‘Dilwaalo ki Dilli’ is how Delhi is known because of its warm and welcoming people, its rich culture, heritage and traditions. The capital city is also known for its music, festivals, celebrations and lifestyle.Besides its rich heritage, the capital city is also a foodie’s paradise. Any cuisine, international or desi, you name it and we have it. But what attracts the most tourist to this city is the delicious street food that the streets of Delhi have to offer.
Here is the 15 Best Street Food to Eat in Delhi
So, to celebrate the street cuisine we have curated a list of the most delectable street food in Delhi which will make you drool like never before.
1. Daulat ki chaat
If you’re thinking a dish of chutneys and masalas then you are wrong! Although, it is called a chaat but it is a sweet dish, made of rich and creamy foam that is collected from churned milk. But before churning the milk it is cooled down on an ice slab overnight and after about 10 hours it is churned with hands to make it light and frothy. The foam is later mixed with saffron, sugar and topped with pistachio and almonds.
This heavenly, nutrient-rich souffle which is served in ‘kulhads’ or ‘donas’ is nothing less than a fresh breeze of flavours. This delicious dessert will just melt in your mouth and should not be missed under any circumstances when visiting Delhi.
Best Place to Have: Babu Ram, Dariba kalan at Chandni Chowk
2. Chole Bhature
Delhi is the apt place to try the best chole bhature which can put even a 5-star restaurant to shame. The extra soft and fluffy chole bhature are served with mouth-watering and perfectly spiced cholle perhaps making it the best street food in Delhi. The vendors also serve specially prepared chutneys along with pickles and salad which just adds a cherry on the cake.
Although, they are usually sold out by noon so try to visit early.
Best Place to Have: Chache di Hatti- Kamla Nagar, Baba Nagpal Corner- Lajpat Nagar, Giani’s Di Hatti- Chandni Chowk, Roshan’s at Karol Bagh & Sita Ram Diwan Chand- Paharganj.
Something is addicting about these crispy and spicy golgappes that you just cannot stop eating them. If you are in Delhi then you must try the delicious golgappe from the street vendors. These tempting and tiny dough balls are filled with flavoured mint water, boiled potato stuffing and chutneys.
You can also try variants of flavoured water or maybe an extra papdi dipped in curd for that burning tongue due to spicy water and chutneys. So, do not delay and satiate your temptations for the spicy and crunchy golgappas at Delhi’s Local vendors.
Best Place to Have: Local Markets in Rajouri Garden, Chandni Chowk, Kamla Nagar & Lajpat Nagar
Crunchy and satisfying- kachori is a snack that this city swears by. This delicacy is from places like UP or Rajasthan but Kachoris in Delhi has taken over the hearts of all the Delhiites. They are served with aloo ki sabzi and chutneys for a spicy flavour. These blissful kachoris are a monsoon favourite and can be devoured with a cup of hot tea and aloo ki sabzi.
Best Place to Have: Hanuman Mandir- Connaught Place, Jung Bahadur Kachori Wala- Chandni chowk, Sharma kachoriwala- Pitampura, Gopal sweet corner- Kamla Nagar
Also, Fateh ki kachori in Civil Lines is a small stall which sells the most delicious kachoris. It is not your average kachori with aloo sabzi, it has delicious and crunchy kachoris with cholle that are topped with spicy yet sweet chutneys, sliced onions and homemade masalas. They are easy on your pocket too and one must definitely try these in Delhi.
These super spicy and delicious momos have become the most eaten street food among Delhiites. In Delhi, they are quite famous among college students and can be found on the streets of North Campus. These momos are served with spicy and red coloured chilli chutney and mayo. You can also find different fillings in these momos like paneer, soya, chicken and veggies.
You’ll find these delicious momos at Dilli Haat, Majnu ka Tilla and the very famous Dolma aunty at Lajpat Nagar.
Best Place to Have: Dolma aunty momos- Lajpat Nagar, QD’s- Hudson Lane, Dilli Haat- INA, Depaul’s- Janpath CP & Giri Momos- Pitampura
6. Cholle kulche
Also known as Matar kulcha, cholle kulche is one of the most popular street foods in northern India. You can find these at local vendors in the market and even outside schools and colleges. The kulchas are served with plain white curry and served with spicy chutneys and salads.
So, don’t be shy and ask for extra onions for you cholle!
Best Place to Have: Lotan- Chawri Bazaar, Yadav’s Chole Kulche- Saket, Dinesh ke cholle kulche-Azadpur, Kulachi ke Mashhoor cholle kulche- Netaji subhash place & Ashok Vihar.
If you ever visit Kulachi ke Cholle kulche at Ashok Vihar then do try the famous chinese samosa at the nearby school. The samosas are filled with street style hakka noodles and are served with a spicy green chutney.
7. Ram Laddoo
Ram Laddoo is the favourite tea time snack of Delhiites. It is made with scrumptious moong dal pakodas and is topped with grated radish, chaat masala and green mint chutney. You can find these easily at Local vendors around Delhi. Therefore, the crispy fritters are too good to be missed and are a delight in monsoon season.
