If you have plenty of time on your hands, you may want to stop at any of the dozens of hole-in-wall eateries at random, for delectable non-vegetarian food. But if you're pressed for time, like we were, you may want to stick to some tried-and-tested food shops and restaurants there. So for the iftar food trail, our group of 35 people made only calculated stops to savour some of the best dishes the streets had to offer.
Here are five food stops near Jama Masjid that you absolutely must make:
1. Qureshi's Kebabs
Kebab shops are a dime-a-dozen in the area and during Iftar time, all of them are jam-packed with customers waiting for a plate of hot, right-off-the-griddle slender pieces of meat. Qureshi's Kebab has a legacy for churning out the best of them and we sampled their mutton seekh kebabs served with soft, thin roomali rotis, with a side of onions coated with green chutney. They also serve phirni and a bunch of other Iftar delights to choose from.
2. Aslam Chicken
The butter chicken at this four-storeyed narrow shop is nothing like you may have tasted before. Aslam's butter chicken is literally just that- juicy, spicy grilled chicken pieces, dunked in a pool of melted butter and cream. The dish is served in large steel bowls and is enjoyed with roomali rotis. However, one look at the juicy, buttery chicken pieces will make you abandon any accompaniments and reach straight for the pieces with bare hands.
3. Gur Ka Sharbat
There is no particular shop or eatery that sells this unique and refreshing sharbat- just a man sitting on a stool, with a shallow steel container of the sharbat and a huge chunk of ice. Gur ka sharbatis made by soaking jaggery in water and is served cold, with just a dash of lime. One glass of gur ka sharbat is available for Rs 5 and you can find one to down at the corner of Pahadi Imli, Chitli Qabar.
One of the best no-brainer restaurants in Matia Mahal is Karim's, which is famous for its lip-smacking Mughlai food. We sat down for a plate of chicken changezi with khameeri roti and although this dish wasn't as much of a stunner as Qureshi's kebabs, it was delicious enough to warm our hearts and bellies alike.Also Read: Breakfast in Old Delhi: 7 Lip-Smacking Dishes to Kickstart Your Day
5. Kuremal Mohan Lal Kulfi Wale
Tucked away in the tiny lanes of old Delhi is this gem of a kulfi shop that is a must-try for all dessert lovers. Kuremal's stuffed kulfis have attained an iconic status among Delhiites and with good reasons. The over 100-year-old kulfi store serves creamy kulfis stuffed inside fruits like mangoes, pomegranates, oranges and apples. Mango stuffed kulfi should be your obvious choice, followed by jamun kulfi 'julpep'. The latter is an iced fruity delight resembling a sorbet and is served with a little bit of chaat masala sprinkled on top.Also Read: 5 All-Time Favourite Ramadan Desserts
A food walk on the streets of old Delhi makes you forget all about the crowds and the punishing heat and takes you on a gastronomical journey that is both satisfying and unique in nature. All non-vegetarians must head out to old Delhi this Ramadan and re-discover the joy of eating out at these priceless gems of Delhi's food landscape.
Note: This Ramadan Iftar Food Trail was organised by The Park, Delhi, for a handful of guests and foodies. All participants gathered at the hotel and were transported to Jama Masjid by a hotel vehicle. The food walk was a part of the hotel's Anything But Ordinary evening of celebrations for the holy month of Ramadan.