Read this article to find out about the best street food in Delhi.
Historically, the Indian subcontinent was famous for its spices; so much that it was one of the destinations of the spice trade route in ancient times. The chaat is a perfect example of spicy food in India and it will always be in the topmost item in any Delhi street food guide. It is a snack that is very simple to make and can even feel a little filling.
There are various chaat varieties available: Aloo Tikki, Aloo Chaat, Dahi Papri, Dahi Bhalla, Papri Chaat, Samosa, Samosa Chaat, etc. The common ingredient, as you might have guessed is aloo or potato.
You can have your pick of the chaat varieties or you can taste all of them, if you think you’re up to it!
The other topmost food item in the Delhi street food guide is chola-batura.
It is essentially round fluffy bread made of wheat flour. The flour is made into a dough, then cooking soda is added to it. Then, it is given time to rise. It is then made into smaller balls, each of them pressed and fried in hot oil, making them puffy. The secret to its delicious taste lies in spicy gravy of chickpea, garnished with coriander and onion and the that it is served with, along with tamarind sauce on the side. It is a little more filling than other snacks and so, often used as breakfast or a heavy snack.
Known as the king of chaats, gol gappa goes by different names in different parts of the country. They’re also made a little differently in every region. It is the most famous street food in Delhi that you’re sure to love.
The crunchy fried balls are made with wheat flour. The Delhi Gol Gappas are loaded down with a flavored mix consisting of boiled potato lumps, chickpeas, coriander, and some sweet chutney, after which they are dunked in chilled tangy-flavored water. Each Gol Gappa is made on request and given to you by the person making it as you eat, which is the beauty of this dish.
Ram laddoo is a delicate ball-like food item that is made from split green gram flour and stacked with hot green mint and shredded radish. You can find this dish at pretty much every corner of the city.
This is one of the famous food items in Delhi. Each of the laddoo in your mouth is going to taunt you to have another, then another.
The kulfi is essentially ice cream on a stick. It is made of a thick texture of caramelized milk filled with nuts and saffron and sometimes topped with vermicelli (kulfi falooda).
Every major outlet in Delhi serves kulfi and kulfi falooda.
For sweet lovers, their ideal snack in Delhi is most assuredly the rabri jalebi. It is essentially a sweet, sugary dessert that is often served with creamy rabri, sweet and condensed milk. It has to be on your must-eat food list when you visit the city.
If you visit Delhi during the monsoon, nothing is better than having hot pakodas with chai on the side. A lot of places in Delhi sell different kinds of pakodas. It is highly recommended that you make space for every type of pakoda, at least once.
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