Delhi and Delhi-ites are known as much for their insatiable appetites as they are for the unending variety of food found in the city. Any cuisine, Indian or international, you name it, we have it. But what really captures the essence of the city is the street food that changes colour and taste but gets only better with discovering the city. Here is an (in)exhaustive list of the best delhi street food eateries.
1. Chache Di Hatti, Kamla Nagar
Chhole Bhature (Source)
Riding on high on reviews that can even put 5 star restaurants to shame, Chache di Hatti is one of the oldest joints in the heart of north campus of Delhi University. They are known for serving the best chole bhature in Delhi University’s North Campus. Stuffed, melt-in-mouth bhaturas with optimally spiced chhole and special pickled salad is gonna make you go mmmm. But one has to wait for a while here to be served, sometimes as long as an hour to get their own slice of heaven. Make sure to make a dash for this Delhi street food joint, for they sell out everyday by noon!
2. Juneja’s , Amar Colony Market, Lajpat Nagar
A tiny little shop tucked away in the busy Amar Colony Market, you can easily spot Juneja’s by the swarm of people huddled in their chaat corner for an evening cup of tea and steaming snack staples of samosa, gol gappas and chaat. Juneja’s is known for having an enormous variety of sweets, which are actually worth dying for, especially their warq laden barfis. A must visit place for the ones who crave for yummy Indian sweets to satisfy their sweet tooth.
3. Prince Paan, Greater Kailash and Gurgaon
Stereotypes are not restricted to people but also to food. If you are a delhi street food enthusiast with an ironical knack for hygiene, look no further. Prince Paan serves an array of paan flavors like Butterscotch Paan, Strawberry Paan and even Paan ki Chaat! As for those obsessed with hygiene, they even serve Gol Gappe made in mineral water! Don’t miss their nimbu masala paan which is a raging hit among their regulars.
4. Atul Chaat, Rajouri Garden
Gol Gappe (Source)
What was a run of the mill shop lost in the shoppers’ lanes of Rajouri Garden Market, is now a landmark for Delhi street food lovers. While the most popular treats are the aloo chaat and the tikki, it is the gol gappas and their sheer size that has every chaat lover raving about Atul Chaat. Since its inception eras back, this no frills outlet’s food is their one and only showstopper. Stop by at this popular delhi street food joint for a quick and affordable yet delectable bite.
5. Roshan ki Kulfi, Karol Bagh
Shopping in the buzzing marketplace of Karol Bagh is incomplete without the quintessential lunch at Roshan ki Kulfi. The specialty of the outlet is, no points for guessing, the kulfi-faluda, which is particularly a respite in the blistering and intolerable heat of Delhi. It’ serves one of he best kulfis in Delhi. Another Delhi staple of chhole bhature with a long tumbler of lassi is what has all the customers smacking their lips.
6. Odeon/Shukla Pan Shop, Connaught Place
Named so because it is located straight from the plush Odeon theatre in Connaught Place, Shukla Pan Shop is probably the only place that can compete with Prince. The most popular specialty of this place is the chuski pan, and if you’re worried about staining your hands with the syrup, don’t fret. The paan is stuffed into your mouth with oodles of syrupy ice to give you the most flavorsome brain freeze. Abuzz with paan lovers from the city, the tiny shop also serves diet paan for the calorie conscious.
7. Chaina Ram Sindhi Confectioners, Chandni Chowk
Karachi Halwa (Source)
Every confectionary makes Indian sweets, but only few master them to the levels of becoming legends. Chaina Ram is one such legendary outlet in the Delhi street food business, that has been covered by major national dailies for their consistently mind blowing sweets. While every mithai here is a showstopper, the jewel in the crown is the Karachi Halwa, loaded with dry fruits locked in an amber colored cube of sugar and cornflour.
8. Spice Aangan, SDA Market
Shawarma with hummus (Source)
Shawarma lovers, did you think we’d leave you stranded? With service faster than the speed of light and yet uncompromising on quality and light on the pocket, Spice Aangan leaves meat lovers asking for more. Melt in mouth meat, oozing with juices and flavors, the shawarma rolls are a departure from tradition, served with mayonnaise and green chutney, but that only adds to their charm. You’re sure to keep coming back for more, all the regulars do!
