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Delhi, the capital city of India, is not just known for its rich history and monuments, but also for food. Ask any Delhiite and they will tell you all about the scrumptious food their land has to offer. As said, to know a place, one needs to know its food and this goes the same for Delhi.

To know the hidden layers of the beautiful city, travelers head out on a food hunt, understanding the culture Delhi envelopes. Are you a foodie at heart? Here is all about the best Indian street food and the famous dishes of Delhi, you must try on your next visit to treat your taste buds. Keep reading!

1. Aloo Tikki

Literally meaning potato croquette, Aloo tikki, one of the famous foods of India is made from mashed mashed potatoes, and then deep fried. The fried boiled potatoes are then blended together with green chilies, shallots, radishes, and other spices. It tastes like rujak, with a denser texture. In Bengal it is eaten with puffed rice.

2. Golgappa or Pani Puri

If you have ever watched the Dangal movie, then you will feel familiar with this one culinary. Yes, Golgappa or Pani puri is one of the favorite North Indian snack made of a type of puffed bread which is punched in the top. Then pieces of red onion, celery, and water or seasoning sauce are added. It feels unique and refreshing.

3. Pakora

These fries are made from vegetables, such as spinach, which is fried in flour and can be eaten directly or with green chutney. Although it looks similar to fried foods in Indonesia, but it doesn't taste as good as bala-bala, et al. The texture is also not too crisp. But if you are lazy to cook yourself, the pakora can be a substitute.

4. Samosa

Similar to pastel cakes in Indonesia, Samosa has various fillings, such as potatoes, peas, peanuts, and other spices. The shape of the pyramid is a characteristic of this food item. In India, samosa is usually a vegetarian dish.

But in other countries, the contents for samosa have been modified according to the taste of each place. For this reason, we can now find samosas with cheese filling, noodles and also minced meat.

5. Momo

Momos saves a place in the list and it is too obvious. Though most popular in the regions of Assam, Darjeeling, and Sikkim, Momos are amongst the famous Delhi foods and you bet they are tempting. Besides being found in India, this dish can also be found in Nepal and Tibet. Momo is believed to have originated from Tibet and was spread to other areas around there by Tibetan traders in the past.

Served both in vegetarian and non-vegetarian varieties, these succulent dumplings come with a hot red sauce. You can enjoy it as street food snacks in your cocktail parties or simply get on the street side and cherish the delicacy, especially in winters with soup. Heavenly!

The best known places for momos are Nagaland Food Stall in Dilli Haat, Majnu ka Tilla in North Campus, Kamla Nagar Market and Sikkim House in Panchsheel Marg.

6. Chaat

Undoubtedly, chaat is one of the most famous dishes of Delhi and it has to be on the list. Yes, there are many other cities famous for their delicious street food, but Delhi is no less than a competition to them. Every form of chaat is available in the city. You can activate your taste buds with the spicy aloo tikki, papri chaat, raj kachori and just keep naming them.

That green chutney, yoghurt and meethi (sweet) chutney on top is the best part of the dish. This popular street food in India is believed to be served best at Chandni Chowk's Daulat ki Chaat and Natraj Dahi Bhalle Wala, Bittoo Tikki Wala in Karol Bagh and Pappu Chaat Bhandar, KG Marg. If you just want to have papri chaat or gol gappe, Delhi has vendors at every corner and there is no doubt it won't be fantastic!

7. Kebab

True, kebabs found its origin in Turkey, the grilled meat chunks tastes no lesser delicious when marinated in Indian spices and Delhi proves that quite honestly. Kebabs are one of the various other things Delhiites thank Mughals for. If you are a non-vegetarian and got the advantage of being a foodie, do treat yourself with the Karim's delicious seekh kebab and sutli kebab by Kale Baba ke Kebabs in the front lane of Jama Masjid.

Alkakori Alkauser in RK Puram, Galouti at Kainoosh, Salim's Kebabs in Khan Market, Ghalib Kebab Corner in Nizamuddin and MI meat shop in Meherchand are some of the famous eateries for Kebabs in Delhi.

8. Paratha

For a healthy start of the day, Parathas serve to be the best breakfast for Delhiites. From plain butter parathas to the varieties of stuffed parathas (aloo, mooli, onion, gobi, keema and you name it!), there are places serving delicious parathas anytime you want it - morning, evening or for a tummy filling dinner. Ask any locals or students to know the best places serving parathas in Delhi and Chandni Chowk's Parathe Wali Gali and Moolchand ke Parathe would be on top of their lists.

