If you ask a Delhiite, what are the two things that stand out for them about the city? The answer would be none other than the rich history and the mouth-watering Street Food in Delhi. Punjabi and we Punjabis live to eat.
While walking through the chaotic maze of by-lanes, you can never be lost in the crowd. If you ever, you’ll probably catch the whiff of steaming Samosas still hissing in the hot oil or the sweet aroma of crisp Jalebis. You would be following these tasty local foods like Jerry chases his cheese. The temptation is everywhere, and it’s hard to resist. So read on to make your next Delhi trip awesome by having the best of what Delhi has to offer. Give a break to your diet routine and have some real spicy local food along the streets of Delhi.
Must Try Street Foods In Delhi
1. Chole Bhature
Trust me; only Delhi can provide you with the best chole bhature. The extra care and less soda ensure fluffy bhature, making it the best street food in Delhi.
Grab the best at- Giani’s di Hatti in Chandni Chowk, Roshan’s at Karol Bagh, Sita Ram at Paharganj, Nand ke Chole Bhature in Sadar Bazaar, Baba Nagpal Corner in Lajpat Nagar and Chache di Hatti in DU.
Grab the best at the Local market in Chandni Chowk, Rajouri Garden, and Lajpat Nagar Market.
3. Dahi Bhalle –
You just can’t miss this delight of the street food in Delhi that we call dahi bhallay. The sweet curd and mix of sweet red and tangy green chutney on top of soaked dal vada is a great treat to relish.
Grab the best at Natraj in Chandni Chowk, Atul Chaat Bhandar in Rajouri Market, Shyam Ji Corner at Old Delhi Road, and Dahi Bhalla Corner at Karol Bagh.
4. Tandoori Soya Chaap
After I moved to Delhi, I came across this heavenly street snack, Tandoori Soya Chaap, which is purely vegetarian and healthy as well, and soon it became my favorite food. Soya Chaap is famous as the vegetarian’s Chicken and is widely used as a meat mock. Roasted on the grills, marinated with the Punjabi spices, and drenched with butter and cream, Soya Chaap is the ultimate way to start a delicious meal.
Grab the Best At best available at the street-side vendors, SFC- SHALIMAR BAGH, wah ji wah, sardarji chap corner, and many more.
5. Samosa with Chole
This fried flavorsome preparation is a single meal of Delhi street food. I assure you that just a single bite of this delicious food will make it your first choice over the junk fried food.
Grab the best at Tilak Munjal in Pitampura, Chandni Chowk eateries, and Annapurna Sweets in CR Park.
6. Kulfi Faluda
The dessert lovers will love this sweet-savory. The granules of crushed dry fruits and thick texture of caramelized milk; now, this is on top of my list of cold desserts.
Kulfi and Faluda are both beloved street foods in Delhi, and when you mix them, both the result is a glass of slurpy goodness. The kulfi faluda makes for a delicious dessert and is loved, especially by the people with a sweet tooth. You can enhance the faluda by asking the vendors for a sprinkle of kewra or a few drops of rose water.
Grab the best at Roshan di Kulfi in Karol Bagh, Kuremal at Chawri Bazaar, Siya Ram Nannumal at Ajmeri Gate, Ravi Raj di Kulfi at Karol Bagh and Jain Kulfi Bhandar at Shahdara, Kakke di Hatti in Chandni Chowk, Kamala Nagar market, and Kaseru wala in Paharganj.
7. Aloo Chaat
Who doesn’t love a delicious plate of aloo chaat? Chats are a big part of Delhi street food, and when it comes to Aloo chat, it is a favorite among all. A few added fruit slices to this delicious also makes for a unique change to your regular chat. If you haven’t tried it yet, do try, and rest is history.
Grab the best at UPSC Bhawan, Taram Bazaar in Chandni Chowk, Nathu’s sweet in Bengali market, and Prabhu Chaat Bhandar in Khan Market.
8. Daulat ki Chaat
The Taste God himself invented, this famous food of Delhi, is a creation. Don’t believe me? Then try it out for yourself, and you will see that it tastes too good to be a human creation.
9. Rabri Faluda
This syrupy delight is full of caramelized milk and dry fruits. Not too sweet, this dessert will leave you asking for more. It is my personal favorite dessert for a long time. Just by talking about it, I got a craving for this nectarous dessert. NOW I want so bad.
Grab the best at Giani’s di Hatti in Chandni Chowk.
The best street food in Delhi is its kebabs. You will get a huge variety of kebabs in Delhi — from Kakori Kebab to Galouti Kebab and Shami Kebab. All of these kebabs are full of flavors and spices that remind you of the Nawabs. Enjoy a royal food with a local taste.
Grab the best at Kebab points in local markets and Chawla’s at Tilak Nagar, Al Kakori, at Vasant Place Market.
11. Parathe, The king of Street Food in Delhi:
What you see below is the most preferred breakfast in Delhi. A healthy splash of white butter and extravagant stuffing in the paratha makes it the best street food in Delhi. Historic Parathe Wali Gali became a renowned gourmet location after its paratha shops opened up there in the 1870s. A few of them still exist, including Pandit Gaya Prasad Shiv Charan (1872), Pandit Kanhaiya Lal & Durga Prasad’s Parantha Shop(1875), and Pandit Babu Ram Devi Dayal’s (1886).
Grab the best at Parathe Wali Gali, Moolchand ke Parathe, Not Just Parathas at Rajouri Garden, and Kakke di Hatti at Fatehpuri.
12. Aloo Tikki
One of the best street food in Delhi is its popular aloo tikki. You just can’t forgo this flavor assault else you would regret later. For the sanity of your inner foodie, you just have to try this.
