What: Side dish (teamed with rice or nan)
Best available at: Moti Mahal, Daryaganj; Havemore, Pandara Road
The dish, commonly served in every multicuisine or North Indian restaurant these days, had its origin here at Delhi. And we can?t thank enough the coincidence that led to the ?eureka moment? of this dish. Also known as Murg Makhani, this dish originated in Moti Mahal Restaurant in 1950s when the cooks accidently tossed the tandoori chicken pieces (ready for yet another delicious dish Tandoori Chicken) in the sauce of butter, tomato and chicken juices. The marinated chicken was cooked in a tandoor (traditional clay oven). And that led to something which was beyond history. This creamy delicacy is a must try in Delhi, and right in the same place where it was born. The recipe involves a creamy consistency of the right notes of spices with cashew nut paste cooked either in tandoor, or it may also be grilled, roasted, or pan-fried to bestow the food lovers with a side dish that is nothing less than a heavenly delight. Served best with steamed rice or naan or kulchas, Butter Chicken is a celebrated delicacy of the capital city and is one of the most popular curries in India, not only domestically but also globally.
What: Breakfast, Snack
Best available at: Sitaram Diwan Chand, Paharganj; Chache Di Hatti Kamla Nagar; Baba Nagpal Corner, Lajpat Nagar
Though it is sometimes counted under snacks item, it?s better if you treat it as a full meal! Reason? It needs an empty stomach to be entirely devoured!! Rich, spicy and scrumptious, Chole Bhature is one of the most popular Punjabi dishes one must try while visiting DelhiBest served with lassi, Chole Bhature is a served as a dish with fried baseball-shaped bread (bhature) teamed with spicy and saucy chickpeas cooked in semi-gravy or tossed dry accompanied with onions, carrot pickle, green chutney and tomatoes. The bhatura is a fried-bread made from soft wheat flour and fried in vegetable oil or ghee. This lip smacking dish is available at all food joints and restaurants considering then popularity with the local residents. You will find it in the breakfast menu of every single restaurant in the city for obvious reasons. However, this dish can be served for snacks, lunch or even dinner as the most popular street food of the city. The dish has gained much recognition all across the country and is widely available in other states and cities too.
Best available at: Kamla Nagar Market and Kakke di Hatti in Chandni Chowk, and Kaseru Walan in Paharganj
Your meal isn?t complete without the right touch of dessert in it, especially when you are at Delhi. And with an extensive variety of desserts offered in the capital city, it is hard to control your taste-buds. While jalebis and Rabri Falooda have their own fan-base, nothing beats the ecstasy of Kulfi Faluda. The name arrived from Persia which means a covered cup, which is where Kulfi is prepared. A denser, creamier and more flavorsome version of ice-cream, Kulfi dates back to Mughal Era for its origin. It was popularized in the kitchen of Emperor Akbar as a great summery dessert. Kulfi is prepared with milk frozen with several accompaniments like nuts, saffron and cream, and is served in multiple flavors like mango, rose, malai, paan and many more. Kulfi is served with Faluda, glass noodles tossed in rose or kesar syrups to perfectly accompany the heavenly taste of kulfi. The most traditional flavor is kesar pista (saffron and pistachios) which is also the most preferred one among the tourists. Kulfi is a traditional classic and something must to be relished throughout the year.
Where: Fried bread/Breakfast
Best available at: Parathe Wali Gali, Moolchand ke Parathe, Not Just Parathas at Rajouri Garden and Kakke di Hatti at Fatehpuri
This is the most preferred breakfast of Delhi, which has slowly crawled into the gastronomic preference at anytime of the day including the main meals. A healthy splash of butter and some extravagance stuffing ? you can?t control yourself getting indulged with the best street food in Delhi. Paratha is an amalgamation of the words parat and atta which means dough cooked in layers by baking or shallow frying. A richer version (and a much more popular one) is the stuffed paratha which has potatoes, cauliflower, onion, radhish, eggs, keema and many more optional stuffing as the core thing. Parathas are best served with curd, pickle, or chutneys, or may be gulped in with a chunk of butter. So much is the fame of Parathas in Delhi, that they have an entire street dedicated to its popularity ? Parathe Wali Gali in Chandni Chowk, and tourists are advised to head off to this ultimate Paratha destiny to try some of the major street food goals in the form of these lip-smacking Parathas.
What: Main course/Rice
Best available at: Dum Pukht in ITC Maurya; Al Kakori Al Kauser, R K Puram, Deez Biryani & Kebabs, Defence Colony
A forever favorite among the people of Delhi, Biryani originated during the reign of Mughal Emperors as a staple food for the royals cooked in elaborate arrangements. Since then, the delicacy has stood the test of time and is today one of the most favorite and popular food in India. The Mughal style Biryani is a poultry or meal based dish prepared with special rice sealed in an earthen pot with dough near its lid and special spices, flavors, aromas and scents are added while cooking it in low flame. This process of cooking is called the ?dum? method of cooking where the food gets cooked in steam. It is traditionally followed while preparing the best qualities of biryani. The Delhi version of biryani has a unique flavor bestowed by the Mughal rulers and till date practiced the same way to maintain the legacy and heritage of the cuisine. Different varieties of biryani are available in luxury hotels, dhabas, commercial chain of restaurants, Sufi shrines and Biryani joints. The aroma of the dish is a distinct one which makes this delicacy a crowd pleaser and a must try during your visit to Delhi.
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