Food is an integral part of our lives. There is hardly any person who doesn’t like food. However, when we are talking about street food, it is another level altogether. Street food around the world is hugely popular. We can’t really decide, what we like more? The price, the taste or the convenience! Or maybe it is all three of them that makes us fall in love with street food over and over again. Though every Indian city has its fair share of street food culture, Delhi tops the list. If you happen to be in Old Delhi, these are the places you must visit!
Lotan Chole Kulche
This one features on every Chole-lover’s list! They have been around since 1920 and their chole kulche are to die for. If the kulcha seems too much for you, just try the chole served with potatoes, green hot chillies and onions – sheer bliss is what it is!
Where: Lotan Chole Wala, Chatta Shahji, Chawri Bazaar
Bishan Swaroop Chaat Bhandar
The maze like bylanes of Old Delhi can be quite confusing at times. Though the chaos and the dirt is sometimes irritating. The various hidden gems at every corner and the smell of freshly cooked food definitely keeps you going. This Chaat Bhandar in Chandni Chowk has been operating since 1923. Their speciality is the fruit Chaat and the Kulle Ki Chaat. The latter is an in-house speciality, where fruits and vegetables are hollowed out first and then stuffed with pomegranate seeds or boiled chickpeas.
Where: 1421, Chandni Chowk near Mahavir Jain Library
Khemchand Adesh Kumar’s Daulat Ki Chaat
If you are in Delhi in winter, this unique chaat should be a must-do thing in your check list. Though called chaat it is a sweet and is made from milk. Frothy, creamy milk is churned and made into this chaat. It is prepared throughout the night and it takes about 6 hours to make it. If you want to taste it, you need to get out and get it at dawn. That way you get it most fresh.
Where: Dariba, Kinari Bazaar and Daryaganj
Legend has it that this was the place where butter chicken was invented. It all started when they started putting their hot-favourite tandoori chicken in the marinade trays with butter and tomato. It is only fair that the dish that is now instantly recognized around the world, should be tasted at the place where it was invented. Definitely not your usual street food though!
Where: 3703, Netaji Subhash Marg, Daryaganj, Near Golcha Cinema
When you know there is a place started by one of the sons of a cook from the Mughal Emperor’s darbar, there is no going wrong with your choice! Karim is the brainchild of Haji Karimuddin, son of Mohammad Aziz, cook from the Mughal Emperor’s court. The hotel was established in 1913. Nahari and the kebabs are the best from their menu.
Where: Karim’s Hotel – House No: 16, Gali Kababian, Jama Masjid
The bylanes of Old Delhi has stories hidden in every nook and cranny, you only have to find them. Many of these stories are related to food, if you want to truly go on a food trail, do not just eat the goodies but also try to learn the history behind them. You might stumble on a few gems and even find places that are not much talked about? However, do not forget to take a few digestive pills with you!
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