Best Place to Have: Local vendors at Green Park, Janakpuri, Chandni chowk & Lajpat Nagar
The number one way to beat your hunger in the capital? Parathe. It is a famous unleavened bread famous in North India and is filled with delicious stuffing. The varieties of paratha include aloo paratha, paneer paratha, pizza paratha, egg paratha and also plain parathas. The parathas are loaded with butter and are served with curd, pickles, salad and chutneys.
Delhiites love parathe and eat them as breakfast, lunch, dinner or even after a night of partying and boozing.
Best Place to Have: Moolchand Paranthewaala- Lajpat Nagar & Parathe waali gali- Chandni Chowk, Not just Parathas- Rajouri Garden & Pandit Ji parantha Hut- Ashok Vihar
Although, famous in Mumbai, bhelpuri in Delhi is a game changer. These are not as dry as the one in Mumbai and are a perfect blend of spicy, tangy, crunchy and sweet flavours. So, do not miss this lip-smacking and spicy bhelpuri on the streets of Delhi.
Best Place to Have: Bhajan Lal Bhelpuri at Sundar Nagar, Connaught Place, Social- Hauz Khas & UPSC Chaat wala- Main Bhawana Road, Pehladpur Banger
10. Raj Kachori
This snack is not only delicious but also colourful. It is famous in Delhi and also some parts of North India. A crispy, hollow fried shell is filled with yummy toppings like chickpeas, boiled potatoes, tamarind and mint chutney, curd, tomatoes, onions, coriander, pomegranate and lastly crunchy sev. It is an ideal chaat with perfect blend of spices, sweet, tangy and crunch and should not be missed under any circumstances.
Best Place to Have: Haldiram’s- Chandni Chowk, Lajpat Nagar and other outlets
11. Aloo Tikki
Aloo Tikki is one of the best street foods that you can find on the streets of Delhi. Sweet tamarind chutney, mint chutney and spices, mixed in chickpea curry or curd is poured over crispy potato patties.
Therefore, I highly recommend this spicy and crispy Aloo Tikki chaat when you are visiting Delhi.
Best Place to Have: Bittoo Tikki Wala- NSP, Kamla Nagar and other outlets, Atul Chaat Corner- Rajouri Garden & Vaishno chaat Bhandaar- Kamla Nagar.
12. Soya Chaap
There is something about this delectable soya chaap that is giving competition to Butter Chicken. Soya chaap is rich in protein and flavours. The juicy and succulent chaap is drenched with cream and is roasted on skewers. It can be stir-fried or prepared in gravies as well.
Various types of soya chaap that are loved by the people of Delhi are Malai Chaap, Achaari Chaap, Hariyali Chaap, Tandoori Chaap, Afghani Chaap and the list goes on. Therefore, Soya chaap in Delhi is something that you cannot afford to miss.
Best Place to Have: Veerji Chaap waale- Patparganj, Wah ji wah- Janakpuri, sardarji malaichaap waale- Kalkaji
13. La Phing at Majnu ka Tila
Laphing is a popular Tibetian street food which is made of long and flat noodles, prepared in chilli oil and garlic. It is served dry or with soy sauce. So, if you’re short on cash then you can try this mouth-watering dish at MKT for just Rs.30.
While you are at Majnu ka Tilla, do try other delicacies like momos, shabalay and tigmo.
Best Place to Have: Tiny stalls near Buddhist Temple in Majnu ka Tilla
14. Best Rolls in Delhi
Delhi’s street food exploration is incomplete without these wholesome and delectable rolls. Rumali rotis or flaky thin paranthas are filled with delicious sauces and spices and you can choose from a huge variety of meat and veggies. Some of the all-time favourites of Delhiites are Soya chaap roll, veggies roll, chicken roll, Kathi roll, veggies roll and paneer roll. These rolls are also pocket-friendly and are enough to cater to those hunger pangs.
Best Place to Have: Khan Chacha- Khan Market, Chowringhee- Satyaniketan, Nizam’s- CP, NSP, Defence Colony & Kebabs at Karim’s- Chandni Chowk.
Nizam’s is an old joint in Delhi (old delhi), famous for its humongous and non-vegetarian rolls. If you are in Delhi then do try its kathi rolls, you will not be disappointed. Along with its scrumptious and mouth-watering rolls, Nizam’s is also famous for its biryani, mutton korma, brain curry and breads.
15. Kulfi Falooda Near Delhi
If you’re a sweet tooth like me, then you must not miss this dessert. The creamy and rich kesar pista kulfi is topped with falooda, rose syrup and dry fruits. This refreshing dessert is what summer fantasies are made of and you will get hooked on it at first sight.
Best Place to Have: Roshan Di kulfi-Karol Bagh, Krishna Di Kulfi- near India Gate, Nathu’s sweets- Sunder Nagar
Delhi besides being famous for its beautiful gardens, magnificent monuments, museums, diverse culture and its metro is best known for its mouth-watering and full of calorie street food. So, plan a trip around the beautiful city with your family and friends and gorge on these street food delicacies. These dishes are worth every penny and trust me, you will not be disappointed!