I am fascinated with the food they serve in old Delhi(Purani Dilli). The feel and culture of Chandani Chowk/Old Delhi is very different from the New Delhi, same goes for the old delhi food. Initially when I started going there for food, I use to go to “Karim’s or Al-Jawahar”. Over the years after interacting with people who were frequent visitors and exploring on my own, I realized that food is much more interesting and tasty in smaller shops. Here you may not get proper place to sit or cutlery to eat or may be you think is it hygenic 😛 but you will get flavorsome food.
I don’t remember how many times I strolled or walked in narrow and crowded lanes of old Delhi looking for something interesting….. for something I never tried before…..
So…..This Saturday I decided to go one more time to explore some new place & food because it is best time of the year…. Why….. It is not too cold and summer is still a month away.
Here are some of the items I ate….. Well….. Some of the food looks like “Heat attack food” due to the oil or butter used in it but I bet once in a while it’s ok to indulge 😀
The old Delhi food is popularly known as “Muglai food from Delhi”
Disclaimer – Don’t count calories.
Starters – Mutton Kababs (From Abdul Ghani Quereshi) and Butter chicken from Aslam butter chicken (Actually Chicken in butter because there was lot of butter in the bowl of chicken). If you want to have fish pakoda then move toward Matia mahal road, it’s only 3 shops away from Quereshi kabab, can’t add on map as it’s not marked refer to the guy doing flambe. Ramadan Food Exploration in Dilli 6
Chicken in butter
Chicken in butter
Main course – Jahagir Chicken in thick gravy, Mutton stew, Keema, Sheermal (It’s slightly on sweeter side) and Khamiri roti (It’s very different from regular tandoori roti because it remains soft unlike tandoori roti, which get chewy once it’s cold). Try these at Jawahar restaurant, it is 2 shops from Al jawahar as you move in Matia mehal road (Can’t find on google map).
Jahagir Chicken with Sheermal
Beverages – Kashmiri tea (It was pinkish in colour and salted), Kesar milk (Cold) It’s on the opposite side of road near Aslam butter chicken, again could not find on google map.
Kasmiri Tea (Hot)
Kesar milk (Cold)
Desserts – Shahi Tukda (It’s marked on map), Gulab Jamun and Gulab Jamun Jalebi (These two items you will find between Al Jawahar and Aslam butter chicken, again not on google but easy to locate as they had displayed these on the counter outside)
Selling Shahi tukda, Rabri and Firni
Gulab Jamun Jalebi
Gulab Jamun and Gulab Jamun Jalebi
Old Delhi food outlets sell biryani by Kgs i.e. they have fixed proportion of Mutton/Chicken vs Rice. Eg: If 1 kg biryani, it means 1 kg of Mutton/Chicken will be used to make the biryani. Best is to order a day in advance if you have bigger order.
You may see people sitting outside like this outside some shops. These are poor people sitting for food and if someone wants to feed them, they can pay the shop for them and they will get food.
Just like that –