Delhi is known across the world for its Street Food. However, most popular dishes are adaptions from other cuisines, and the city has very few of its own. Nevertheless, these bastardized dishes are unique in their own way. Some dishes are only seasonal, but the following are popular among the masses all-round the year.
Undoubtedly, the most popular street food in Delhi is Chole Bhature. A delicacy from the Punjabi cuisine owes its popularity in Delhi to a large proportion of the Punjabi population. It is the weekend breakfast in most households, particularly in winter.
2. Gol Gappe
This is Delhi’s version of what is known as Puchka in Bengal and Pani Puri in Maharashtra. Delhi has another version called Stuffed Gol gappas, filled with potatoes, curd, and chutneys. It is the most hawked street food in the city.
This dish in Delhi is the adapted version of Himalayan and North-Eastern cuisine( also Tibet). One can find momos being sold in every nook and corner in the city. Its popularity has increased due to innovative twists to the dish with hot garlic, tandoori, Afghani, fried chicken, and other variants.
4. Kathi Rolls
Just like other street food, Delhi is famous for its own version of Kolkata’s Kathi roll. The twist to the original roll is an addition of mayonnaise and other chutneys. The X-factor about Delhi’s Kathi Rolls is the availability of a large number of Vegetarian options.
5. Amritsari naan
Another Punjabi delicacy is a dish that faces regionalism in its popularity and is more famous in the northern and western parts of the city. It is a crispy naan stuffed with spiced potato and cottage cheese filling, usually served with channa masala.
6. Raj Kachori
This traditional dish from Rajasthan, although very popular, is not readily available in the city. It comprises a big crisp puri stuffed with bhalla, papdi, curd, chutneys and garnished with bhujiya and pomegranate.
It is an all-time classic snack throughout the country, particularly in Delhi. It is made of a triangular flaky crust stuffed with spiced potatoes. Many new versions of samosa like chicken samosa, masala samosa, cheese samosa, etc., have popped up recently too.
An adaptation from the Lebanese cuisine, it is more often referred to as Shorma around the city. It is a wrap of Doner-style meats or paneer in a soft fermented flat dough. It is best served with Egg mayonnaise and hummus.
9. Tandoori Chaap
This is a rare dish that majorly hails from Delhi itself. It is very popular amongst the vegetarian community since it’s the only alternative for tender and chewy roasted snacks. It also has many variants to it like Afghani, malai, Seekh, etc.
10. Moong Dal Pakode (Ram Ladoo)
This dish, though it is originally from Mumbai, its chat version is the one that is popular in Delhi. The chat is made from the moong dal bhajiya along with shredded radish and Chilly mint chutney. It is also hawked a lot within the city.
If you’re in the city, don’t forget to try on these delicacies.