Of all the places in Delhi, Old Delhi has a charm of its own. It has its historical attractions as well as the amazing street foods to die for! Most of the authentic allurements are to be found in the Chandni Chowk area and the Red Fort. Areas like Chandni Chowk and Chawri Bazar also have many street joints that sell spicy chaat making it a perfect hangout place for chaat lovers!
Here are a few must-visit places for foodies in Old Delhi –
1) Paranthe Wali Gali
Paratha is a type of flat bread which is found in the Indian subcontinent. It is usually stuffed with different vegetables or cottage cheese called paneer. Paranthe Wali Gali, or “the lane of Parathas” is the name of a narrow street in the Chandni Chowk area of Old Delhi, famous for its line of shops selling paranthas. Established in the 1870s, this place serves some of the best varieties of paranthas which include dry fruits, peas, mix paranthas, and parantha stuffed with vegetables like cauliflower, radish and so on. The food served here is strictly vegetarian. They are served with tamarind or mint chutney, and mixed vegetable pickle, along with various curries like paneer and potato curry.
2) Old Famous Jalebi Wala
Jalebi is a famous sweet which comes in all shapes and sizes. These are soaked in sugar syrup which makes them soft and juicy. The famous Jalebi Wala in Chandni Chowk is well-known for its soft, exquisite and juicy jalebis. These mouth-watering jalebis are cooked over a coal fire. These jalebis are fried in pure desi ghee which is then softly dipped in desi Khand sari sugar syrup, the reason why the crowd here never comes to an end!
Karim’s Hotel or Karim’s is a historic restaurant located near Jama Masjid, Old Delhi, arguably the city’s most famous culinary destination. It was established way back in 1913 by Haji Karimuddin, son of Mohammed Aziz who was a cook in the royal court of Mughal Emperor. This place has stood the test of times and serves some of the best Mughlai dishes in town!
4) Moti Mahal
Moti Mahal, established in the year 1947, is the first restaurant to introduce tandoori cuisine in India. Tandoori is basically a type of cooking where the food is roasted in a tandoor which is a clay oven, after marinating it with yoghurt and spices. Interesting, right? It claims to have invented the butter chicken and tandoori chicken and it is also famous for its amazing dal makhani! It serves the best butter chicken in Delhi that’ll surely leave you licking your fingers!
5) Natraj Dahi Bhalla
Situated at the entrance of a very narrow lane which leads you to the metro station, this place serves some of the best Dahi Bhalla and Aloo Tikki chats in Delhi. Dahi Bhalla is a dish where fried lentil balls are served covered in yoghurt, spices, and coriander chutney. This place has been there for a long time and yet its taste remains the same!
6) Jung Bahadur kachori wala
If you’re in a mood for some spicy food, this would be a perfect place for you! They are sure to mesmerise you with their freshly made, crispy and stuffed kachoris served with Aloo Sabzi, chole, and a variety of spicy and tangy chutneys!
7) Kuremal Mohan Lal Kulfi Wale
It is one of the famous and legendary places in Old Delhi selling kulfis since 1908. Kulfi is a dessert made from dairy products which are specifically found in the Indian subcontinent. It serves varieties of kulfis including stuffed, fruit infused kulfis which will surely blow your mind!
8) Lotan Chole Wala
Chole is a dish made from chickpeas. This place has been serving for more than three decades now and is known for their soulful Chhole Kulcha made with a secret recipe, flavoured with a sour sauce and chillies making it taste absolutely divine!
9) Shiv Mishthan Bhandar
Established in 1910, located in Chandni Chowk, Old Delhi, Shiv Mishthan Bhandar is big on flavours. It serves some of the best Indian sweets made with pure desi ghee. It also serves a variety of snacks besides breakfast & lunch items.
10) Kake Di Hatti
This place serves excellent stuffed paranthas and big-sized mouth-watering naans, which is oven-baked flatbread. It is served along with excellent vegetable curries, raita and daal. Naan lovers, you absolutely don’t want to miss this!