The soul of Delhiites lives in food and the aura of that food can be found out, only when you walk through the swarming streets of Old Delhi. Crammed with hundreds of culinary secrets and permeated with delicious aromas, Old Delhi, truly, is a foodies’ paradise. Here, in the lively streets of Old Delhi, you get a chance to spoil your taste buds with the city’s best street food. Undoubtedly, Old Delhi is a hub of numerous and variety of street food joints and high-end restaurants, serving lusciousness to every taste bud of the world.
Old Delhi’s intimate relationship with food is not some decades old, rather it dates back to the Mughal Empire. And yet, it does deserve kudos for keeping the culinary heritage identically alive. The mouth-watering aroma of delicious food in each and every corner is a true and unique identity of Old Delhi’s culinary delectability. Here, we’ll make you acquainted with the taste of 4-5 different food dishes from 2 to 3 different food spots, which have been serving deliciousness for decades and some even for more than 100 years. What’s more, we’ll also have you the grasp of the taste of some local culinary delights.
The culinary trail at the foodies’ paradise starts a few steps away from the Chandni Chowk metro station. The food walk at the noisy by-lanes of Old Delhi first takes you to the shop of Old Famous Jalebi Wala. Known for their piping hot but soft and juicy Jalebis, Old Famous Jalebi Wala, as their name suggests, has been a decades-old traditional shop in Old Delhi. The aroma of their Jalebis will guide to their shop from a 50-meter distance when you’ll be approaching them.
Next, if you love the famous North Indian food called Parantha, then here’s a paradise for you—Paranthe Wali Gali. The enticing aroma of Desi Ghee will leave you with no choice but to give in to the temptation. The busy lane has around three shops selling deep-fried stuffed Paranthas. But wait! That’s not the speciality of these shops. The speciality is that you are offered about 70 scrumptious varieties of Paranthas to choose from.
After tasty Paranthas, if you’re craving for something flavourfully lite and oil-free, then be grateful as you’ve been blessed with that too. Natraj Café – Natraj Dahi Bhalle Wala. The prominence of this Dahi Bhalle Wala is not limited to Old Delhi area, but you can probably hear its name in all of Delhi. Established in 1940, Natraj Dahi Bhalle Wala serves only two dishes—Dahi Bhalla (fried lentil balls served with yoghurt and garnished with chutney) and Aloo Tikki (spiced potato patties), each of which will probably cost you about Rs 50. The tiny place located at the corner of a narrow lane is so packed that you need to elbow your way to approach to the front to get your share, but yeah, it’s worth those efforts.
Old Delhi streets are the hub of such old and famous food shops which offer you a blend of taste and traditionalism. Here, you can feel the true essence of Indian food because Old Delhi food captures it very well.