Top 10 Delicious Dishes of Delhi

Two things that really stand out for Delhiites are the city’s mouth-watering food and rich history. Delhi has a diversity of cultures and races. The city is filled with a variety of cuisines. You may go to Chandni Chowk or Majnu ka Tilla. You will find that Delhi is filled with culinary delights. In this article, we give you top 10 dishes of Delhi.

You may be expecting a healthy morning breakfast or a meal or even a late night snack, Parathas are on top of the list when we talk about favorite food of Delhi. You can choose from a plain paratha or you can use a stuffing of your choice like keema, eggs, potatoes, radish, cauliflower or last night’s left over dal. You have a lot of options.

 Places where you can try the dish: Parathe wali gali(Chandni Chowk), Moolchand Parathe Wala

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Delhi street food has a variety that is unmatched. There is a special attraction of eating on the streets of Delhi. Chandni Chowk is considered to be the Street Food Capital of Delhi.

Places where you can try the dish: Bittu Tikki Wala(Karol Bagh), Daulat Ki Chaat(Chandni Chowk), Natraj Dahi Bhalle Wala(Chandni Chowk), UPSC building(Shahjahan Road)

Butter Chicken

Butter Chicken originated in 1950s at Moti Mahal Restaurant of Daryaganj. Moti Mahal was famous for its Tandoori Chicken. The cooks there accidently tossed the chicken into sauce consisting of tomato, butter and chicken juices. And that is how this dish originated. Today, this dish can be found in every restaurant or dhaba. It is best consumed with naan or rice.

Places where you can try the dish: Moti Mahal(Daryaganj), Havemore(Pandara Road)

  • Kebabs

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Delhiites are very lucky because of the Mughals that left their culture and cuisine. One of the dishes they are thankful for is Kebabs. Kebabs are available on food stalls and can be delivered to your car. Or can be enjoyed in a fine dining restaurant. Try this popular dish and you will be hooked with it.

Places where you can try the dish: Ghalib Kebab Corner(Nizamuddin), Alkakori Alkauser(R K Puram), Ustad Moinuddin Kebabs(Lal Kuan), Salim Kebabs(Khan Market), Aap Ki Khatir(SDA)

Chole Bhature
This dish is best enjoyed in an empty stomach. It is rich, spicy and heavy. You will find this dish on the breakfast menu across the capital. This dish can be found at all the food points of the capital. May it be restaurants or local joints. It is generally accompanied with Lassi and is very popular among Delhiites.

Places where you can try the dish: Chache Di Hatti(Kamla Nagar), Sitaram Diwan Chand(Paharganj)

Biryani
One of the favorite dishes of Mughal Emperors, Biryani has been a favorite dish for ages. This dish is prepared in an earthen pot. The lid is sealed with dough and the flavors, spices and aromas are soaked in it. The biryani is available all over Delhi including, road side dhabas, commercial chains, five-star hotels and Sufi shrines.

Places where you can try the dish: Dum Pukht(ITC Maurya), Al KakoriAl Kauser(R K Puram), Deez Biryani & Kebabs(Defence Colony)

Nihari

When you enter Old Delhi, you can’t escape the aroma of this region’s signature dish, Nihari. This slow cooked meat is served along with tandoori rotis or khameeri rotis. This dish used to be a favorite among royal families in the past.

Places where you can try the dish: Karim’s(near Jama Masjid), Bara Hindu Road

Kathi Rolls
Although the Kathi rolls of Kolkata are famous but Delhi has delicious variants of its own. This dish is available almost everywhere including street stalls, supermarkets and even the posh restaurants of Delhi. Kathi rolls are a great option for the Delhiites.

Places where you can try the dish: Khan Chacha(Khan Market), Qureshi Kabab Corner(South Extension-II), Nizam’s(Connaught Place)

Momos

This is one of the most popular snacks of Delhi. It is present in the office complexes, cocktail parties and even birthdays. The momos vendor is present outside every office building, market place and housing area. These dumplings are very tasty and are available in non-vegetarian and vegetarian variants.

Places where you can try the dish: Sikkim House(Panchsheel Market), Nagaland Food Stall(Dilli Haat), Cafe Brown Sugar(GK market), Yashwant Complex(Chanakya Puri), Majnu ka Tilla(North Campus).

  • Desserts

Jalebi
A wide variety of desserts is offered in Delhi. They are a must have after a meal. Ranging from Jalebis to Rabri Falooda, different variants of Kulfis, Aam Papad and the mouth-watering Motichoor Ladoo.

