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Famous Dishes of Delhi
Last Updated : Jan 16,2017
Delhi is the only Indian city that is crazy about their food. Delhiites love their food on street corners of Paratha Wali Gali at Chandni Chowk to Sarojini Market to Lajpat Nagar to Connaught Place to fancy restaurants to fast food eating at the ever popular food joints of Haldiram, Bikaneer and Gulab.
Go to Parathe Wali Gali (means the bylane of fried bread) at Chandni Chowk to enjoy all kinds of tasty parathas. From the plain paratha to Aloo paratha to Mula Paratha, Pudina Paratha, Paneer Paratha, Hari Mirch Paratha, Bitter Gourd Paratha, Bhindi Paratha had with curd, paneer, Sweet Lassi and Pickles, like Mango Pickle and Carrot Pickle
. You can also have a paratha with 10 layers. All these awesome and filling Parathas are made in Desi Ghee. Some of the Parathe stores are there from 1875 and open from 9am to 11 pm! You can get an awesome Paratha for Rs 75!
Other very popular street foods of Delhi are Healthy Momos, Aloo Chaat, Hakka Noodles and some piping hot Samosa had with Chai.
Other ever popular foods include Pav Bhaji, Sada Dosa, Paneer Tikka, Pudina Lassi.
Delhi Street Foods
My earliest memories of Chole Bhature is of the one I ate at a popular eatery in Mumbai Known as "Cream Centre". On enquiring, I was told that the chick peas and spices were simmered together for hours resulting in a dish that a large number of Mumbaites relish even today! My version of chole is however, ready in minutes and is as delicious. I have also added tea leaves, which impart a dark brown colour to the chick peas which usually comes from simmering chick peas in an iron pot. I enjoy eating hot chole with tikkis, bhaturas, kulcha or simply topped on a slice of bread. Crisp, yet spongy bhaturas are used to mop up the chole. Traditionally bhatura dough was made using leavening agents like soda, curds and leaving it for hours to ferment before they could be rolled out and deep fried. This recipe of bhature is one that uses mashed potatoes to soften up the bhaturas. Moreover, also these bhaturas do not turn rubbery and chewy when they are eaten cold.
Who can resist the temptation of fresh, deep-fried jalebis garnished with aromatic saffron strands? for all of you jalebi fans, here is a quick and tasty version that can be prepared without long hours of fermentation.
For breakfast the combo of Jalebi with Ganthias
and Masala Chai Or Masala Tea
and for dessert the combo of Jalebi with Rabdi
A must-try recipe, which is an indispensable part of north Indian
cuisine, where it is enjoyed any time of the day, for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Luscious whole wheat Parathas
are stuffed with a succulent mixture of mashed potatoes flavoured perkily with green chillies, onions and all. A dash of amchur powder adds to the tanginess of the stuffing, making the Aloo Paratha a really tasty and satiating dish. Enjoy it fresh with curds and Pickles / Aachar
Kulcha is one of the most popular breads in Northern India, just like naans, rotis and parathas. Made with a dough of whole wheat flour, yeast and curds, these Kulchas have a unique texture and mouth-feel.
Follow the instructions in the recipe consistently to ensure that the yeast gets activated well and the dough rises nicely. It is also important to cook the Kulchas on an open flame after cooking on a tava in order to get the proper texture.
The nigella seeds that are sprinkled on the Kulcha also get toasted wonderfully when cooked on an open flame and give the Kulcha an instant aroma boost. The Kulcha experience would be incomplete without a brushing of butter, so make sure you do that!
Serve them hot off the tava along with the a delicious Punjabi Subzi
of your choice .
The secret to making perfect Lassi lies in the curds. If the curds are loosely set or sour, you will just not get it right. So, the first step is to put the curds into the refrigerator as soon as it sets, so that after some time it will be thick and luscious, with a fresh flavour that is just perfect for Lassi.
All you need is such fresh curds and sugar to make a large glass of sweet and thick Lassi, which is not only refreshing but also quite satiating. Sometimes, a glass of Lassi can be a mini meal itself!
Enjoy lassi after relishing chatpata chaats
Other variants of lassi to try are Grape Lassi
, Mango Lassi
, Kesar-Pista Lassi
, Cardamom Lassi
and salty variant like Phudina Lassi
Samosa! Does this snack need any introduction? Originally one of Mumbai’s favourite roadside snacks, it is now so famous across the country that it is available in almost every bakery, restaurant and tea stall. While some enjoy it plain, others like to smash it and top it with sauces or make a chaat out of it. Have it the way you like it, but here is how to make the perfect, authentic Samosa. While it is possible to make quicker versions with readymade patty sheets, this recipe is about how to make it from scratch including the ajwain flavoured dough and the scrumptious potato stuffing!
Momos top the charts when it comes to Oriental cuisine. They are satiating and versatile, packed with the choicest of ingredients that are sure to delight your palate. Here, in this version of Momos top the charts when it comes to Oriental cuisine. They are satiating and versatile, packed with the choicest of ingredients that are sure to delight your palate.
Here, in this version of Healthy Momos, the covering is made using whole wheat flour instead of refined maida, which is commonly used. And, instead of the regular stuffing of mixed veggies sautéed in oodles of oil, here we have used an oil-free filling of protein rich bean sprouts and antioxidant-rich broccoli. Follow the exact procedure to make the world's healthiest momos!
Serve with Schezuan Sauce
or Hot and Sweet Chillli sauce
Aloo Chaat is a mouth-watering treat that everybody loves! Tasty baby potatoes are combined with onions and tomatoes, as well as peppy chaat masala and tangy lemon juice to make a really flavourful treat.
