Exploring The Street Food Scene In Delhi

Three things are certain in life: death, taxes, and people drooling over the street food in Delhi. The capital city has arguably the best street food scene in the entire country (We’re definitely up for a friendly debate on this). There's so much variety and options that you can literally survive on just street food every day. That is, of course, if you’re not health-conscious.

Want to make the most of experiencing Delhi’s street food? Here’s a list of the crème de la crème of the city’s street food places.

9 Street Foods To Try In Delhi

  1. Kumar Samose Wala
  2. Kallu Nihari
  3. Jain Coffee House
  4. Kuremal Kulfi
  5. Rajinder Da Dhaba
  6. Changezi Chicken
  7. Moolchand Parathas
  8. Dolma Aunty Momos
  9. Roshan Di Kulfi

1. Kumar Samose Wala

This is not your usual samosa wala. Kumar is the mad scientist who experimented with the famous snack to make different variations of it. Here you can try a Pizza Samosa, Malai Paneer Samosa, Chocolate Samosa, and everything in between. So if you’re looking to spice things up with your samosa, you should definitely visit this street food stall.

The classic Aloo Samosa here costs only INR 10. But, the entire point of visiting this stall is to try out the quirky flavors like Italiano Pasta Red Samosa or the Manchurian Samosa. Even these don’t cost more than INR 25. In fact, the most expensive samosa on the list is polarizing Chocolate Samosa which costs just INR 40. They also serve snacks like dhoklas and khandvis, but their samosas are the clear showstoppers.

Price: Starting From INR 10

Address: 29/439, Tatar Pur, Rajouri Garden, Moti Nagar, New Delhi

Also Read: The Delhi Travel Guide

2. Kallu Nihari

street food in Kallu Nihari in Delhi

If you’re a Delhiite, you may be one of the fortunate ones to be served by Kallu Mian. While Kallu Mian passed away in 2016, his children keep his legacy alive. Kallu Nihari is definitely one of the best places to eat great kebabs. But if you want to eat the best possible Nihari in Delhi you can get, this is where you should be.

It might be slightly tricky to get there, but don’t let that stand between you and lip-smacking niharis. Slow-cooked in gravy with meat that’s so heavenly, their Nalli Nihari literally melts in your mouth. They garnish it with finely sliced juliennes of ginger and chilly and serve it with Khamiri Roti. The place might seem a bit grungy, but the food is worth it.

Price: Starting From INR 60

Address: 180, Chhatta Lal Mian, Behind Delite Cinema, Daryaganj, New Delhi

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3. Jain Coffee House

It’s been 71 years since this establishment came into existence and definitely one of the pioneers of Fruit Sandwich. Never tried a fruit sandwich? Oh well, let Jain Coffee House pop your cherry in that regard then. You can have the fruit sandwiches toasted too. They serve pineapple sandwich, banana sandwich, mixed fruit sandwich amongst many others.

While the fruit sandwiches they serve would depend on the season, you can have their Mango Sandwich throughout the year. And it’s amazing! These fruit sandwiches are served with butter and slices of cottage cheese which complement the flavors really well. Don’t be fooled by their setup though. Their sandwiches are undeniably delicious and they also serve great coffee.

Price: Starting From INR 200

Address: 4013, Raghuganj, Chawri Bazar, Near PNB ATM, Ballimaran Road, Chandni Chowk, New Delhi

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4. Kuremal Kulfi

Jamun Kulfi at Kuremal KulfiPhoto Credits: instagram.com/khaanekaadda

Would you try fruit with kulfi? Or kulfi with fruit? Or kulfi inside a fruit? Don’t answer that. We’re telling you that you definitely should. Kuremal Mohan Lal Kulfi Wale is where you get authentic fruit-flavored kulfi. How? Well, their kulfis are literally prepared inside different fruits.

