Delhi being the capital of the country, it’s no surprise that the food options are overwhelmingly vast with all sorts of spices and flavors. However, some of the best food in Delhi can be found in the narrow, crowded gulli’s of Purani Dilli. Check out this list of dishes from Old Delhi that you definitely need to eat in this life.
- Jalebi at Jalebi Wala
This Jalebi shop in Old Delhi has been around since 1884. Their piping hot, thick, and juicy jalebis is not only a delight for your eyes but also for your taste buds.
Where: 795, Dariba Kalan Road, Chandni chowk
- Gol Gappa at Padam Chat Corner
Padam Chat Corner is a Gol Gappa paradise. Currently run by the 3rd generation of the family, everything in this small humble shop, is made at home.
Where: Kinari Bazar, Katra Shah N Shah, Chandni Chowk
- Kachori Aloo at Jung Bahadur Kachori Wala
One of the most famous Kachori wala in Old Delhi, Jung Bahadur was established in 1940. The golden-fried crispy kachori with the spicy aloo sabzi is surely the best you can have in your life.
Where: 1104, Gali Bhojpura Rd, Kinari Bazar, Chandni Chowk
- Daulat Ki Chaat at Kinari Bazar
My mouth automatically starts watering when someone mentions Daulat ki chaat. It really feels like you are biting into a cloud with creamy sweetness and crunchiness of nuts. It’s probably the best you ever had, and the best you will ever get.
Where: Multiple vendors near Kinari Bazar (available in winters only)
- Choley Kulche at Lotan Choley Kulche Wala
Chole Kulche is a popular delicacy when it comes to Delhi street food. However, you will rarely find someone who makes it better than Lotan Choley Kulche Wala. These lip-smacking chole and buttery kulche are a wholesome meal and will make your day for sure.
Where: 2363, Chatta Shahji, Chawari Bazar
- Dahi Bhalla at Natraj
Natraj which opened in 1940 with only 2 dishes on its menu, is now one of the most crowded shops in Chandni Chowk. Nowhere would you ever have had these perfect dahi bhalle which just vanish in your mouth. Soft bhallas with masala that adds the perfect kick is what all our chaat dreams are made of.
Where: 1396, Main Road Near Central Bank, Opposite, Paranthe Wali Gali, Kucha Mahajani, Chandni Chowk.
- Lemon Soda at Pt Ved Prakash Nimbu Paani Wale
Sip on the frizziest lemon soda in town at this small shop right across Town Hall. Panditji has been serving Delhi’s favourite summer drink since the past 150 years and they are not stopping anytime soon.
Where: Opposite Town Hall, Chandni Chowk
- Paneer Parantha at Kake Di Hatti
Another legendary gem of Old Delhi, Kake Di Hatti has been there since as long as my grandfather remembers. Try the larger than life, full of butter and ghee parathas and you can die peacefully. The best part is that each paratha is cooked in a tandoor and not on a tawa.
Where: 654-666, Church Mission Road, Fatehpuri, Chandni Chowk
- Chicken Jahangiri at Al Jawahar
While people might argue that Karim’s food is better, I personally feel that Al Jawahar is doing the Mughal food much better. A non-vegetarians paradise, Al Jawahar’s food is something which can’t be described using words.
Where: No.8, Jama Masjid Matia Mahal Road, Matia Mahal
- Mutton Korma at Karim Hotel
Maybe the Chicken Jahangiri is better at Al Jawahar, Karim’s Mutton Korma has been a timeless legendary dish. This succulent mutton korma will melt in your mouth and leave you thinking about the taste for days.
Where: Jama Masjid, Gali Kababian, Old Delhi
- Butter Chicken at Aslam
I will not have any regrets in saying that Aslam is the actual god of food of gods, Butter Chicken. This dish surely compensates for the abundance of people and lack of ambience. As the saying goes, “agar Aslam ka Butter Chicken nahi khaaya, toh kya khaaya.”
Where: Jama Masjid, New Delhi
- Changezi Chicken at Changezi
One of north India’s most popular dish, the Changezi Chicken is said to have its link with the Mongolian ruler and invader Ghenghis Khan. And as the name suggests, Changezi restaurant is so famous for its changezi chicken that you can easily expect a 30 minute waiting time before you get served. However, it really is worth the wait.
Where: 3614, N.S.Marg, Daryaganj
- Kuliya ki Chaat at Hira Chaat Corner
Hira Lal Chaat corner which has been running since the past 3 decades serves the delicious Kuliya chaat. Chaat stuffing inside a whole boiled potato is something which you might have never heard off. As you pop a kuliya in your mouth, it explodes, leaving you reeling under a swarm of flavors.
Where: 3636, Gali Lohe Wali, Chawri Bazar
By Abhishek Aggarwal