Old Delhi food – Don’t count Calories

Old Delhi food – Don’t count Calories

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 πŸ˜› 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 πŸ˜€

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.Β  Ramadan Food Exploration in Dilli 6

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).

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.

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)

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.


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45 thoughts on “Old Delhi food – Don’t count Calories

    1. Yes, it’s good concept. This concept also is around Nizamuddin Dargah area also.
      During the month of Ramadan, the number of people is atleast 5-6 times more then usual. I guess because more people like to do charity during that time of the year.

  1. You are right.
    Chats and other vegetarian things are also very interesting from old Delhi. Will be visiting again sometime soon (with camera ) and cover vegetarian food. Chats, poori’s and kulfi’s….. to name a few. πŸ™‚

  2. I absolutely loved the food in India but I’m ashamed to say we mostly ate at our guesthouses! I did try the street food when we were on train journeys though. The food over there is so different to anything you get here in the UK, even the curry doesn’t taste quite right here. I really enjoyed this post and love your photos! You captured everyday life so well.

    1. In India, sometimes the food you get in small shops or restaurants is delicious because they follow & evolve the same recipe generation after generations.
      Thanks for liking πŸ™‚

  3. I love Indian cuisine! I really like the way the poor people can wait and perhaps get food. In my country, they would chase them away, but really, most of us if we can afford one lunch, canΒ΄t we afford two?

    1. That’s nice, you like Indian food.Totally agree with you.
      It is kind of tradition to share the food with less privileged, some families give one meal to one person every day.

  4. Wow – biryani by kilograms? That’s insane! Beautiful street photography, it really shows how lively everything is in Old Delhi.

    1. πŸ™‚ You should visit India, if you need any information whenever you plan to travel please feel free to contact.

  5. The food looks interesting to try. I’m not a particular fan of trying out different delicacies when I travel, but after reading this, I guess I should definitely try them out sometime πŸ™‚ Thanks for the share! πŸ™‚

    1. Yes, it is. There are some good food tours in Delhi. Do let me know when you visit, I will connect you with some good food walk expert.

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