17 Nov Travel India: Old Delhi Food Tour
To get at the heart of what authentic Old Delhi street food is, you must eat it where it is made – the noisy, crowded labyrinth of alleys filled with bodegas, mosques, and temples.
How do you navigate it? Well, the easiest way to find the best (and safest to your belly) food is by booking a food tour.
Dive in with your fork ready and discover the secrets behind eateries, food corners, recipes, and good food in Old Delhi!
- Jalebis: Super rich desserts made by deep-frying maida flour batter in pretzel or circular shapes, which are then soaked in sugar syrup and butter.
- Stuffed Parathas with a variety of chutneys.
- Daulat ki Chaat: One of Old Delhi’s most tightly-guarded secrets. Daulat (which means ‘wealth’) ki Chaat is made only during the cold winter nights (preferably by the light of a full moon) when gallons of sweetened milk are whisked for hours into a cloud which is then set by the dawn dew. The top layer is touched with saffron and decorated with vark (silver leaf) and by morning the Daulat ki Chaat is just solid enough to be spooned into plates and sprinkled with chopped pistachio nuts, khoya (condensed milk) and bhoora (unrefined sugar) before gradually collapsing in the heat of the day.
- Butter Chicken with Roomali Roti: Delicious and moist, nothing like what I’ve eaten in the States.
- Phirni: Similar to rice pudding in America, served in disposable earthen pots.
- Kulfi: Indian ice cream which is offered in seemingly limitless flavors like: blackberry, pomegranate, mango, litchee, and guava flavors.
We toured with Old Delhi Food Walks and our guides were friendly and full of history and insights. They also knew the restaurants to take us to that wouldn’t make us give us the dreaded “Delhi belly.”