Delhi is the political and cultural capital of the country, which brings together different cultures and cuisines from all over the country. The influence of this cultural diversity can be seen in the form of great variety of food available here. This makes Delhi particularly famous for its street food, which enables you to have a wonderful meal, without spending a lot of money.
Here is a list of Top 10 Street Foods of Delhi:
Paranthas take up the top spot on the list of the best street foods in Delhi, as they make not only one of the tastiest but healthuiest and most filling food options in the whole lot. Stuffed paranthas are available all over the streets of Delhi, with condiments like curd, butter and pickles, making them ideal for tourists, locals and students too. There is even a lane in Chandni Chowk, named after these, called “Paranthe wali Gali”.
Next on the list is the favorite street food of the city, the mouth watering chaat, which you can find in every nook and corner of Delhi, but Chandni Chowk again, is the chaat hub of the city. The dish consists of savory delights, heaped with lots of curd and tamarind chutney.
Kebabs come next on the list of top 10 street foods of Delhi. These delicious chunks of meat marinated in aromatic spices and roasted in tandoors (earthen ovens) are the most wonderful gifts of the Mughal culture to the city of Delhi. You will find them everywhere in the city, from restaurants to street stalls.
4: Chole Bhature
A wonderful tasting Punjabi dish, this one is best enjoyed in breakfast as it is a very heavy dish. The crisp golden fried bhature are relished with delicious chick peas cooked in rich gravy, flavored with spices. You can wash them down with a glass of lassi to have a complete meal.
5: Aloo Tikki
Another favorite street food of Delhi is the tempting aloo tikki, which consists of potato chops shallow fried in lots of oil and topped up with curd, mint and tamarind chutney. Served steaming hot, aloo tikki makes a delicious evening snack.
6: Kathi Rolls
A wonderful street food option, available in both vegetarian and non vegetarian variant, kathi rolls are hot favorites among Delhiites as well as tourists, as a quick bite. It consists of spiced up tandoor-cooked meat or veggies/cheese wrapped up in a rumali roti, served with salad and chutney.
7: Dahi Bhalla
Another street food which is well loved in Delhi is a North-South dish called dahi bhalla or dahi vada. It is made up by dipping a vada (made up by frying a ball of batter made up of ground urad dal till crisp and golden brown) in curd and adding lots of tamarind chutney. The south Indian variant can be had with sambhar.
Momos are the gift of the East, which you can find on almost every street corner of the city. These are steamed dumplings made of thin flour chapattis wrapped up along with fillings of vegetables or chicken, and served with rich garlic sauce.
Another example of Mughal cuisine available in the city is Biryani, which also comes in veg and non veg options. It is prepared by steaming long grain rice, along with vegetables and meat, in an earthen pot and sealing it with dough.
Delhi streets are full of sweet delights like kulfi, rabri falooda, gulab jamuns and jalebis. The sweet shops showcase sweets like motichoor laddoos, burfi and countless other varieties of great tasting desserts.
All these street foods are highly popular in the city of Delhi!