Delhi Journals

Delhi: A Culinary Heritage

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A travel journal to Delhi by phileasfogg

Chaina Ram Photo, Delhi, India More Photos
Quote: Delhi is a great city for the foodie—if you’re keen on sampling regional Indian cuisine or even some good international food. But Delhi has an interesting food culture of its own, sharing some dishes with other parts of North India, and harbouring some delicious secret recipes of its own.

Jai Hind Paratha Bhawan

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Restaurant | "A variety of parathas"

Jai Hind Paratha Bhawan Photo, Delhi, India
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The paratha—a layered, fried bread—is a much-loved Indian food. Across much of North India, the paratha is often served stuffed. Mashed potatoes, grated radish, grated cauliflower, paneer (a sort of Indian cottage cheese), chopped onions—any or all of these are spiced and used to stuff the paratha before it’s fried. The result is a bread that’s almost a complete meal in itself. Sinfully fattening, of course, but delicious too.Gali Parathewali (`the street of the paratha’) is a worthy tribute to the paratha. This is a fairly short street, now mainly crowded with sari shops, but during the late 1800’s, a sudden paratha rush happened here. A numb...Read More

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Jai Hind Paratha Bhawan
36, Gali Parathewali, Chandni Chowk
Delhi, India
09891664131

Rabri Bhandar

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Restaurant | "The most wonderful milk sweet ever"

Rabri Bhandar Photo, Delhi, India
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Rabri (pronounced more or less ‘rubbery’, though the dish is far from that!) is a North Indian dessert made by boiling milk with sugar. And boiling. And boiling. Until it’s as thick as really rich cream, perhaps a few shades thicker. And that’s it. Occasionally, a few slivers of almond or pistachio may be scattered over the top of the cooled rabri, or (in more fancy establishments), a very thin layer of silver leaf, known as varq, maybe spread across the top—it doesn’t add flavour, just a little jazz. Some cooks add a hint of powdered cardamom. But rabri is invariably left just as is: very thick, creamy, lightly sweetened milk.In Chandni Chowk, you’ll find ...Read More

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Rabri Bhandar
42-B Gali Parathewali, Chandni Chowk
Delhi, India
011 23289051

Chaina Ram

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Restaurant | "Breakfast, vegetarian style"

Chaina Ram Photo, Delhi, India
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Puri-aloo is a North Indian favourite: you’ll find it being served just about everywhere. By far the best I’ve had is at Chaina Ram, a small but very busy restaurant in Fatehpuri Chowk, next to the Fatehpuri Masjid in Chandni Chowk. The place has been around since 1901, and was even attacked by irate (also illiterate?) mobs in 1962, during the Indo-China war, when people thought `Chaina’ had something to do with `China’.A quick word about what puri-aloo actually is. A puri is an Indian bread made of an elastic dough that’s rolled out and deep fried till it’s puffed up, crisp and golden. Aloo is literally potato, but the aloo that’s served with puris is trad...Read More

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Chaina Ram
Fatehpuri Chowk, Chandni Chowk
Delhi, India
011 23950747

Karim's Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Delhi’s best Muslim cooking"

Karim's Restaurant Photo, Delhi, India
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You don’t actually need to note down the address of Karim—this particular restaurant is so famous, just about anybody in Old Delhi will be able to guide you there. Karim has been around since 1913, when it was set up by a certain Haji Karimuddin, who traced his descent from the chefs who cooked for the Mughal emperors. Today, Karim has branches in south Delhi too, but the original—next to the Jama Masjid—is still considered the best.The restaurant lies inside a tiny lane, Gali Kababiyaan (the `lane of kababs’- how appropriate!). Instead of a single large hall, Karim is divided into several separate rooms, each with about a dozen or so tables. It’s clean, but not fancy: Formica-topped tables, wooden...Read More

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Karim's Restaurant
Old Delhi, adjacent to jama Masjid
Delhi, India

Daulat ki Chaat Photo, Delhi, India
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While rabri, kababs or even puri-aloo are available outside Delhi, Daulat ki Chaat is a very uniquely Delhi delicacy. And both rare as well as unknown even to most Delhiites.Chaat is the name given to a range of tangy and spicy snacks that are widely available across Northern India, served with everything from tamarind chutney and freshly ground mint or coriander chutney, to whisked yoghurt. Daulat ki Chaat, despite its name, has nothing whatsoever to do with chaat. This, instead, is a dessert, a milk sweet that is made only in Delhi during the winter months. And it’s available only in the morning, mainly in and around Chandni Chowk. Daulat ki Cha...Read More