Famous Delhi Food

9. Chole Bhature

Here is some free advice. Have this delicious Punjabi dish on an empty stomach to enjoy it to the fullest. Chole Bhature has to be on the list for its mouth-watering, spicy and rich taste. Every Delhi food joint have this food delicacy on their menu for its popularity among Delhiites.

If you could not make to it for the breakfast, have hot, crispy bhature and rich, spicy chole for dinner or just as a snack in the evening. Paharganj's Sitaram Diwan Chand, Chache di Hatti in Kamla Nagar and Lajpat Nagar's Baba Nagpal Corner are some best known places for yummy Chole Bhature in the city. If you are in Noida, do stop by Sagar's Special Paneer Chole Bhature in Sector 18 or for a pav bhaji, misal pav or South Indian vada pav with coconut chutney.

10. Butter Chicken

For all the Chicken lovers out there, here is something you need to know about one of your favorite dishes - Butter Chicken. In Delhi, this delectable non-vegetarian dish was first originated in 1950s by Kundanlal Gujral at the Moti Mahal Restaurant in Daryaganj. However, Moti Mahal is not the only one stop point for Butter Chicken today.

The dhabas in Delhi serve you the real version of butter chicken, try out Rajindar da Dhaba in Safdargunj Enclave. Some other well-known places for butter chicken are Kainoosh and Gulati at Pandara Road. You can best enjoy the famous Delhi food with naan or rice.

11. Kulfi

Like Food is incomplete without a dessert, so would be our list of Delhi's famous food without a mention of the most-loved dessert Kulfi. Finding its name origin from Persia, Kulfi is a creamier and denser version of ice cream and is believed to be first introduced by the Mughals in some place in North India.

Be it a house party with your friends, kitty party or a wedding, it is only the yummy Kulfi stick that completes the dinner. You will definitely find a Kulfi stall in Delhi weddings. Look out for the best Kulfi corners in the city such as the Defence Colony Market, Chandni Chowk, Karol Bagh's Roshan di Kulfi and some more.

If you want something more special, take a halt at Chandni Chowk and visit Kuremal Mohanlal Kulfiwale that introduces all new version of the dessert by adding real fruits like custard apple, mango, etc. to the mix before they freeze it.

Planned your trip to the capital city of India? Now that you have the knowledge of the most famous dishes of Delhi, do plan your food hunt before you reach!

Kalyan Panja Kalyan Panja Author


  1. ive heard so many great things about delhi food and this looks incredible! i def would love to go sometime if i could!

  2. What a gorgeous post! I have tried all this dishes while travelling delhi. T

  3. These all sound so good! I have only tried a few with Butter Chicken being my all time fav - but I need to try the rest ASAP!

  4. Oh my god now i wanna book a trip to Delhi just to eat these sumptuous dishes!

  5. So neat. I love trying new food from different countries. These all sound amazing.

  6. Feel bad; I don't know anything about this food. However, I am very motivated to try all of that

  7. 7 and 10 I already have tasted. So delicious really

  8. Holiii !!
    It is definitely a good guide to know what foods you should eat in case of a trip to India. I've never tasted the Indian food, but it has to be a great experience to try some of the foods you mention.
    Good day!!

  9. I’ve never been to Delhi, India and this post makes me want to go there now. I’d love to try all the good food!

  10. WOW its already lunch time here and you triggered my taste buds for thes indian chats.

  11. Samosa with cheese sounds yummy! I'm getting hungry just thinking about it. :)

  12. These all sound delicious! Especially the veggie fries!

  13. I love samosa! Indian food is so delicious!

  14. I do like eating Kebab and butter chicken. Those dishes sounds really delicious and appetizing!

  15. You forgot to mention chicken Biryani, Pilau and chapati.I have eaten pakoras and love them.Samosa? if they are spicy enough and well fried that they crunch when you eat them, I can eat upto 5 pieces in one go.I love all Indian food(well maybe not all, I find Okra too slimy) Food alone is enough to make me visit India.

  16. Indian food is my favorite. One of my favorite Indian dishes is Aloo Tikki. So delicious!

  17. That is quite the list of food - most of which I've never heard of or eaten! About the only familiar ones are the chicken and kebabs.

  18. I love butter chicken and kebabs! We have some restaurants that feature these here in Japan.

  19. Omg this list is droolworthy

  20. I love (almost) all of these! My husband and I travelled to Delhi and ate SO MUCH while we were there. The food was one of my favorite parts of the trip.

  21. I would love to do culinary tours of Indian cuisine but haven't had the chance ... Curry one of my favorite dishes ...

  22. I love all these street foods, reading this made me crave for some street food snack

  23. Thank You For This Article!
    It is very enjoyable & Useful


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