Delhi, the heart of India is filled with the flavours of various cultures. The city has so much to explore and it is not limited just to the magnificent monuments and other places. If you are a Delhiite or just visiting Delhi, you cannot deny the magical taste of Delhi’s street food which is unique and special in many ways. The crowded streets of Delhi are filled with the smell of delicious street food items.
Here’s a list of top 15 Street foods in Delhi which you can’t afford to miss.
If you are looking for something cold and spicy, then laphing is what you need to try. This Tibetan dish, also popular in Nepal, is attracting attention in the streets of Delhi as well. Traditionally, a summer food, this spicy cold jelly-like noodle dish is served either dry or with sauce, topped with some wai-wai. It has two variants – white laphing and yellow laphing, although both are delicious, yellow laphing is what your taste buds need.
Where to eat: The best places that serve Laphing are Laphing wala, Kamla Nagar; Tenzing’s Laphing, Tara restaurant and the small stall near the Buddhist temple in Majnu ka Tilla, the hub of Tibetan food in Delhi.
14. Rabdi Jalebi
If you are a dessert lover, you cannot resist the charm of this magical combination. The taste of crunchy piping hot Jalebi, soaked in syrup combined with the sweet, milky and creamy Rabdi is a heaven for all the sweet-toothed people. Jalebi and Rabdi are both individually delicious but the combination of these two is utterly delightful.
Where to eat: Old famous Jalebi wala, Chandni Chowk.
13. Soya Chaap
If you are looking for something delicious, healthy and affordable then Soya Chaap is what you are looking for. This healthy vegetarian snack made from nutritious soya beans is the best alternative for meat or chicken. These are prepared with skewers in tandoor. Although it is mostly made in tandoori style, grilled Soya Chaap is available. The various categories of soya Chaap are Afghani Chaap, Tandoori soya Chaap, Malai Chaap.
Where to eat: Sardaarji Malai Chaap wale, Subhash Nagar.
12. Bishan Swaroop Chaat
Bishan Swaroop Chaat in Chandni Nagar is serving tasty chaats since 1923. The fruit chaat served here is a well-known street food in Delhi and it is definitely worth the hype. The fruits mixed with sweet and sour spices is one of the best things to try in Chandni chowk. It is a combination of a variety of fruits like star fruit, tomato, guava, watermelon, cucumber, Apple, beetroot, papaya, orange, freshly fried potato and chickpeas; spiced with roasted cinnamon, black pepper and chaat masala and topped with some coriander chutney and lemon juice. You just cannot afford to miss this mouth-watering dish. Per plate cost is Rs. 50 only.
Where to eat: 1421, near Mahavair Jain library, Chandni Chowk.
Who doesn’t loves steamed filled dumplings or dimsums? This popular Chinese and Tibetan street food can be found almost everywhere in Delhi. Stuffed with veggies and other delicious fillings like cabbage, carrots, French beans, mushrooms, capsicum, mushrooms, meat and paneer, the momos are either steamed, baked or deep-fried. All kinds of momos taste amazing and everyone must try them.
Where to eat: The best places to eat momos in Delhi are Yeti, Connaught place; Dolma aunty’s, Lajpat Nagar; Sikkim tourism stall, Dilli Haat and Kamla Nagar.
10. Lachha Tokri
Also called katorie chat, Lachha Tokri is a flavorful and savoury street food made from crunchy layered baskets or tokris filled with chappati chat, ended with a combination of pungent and tasty chutneys, curd and sev. The baskets are made from grated fried potatoes. This crispy and delicious dish is worth trying when you’re in Delhi.
Where to eat: Roshan di Kulfi, Karol Bagh and Shree Bhagatram, Vasant Kunj.
What could be better than a cold dessert on a tiring day? After shopping and exploring the markets of Karol bagh under the hot blazing sun, a frozen dessert like kulfi is all you need to soothe your senses. You can find one of the best kulfis of Delhi at Roshan di kulfi. The kulfi-faluda is their speciality and you must definitely try it.
Where to eat: Roshan di kulfi, Ajmal khan Road, Karol Bagh, New Delhi.
The narrow streets of Chandani chowk are brimming with the aroma of the Indian flatbreads being rolled or fried. The famous Parathe wali Gali in the confines of Chandani Chowk is decked with shops that serve more than 30 kinds of parathas. These parathas are quite distinct from normal parathas as they are made from a mixture of bedmi poori which is deep-fried. The wide range of fillings for these parathas include matar, khoya, papad, bitter gourd, banana and even rabdi. The steaming hot, sweet and spicy parathas served with curries, various chutneys and cold lassi in a kulhad is a delicious and filling street food that cannot be missed.