You can select from a wide range of fruit bases including orange, pomegranate, pineapple, and watermelon amongst others. While they’re primarily famous for their concept of stuffed kulfi, they do also have regular stick kulfis and faloodas. If you’re in Delhi, this place is highly recommended for even those who don’t have a sweet tooth.

PS: They also have some interesting flavors like Imli and Pudina Masala!

Price: Starting From INR 60

Address: 526, Bazar Sita Ram, Near Chawri Bazar Metro Station, Chawri Bazar, New Delhi

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5. Rajinder Da Dhaba

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Let us take you to a place that we believe serves the best Galouti Kebabs in Delhi. Rajinder Da Dhaba has converted mutton haters with their heavenly Galouti Kebab. But that’s not it, the place serves some of the best tandoori dishes, including Fish Tikka and Makhmali Fish Tikka.

At one point, the place used to be a proper full-fledged stall. But over the years, they have made seating arrangements in one section. One thing is for sure, nothing has compromised the taste of their heavenly kebabs and tandoori dishes.

Pair your kebabs with a rumali roti and the green pudina chutney, the taste unfurling in your mouth will take you straight to heaven.

Price: Starting From INR 120

Address: AB 14, Safdarjung Enclave Market, Safdarjung, New Delhi

6. Changezi Chicken

Delhi prides itself when it comes to non-vegetarian dishes. Especially when it comes to chicken, you’re going to be spoiled with choices. And if you’re a fan, you must head to Changezi Chicken. As the name suggests, their menu focuses on different chicken dishes and flavors that’ll leave your mouth watering. From roasted Afghani Chicken to Chicken Kaju Qeema, you can get whatever tempts you the most.

Of course, we’d recommend their signature Changezi Chicken. Imagine tender, juicy grilled chicken bathed in a lime gravy laden with spices. The seamless blend of tangy with spicy makes this dish a favorite of the locals. One bite and even you’ll become a fan.

Price: Starting From INR 140

Address: 3614, N.S Marg, Daryaganj, New Delhi

7. Moolchand Parathas

Everyone loves paratha smeared with butter and served hot on a plate. Moolchand Parathas surely take the mantle when it comes to making delicious parathas. You can stop by for lunch and try out their special thalis like cheese paratha thali or chicken paratha thali. Or, if you’re looking for a hearty breakfast that makes your day brighter, you can make a quick pitstop.

Order the Cheese Chili Garlic Paratha and watch the flavors melt in your mouth. The cheesy stuffing with hints of garlic slathered with butter will definitely make you oomph. Don’t stop just there. Explore different flavors like Soya Chaap Paratha or Mutton Cheese Paratha. It’s a delightful experience you’ll take back with you.

Price: Starting From INR 70

Address: Near Moolchand Metro Station, Lajpat Nagar 4, New Delhi

8. Dolma Aunty Momos

Dolma Tsering came from Tibet with a dream to flip the whole Delhi street food scene. Before her arrival, momos were something people thought were only sold in Chinese or South Asian restaurants. But, she proved them all wrong by creating just as delicious momos on the streets of Lajpat Nagar.

She serves steamed, pan-fried, and tandoori momos with an array of flavors that will make you drool by just dreaming about them. Her soft dumplings encase a savory filling of vegetables or meat perfectly. The freshly prepared momos right off the pan will make your eyes teary and taste buds sharp. Especially if you order the paneer chili momos or the chicken chili momos. For something that ranks low on the spice level, you can get the Afghani momos. They’re creamy and utterly delicious.

Price: Starting From INR 150

Address: Shop D 44, Central Market, Lajpat Nagar 2, New Delhi

9. Roshan Di Kulfi

Looking for something sweet? Head to Roshan Di Kulfi because it has something for everyone. Plus, you can end your finger-licking meal with a delectable dessert. This spot has been a favorite of the locals for decades and rightfully so. Their menu has crispy dosas, buttery naan, chaap, savory pani puri, and filling faloodas.