Places where you can try the dish: The famous Jalebiwala of Chandni Chowk, Giani di Hatti (Chandni Chowk), Big Chill Cafe(Khan Market), Kuremal Mohan Lal Kulfiwala(Chandni Chowk), Ghantewala Halwai(Chandni Chowk)

10 Lesser Known Dishes of India

India has a rich culture because of its diverse and varying climatic conditions. It has been subjected to various invasions by foreigners. Every region differs socio-culturally. This can be seen from the different customs, languages and food habits of the people of this vast nation.

In this article, we give you some of the lesser known dishes of India that are unique, mouthwatering and a treat for your palate.

  1. Nimish
Photo Courtesy: gourmetfactory

Photo Courtesy: gourmetfactory

This dish is available typically in Lucknow and old Delhi. This dish basically consists of dry fruits and milk. The khoya or mawa are beaten until fluffy and light. These are served with garnishing of sugar and dry fruits.

Nimish Recipe

  1. Bhang Ke Pakore
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Photo Courtesy: boldsky

This is a special snack that is prepared during Holi festival. Cannabis leaves’ powder is mixed with the batter of pakora and is eaten after frying. This is an addictive dish that is also tasty.

Bhang Ke Pakore Recipe

  1. Khorisa

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This is an Assamese delicacy which means bamboo shoots with fish. The fish used to prepare this dish is Rawas. To the Rawas fish is added mustard oil, ginger, turmeric and chillies in large amounts.

Khorisa Recipe

  1. Handvo

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A dish originating from kutch, handvo is perfect snack for breakfast or tea. This is a great dish for the health conscious people. A well-known variant of this dish is dhokla. This can serve as a complete meal in itself.

Handvo Recipe

  1. Vathal Kuzhambu

Vathal Kozhambu

This is a South-Indian curry which is a specialty among Tamil Brahmins. This lentil curry also contains tamarind.

Vathal Kuzhambu Recipe

  1. Kanchipuram Idli

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If you want to try a different version of regular idlis, you should go for Kanchipuram idlis. They are full of spices. These idlis are filled with jeera, pepper, ginger, chillies and cashew nuts.

Kanchipuram Idli Recipe

  1. Bebinca

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This is a Goan dish that is not known too much. A multi-layered pudding that is made of flour, ghee, sugar, egg yolk, nuts and coconut milk.

Bebinca Recipe

  1. Chicken Dak Bungalow

Chicken Dak Bungalow

Chicken Dak Bungalow is an Anglo Indian dish. It was very popular during the British rule. It was prepared by the cooks of India for the elite.

Chicken Dak Bungalow Recipe

  1. Locho

Locho

A Gujarati snack, Locho is prepared from gram flour and sev. Locho stands for “mistake” in Gujarati. It is said that once a cook was making khaman and he put excess water while making it. His reaction was “Arre ye to Locho this gayo”- (Meaning: A mistake was made by me). Therefore, this dish was named Locho.

Locho Recipe

  1. Potoler Dolma

Potoler Dolma

In Bengali, Potoler Dolma means pointed gourd. This pointed gourd (parwal) can be stuffed with paneer, fish or minced meat.

Potoler Dolma Recipe

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History of Some Interesting Dishes of India

Indians love food. Every Indian likes to indulge in the guilty pleasure of rich food. We are a nation of diverse people with many differences. But food is one thing that unites us. Although the food of our nation is also diverse but it is enjoyed by everyone. It is also a fact that the cuisines of India vary with states.

In all these varying cuisines there are certain foods that you may wonder how they originated. And that is why we have collected some interesting dishes and their stories that you will find amusing.

  1. Biryani

Biryani

The word ‘biryani’ comes from the Persian word ‘birian’ meaning ‘fried before cooking’. According to the legend, Mumtaz Mahal(1593-1631), while visiting the army barracks realized that the soldiers there were under-nourished. She ordered that a dish be made that can provide balanced nutrition. The chef prepared many dishes but Mumtaz liked biryani as it was a one pot complete meal.

Biryani Recipe

  1. Butter Chicken

Butter Chicken

Butter Chicken originated in New Delhi. It was introduced by Chef Simon Mahil Chahal in Moti Mahal restaurant. According to the legend, one night when the restaurant shut down, a VIP guest visited the restaurant and asked for a chicken dish. The chef realized that he had only half chicken tandoori in his stock. He decided to improvise on the dish and put in large amounts of butter, tomato and masalas and invented a new dish. The VIP guest was none other than the ruler of Mareelun and he loved the dish. And that’s how it became popular.

