Delhi has long proven itself a culinary city, offering gourmands a range of delicious eats, including local favorites and international classics. While the city has some of India’s classiest restaurants, Delhi is primarily known for its lip-smacking street food.
In particular, Old Delhi is the hub of street food in Delhi, with iconic shops serving ancient recipes for more than a century. A day in Old Delhi, indulging in gastronomic delights, is undoubtedly a quintessential adventure every food lover needs to have when visiting this vibrant capital city.
However, the rest of Delhi has its own set of hidden street food gems. Mostly popular among the residents, these eateries have a massive following and provide an even better insight into the passion that Delhi locals hold towards good comforting food.
Jain Chawal Wale
New Delhi’s commercial center, Connaught Place, is also amongst its most expensive areas, and to find a pocket-friendly street food eatery here is nothing short of a miracle.
Jain Chawal Wale has been a foodie legend now for quite a while. On any given weekday, you’ll find office workers here having their breakfast or lunch. During the weekends, it’s the health-conscious runners and cyclists or food explorers who visit the stall.
In true street food style, there is little space to sit at Jain Chawal Wale. So, you either stand and eat or take the plate back to your car.
Must-Eat: Rajma chawal – kidney beans and rice, is Jain Chawal Wale’s specialty and thus a must-have. The stuffed paranthas and chole kulchas are equally good and filling.
Address: Block P, Connaught Place, New Delhi 110001
When eating street food in New Delhi, you’ll often find that most places specialize in one or two dishes. Khandani Pakodewala, situated in Narouji Nagar, is a famous shop that is part of a commercial area known for its thriving street food eateries.
While you can find Amritsari kulchas, lassi, and chole bhature here, in the case of Khandani Pakodewala, an establishment that has been satisfying customer cravings since 1962, it’s all about pakodas – fritters.
Famous throughout the year, but especially during the Monsoon, pakodas and tea is a match made in heaven that has the power to satisfy the soul in ways you cannot imagine.
The very best in the city, at Khandani Pakodewala, you will find a distinct variety of fritters, from the typical potatoes, onions, and paneer pakodas to more exotic fillings like lotus stems, bitter gourd, and soya.
Must-Eat: With 15 varieties of fritters available, you can eat whatever catches your fancy at Khandani Pakodewala. But if it is your first time, ask them you plate up one pakora of each kind, so you can taste the difference between them all.
Address: Rajmata Vijayraje Scindia Marg, 11 Ring Rd, Sarojini Nagar, New Delhi 110023
If you can’t make it to Old Delhi’s famed Paranthe Wali Gali, do not worry because Moolchand Parantha will satiate all of your street food cravings.
Located next to Moolchand Metro Station, the shop has been in business for over 50 years and is considered one of Delhi’s best street food hangout spots. It attracts a large college crowd during the day and the party crowd after sundown. Visit here to savor the crispy on the outside paranthas that never fail to give a fuzzy warm feeling when you bite into them.
Eaten with a dollop of butter on top, you can pair the parantha with yogurt, raw onions, and green chilies. Moolchand has over 25 types of vegetarian and non -vegetarian paranthas, as well as thalis and rice dishes.
Must-Eat: Skip everything else when at Moolchand and relish its paranthas, particularly on a cold winter evening. The cheese chili garlic parantha, keema parantha that comes with gravy, and the classic egg paranthas are all hot sellers you should try.
Address: 4, 5, 6 Lala Lajpat Rai Marg, Moolchand Metro Station, New Delhi 110024
Roshan Di Kulfi
Delhi summers can get quite troubling, and while a refreshing drink is always welcomed, when it comes to street food, a kulfi is the ultimate dessert you have got to have.
Roshan Di Kulfi or RDK, as it is popularly known, in Karol Bagh is amongst the best street food eateries in New Delhi. But unlike the name suggests, it no longer serves only Delhi’s favorite dairy delight.
RDK has transformed into a multi-comfort food joint over the years, one that plates everything from dosas and tikkas to gol gappas, dahi Bhalla, and chaat. It’s also a place where you can go, sit down for a moment, and taste the food in a more relaxing setting.
Must-Eat: Even though RDK has something for everyone now, the must-have street food at the eatery is kulfi. Served with falooda – cold noodles, they have different flavors like mango, almond, and paan that you can choose from. Catering to the two extremes of sweetness, RDK has sugar-free kulfi and chocolate oreo kulfi, making sure there is something for every preference.
Address: 2816, Ajmal Khan Rd, Karol Bagh, New Delhi 110005