Order their Falooda Kulfi mix and let your soul cool down with the sweet treat. Before that, feast on Chhola Bhature, Pav Bhaji, and Dosa Sambar. This place is a testament to why all the Delhihites become fanatics when it comes to street food.

Price: Starting From INR 100

Address: 2816, Block 34P, Ajmal Khan Road, Karol Bagh, New Delhi

Summing Up

Street food in Delhi is easily among the best in India (We feel it’s the best). And there are many options spread all across the city. But these are definitely some of the best and ones that we’ll strongly recommend to anyone visiting the city or living there.

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FAQs

Where Is Best Street Food In Delhi?

  • Chandni Chowk: This iconic street in Old Delhi is a shopper’s and a foodie’s paradise. Make sure that you try out the parathas, omelets, and Dahi Bhallas here!
  • Jama Masjid: If you’re craving some succulent non-vegetarian food, the area around Jama Masjid is the place to be!
  • Connaught Place: This is Delhi’s major commercial district and naturally, the food scene is great here. Relish kulchas, kachoris, chole bhature, and end the meal with a paan from Shukla Paan Palace!

What Is The Food And Culture Of Delhi?

The food and culture of Delhi have a distinct mix of Indian and Mughlai elements.

Is It Safe To Eat Street Food In Delhi?

Yes, you can eat street food in Delhi without worrying too much. But what you can do to be safe is avoid eating uncooked food and if you’re ordering a drink, such as a fruit juice, opt for the ice-less version.

What Is The Main Dish Of Delhi?

Considering the many dishes that Delhi has to offer, there’s no easy answer. But you can believe us when we say dishes like chole bhature, parathas, golgappa, and biryani are among the most popular dishes.

What Is The Nickname Of Delhi?

Delhi is also known as the City of Rallies. It earned this nickname owing to the many protest rallies that take place here.

Is Indian Food Eaten With Hands?

Yes. Traditionally, Indians don’t use cutlery for eating but their fingertips instead. It might take a while for you to get used to it. But there’s no hard-and-fast rule that you shouldn’t use cutlery.

What Is Delhi Belly?

Delhi Belly means an upset stomach and diarrhea that’s stereotypically faced by those visiting India and eating the local food.

Which Street Food Is Famous In Delhi?

  • Chole Bhature: This dish is not only famous in Delhi but also around India. Fried bhature/puris served with a spicy chickpea curry makes for a great snack or even a meal.
  • Golgappa: War is unavoidable if we call Golgappa better than Pani Puri or Puchka. But what’s also unavoidable are the Golgappa vendors around Delhi. Crispy puris filled with lentils and a hot-and-sweet sauce are a great treat.
  • Butter Chicken: It’s exactly what it sounds like. Delicious. Pair it with some naan and you’ll want nothing more!

What Sweet Is Famous In Delhi?

  • Gulab Jamun: This ball of sweetness, dunked in an even sweeter syrup, is popular throughout Delhi and also around India. A must-try!
  • Mawa Jalebi: As the name suggests, this jalebi is made of mawa (khoya), unlike maida in the usual jalebis, and is dark brown in color. The Mawa Jalebi’s flavors are sure to send your senses in a tizzy!
  • Lassi: Visiting Delhi in the summers can be exhausting. So we suggest getting a cold glass of lassi from the street vendors. Refreshing!

Can I Visit India Gate At Night?

Yes, you can visit the India Gate at night. Also, the structure is lit up, so it makes for a magnificent sight.

  • Region
    North India
  • Type Of Experience
    Culinary
  • Best Time To Visit
    Throughout the day, mostly early mornings and evenings
  • Food You Must Try
    Samosas, Nalli Nihari, Khamiri Roti, Chicken Tandoor, Mango Sandwich, Pineapple Sandwich, Banana Sandwich, Jamun Kulfi, Anaar Kulfi, Galouti Kebabs
  • Cost
    Relatively Inexpensive - INR 100 - INR 750
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