For all the travel fanatics, Food is something which forms an indispensable part of a journey. If the food is not good, no matter how beautiful the destination, the place is not worth it. But if the food is good, it doubles up the joy. For all, what a tired traveler needs most is delicious food to recharge the batteries and be ready to explore again.
Indian cuisine is the most diverse and sophisticated and Delhi is just not the national capital but also the food capital of India. The Indian food served throughout the world is mostly North Indian food, either Mughlai or Punjabi, but there are few other cuisines and Delhi is rich in all types of Indian Cuisine in spite of being in North. The spicy food of Delhi will make you lick your fingers and make you crave for more. Most of the dishes are vegetarian but there is no scarcity of non-vegetarian food either, with loads of variety in chicken, mutton and fish.
Delhi being the capital is home to people of different communities with different traditions coming from different geographies, and when these are bundled up the range of food being served is astonishing. But other than the range of cuisine, Delhi is best known for its street food. If someone comes to Delhi and doesn’t enjoy the street food, he has missed half the fun. Delhi-wallas(People of Delhi) are crazy for their street food.
Here are some of the street foods that just can’t be missed:
Chaat: Chaat is the real roadside food or snacks. One can find millions of chaat stalls in Delhi. Though each has a different taste. The most important of chaat dishes are:
Dahi-Bhalla: Bhala is a snack food that is sold in chaat shops and kiosks. Green bean paste is added with spices, which is then deep fried to make croquettes. They are then garnished with yoghurt, spices and some other paste. It is served cold.
Aalo Tikki: It is a North Indian snack made of boiled potatoes and various spices and is served hot. “Aloo” means potato, and the word “tikki” means a small cutlet or croquette. It is found in almost every stall all over Delhi.
Gol gappe: It is round, hollow puri, fried crisp and filled with a mixture of water, tamarind, chili, chaat masala, potato, onion and chickpeas.
Paratha: Paratha is an Indian flat bread made from dough. Parathas are morning breakfast for almost all north Indians. It is widely consummed and can me made with 70 different recipes.
Kulfi: It is the Indian version of Ice-cream or a dairy dessert. It is denser and creamier than Ice-cream.
Shawarma: Shawarma is an Arab cuisine and is made by stacking strips of fat and pieces of meat on a stick. The meat is roasted slowly on a flame for hours on all sides.
Korma: Korma is a Mughlai dish which originated in India. It is made from yoghurt, cream, nut and seed paste. It is a type of curry.
Kebabs: Kebab originated in Middle East but are consumed in nook and corner of Delhi. Kebabs are meat cooked over low flame for long durations. It can be eaten directly or with sandwiches. It is made of goat meat.
But, if you are an alien to Delhi food, you shouldn’t rush things. As the food is spicy it can take a toll on your stomach. So, give yourself some time to enjoy the delicious and spicy street food. When going for street food, chose the one which has a large crowd and seems hygienic. Small precautions can make your journey foodilicious.
This post is written by our Guest Blogger – Ashwin Sharma
Author Bio: Ashwin Sharma is an avid traveler and a foodie.