15 culinary delights from Delhi that you must try

Diving into Delhi's Food SceneDiving into Delhi's Food Scene!

Ah, Delhi! The mere mention of its name sends my taste buds into a frenzy, for this city is not just a melting pot of cultures but also a paradise for food lovers like myself.

Join me as I take you on a heartfelt journey through 15 culinary delights that captured my soul and left me craving for more.

Also read: A Foodies Guide to Delhi: Street Food and More!

1. Chole Bhature:

Indulge in the irresistible duo of spicy Chole and fluffy Bhature.Indulge in the irresistible duo of spicy Chole and fluffy Bhature

Oh, the memories of diving into a plate of chole bhature at Sita Ram Diwan Chand! The spicy chickpea curry, paired with the fluffy, deep-fried bread, was a match made in culinary heaven. And don't even get me started on the nostalgia-inducing aroma that filled the air!

  • Location: Sita Ram Diwan Chand (Paharganj) or Chache Di Hatti (Kamla Nagar)

  • Price: ₹50 - ₹100 per plate

2. Parathas at Parathe Wali Gali:

Experience Paratha Paradise at Parathe Wali Gali, DelhiExperience Paratha Paradise at Parathe Wali Gali, Delhi

Wandering through the lively lanes of Chandni Chowk, the enticing aroma from Paranthe Wali Gali beckoned me closer. Each stuffed paratha held a tale of heritage and taste, making it a tough decision. Among them, my top pick has to be Rabri Paratha.

  • Location: Paranthe Wali Gali, Chandni Chowk

  • Price: ₹100 - ₹200 per plate

3. Butter Chicken:

Butter Chicken - a culinary delight that will leave you craving for more!Butter Chicken - a culinary delight that will leave you craving for more!

As I sat down at Moti Mahal, the anticipation of indulging in Delhi's famed butter chicken reached its peak. The tender chicken pieces bathed in the creamy tomato-based gravy were a revelation, leaving me with a newfound appreciation for this culinary masterpiece.

  • Location: Moti Mahal (Daryaganj) or Aslam Chicken Corner (Jama Masjid)

  • Price: ₹200 - ₹400 per serving

4. Kebabs at Karim's:

Savor the succulent perfection of Kebabs!Savor the succulent perfection of Kebabs!

The moment I sunk my teeth into a succulent kebab at Karim's, I knew I had stumbled upon something truly special. The smoky flavor, the tender meat – it was a symphony of taste that lingered on my palate long after the last bite.

  • Location: Karim's, Jama Masjid

  • Price: ₹150 - ₹300 per serving

5. Dahi Bhalla Chaat:

Delight in the refreshing flavors of Dahi Bhalla Chaat Delight in the refreshing flavors of Dahi Bhalla Chaat

In the sweltering heat of Delhi, nothing quite beats the refreshing burst of flavors from a plate of dahi bhalla chaat at Natraj Dahi Bhalla Corner. The creamy yogurt, the tangy chutneys – each spoonful was like a cool breeze on a hot summer's day.

  • Location: Natraj Dahi Bhalla Corner, Chandni Chowk

  • Price: ₹50 - ₹100 per plate

6. Rabri Falooda:

Indulge in the divine Rabri Falooda from Giani's Di HattiIndulge in the divine Rabri Falooda from Giani's Di Hatti

As the sun beat down relentlessly, I sought refuge in the comforting sweetness of rabri falooda at Giani's. The layers of sweetened milk, vermicelli, and flavored syrups provided the perfect respite from the scorching Delhi heat.

  • Location: Giani's or Prince Paan, various locations

  • Price: ₹100 - ₹200 per serving

7. Aloo Tikki:

Enjoy the crispy delight of Aloo Tikki - a crunchy sensation!Enjoy the crispy delight of Aloo Tikki - a crunchy sensation!

Crispy on the outside, soft on the inside – that's the magic of aloo tikki at Bittoo Tikki Wala. With each bite, I couldn't help but marvel at the perfect balance of spices and textures that made this simple snack a true delight.

  • Location: Natraj or Bittoo Tikki Wala, various locations

  • Price: ₹30 - ₹50 per plate

Also read: Places that you MUST VISIT in Delhi with your Family

8. Nihari:

Delight in Nihari - a flavorful meat stew!Delight in Nihari - a flavorful meat stew!

