10 Favourite Products to Try if You Love Traditional Food of Delhi
Delhi, the capital of India is known for people with big hearts (remember Dilli, dilwalon ki?) and just as big an appetite. A potpourri of cultures and traditions, Delhi has a tantalising list of traditional food for the food lovers. Though much has been said and written about the specialities of Delhi, it’s only when you try the food that you will know why. From high-end restaurants to the bylanes of Chandni Chowk, there are a plethora of options for those who love to eat. From ghee-laden paranthas to spicy golgappas and chatpati chaat, you will be left wanting more.
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Delhi spoils you for choice with its rich variety of yummilicious paranthas. From sattu, mixed vegetable, to rabri paratha – the choice is endless. Whether you are a hungry student or an office-goer in a rush, if you want something which is filling and appetising, parathas are your go-to option. Made of wholewheat flour, mostly round in shape, this speciality has different types of filling, added according to your taste and preferences. No matter what your choice of stuffing is, you can add NB Masala Paratha Masalato it to make it absolutely lip-smacking.
2. Chole Bhature
One traditional food of Delhi which you can’t afford to miss is chole bhature. The heavenly taste of deep-fried bhaturas with spicy and tangy chole is something your taste buds deserve to experience. Though chole bhature has come from Punjab, all Delhiites have grown up savouring this delicacy as either breakfast or lunch. The drool-worthy chole bhatura is served with achar and salad to enhance its already divine taste. What's more, the oil in a heavy chole bhature meal is generally washed down with a glass of refreshing chaas – and you are set for the day.
No one can stay away from the sheer satisfaction of savouring a peppery and mouth-watering chaat preparation. Be it papri chaat or dahi bhalla, chaat in any form is an instant hit. Made up of boiled potatoes, papri, topped with a tongue-tickling mix of curd, pomegranate, sonth, and green chutney – chaat is a popular delicacy. A true-blue Dilliwaala swears by the deliciousness of this much-loved traditional mixture. If you want to escape the traffic and just chill out at home, it can also be prepared easily with the help of readymade masalas. Try out Kusum Masala Chat Masala– which can be added to both chaat as well as tikki preparation to give it a traditional tang.
Thanks to the Mughals, we have something to warm up to in winters – kebabs. The rich treats are a perfect fusion of spices with a good balance of moisture. Though Lucknow is famous for its kebabs, you get some of the best ones in Delhi. From kakori, galouti, to dahi kebabs – there are innumerable options available for vegetarians as well as non-vegetarians in the delicious world of Delhi kebabs. So wait no more, go indulge in the finger-licking flavours.
Now, is there anyone who has not tasted this amazing food item? Filled with a spicy mixture of potato, peas, and sometimes onions – the delicacy is deep-fried until crisp and delicious. Samosa can easily lay its claim as the most sought-after snack of Delhi or in fact the whole of India. No wonder it found space in the Oxford Dictionary too. Savoured with a hot cup of tea, samosa is that one goodie no one can resist. These days, people have started experimenting with the filling of samosa and replaced the potatoes with noodles, daal mixture, and even chicken. Deep-fried versions have also given way to the baked, healthier alternatives.
Samosa is a traditional food that can be a perfect partner for long journeys too. It is almost mandatory to have samosas when it rains, besides every other time of the year.Dry samosas are a great option to satisfy your hunger and are easily available online at SaleBhai.
6. Butter Chicken
A hot favourite amongst all generations, butter chicken is an iconic dish. Eaten with butter naan, tandoori roti or rice – butter chicken is said to have originated in the famous Moti Mahal Restaurant of Delhi. The gravy is creamy and thick, and the melt-in-the-mouth chicken pieces make it even more fingerlicking. This sinfully delectable treat is sure to tantalise your palate and give you a taste of the authentic traditional food of Delhi. Whether it is highway dhaba or high-end restaurants, you will find it in the menu of every eatery. This delicacy has made its way to the world gourmet map too; you will be surprised to know that it is loved even outside India. In many Western countries, butter chicken is relished with Indian naan or rice by locals. It is time to try this dish, if you haven’t already.
7. Kathi Rolls
Originated in Kolkata, kathi rolls are kebabs wrapped in roti or paratha. An excellent on-the-go option for many, different variants of kathi rolls have come up. Fillings have now changed to potatoes, mixed vegetables, or paneer for vegetarians and egg, chicken, fish, or mutton for non-vegetarians. It’s time you enjoy the hearty roll, one of the most-loved traditional foods of Delhi. You are going to thank us for suggesting it. Also have a look at the celebrity turnout at Khan Chacha, Delhi – the ultimate roll destination of the capital since 1972 – and you will know what's so special about Delhi rolls.
Biryani is loved in India for its exquisite flavours and tempting taste. The aroma lent by the strong spices used for its preparations makes it absolutely addictive and tempting. Biryani is flavoursome and is a complete dish in itself, served usually with tomato gravy, papad, pickle, or curd. Owing to Mughals, biryani travelled to the heart of India and is now one of the most sought-after traditional foods of Delhi. Want to make biryani at home? You can easily buy authentic biryani masala at SaleBhai.
A traditional Indian sweet made by deep-frying wheat flour batter and soaking it in thick sugar syrup, jalebi is amongst the top 10 foods to try in Delhi. Served with rabri, it is a hot-favourite – especially in chilly winters. You can also gorge on other similar versions such as imarti and paneer jalebi, which are a thicker version of jalebi. Jalebis are thin and crisp while imartis have a thick floral pattern.
A spicy snack eaten mostly during tea-time, kachoris are believed to have been popular even before samosas made their entry. From khasta to raj kachori – there are a plenty of variants available. The filling inside the flour dough may be of onions or dal in khasta kachori. Raj kachori, on the other hand, is served with curd, bhujiya, pomegranate seeds, sonth, curd, and sev. Dry kachoris– ideal for long journeys – are available online too.
So, what are you waiting for? Your bucket-list is ready, and so are your taste buds. Indulge in the most delicious food items from the heart of India.
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