Travel and Food are the two things that go together. It’s the local food of a place that gives it a recognition and fame. Though in modern times we mostly eat at the cafes and restaurants for getting a good dining experience and hygienic reasons, it’s the street food of a place that defines the culture, people, history and aroma of a city.
Delhi acts as a food gateway to India. The street food of Delhi represents the mix of cultures and the different flavours of India. It adds its own flavour to all the dishes no matter from where they originate from and hence the food of Delhi is loved so much by all.
Delhi has an extensive variety of street food which pleases the taste buds of everyone. The toothsome food is the heart of Delhi which keeps the city alive and happening at all times. So even if you are full in your tummies while reading this post, the yummy-licious pics of the food will increase the saliva in your mouth and your stomach will crave for them.
20 Must Have Street Food Items of Delhi
Samosa is the most popular and famous street food of Delhi. No party at home is complete if there are no samosas ordered. This fat triangle shaped snack has an outer covering made of wheat flour and stuffed with the mixture of mashed potatoes, chopped onions, green peas and spices. This is the normal evergreen stuffing, but there are variations in stuffing in various stall and outlets. It is then deep fried in vegetable oil to make it crisp and golden brown in colour. Samosas are served with 2 types of chutneys to add more flavour to it – green spicy (mint and coriander) chutney and sweet red (tamarind) chutney. Take a bite of this delicious snack and your mouth will crave for more.
2. Aloo Tikki (Potato Patties)
This yummy fried snack is one the most loved street food of the Delhiites. These flat circle shaped patties are quick and easy to make and are available almost in every corner of Delhi. It is made from boiled mashed potatoes and shallow fried in oil. It is crispier on the out and soft inside. It’s served with green mint and tamarind chutneys.
3. Gol Gappa
‘Gol’ means circle in Hindi and that’s the shape of this all time favourite street food of the girls. Yes, girls have more craving for this snack as it is very spicy and tangy and satisfies their taste buds. They can resist to having a gol gappas due to some reason that no one knows. 😉 It’s also called ‘pani puri’ in other regions of India. Golgappas are deep fried balls made of semolina, all purpose flour, baking soda and salt. So these balls are already kept made when you go to a stall. All you need is just ask for it and it will be served to you in no time if it’s not crowded.
The vendor (or the as well call them the Gol Gappa wale bhaiya in Hindi) will make a hole in the Gol Gappa and add small chopped boiled potato cubes, some mashed chickpeas, or a chutney if you want to. It’s then dipped into jars or bowls with spicy tamarind and mint water. Once the Gol Gappa is filled with water, it’s served to you. There are different flavours of water available and you can ask for one of your choices or try all. It is the best stand and eat snack to have. The technique to eat it is simple, all you need to do is take it as a whole in your mouth. Just bite it a little and it will burst all the spicy water in your mouth. You cannot afford to miss this mouth watering snack if you are in Delhi.
4. Chole Kulche
This is another one of the most famous street foods of Delhi. Choles are boiled chickpeas and kulche is all purpose flour bread. The choles are cooked in different styles by each vendor. It is garnished with onions, spices, lemon, chopped ginger, dhania and tamarind chutney. To eat all you need to do is, just take out a bite of the bread and eat it with the cooked chickpeas. It’s also loved as a substitute of a daily routine lunch meal.
Kachoris are fluffed and puffed round / oval shaped pastries made of flour and dough which is stuffed with cooked lentils and spices. It’s a Gujarati dish and very popular in many north Indian states. In Delhi, you get to have them at all the sweet shops as well as street stalls. Kachori is served with hot and spicy Potato Curry and chutneys. They have a nice crunch and come with variations in fillings. It is perfect for an evening outing. The smell of this appetizer will surely make you crave to have one.
6. Chole Bhature
Chole Bhature is a Punjabi item number and is an all time classic dish. Every Delhiite is a fan of this delicious snack. Bhatura is a puffed bread made of wheat flour and deep fried in oil. The bhaturas at some places have an inner coating of paneer (cottage cheese) or mashed potatoes. It is served with cooked spicy chole (chick peas), green chillies, pickle, onion, chutney and lemon slice. This street food is very heavy and can make you skip out a meal or two if you are not used to eating fried food like this.
7. Pakode (Fritters)
Pakodas are the most eaten snack in the streets as well as homes. Pakoras won’t let you follow your weight losing diet chart once you get to taste even a piece of them. It’s the weakness of most of the Indians and a good one for the taste buds. Whenever it rains, the first thoughts that come out are ‘Lets Eat Pakoras’. There are a lot of options in pakodas like paneer pakora, aloo pakoda, onion pakora, veg pakora, Dal pakora, Gobi Pakora. These are made by dipping all these chopped vegetables in a batter of maida. When coated completely, it’s fried in the oil and served with green mint and tamarind chutney.
8. Dahi Bhalla
This is the coolest chaat of all and the one to have on a hot day in Delhi. It is made of Bhallas (fritters/ dumplings of mixed bread and lentils) and creamy rich yoghurt. The bhallas are soaked in ice chilled water to keep it cool and soft. They are garnished with sweet tamarind chutney, chaat masala (powdered spices), chilli flakes and cumin powder. Some pomegranate seeds are topped on it to make it look prettier and colourful.
