Narrow gorges of old Delhi tell many stories through the vast variety of street food they offer. They will inspire you to remove your cameras, explore new forms, and sometimes even enter the kitchen and rebuild. Walking through the chaotic labyrinth of alleyways, you’ll never get lost. If you are ever, you will probably feel the smell of smoking samosas that still hiss in hot oil, or the sweet smell of crunchy jalebis that will make you feel. Temptation is everywhere and hard to resist.
The Old Town shares an intimate relationship with food that began during the Mughal era. Here, tradition and history are served richly decorated with culinary secrets that have been passed down from generation to generation.
It would not be wrong to say that part of me belongs to the other side. From the countless trips I visited my extended family, I found that finding the best street food in Old Delhi is a journey of discovery. But to begin with, these places will give you an idea of the historic heart of the city. Presentation, old food lover of Delhi.
Best Places To Eat Veg In Old Delhi
Natraj Dahi Bhalla, Chandni Chowk
Constant foodies grinding outside this small restaurant testify to its great popularity. Only two dishes are offered: dahi bhalla and aloo tikki, both seasoned perfectly. Crispy tikky are served with two types of chutney (coriander and tamarind), while the friable bhal is also accompanied by refreshing curd. Both are excellent entrees for dinner in Old Delhi. Take the plate, find a place on the sidewalk in front of the stand and prepare for culinary revelation.
Daulat Ki Chaat, Vendors
You can find them on the go in places like Dariba, Kinari Bazaar and Daryaganj. They sell sparkling and creamy sweets, known as ‘Daulat ki Chaat’. It is made with whipped milk. Soft cotton foam is collected and carefully served. Enriched with khoya and saffron, it immediately melts on the palate. One of the finest sweets, its preparation can take about six hours! It is prepared overnight and served fresh in the morning.
Lotan Chole Walla, Chawri Bazaar
The cholle here are the top of the pile. For those who love their spice, this is as good as it gets. Been on the streets since 1977, the cholles are served with potatoes in a red hot curry, garnished with coriander and green chillies. You’ll always find a crowd buzzing around this humble establishment. Reach Barsha Bullah Chowk and ask for Lotan, almost everyone would know about him. Mostly, you’ll find him in Chhatta Shah.
Jung Bahadur Kachori Wala
Jung Bahadur Kachori waala started from a small corner in Nai Sarak and for 44 years he created a fan who saw him give Kachoris and aalu sabzi. Today he directs two accountants, one in Nai Sarak and the other in Kinari Bazaar, JB Kachori Waala has his share of fame. The owner of Nitin Verma is the owner’s great son, Jung Bahadur, who has a fort that day, serving Kachori after a hungry Kavori passerby. The store is open from 10 a.m. at 30 p.m. at 7:30 p.m. And Sunday is a free week.
Old Famous Jalebi Wala, Chandni Chowk
Located on the Dariba Kalan Road in Chandni Chowk, Jalebis are a real offer. Look for those beautiful whirlpools that are fried in hot oil, then gently soaked in sugar syrup and you can’t wait to eat them. This shop has existed since about 1884. Jalebis are fried here at home desi ghee. It is known that the founder of this store, Nemi Chand Jain, experimented with many recipes before deciding on the last. Jalebis are soft and cooked on fire over coals. Another thing that interests me is that they use desi khandsari sugar and not normal to make syrup. This is what we call pure pleasure.
Best Places To Eat Non Veg In Old Delhi
Karims, Jama Masjid
This name does not require a description. The well-known restaurant, located in the bustling city of Chandni Chowk, is synonymous with Mughlai cuisine and is considered “the most famous culinary destination in the city.” The incredible Mughlai thali are worth every penny. If you are shopping at Chandni Chowk and you are very hungry, go to Karim. Be sure to try the tasty Firdausi Korma, a variation of Rogan Josh, and prepare for sensory overload.
Quereshi Kebab Corner, Jama Masjid
Take a stroll through the chaotic Bylanes of old Delhi and visit Qureshi Kabab Corner where you can enjoy their tender and tasty grilled kebab. The shop’s founder is octogenist Haji Abdul Ghani Qureshi, whose grandfather was selling kebabs near Jama Masjid. The site now manages five of his children who have continued using the Qureshi family recipe that has been passed down for generations.
Aslam Butter Chicken, Jama Masjid
No other place has a butter chicken like Aslam Chicken, and this is a sweet place in this store for the past 20 years. The meat is first marinated in a spice mixture (part of a secret recipe), then grilled to perfection and drowned in a rich butter and yogurt sauce. Thanks to the unique flavor, customers will meet again and again.
Moti Mahal, Chandni Chowk
That’s where it all started. Legendary butter was born by accident in the kitchen. The restaurant was originally known for its Tandoori chicken. These were preserved in marinating dishes by adding butter and tomatoes. When cooked pieces of chicken were thrown into tandoor in this sauce, it led to the creation of a creamy and butter product that often lets us lick our fingers.
Al-Jawahar, Jama Masjid
The competition for space next to the legendary Karim is one of the least known but equally good restaurants in old Delhi; Al Jawahar Al Jawahar, popular for its culinary cuisine Mughlai, is a paradise for food lovers and serves some of the best nihari, paya from Delhi, looking for kebabs, biryani and tandoori rotis. The food in Al-Jawahar, cooked with traditional spices, explodes in flavors and I would ask for more.