Think Delhi, and there's no way you cannot think about its rich and variegated culinary landscape. Delhi's street food especially has found a global following of sorts. Scores of tourists usually keep a day aside in their itinerary to try out the toothsome delicacies the capital has to offer. Spicy, fried, creamy and sugary, Delhi always has something to please any palate. As the summer intensifies in the capital, we are looking for all the possible reasons to stay indoors, unless of course, you offer us great food! For foodies, who would traverse any length for delightful street food, we have got something for you.
Here are 5 iconic street food haunts and their signature offerings that you must try this summer.
1. Pyaar Mohabbat Sharbat
All you need is love and this sharbat to deal with the scorching heat. Tucked in the cobbled lanes of Purani Dilli, this special sharbat is only available during summers. The ambrosial sharbat is made with all things summery and fresh. Made with milk, rose sharbat, watermelon chunks and ice, this sharbat is so popular that you can easily find it near Jama Masjid.
Where: In front of 1149, Matia Mahal, near Jama Masjid, Delhi
2. Kuremal Mohan Lal Kulfi Wale
Is it a fruit? Is it a kulfi? You would have to try this delish wonder yourself to figure that out. This 100-year-old kulfi Joint in Old Delhi served kulfi frozen in whole fruits. Yes, you heard us! Here you would find mango kulfi stuffed inside a mango, or a chilled anaar kulfi stuffed inside a whole pomegranate peel, etc. There's no dearth of kulfi stalls in Delhi, but this is nothing like anything you have tried before.
Where: 526, Kucha Pati Ram, Bazar Sita Ram, Near Chawri Bazar Metro Station, Chawri Bazar, New Delhi
3. Bishan Swaroop Chaat Corner
Established in 1923, this famed chaat corner is a favourite among Delhi foodies during summers. Their iconic mix fruit chaat, made with season's favourite fruit like mango, grapes, pears, and papaya is served with boiled chickpeas, a dash of lemon and a sprinkle of chaat masala. There, we saw you slurping!
(Also Read: Here's How You Can Make Delhi's Famous Chaat at Home)
Where: 1421, Near Ashish Medicos, Chandni Chowk, New Delhi
4. Natraj Dahi Bhalla
Much has been said about Delhi's love affair with dahibhallas. But there is something about the heat that fuels our cravings for the dish to a whole new level. Don't believe us? The queue outside Natraj Dahi Bhalla is sure to convince you. Spongy balls made of urad dal and moong dal, slathered over with a dash of cooling yogurt, a medley of chutney, spices and pomegranate seeds. This lip-smacking treat is a hit with kids, youngsters and adults alike.
(Also Read: Try Out This Easy To Make Dahi Bhalla Recipe At Home)
Where: 1396, Main Road Near Central Bank, Opposite Paranthe Wali Gali, Chandni Chowk, New Delhi
5. Thandai At Gopal Ki Kulfi
Thandai is a creamy, milk-based sweet beverage, which is often served in special occasions like Holi. Topped with chunky nuts and dry fruits, Gopal Kulfi's thandai is the ultimate ‘chilling' companion you were looking for all this while. From rose, to badaam, there are many kinds of thandais and lassis here that will surely impress you.
Where: Shop 1, Near Liberty Cinema, New Rohtak Road, Karol Bagh, New Delhi
So what are you waiting for? Explore these places and let us know how you felt. If we have missed out your favourite summer place in Delhi, do write to us 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.