Bengali phuchka in Green Park

What makes us fall in love with street food? Obviously, not just the price but also the taste, and especially when it comes clean. Delhi has many street food belts, one such belt is the Green Park Metro Station corner on the Uphaar Cinema Hall side. The food carts stretch from the metro gates to…

The story of Yo Yo Anda King

The good thing about the street food scene in Noida and Gurgaon is that the street food carts generally don’t stand alone, they are always seen in clusters in specific sectors. For example in Noida, there are many street food vendors in Sector 135, 18 and 16, among others. Every street vendor in Delhi NCR…

Innovation is the only thing constant with Delhi momos

Momos, which is also known as dimsums made its first appearance on the Delhi streets sometime around 2004-5. Till date, our Nepali brothers have continued their monopoly on the momos that are widely available on the Delhi streets. Initially, some of our Nepali brothers used to sell them from cycles. There used to be one…

If Karim’s is Goliath, then Naim is David

Just past the Karim’s at Gali Kebabiyan in Shahjahanabad/ Old Delhi lays Naim’s haleem counter. Gali Kebabiyan is a narrow lane, which has become synonymous with the now world famous Karim’s brand, but there is more to it than just Karim’s. I have been told by the Qureshi brothers, the one, who sells mouth-watering butter-dripping…

Why Afghan cuisine is a large-hearted cuisine

Going by my love for different cuisines, from time to time, I feel I must have been born in that land to which the cuisine belongs in one of my past lives. At times, I strongly feel, I must have been a Tibetian for my love for momos, sometimes Italian for my love for penne…

Tracing Mumbai’s bhel puri in Delhi

Traditionally, puffed rice is not a part of Delhi’s street food. Two iconic puffed-rice Indian street food dishes are bhel puri and jhal muri, both belonging to two extreme corners of India. Bhel puri belongs to Mumbai and jhal muri is from West Bengal, down South if not puffed rice, you have the good old…

The apple of my taste buds in Majnu Ka Tila

At 10.30 am, I start from my home at Jamia Nagar for a meeting to R K Puram. I reach my destination after an hour. I, constantly, keep looking at my watch because I am next headed to Majnu Ka Tila in North Campus for lunch. From R K Puram to Majnu Ka Tila, travelling…

Eid ki kachoris

If samosa is the king of Indian snack then kachori is the queen. Stuffed with dal or onion, kachori is had with different accompaniments. We, all know of the different khasta kachori walas that roam the streets of Delhi. Crispy kachoris served with a mild tangy aloo sabzi. Now, the trivia here is that kachori…

Kuch naya kuch purana this Ramzan in Jamia Nagar

Whether, it’s Jama Masjid, Jamia Nagar or Nizamuddin, the scene just before iftari in these places is always pulsating. From students, office goers to kids, everybody is busy buying iftar — keema pakora, pyazis, meetha samosa, jalebis. Some prefer to eat something heavy after Maghrib prayers, so apart from the snacks some also take home…

Bihari chutneys and pyazis

There are always two sides to everything, if someone says; “Delhi kisi ka nahi hai”, then the opposite would be “Delhi saab ka hai”. Delhi has a huge migrant population, belonging to different socio-economic strata, and they have brought their food habits with them, gradually these food habits have become a part of Delhi’s street…

Delhi’s T4: Tamil food treasure trove in Trilokpuri

With a plain black shade to protect from Delhi’s scorching sun, Saraswati stands with a few utensils and an idli-maker, selling two types of quintessential vadas and no prize for guessing hot-soft tender idlis. Clad in a saree,  Saraswati would perhaps be in her 50s. She is not alone, just next to her is Raju’s…

Jamshed, the boy who sells burger with an A

Delhi’s merciless heat is getting on him. On top of that, with rising temperatures business has taken a dip. Meet Jamshed, a 16-year-old Afghan lad in Lajpat Nagar-1, who sells Afghan Burgers. The lane, next to the Bata showroom in Lajpat Nagar Central Market leads to many Afghan eateries and business enterprises, amid all these…