9. Moolchand Parathewala, under Moolchand floyver
Lachcha Paratha (Source)
You need sleuth skills to spot this one. Nights of boozing and partying have sent delhiites in search for filling and butter loaded parathas here. With no significant pointer to this place except a huge swarm of people, all delhiites who love their parathas have been here in the late hours. This Delhi street food place serves the best parathas ever.
10. Khandani Pakode Wala, Sarojini Nagar
Stuffed Pakode (Source)
The name itself suggests the heritage linked to this place. Khadani Pakodewala is one of the delhi street food joints where the quality of the food has not degraded with time. The crispy batter covering with the soft filling is still as scrumptious as before. Apart from the common potato, cauliflower and onion pakoras, they’re also made from paneer, baby corn and lotus stem too. For regulars, Khandani is akin to a foodie’s must stop on their way to or from Sarojini Nagar.
11. Sitaram Diwan Chand, Paharganj
Chhole Bhature (Source)
The infamous streets of Paharganj are also known for a couple of other things that are popular among budget travellers and city folks, like-leather goods, cafes and Sitaram Diwan Chand for their chhole bhature, the only item on their list. The bhature are pre-cooked and heated as per service, but that does not alter their taste in any way. It is in fact, a healthier option for the diet conscious since the oil has already been drained out.
12. Laxman Dhaba, Qutab Industrial Area
Rice with Kadhai Chicken (Source)
Thronged by non-vegetarian lovers, and especially during winters, the Laxman Dhaba is also known as the IIFT Dhaba, for its proximity to the college campus. Kadhai chicken and keema parathas are the more popular dishes at this delhi street food joint. Apart from these, the dhaba is thronged by college goers who ditch malls for a more flavorsome ride for their taste buds, that the dhaba always delivers on point.
13. Natraj Dahi Bhalle Wala, Chandni Chowk
Dahi Bhalle (Source)
Think of a burst of flavours and textures coupled with some incredibly well spiced chaat, and Natraj will not dissapoint you ever. Located just about 2 minutes from the Chandni Chowk metro station, the shop has only 2 menu items- the incredibly soft, melt in your mouth dahi bhallas and the crispy fried daal-filled tikkis, both of which have an almost infinite number of takers all day, every day. A mecca for chaat lovers in the city, be sure to try it out atleast once in your lifetime.
14. Salim’s Kebab, Defence Colony
Afghani Chicken Kebab (Source)
A regular haunt of the mughlai chicken lovers’ whose loyalty also gravitates towards street food, Salim’s is a blessing in disguise. The mutton seekh kebab and the chicken tikkas are purely heavenly, if the reviewers are to be believed. The Afghani chicken is also a delight to those who actually enjoy Mughlai cuisine. For a first timer though, this delhi street food joint is sure to delight and keep them coming back for more.
15. Ashok and Ashok, Sadar Bazar
Chicken Korma (Source)
Korma lovers, and generally meat lovers, if you haven’t discovered this gastronomical delight yet, you may have been having your meat all wrong. For a place that serves food for exactly 2.5 hours a day, at a fixed rate, and an unbeatable chicken korma, Ashok and Ashok has a strong loyal following that can put any other outlet to shame. Not your run of the mill ghee dripping chicken, but a delectably heavy and filling meal with a full flavored korma. May we suggest you reach well in time to look for this elusive spot as the stock runs out by 3-4pm.
16. Karim’s, Chandni Chowk: Legendary Delhi Street Food
Lule Kebab (Source)
Leaving this legend out would be sheer injustice. Karim’s is known for its mughlai, non-vegetarian delicacies. The popular dishes here are the kebabs, mutton korma, mutton burra, and the brain curry. For its age old authentic flavors that only get better with time, Karim’s is the one place you cannot miss while in Chandni Chowk.
17. Al Jawahar, Chandni Chowk
Chicken Biryani (Source)
Aggressively competing and often succeeding is the Al Jawahar which is a couple of outlets away from Karim’s. If customers are to be believed, Al Jawahar is where Karim’s fan base is slowly drifting to. Priced very competitively, it is a haven for mutton and chicken lovers. The Kaleji gurda, chicken biryani and chicken changezi are some of the star dishes. While the khameeri roti is said to be a unique amalgamation of pouffy insides and crisp outside, it is only second to the shammi kebabs that give you blocked arteries but are worth the shot!
Delhi is a city brimming with culture and diversity and it is indeed a foodie’s paradise. While there are many more places that can satiate your appetite, these are the ones from the list of Delhi street food joints, that you must NOT miss!