Think Delhi and its rich gastronomic history is sure to cross your mind at least once. The cosmopolitan city indeed has the best of everything when it comes to food. Whoever came to the city, be it from any part of the country or abroad, carried a part of their culinary legacy, which found a firm place in the variegated foodscape of the capital. From robust kormas to soothing niharis and everyone's favourite butter chicken, much has been written about the curries of Delhi, and we feel it's high time we raise a toast to our delicious breads that stood the test of time too. Would you have enjoyed your plate of chhole as much if there were no bhaturas or kulchas for company? We don't think so. Similarly, there is nothing like tearing into a butter naan to lap up the delish butter chicken, right?
Here Are 5 Kinds Of Breads You Must Try In Delhi
This particular bread was popularised by the Mughals. It still happens to be one of the hot selling items in Purani Delhi (Old Delhi). The aromatic and slightly sweet bread is famously paired with niharis, and kormas. Soft and mildly flavoured with saffron, sheermal is a delicious bread you must try out in Delhi.
You are most likely to find the Kashmiri bread in the bylanes of old Delhi or Nizammuddin, but nowadays many North Indian and Mughlai restaurants also offer the flaky bread with a tough crust and soft interior. It is traditionally sprinkled over with some sesame seeds. Cut in quarters, bakarkhani is usually teamed with kormas, keemas and kalias.
(Also Read: Top 10 Mughlai Restaurants In South Delhi)
3. Butter Naan
You saw this coming, didn't you? This chewy and buttery maida-based flatbread can be paired with almost anything. Butter chicken, kadhai paneer, malai kofta, dal makhani- you name any indulgent curry or dal and each of those would make an excellent pair with butter naan. Don't believe us? Try it yourself!
In many households in Delhi, a Sunday is deemed incomplete without a plate of piping hot chhole bhature. Yes, that is how popular the dish is with the Delhiites. Bhaturas are soft and puffy breads made with all-purpose flour. People use all sorts of raising agents, from soda to curd, to make it fluffier. Sita Ram Diwan Chand, Nagpal Chhole Bhature are two of our most favourite chhole bhature places in Delhi. Do tell us yours in the comments section below!
5. Lachha Paratha
The layered and flaky bread can be called a close cousin of Malabar paratha. Made by stretching the maida dough repeatedly, each layer of this bread is crispy, thin and oh-so-delicious. Team it with any spicy or mellow curry and you are good to go!
There are so many different and delicious breads you can find in the city. And since this list is not a comprehensive compilation of all the breads you'd find in the city, why don't you tell us your favourite bread in the comments section below?
About Sushmita SenguptaSharing a strong penchant for food, Sushmita loves all things good, cheesy and greasy. Her other favourite pastime activities other than discussing food includes, reading, watching movies and binge-watching TV shows.