9. Aloo Chaat
It’s a tangy, spicy and crisp snack that will relish your taste buds. These double fried potato cubes coated with spices are one of the best streets foods in the city. It’s a popular snack made in almost all the households as well. Sprinkled with salt, pepper and some chaat masala, it’s a yumm. It does have a lot of spices, however, one can request the stall vendor not to add much.
10. Ram Laddoos
Ram Laddoo is a popular snack of Delhi which is sold on a tripod stand of wood. Like the travel photographers carry a tripod to place it to take pictures, the same way it sold on these wooden stands or tripods, which the vendors place wherever they expect a good footfall. The vendors of this stall are migrants from the states of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. Tempting laddoos will win your heart for sure. These balls are made from the mixture of moong dal and channa dal (lentils) and deep fried in oil till golden in colour. These are garnished with grated radish, salt and green coriander/ mint chutney.
11. Pav Bhaji
Pav Bhaji is a lip smacking snack loved by Delhiites. Though it’s a native of Mumbai streets, the North Indian touch to this dish makes it even tastier. Pav is an Indian bread or bun and Bhaji is made of mashed vegetables cooked with spices. It is garnished with chopped onions, coriander leaves and butter. This mouth watering dish is a must have while in Delhi.
This Tibetan dish is one of the most popular street foods in Delhi. It is the easiest available street food in Delhi. Every road and street will have on the move small stall that serves momos. These dumplings are stuffed with a mix of chopped vegetables. One can opt to have both steamed or fried momos. The outer covering is made from Maida (Wheat flour). It served with a spicy sauce that will blow smoke out your ears. Have a cold drink along with it to cool down your mouth and throat from the spiciness.
13. Kathi Roll
Kathi roll is an Indian bread stuffed with various types of fillings. These wraps are filled with various boiled and cooked vegetables. There are options in filling for non-veg ones too. These tongue tickling rolls are very fulfilling and are ‘on the go food’, wrap it and eat while walking.
14. Fruit Chaat
Another Chaat famous in Delhi is the fruit chaat. Healthy and nutritional it’s a combo of different seasonal fruits cut into pieces and tossed in salt, pepper powder and chaat masala. Have a tooth pick and start gulping the yummy fruits.
15. Aloo Poori
If you are in Delhi, you cannot miss having this street tumbling down your stomach. It’s a popular breakfast meal in North India. Puri is a fried bread made from the dough of whole wheat flour and is served with cooked potato gravy with a lot of spices. It is best enjoyed with chutney and pickle and chopped onions. Just dip a bite of fluffed poori in the curry bowl and collect some pieces of potato and place it in your mouth. It’s super delicious and a must have in your ‘to eat’ list.
16. Paneer Tikka
Eaten as a starter, Paneer tikkas are cubes of cottage cheese marinated in a paste of Indian spices, oil, water, lemon, thick curd and gram flour mainly. These cubes along with chopped veggies are placed in an iron rod and grilled in tandoor (a big clay oven) or a griller. These utterly soft juicy cubes of grilled paneer are my all time favourite.
17. Soya Chaap
Soya Chaap is a protein rich food made from wheat flour and soy flour. The chunks of soya sticks are cooked in the curry made from tomato puree, onions, Indian spices, cream, coriander and ginger garlic paste. It can be eaten with Indian wheat bread/ chapatis too. It is a lip smacking Punjabi style dish that will set your tongue rolling.
A parantha is an Indian flat bread made from wheat dough. It’s a trademark of the Indian Subcontinent and it has conquered our taste buds and stomachs since decades. A parantha can be stuffed with literally anything. SOme famous paranthas to eat are the aloo (potato) paranthas, gobhi (cauliflower) parantha, Paneer (cottage cheese) parantha, dal (cooked pulses) parantha, matars (peas) parantha, pyaaz (onion) parantha and lachcha parantha. Paranthas are our national breakfast and if you are unable to decide what to eat or short of options, this flat Indian stuffed round bread can be easily available in every nook and corner of Delhi. Eat it with cold curd and pickle and savour this blissful street food of Delhi.
19. Kulfi Falooda
Kulfi is a traditional dessert of Delhi or you can label it as the original ice cream of India. Falooda is rice noodles dipped in sugar syrup. Kulfi is made thickened milk with added flavours. Kulfi is topped with falooda on a plate and garnished with Cardamons and Pistachios. These are sold in small kiosks in the markets as well many bakeries. There are many flavours of kulfi like mango, saffron, mint, strawberry, chocolate, cream, coconut, etc. There are Kulfi sticks too that one can buy. This cold lip smacking dessert is sure shot to have.
When in Delhi, you cannot forget to miss this sweet Indian dessert, Be it any occasion or a winter evening, jalebis are the ones to be called. Jalebis are famous in many other south Asian countries as well. It is made by deep frying the batter of maida(all purpose flour) in circular and spiral shape. Once fried and turned brown in colour, it is then dipped for a while to soak the sugar syrup. Getting to watch the amazing skill of the chef making those spiral shaped jalebis is great. It acts as a teaser to make you crave for this sweet, crisp and yummy dessert. Kulfi is another name for dessert in India.
Hope you enjoyed virtually eating all these dishes from the streets of Delhi? In real they taste even better. So whenever you visit New Delhi next time, do remember to have a bite of these scrumptious and finger licking streets foods.
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