Old Delhi


Shahjahanabad, now known as Purani Dilli, was a city established by the Mughal emperor Shahjahan in 1648. It was considered a gem of the empire and continues to be the heart of the Capital as well. The average middle class urban Delhi resident has acquired a global palate and is familiar with a range of cuisines from across the world. Yet, notwithstanding the profusion of European, Asian, American and Mediterranean food options, locals keep returning to Old Delhi aka Purani Dilli for their fill of soul-satisfying street food. Authentic Old Delhi street food is best enjoyed in its original setting, in the noisy labyrinthine by-lanes of Chawri Bazaar and Chandni Chowk, where golden Gurudwaras share space with historic mosques. The dishes one can savor in Old Delhi Food Walk are large, thick and juicy jalebis, glistening with ghee; Aloo chaat crisp fried potato cutlets dunked in a melange of chutneys and smattered with onions and spices ; varieties of stuffed paranthas potato, onion, cottage cheese, cauliflower, radish, dry fruits and even khoya. In non-vegetarian, one can taste tender and flavorful Kebabs, fried Chicken and Butter Chicken, all of which are best tasted when taken with Roomali Roti and Biryani. For Desserts, try out the creamy, delicious phirni which is served in earthen pots and end your walk with a Kulfi which is offered in blackberry, pomegranate, mango, litchee, and guava flavors.

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