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Delhi is known as the food capital of India. The presence of people from diverse cultures has made Delhi a proud hub of varieties of scrumptious delicacies. If you are planning to visit this Mogul city of India, then make sure to try each of these luscious food ranging from mouth-watering street food to rich desserts, from sophisticated Moghlai food to culinary dishes.
Chole and Bhature are like childhood buddies, they always hang-out together! Bhatura is a fried bread made of a mixture of all purpose flour and wheat flour while chole is a spicy dish made of chickpeas and a good combination of Indian masalas. Chole Bhature is one of the most loved breakfast in Delhi.
Dal Makhani is a lunch and dinner dish usually served with plain rice or roti (Indian bread ). It is made of a mixture of different types of lentils, butter and cream. Hence the name ‘Dal’ Makhani. This is one of the mildest yet very popular dish in North India.
Butter Chicken is the most loved chicken item in India. It is a mild curry usually served with plain rice or roti (Indian bread ). It is made of, as the name suggests, chicken with a mix of Indian spices with prompt amount of butter. Uummm! Yum! Yum!
Mutton Korma is one of the royal dishes traditionally cooked for Moghul emperors in the past. It is korma (curry) whose richness is enhanced by a paste of dry fruits. What makes it a popular dish is that the mutton in it literally melts in your mouth… Uh! A real delight.
While walking on the streets of Delhi you could be hijacked by an enchanting smell. Don’t get surprised if you see yourself landed at a Kebab corner. Kebab is another Moghlai item made of minced meat, marinated in a mixture of spices and yogurt cooked over charcoal. This serves both as a snack and a side dish for rice-curry. Miss it at your own risk.
Biryani is a rice item mixed with meat, either mutton or chicken. This royal dish is considered to be king of all Moghlai dishes. Biryani suffices your cravings for hot, spicy and lip smacking food.
Paratha is a favorite breakfast item in Northern part of India. But its popularity among its fans has grabbed it a place in the list of favorite street food too. It is an Indian bread stuffed with spiced vegetables for vegetarians while for non-vegetarians you have Keema parathas (spiced minced meat).
The best place to have it is in the Paranthe Wali Gali, a narrow street in the Chandni Chowk area of Delhi.
It is another Indian bread item that is apt for lunch and dinner usually served with chole, paneer gravy or similar exquisite curries. It tastes best when eaten hot.
Gol Gappe or Pani Puri or Phuchka is a most favorite Indian street food that is equally loved in all parts of the country. It is basically, small sized puries with onion, sev, yogurt and chaat masala toppings holding tangy-sweet flavored cold water known as the pani, served with one or more types of Indian sauces.
Dahi Bhalle or Dahi Vada is another favorite Indian snack available under street food category. Dahi is yogurt while bhalle or vada is a fried item stuffed with potato, dal and mixed spices. Its spicy, little tangy, cold yogurt over hot vada combination is just heavenly !
This is another spicy street food that is most popularly seen in Delhi streets. A crackling base topped with spiced potato , grated carrot , chopped coriander and chaat masala bursts inside your mouth making it a most loved street food of Delhi.
Lassi is a summer cooler beverage made of a blend of yogurt and sugar sometimes flavored with spices. Its creamy smooth texture comes from the continues blending of the mixture while an extra layer of skimmed milk topping adds richness. A glass full of Lassi can punch you with freshness in the Delhi heat.
The most popular and pocket-friendly sweet snack that is loved by almost every Indian. It is best when eaten with chilled Rabdi(another creamy sweet dish made of creamy skimmed milk topped with pistachios). The sweetness of hot Jalebies and rich creamy chilled Rabdi complement each other.
Mix milk with rose syrup, vermicelli, dry fruits, cherries, soaked basil seeds top it with a scoop of favorite ice-cream, wallah! You get a sweet smelling rosy color chilled dessert known as Indian Faluda. I don’t have to tell you why it is such a favorite drink in India.
It is another rich and luscious Indian dessert made of milk usually served chilled. Ras is juicy while malai is milk cream both combined to form an exotic dessert.
Kulfi is a delightful frozen dessert that looks like ice candy but made of evaporated milk mixed with dry fruits. It serves the purpose of ice-cream but tastes exotic with the creamy flavor, resembling condensed milk. You get enchanting thick condensed milk cream with every lick. Yummy !
I would call Gulab Jamun the national dessert of India. There is no Indian home where Gulab Jamun is not made. A ball made of powdered milk and all purpose flour, fried in clarified butter or oil, immersed in sugar syrup to make it a soft, melting, succulent and luscious all time favorite Indian dessert. Whoah!
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