Eaten at the legendary but usual food joints like Karim’s, Al Jawahar and Paranthewali Gali in Old Delhi? Now head to places tucked away in narrow alleys where only foodies find themselves. These places will make you come back for more.
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Babu bhai ke Kebab
These melt in the mouth buff kebabs are grilled right in front of you and hit the right spot. Being spicy and tender at the same time, it takes just one bite to work the magic. That is no surprise because the meat is so tender that they use a thread to bind the mince. This hidden gem doesn’t have any seating, so you pick up the plate of kebabs, relish it standing and then head out.
Although it has been around for a long time, only foodies are able to find themselves here. Serving heaps of buff and chicken biryani kept in huge steel containers, this long-time favourite sells like hot cakes; you might even have to wait in a queue. Perhaps the secret is that they make their own biryani masala using a recipe handed down generations. It’s also known as Dil Pasand Biryani Point.
For the best shahi tukda in Old Delhi, make your way to Cool Point. Also known as ‘double ka meetha’, it is served with mango and vanilla ice cream. Though they sell many desserts, it’s this deep fried bread – shahi tukda that’s a bestseller. After frying the bread in desi ghee, they dip it in cream and sugar syrup and layer it with dry fruits.
Aslam Chicken Corner
There’s a reason why butter chicken has got its name, and nobody does as much justice to it as this famous joint. It’s not the typical version of this classic North Indian dish. The chicken is marinated in a spicy mix, dunked in a bowl with butter and thin curd and then grilled to perfection. By the time it is served, the butter has made its way through every layer of chicken. Enjoy the dish, but be wary of guilt pangs later on- it’s got loads of butter- but it is worth it.
Haji Mohd. Hussain Fried Chicken
With just two items on the menu, this place has been frying chicken and fish for more than 40 years now. Bite into the crunchy chicken sprinkled with special masala to find it better than any fried chicken you’ve had before. The trick to making it really crisp is that they keep the chicken half fried and then just before serving it, dunk it in oil and give it one more stir.
Want to try aloe vera halwa or pheeki jalebi? No, we are not calling out to just weight watchers. These decadent sweets have been part of this sweet shop for generations. Don’t ask how these are made because the secret has not been revealed as yet. In winters they sell items like safed gajar halwa and hapshi halwa while pheeki jalebi is only sold during Ramzan.
Kuremal Mohanlal Kulfi
Want to bite into a fruit only to realise it has kulfi in it? This legendary shop in Old Delhi has mastered the art. Available in apple, pomegranate, orange and mango flavours depending on the season, it is cut into pieces and sprinkled with chaat masala. This century-old shop also serves varieties like aam panna, jamun, imli and kala khatta. Not in the mood for experimenting? Don’t worry, the traditional kulfi is here to stay.
Haji Shabrati Nihari
This one has just a single dish- a breakfast staple from the time of the Mughals – Nihari. The meat is cooked slowly and is extremely soft. Served with khameeri roti, it just melts in the mouth.