Where to eat: Parathe wali Gali, Chandani Chowk.
7. Aloo Tikki
The crunchy tikkis or potato patties stuffed with potatoes and peas is an impressive food to try in the streets of Delhi. This delectable Indian snack served along with chhole, chutney and curd; topped with sweet and tangy tamarind chutney and green chutney is all time favourite snack of most Delhiites and it is a highly recommended street food to try if you are visiting Delhi.
Where to eat: Prabhu Chaat bhandar, Shahjahan Road; Natraj Dahi bhalle corner, Chandani Chowk; Bittoo Tikki wala, Dwarka and Kamla Nagar; Sindhi corner, Karol Bagh; Vaishno Chaat Bhandar, Kohlapur Road, Kamalanagar.
6. Gol Gappe
How can we skip the roadside golgappas when we are talking about street food? Everyone loves this crispy ,flavored, mouth-watering pleasure. Delhi’s gol gappe beats Mumbai’s pani puri or the Bengali puchkas in taste. The crunchy round puris of atta or sooji filled with chilled spicy water made from mint leaves or jaljeera makes you want to have more and more of it.
Where to eat: Although gol gappe can be found at almost every corner of the streets of Delhi, the best places to try them are Vaishno chaat Bhandar, Kamla Nagar; Raju Chaat Bhandar, Ashok Vihar; Lala Babu Chaat Bhandaar, Chandni Chowk; Prabhu Chaat Bhandar, New Delhi and Ashok Chaat Bhandar, Chawri Bazaar, Old Delhi.
5. Dahi Bhalle
The deep-fried head dal vadas soaked in thick Dahi topped with sweet-sour tamarind chutney and tangy green chutney is a true delight. Garnished with coriander and sev, this street food is a perfect dish to treat yourselves with.
Where to eat: Natraj Dahi Bhalle wala, Chandni chowk; Raju Chaat corner, Bharat Nagar; Atul Chaat corner, Rajouri Garden; Vaishno Chaat Bhandar, Kamala Nagar.
4. Multani Moth Kachori
The spicy and savoury moth beans curry topped with crunchy broken Kachori and diced onions and tomatoes is a filling and pleasing food item found in the lanes of Delhi. Some vendors also add cooked rice to make it more filling. So, if you’re looking for something extremely delicious, affordable and filling then this is the perfect thing for you.
Where to eat: Janpath; Connaught Place; Karol Bagh; Multani Moth Kachori, Moti Nagar; Kirti Nagar.
3. Chhole Kulche
Be honest, you can never be tired of this wonderful food, right? Even the name of Chhole Kulche raises your appetite and a true foodie can never resist it. The Bhatures or fluffy flour buns served with a spicy gravy of chickpeas and sweet-sour tamarind sauce on the side is a piece of heaven. If you haven’t tasted Chhole kulche yet, you’re missing out on a vital experience in life. So next time, you step out to eat in Delhi, try this delightful and filling dish.
Where to eat: Banta ke mahsoor Chhole kulche, Rohini; Mahendar Choley kulche, Ashok Vihar; Lotan ke Chhole kulche, Chawri Bazar; Ashokji Chhole Kulche, Chandni chowk; Siyaram Chhole Kulche wale, Lajpat Nagar.
2. Daulat ki Chaat
No, it is not a spicy chaat but a soufflé-like dessert available only in the winter season. This foamy sweet dish is made from churned milk blended with khoya. Topped with khoya, saffron, pistachios and almonds, this crunchy and light as air dessert is served in a Kulhad. This unique dessert is just as unique in its flavour and taste and you must definitely try this. Price: Rs. 20.
Where to eat: Kinari Bazar, Chandni Chowk; Dariba Kalan and Sitaram Bazar.
1. Ram Ladoo
Ram Ladoos are a classic street food in Delhi which everyone is in love with. Don’t trust its name as it’s not a dessert but a spicy food. Basically, Ram Ladoos are deep-fried pakoras or vadas made from moong dal and chana dal, served with shredded radish, green chutney and sweet tamarind chutney. These crispy deep-fried balls stuffed with potatoes are awe-inspiring and leave you wanting more and more of it once you taste it.
Where to eat: Ram Ladoo Bhandar, Krishna Nagar; Chanda Nagar; Shalimar bagh, Saket.
So, this was a list of some of the best street foods in Delhi which you need to taste at least once. Hope you find this helpful.
Happy feasting 🙂