The street food in Old Delhi’s small alleyways is legendary. Closet-like cafes and food vendors surround the tight passageways and labyrinthine passageways, selling delectable nibbles, refreshments, and beverages. The bylanes are bustling with food- steamy kebabs, fresh fruit ice creams, and Gulab sharbat- a whiff of fresh samosas here and the sweet scent of crisp jalebis there. Aside from the mouth-watering flavors and finger-licking taste, Old Delhi’s food is also super cheap and mostly very reasonably priced. Here’s a quick rundown of the best places for street food in Old Delhi.
The Best Places for Street Food in Old Delhi
Qureshi Kabab Corner
Visit Qureshi Kabab Corner for delicate and flavorful grilled kebabs as you wander through the bustling bylanes of Old Delhi. Haji Abdul Ghani Qureshi, an octogenarian whose grandfather sold kebabs near Jama Masjid, is the shop’s originator. Five of his sons now operate the business, and they’ve kept the Qureshi family recipe, which has been passed down for decades.
Karim’s is the most well-known restaurant in Old Delhi. Mohammed Aziz worked in the royal kitchen during the last years of the Mughal rule. However, after the British exiled Emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar, Aziz and the majority of his colleagues left the capital as well. Only in 1911, when King George V’s coronation was held in Delhi, did Aziz’s son Haji Karimuddin return, hoping to make quick money catering to people flocking to the capital for celebrations. He set up a small stall and served mutton with potatoes and lentil curry. Karim’s now has nearly 30 locations in the city, but the original location near Jama Masjid remains unrivaled.
Natraj Dahi Bhalla
The greatest Dahi Bhalla in Delhi is served by Natraj Dahi Bhalla, which is juicy, sweet, and tangy. The dahi bhallas are a flavor explosion, served with a hearty portion of dahi, a dash of sweet sonth chatni, and a smidgeon of savory green chilli chutney. From their inception in 1940 to the present, they have only had two items on their menu: Dahi Bhalla and Aloo Tikki served with sauce. Both of these are worth sampling while you’re here.
Daulat ki Chaat
Who hasn’t heard of the all-time favorite Daulat ki Chaat? Surprisingly, the chaat is a sweet dish created with frothy, creamy milk. One spoonful of this delight, which is enriched with khoya, sprinkled with saffron, and garnished with a rose, is said to melt in the mouth instantly.
This delicacy takes 6 hours to prepare and is served fresh in the morning. It’s available at several mobile stalls near Kinari Bazaar.
Old Famous Jalebi Wala
Old Renowned Jalebi Wala is, as its name says, Old Delhi’s oldest and most famous jalebi shop. Jalebi is a popular Indian treat prepared from deep-fried batter that has been soaked in sugar syrup. It was was introduced to India by Persian traders during the medieval era, and it is orange in color, coiled, and lightly crunchy. The shop first opened in 1884 and hasn’t lost its luster since. The owners make certain that only pure homemade ingredients are used, such as homemade desi ghee (indigenous clarified butter) and khandsari sugar, which are unrefined and free of any harmful chemicals and additives.
Lotan Ke Chole Kulche
Lotan ke Chole Kulche in Old Delhi is famous for its fiery chole served with soft and bland kulche, a twig of green chilly, and salad. People travel from all over town to sample this delicacy. The chole kulche have been in service since 1977 and are still well-known. And this establishment is always surrounded by people. So, if you’re ever in Old Delhi, don’t forget to try this out.
After working up an appetite walking around Old Delhi, make a pit stop at Al Jawahar. Butter chicken, mutton korma, chicken changezi, seekh kebabs, kaleji gurda, and biryani are among the must-try delicacies on the menu. The restaurant is thought to have been named after Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, who inaugurated it when it initially opened. And this establishment is always surrounded by people. So, if you’re ever in Old Delhi, don’t forget to try this out.
In the last two decades, Aslam Chicken has won the distinction of “Best Butter Chicken.” And, true to its name, the chefs do make a one-of-a-kind delicacy. The chicken is marinated in a spicy flurry before being cooked to perfection and then drowned in a butter and yoghurt concoction. The final product is nothing short of awe-inspiring. There is no such thing as a single bite. The flavor will linger in your mouth for a long time, beckoning you back for more.