Available in best street food places of Delhi, this sugary sweetness is a key to every Delhites’ heart. I don’t know about you, but Jalebi can always boost my mood. A traditional sugary treat, sweet Jalebis are made out of deep-fried batter soaked in syrup. You can find tastier Jalebis fried in pure desi ghee at Old Famous Jalebi Wala. They’re thicker than usual and have been prepared according to the same exclusive family recipe as the past century.
Grab the best at Jalebi wala in Chandni Chowk, Pandara Road, Bangla Sweets in CP, and Jalebi Store in Chandni Chowk.
14. Poori aloo
Poori aloo is delectable Delhi street food filled with flavor and spice. If you are visiting Delhi and haven’t tried Poori Aloo, you are missing out on a great deal. You can also try different variations of with poori if you aren’t really a spice lover. Try poori with halwa or the bedmi poori with sabzi.
Grab the best at Karol Bagh market, Shyam sweets at chawri bazaar, Chaina Ram in Chandni chowk, and Tewari sweets in Lajpat Nagar.
15. Kachori with sabzi
The masala filled kachori with sabzi adds a dash of deliciousness to your regular sabzi. Delhites are a massive fan of food, and kachori sabzi is proof of the fact. The flavorful sabzi mixed with coriander and green chilies will make you ask for an extra helping. Try different variations of kachori with the sabzi like the Matar Kachori or onion stuffed kachori.
Grab the best at Jung Bahadur in Chandni Chowk, Hanuman Mandir in Connaught Place, Baba Nagpal Corner in Lajpat Nagar, Kamala Nagar market, Old Fort, Bikanervala in Shalimar Bagh and Sharma Kachori Wala in Pitampura.
16. Fruit Chat
This chat is the perfect blend of taste and health. All the fruit lovers out there can spice up their regular fruit plate with this chat. A few added ingredients is enough to make a fruit platter way more delicious. The fruits served with chana toppings, and a little bit of spices brings about the refreshing change to a regular fruit plate. Try this dish with a glass of lemon soda, and you will be filled with delicious goodness.
Grab the best at Only available in the Chandni Chowk market, Bishan Swaroop chat.
The Delhi version of these rolls will keep you on your toes no matter where you try them. Every Roll maker in Delhi has his special ingredient to make this tasty dish all the more lip-smacking. You can choose any rolls of your choice among multiple vegetarian and nonvegetarian options. Personally, Soya chaap roll and paneer tikka roll are my preferences.
Grab the best at Local joints in Kamla Nagar Market, Taste Drive at Rajouri Garden, Wah Ji Wah at Mayapuri, Nizams in CP, and High On Rolls in Defense Colony.
18. Ram Ladoo
Fried dal pakodas here are also known as ram ladoos. The crispiness of dal and the tangy flavor of the chutney makes ram ladoos a must-try when it comes to street food. Try some bondas and bhuni mirch along with this pakodas, and you will know why Delhi is the best place for street foods.
Grab the best at Janakpuri, Green Park, Tilaknagar, South extension – 1, and local vendors at the central market.
19. Multani moth kachori
Delhi street food is a combination of kachori with lentils, rice, and onion rings. The crispiness of the dish and the hidden flavors that explode in your taste buds will leave you absolutely speechless. To make this delectable dish even more flavorful, you can add a dash of lemon as well.
Grab a best at: Moth Kachori Bhandar Paharganj, Prince ki special Multani moth kachori Uttam Nagar and Chandni Chowk
20. Chole Kulche
Chole kulche is a very popular street food among Delhites and is available almost everywhere. Flavorsome choles and soft kulchas will refresh your taste buds. You can also ask the vendors for extra helpings of the chole.
Grab the best at UPSC building, Yadav’s Chole Kulche in Saket, Lotan in Chawri Bazaar, and Karol Bagh market.
21. Besan ka chilla
This street food in Delhi is a light and healthy snack. Besan ka chilla is made of a thin layer of gram flour, stuffed with veggies. It is a great appetizer when you wish to munch on something light.
Grab the best at Sitaram Bazaar in Chandni Chowk
When cruising around the Delhi streets, you are sure to entice by a plate of Pakode. There are different types of pakodas available, including onion pakodas, aloo pakodas, dal pakodas, to name a few. Try the pakoda with a steaming cup of chai, and your tummy is bound to give a happy rumble.
Grab the best at Sarojini Nagar, Kamala Nagar, Gol market, Nairoji Nagar, and UPSC building.
23. Naan Katai
For people with a sweet tooth, especially cookie lovers, it is a great choice. The buttery cookies that melt in your mouth will make you fall in love with the food item. Try this with a cup of warm milk, and the flavors will be enhanced for better.
Grab the best at local vendors and bakeries.
24. Bhel Puri
Bhel Puri in Delhi has a unique taste and combination of ingredients that you won’t find anywhere else in India. Bhelpuri in Delhi is a perfect blend of sweet, tangy, and salty. Not too dry and not too moist. The bhel puri flavor here is totally patent to Delhi.
Grab the best at Bhajan Lal’s bhel puri in Sundar Nagar and Connaught Place
25. Chana Jor garam
It is another delicious chaat high in protein. The chana mixed with tomato, onions, coriander, and other delectable flavors is a yummy appetizer to munch on.
Grab the best at: You will find vendors in every corner of Delhi.
You would be packing your bags to book a train seat to Delhi. I knew that already. No food-lover can avoid the delicious and mouth-watering food-traps of Delhi. Come and taste yourself! You won’t regret accepting my invitation.