As I savored a bowl of Nihari at Karim's, I was transported back in time to the kitchens of Mughal emperors. The slow-cooked meat stew, bursting with aromatic spices, was a testament to Delhi's rich culinary heritage.

  • Location: Karim's or Al Jawahar, Jama Masjid

  • Price: ₹200 - ₹400 per serving

9. Kulfi:

Kulfi - a traditional Indian ice cream!Kulfi - a traditional Indian ice cream!

The first lick of creamy kulfi at Kuremal Mohan Lal Kulfiwale was like a trip down memory lane. The flavors of cardamom, saffron, and pistachios danced on my tongue, leaving me longing for more.

  • Location: Kuremal Mohan Lal Kulfiwale, Chandni Chowk

  • Price: ₹50 - ₹100 per serving

10. Rajma Chawal:

Enjoy the comforting flavors of Rajma ChawalEnjoy the comforting flavors of Rajma Chawal

There's something undeniably comforting about a plate of rajma chawal at Chache Di Hatti. The tender red kidney beans, cooked to perfection in a thick tomato-based gravy, served with fluffy rice – it was like a warm hug from home.

  • Location: Chache Di Hatti (Kamla Nagar) or Rajma Chawal Wale (Paharganj)

  • Price: ₹100 - ₹150 per plate

11. Samosa:

Savor the crispy Samosa Savor the crispy Samosa

The crispiness of the samosa, and the spiced potatoes within—it's a match made in snack heaven. Whether I was at Old Famous Jalebi Wala or Khandani Pakode Wala, each bite was a burst of flavor that left me craving more.

  • Location: Old Famous Jalebi Wala (Chandni Chowk) or Khandani Pakode Wala (Sarojini Nagar)

  • Price: ₹10 - ₹20 per piece

12. Jalebi:

Enjoy golden Jalebi - a sweet delight!Enjoy golden Jalebi - a sweet delight!

As I watched the golden jalebis sizzle in the hot oil at Jalebi Wala in Chandni Chowk, my mouth watered in anticipation. The sweetness of the syrup, the crispiness of the jalebi—it was a sensory experience like no other.

  • Location: Old Famous Jalebi Wala (Chandni Chowk) or Jalebi Wala (Chandni Chowk)

  • Price: ₹20 - ₹50 per plate

13. Chaat:

Savor Chaat - a tasty street snack!Savor Chaat - a tasty street snack!

From the crispy papdis to the tangy chutneys, each bite of chaat at Haldiram's was a revelation. It was a riot of flavors and textures that left me wanting to explore more of Delhi's vibrant street food scene.

  • Location: Haldiram's (various locations) or Nathu's Sweets (various locations)

  • Price: ₹50 - ₹150 per plate

14. Chole Kulche:

Relish Chole Kulche - a spicy chickpea dish with fluffy bread!Relish Chole Kulche - a spicy chickpea dish with fluffy bread!

There's something about the combination of spicy chickpeas and fluffy kulchas that never fails to delight. Whether I was at Lotan Chole Wala or Durga Dhaba, each bite was a reminder of why Delhi's street food is unrivaled.

  • Location: Lotan Chole Wala (Chandni Chowk) or Durga Dhaba (Karol Bagh)

  • Price: ₹50 - ₹100 per plate

15. Kulfi Falooda:

Satisfy your sweet tooth with Kulfi FaloodaSatisfy your sweet tooth with Kulfi Falooda

As I indulged in a serving of kulfi falooda at Roshan Di Kulfi, I couldn't help but marvel at the perfect harmony of flavors. The creamy kulfi, the silky falooda noodles, and the rose syrup—it was a dessert experience that left me longing for more.

  • Location: Roshan Di Kulfi (Karol Bagh) or Giani's (various locations)

  • Price: ₹100 - ₹200 per serving

Also read: Top 10 Cheap Shopping Places in Delhi for Shopaholics

Enjoying street food near Delhi's Raj Ghat.Enjoying street food near Delhi's Raj Ghat.

Delhi's culinary treasures are as diverse as they are delicious, each dish telling a story of tradition, flavor, and culinary craftsmanship. So, if you ever find yourself in this vibrant city, be sure to embark on your own culinary journey and discover the magic that awaits in every bite.

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