Delhi’s famed cuisine has evolved as a result of centuries of different ruling empires & the confluence of varied cultures in the capital. Be the rich Mughlai or Frontier Cuisine, age-old eateries and street food of Old Delhi to the Chinese food vans and new age specialty restaurants, Delhi is a foodie's paradise.
Brought to India by the Mughal Emperors, Biryani has become a favoured time tested dish and is today enjoyed all over India. It is a mixed rice dish generally made with spices and meat, prepared in an earthen pot which is then sealed with dough to capture the spices, flavours and aromas.
If there's one thing the people of Delhi swear by, it's their Butter Chicken. Butter Chicken originated at the Moti Mahal, Darya Ganj in the 1950s when cooks there recycled the leftover chicken juices by adding butter and tomato and tossed this sauce around with pieces of Tandoori Chicken. The rest is history. Butter Chicken was born and soon set tongues drooling. Butter Chicken is creamy with thick, red tomato gravy and tastes slightly sweet.
The real flavour of Delhi's street food lies in the chaat. The original chaat is a mixture of potato pieces, crispy fried bread, Dahi Bhalla, gram and tangy-salty spices. The mixture is garnished with sour home-made Indian chilly and saunth (dried ginger and tamarind sauce), fresh green coriander leaves and yoghurt.
Perhaps one of the most popular dishes in Delhi, Chole Bhature is a quintessential go to snack for many people. It is a combination of chana masala (spicy chickpeas) and fried bread called bhatura. It is usually eaten as breakfast, and sometimes accompanied with lassi. Chole bhature is served with onions, pickle and chutney.
Skewered or flat, kebabs are a favourite among the people of Delhi who like to enjoy great chunks of grilled meat marinated in aromatic Indian spices. From street side vendors to specialty restaurants, Kebabs are a must try to experience an explosion of flavour on your palate.
A stew consisting of slow-cooked meat mainly beef or lamb, Nihari is one of Delhi's signature delicacies. It is usually served with hot tandoori or khameeri rotis. Nihari orginated as a preferred breakfast dish among the royals of Delhi but today serves as a delicacy any time of day.
A paratha is a flatbread that originated in the Indian subcontinent and is a hugely popular snack be it as a breakfast, quick meal or a late night snack. Traditionally served with curd, butter and pickle you can choose from a plain one or select a stuffing of your choice be it potatoes, cauliflower, radish, eggs or lentils.
Delhi offers an extensive variety of desserts be it the delicious Rabri Falooda and hot Jalebi, to Kulfi in flavours like Kesar, Pista, Paan, Pomegranate and Mango. From the delicious Motichoor Ladoo and Burfi to the more international Ice Cream Sundaes and Cheesecakes; Delhi offers a world of sweet treats!
Delhi is also synonymous with the omnipresent tandoori chicken and tandoori roti, which, when freshly prepared from the tandoor, makes a delicious meal. Often available at roadside eateries and restaurants, tandoori items are a favourite for their charred and aromatic flavours.
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