can have golgappa at Haldiram’s, Bikanervala and other restaurant chains.
A gift to us by the Mughals, Biryani has its own charm. Slow-cooked chicken in an earthen pot with a mixture of aromatic spices, which is then layered on long-grain rice and the pot sealed with dough to infuse the aromas. Biryani tastes best with curd raita and salan.
Where To Eat: From the roadside Dhaba to five-star restaurants, the Biryani experience in Delhi is never-ending. Al-Jawahar in Chandani Chowk, Purani Dilli Restaurant in Okhla, and Matka Peer Dargha at Pragati Maidan are a few of the must-try places for a lip-smacking Biryani.
Soft bread or ‘pav’ toasted in butter is served with thick vegetable gravy with a dollop of butter on top. With onion and lemon on the side, this dish is so flavour some that you can’t get enough of it.
Where To Eat: Pav Bhaji is a dish that you are going to find on the menu of every big or small food joint in Delhi. Kumar Pav Bhaji, Krishna Nagar and Arjun Bombay Pav Bhaji, Model Town, Vaishno Chaat Bhandar, and Kamala Nagar are some of the places that serve the best Pav Bhaji.
A plate of Ram laddoos with a cup of hot ginger tea is the best way to spend your evenings in Delhi. Ram laddoo is served with grated radish a spicy and tangy green chutney that makes it all the more delicious.
Ram laddoo is made with coarse batter made with chana dal and moong dal fried till golden brown.
Where To Eat: You are going to find many small vendors selling Ram Laddoos in almost every lane of the city. However, one of the favourites among Delhiites is from Lajpat Wale ram laddoo in Lajpat Nagar II.
Discussion of Delhi street food is incomplete without the mention of sweets, and what better than Daulat Ki Chaat to enjoy on a cold winter day. Don’t get confused with the name chaat; Daulat Ki Chaat is actually a sweet delicacy that has a melt-in-mouth texture.
Made with raw milk mixed with cream that is cooled over ice overnight and then whisked until light and frothy.
Khoya and Chenna are then added to the mixture and served with additional toppings of dry fruits and khoya. The perfect blend of sweetness, and crunch, Daulat Ki Chaat is something you can’t miss in Delhi. Given its heavy nature, Daulat Ki Chaat is available only during November, December and January, during the winter season.
Where To Eat: The best and the only place you are going to find the authentic variety of Daulat Ki Chaat is Chandani Chowk. For a more hygienic variety of Daulat Ki Chaat, you can try it out in ‘Indian Accent’- a fine dining restaurant.
Well, I have tried to incorporate a few of the most famous street foods that one can find in New Delhi. On your next trip to Delhi, don’t miss checking out a few of the spots. You won’t be disappointed!
Do tell what are your favourites from the list, and what are your favourite places to enjoy those? This is in no way a complete list. If you feel we have missed some of your favourites, do let us know.