The narrow gullies of Old Delhi narrate many stories through the overwhelming variety of street food that they offer. They’ll inspire you to pull out your cameras, explore new ways, and sometimes, even get into the kitchen and recreate. While walking through the chaotic maze of by-lanes, you can never be lost. If ever you are, you’ll probably catch the whiff of steaming samosas still hissing from the hot oil or the sweet aroma of crisp jalebis that will lead your senses. Temptation is everywhere and it’s hard to resist.
1. Lala Babu Chaat Bhandar
If authentic chat is the need of the hour then Lala Babu Chaat Bhandaar is the perfect place to head to. Located in the Chandni Chowk, bang opposite McDonalds this chat stall one to saviour. The Gobi muttar samosas are a must try and at Rs. 80 for two people, definitely no one will be complaining.
2. Kulcha King
Exactly opposite Khandani Pakode wala is the Kulcha King. Serving some amazing Amritsari Kulcha and chole, the place leaves you craving for more! For people who want to have a look at the amazing stuff in store before you visit, the place also has its website, www.kulchakingfood.com . Ranging from 70 Rs. To 100 Rs. your taste buds will definitely be satisfied!
3. Lotan Chole Wala, Chawri Bazaar
The cholas here are top of the pile. For those who love their spice, this is as good as it gets. Been on the streets since 1977, the cholas are served with potatoes in a red hot curry, garnished with coriander and green chillies. You’ll always find a crowd buzzing around this humble establishment. Reach Barsha Bullah Chowk and ask for Lotan, almost everyone would know about him. Mostly, you’ll find him in Chhatta Shah ji.
Mohammed Aziz was a cook in the royal court of Mughal Emperor. One of his sons, Haji Karimuddin is known to have moved to Delhi with an idea to open a dhaba and that’s how Karim Hotel was established back in 1913. All meat lovers must make a pit stop at Karim’s for their heavenly kebabs and divine mutton nahari.
5. Jung Bahadur Kachori Wala
It was started way back in 1971 and has evolved ever since. Tuck into the crisp crusts, stuffed with a delicious surprise. They serve a variety like dal kachori, pyaaz kachori, matar kachori, dry fruit kachori and others.
Address: 1104, Maliwara, Jogiwari, Chandni Chowk
6. Moolchand Paranthe
Move over the overhyped paranthe wali gali and head to Moolchand flyover to get the best paranthe, it’s from my personal experience that I say that it is better than the Paranthe in Chandni Chowk. If you are looking for a street food.. this is the right place for you, all kinds of stuffed parathe(paneer,aalo, gobhi & so on..) with raita to go with it.
7. Kaake Di Hatti
Kake di Hatti in Old Delhi serves varieties of stuffed naan of the size of a large family size pizza. Dhuaadhar Naan is said to be the most popular and spicy. The entire menu is particularly very spicy. A perfect low budget eatery in Old Delhi serving awesome food for years.
8. Natraj dahi Bhalle
This shop in chandni chowk is slighly bigger than the proverbial “hole in the wall”. Surely this place has the best Dahi Bhallas I have ever tasted out of the many places in delhi. Customers may have to stand in queue to eat most probably.
9. Bishan Swaroop for Chaat
Bishan Swaroop in tucked away in one of the hard-to-find side streets, but it’s worth the effort. Try their chunky fruit chaat and aloo ke kulle (boiled potatoes that are scooped out and stuffed with chickpeas). These places bring back the old-world feel buried in our modern lifestyles.
10. Shree Balaji Chaat Bhandar
Shree Balaji Chaat Bhandar is one of the oldest eateries in Chandini Chowk. Crisp papris draped in yogurt, chutneys and lime, don’t miss this essential street eat here. They use kachaalu chutney in place of the regular tamarind one and that sets them apart. Another one of my favourites is Lala Babu Chaat Bhandar. Head here for their glorious gol gappas and gobhi-matar samosas.
11. Kamal sweets, Pahadi dhiraj, Chandni Chowk.
If you are on a best bedmi Poori hunt, then make sure to stop by this place. They are one of the best in town. there is always a solid rush outside the shop, it took us almost 20 minutes to get the order. Also, you can find good bedmi poori in kamala nagar market till 11 a.m.