It feels wonderful to bite into this exciting treat, which is soft, crispy and chewy too. Prepare it just before serving, otherwise the vegetables will get soggy.
Serve with Sev
and Papadi (Chaat)
to add a crunch to this delicious Aloo Chaat.
An all time favourite! Noodles
tossed with garlic and vegetables or any other ingredients of your choice like mushrooms etc.
This celebrated Chinese
dish gets its name from the Chinese province of Hakka. It is very quick and easy to make and perfect to serve with a gravy of your choice. . .
A hurried meal for the man in the street. This is a spicy blend of vegetables in tomato gravy served with pav that is cooked with butter.
This is truly an innovation that arose out of the necessity of providing a nice hot meal in a hurry and one that tickles the taste buds.
When I am lazy to cook on an entire meal for my family, pav bhaji in one of the first few dishes which comes to mind. It is easy to cook and also filling.
Round it off with a slice of kulfi
or a scoop of ice-cream
Delightfully crisp, golden-coloured pancakes made of a rice and urad dal batter, Dosas make a more indulgent breakfast compared to easy, steamed idlis!
Combined with chutney and sambhar, Dosas are sumptuous and tasty, fit to be had not just for breakfast but for evening tiffin or even dinner.
While some people like to make Dosas with leftover idli batter, others who do not like even a slight sourness make fresh Dosa batter using the proportions described here. You can choose either option, as you wish.
Not only that, the versatile Dosa offers a lot more choices. You can make it with oil, ghee or butter; in an iron griddle or a non-stick tava; plain or with a stuffing of potato bhaji or a layer of chutney! Enjoy your Sada Dosa fresh and hot, just the way you like it.
Fluffy as cotton balls, white as the moon’ - every South Indian
remembers those fond descriptions of Idli that mom used to convince them to eat breakfast when they were kids.
Indeed, that is how the perfect Idli must be too. Grinding of batter and the preparation of Idli is an almost daily affair in South Indian homes. Being a safe, tasty and wholesome breakfast, it is preferred by people all over the world now.
Choose good quality par-boiled rice (ask for idli rice, which is small and stout) and urad for making idlis, as the colour and softness of the end product depends on it.
The amount of water to be added when grinding the urad changes according to the quality of the dal, so keep adding little by little till the batter is soft and fluffy, and do not make it watery.
After making the required idlis store the remaining batter in the fridge. It remains good for almost a week, and can be used to make Sada Dosa
and dainty Appe
Tikkas are authentic Punjabi
snacks that are prepared in the tandoor. A tikka is basically any vegetable, paneer or meat marinated in a highly flavourful seasoning and grilled to perfection.
Here large chunks of paneer have been marinated in tangy marinade made of curds, chaat masala, kasuri methi, ginger and garlic and then cooked in the oven
. Paneer tikka can be eaten as is with some chutney
or can be rolled into a rotis
and served as a Punjabi roll.
A very refreshing drink that soothes your digestive system. Thick curd is blended with chopped pudina, black salt, sugar, jeera and ice and served in chilled classes topped with fresh sprigs of mint. Deliciously cool!
Mumbai’s very own burger. The vada is made of a spicy potato filling deep fried in a gram flour batter. Along with a hot and spicy garlic chutney, it is served inside a small "Laddi Pav".
I have fond memories of sharing a vada pav with my son while travelling on a business trip to Vapi by train.
Although vada pav is a Maharashtrian
dish, I was surprised to find it popular even in Gujarat. Another travelling ritual on my frequent drives to Pune is to stop at a small café on the highway to grab a quick vada pav and a steaming hot cup of Masala Tea
that chases away all my travel fatigue
Paneer also known as cottage cheese is used in a variety of dishes world over. It forms a part of salads, main course dishes and even desserts in the form of cream cheese.
Known as the Indian
cheese, paneer is one of the most versatile ingredients available for cooking. Women in Punjab make their own paneer by adding curds to milk thus making it curdle.
This paneer can then be grated or crumbled and combined with a blend of subtle masalas making it an ideal stuffing for a paratha. Make these delicious parathas
for your family or guests and watch them disappear in a jiffy.
Accompaniments like curds
is enough to enjoy these parathas. Paneer Parathas also taste great with Panchratni Dal
or Whole Masoor Dal
and this combo makes a satiating meal.
An age-old combo with a timeless charm, Puri Bhaji makes a perfect breakfast! It is prepared in almost all regions of India, with just mild variations.
Fluffy and golden brown whole wheat flour puris are served with a bhaji of potatoes perked up with everyday ingredients like onions, green chillies and lemon juice.
It is ideal for breakfast
because it is easy and quick to make. Nevertheless, the homely flavour and comfortable mouth-feel of this dish are really awesome, and unfailingly remind one of their mother’s love! Serve the puris fresh with hot aloo bhaji.
make a fitting accompaniment to Puri Bhaji.
A culinary gem from the streets of Delhi, the Banana Paratha is a delicacy that is much-loved by kids and adults alike.
As soon as you read the name Banana Paratha, you would have assumed several things, like say, a paratha with a spicy filling of raw banana! No, this recipe is completely the opposite. It is made with ripe bananas, sweetened with jaggery and laced with cardamom.
Further, it is interesting to note that the banana mix is not stuffed into the parathas but worked into the dough itself!
Take care when making the dough. Combine the banana mixture and the flour, and add water only on a need basis. Otherwise, you might end up with a loose dough that cannot be rolled easily.
Also make sure you cook the parathas with ghee, in order to get a rich and authentic taste. One thing about this recipe is that it must be relished really hot, right off the tava. It is actually quite easy to make, and will be loved by everybody.
You can also try other mouth-watering parathas like the Onion, Cheese and Pepper Parathas
, and the Palak Paratha
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