Butter Chicken Recipe

  1. Idli

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The earliest origins of Idli is in ‘Vaddaradhane’ of 970 A.D. A story in which Idli is one of the eighteen dishes served to a Brahamchari. But, the recipe of making Idli is not present in the story.

If we dig a little deeper into history, we find our answers. The Chinese historian Xuang Zang claims that India had no steaming containers. But around 800-1200 AD, the Hindu Indonesian Kings brought with them, the methods of steaming and fermentation. They gave birth to a unique dish called Kedli in South India which resulted in the formation of Idli.

  1. Sambar

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Although Idli was created a long time back, Sambar came into the scene much later. It was in the 18th century that a dish called amti was created in the kitchen of the ruler Shahuji of Thanjavur. It was a very special dish as it contained kokum as one of its ingredients. One season, the kokum ran out of supply. Everyone was thinking what to do when an advisor of the court advised that tamarind pulp should be used instead of kokum to maintain sour taste. So, a dish was made which contained vegetables, tuvar dal, spices and the pulp of tamarind. The dish was served to Shahuji’s cousin Sambhaji. Everyone loved the dish and it was named Sambhar after the name of the guest Sambhaji.

Sambar Recipe

  1. Paneer

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Most Indian dishes contain Paneer. The list of dishes is endless, starting from Shahi Paneer to Palak Paneer. But, it is known to few that Paneer was invented by accident. Once, the Mongols were on a trip on their horses. They were travelling with Mushkis(bags of raw-hyde) which contained milk. Due to the rennet of leather and the dessert heat made Paneer out of the milk. The Mongols found the Paneer to be very delicious. In the years that followed, this ingredient was brought to India and it was an instant hit.

Try these Paneer recipes:-

Shahi Paneer Recipe

Paneer Lababdar Recipe

Palak Paneer Recipe

  1. Samosa

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One of the most famous snack in India today is samosa. But, do you know about its origins? It originated from Central Asia. According to legend, the traders from different parts of the world traveled to India using Central Asian trade routes. They could not carry heavy food so they cooked small triangles that were filled with mince. These were easy to make and carry and could be eaten anytime. When this dish came to India, it was a big hit and Samosa became a staple snack for kings and commoners alike.

Samosa Recipe

 

  1. Pav Bhaji

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The origins of Pav Bhaji are in the city of Mumbai. A local vendor came up with this dish after realizing the problems of daily mill workers. The workers had a very short meal break. They had to do rigorous physical labor after these mini breaks. So, a light lunch was needed. So, the local vendor created a dish with leftovers of other dishes. The roti and rice was substituted with Pav. And the curries were converted into a spicy mixture called ‘bhaji’. The dish became very popular and is loved by all.

Pav Bhaji Recipe

  1. Vada Pav
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Photo Courtesy: Raks Kitchen

Like Pav Bhaji, Vada Pav was also created in Bombay. The dish was created by Ashok Vaidya, who was a snack vendor outside Dadar station. Dadar is a major hub for commuters and a very important station. Vaidya, very innovatively came up with this recipe so that the commuters can eat on the go. The dish was served with fiery red chutney made up of peanuts, coconuts, garlic, chilli and tamarind. This was in 1971 and the dish is still very popular in Bombay and all over India

Vada Pav Recipe

  1. Kebabs

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Kebabs are very popular in the Middle East and also loved by Indians. It was invented in the Medieval Era of Turkey. According to the legend the travelling soldiers wanted to save meat and that is why they cut small pieces of meat, grilled them and ate them with bread. The dish has become popular all over the world today.

Kebab Recipe

  1. Tandoori Chicken

Tandoori Chicken

The same restaurant that gave us Butter Chicken, gave us Tandoori Chicken. It was at Moti Mahal Delux, that the dish was invented by the Chef Kundan Lal Gujral. The chef always tried to experiment with dishes. He loved his tandoor and as an experiment, he took some chicken, applied spices and put it in tandoor. The resulting dish was so good that even Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru (First Prime Minister of India) liked it. Later, the dish was prepared for many Indian dignitaries like Richard Nixon, John F. Kennedy, King of Nepal, Shah of Iran etc.

Tandoori Chicken Recipe