As the frigid winds of the Himalayas begin to blow into the Northern plains, temperatures in Delhi have begun to plummet on a regular basis. Fogs are beginning to appear in the early morning hours. People have begun to wear sweaters and air-dry their heavy blankets. Tea stalls are exploding, and the entire city appears to be moving a little more slowly. In the winter, Delhi transforms into a foodie’s dream. There is no shortage of food or foodies on the streets of Delhi, from boiling hot kachoris to decadent niharis and the ever-so-delectable gajar ka halwa. So, for the love of winters and Delhi cuisine, here are five winter delicacies to try before the season ends.
- Daulat Ki Chaat (Daulat ki Chaat)
Daulat ki Chaat is considered a close cousin of Varanasi’s Malaiyo. Daulat ki Chaat is a creamy delight that is only served during the winter months. Milk is whisked for hours until it achieves a delicate, velvety texture. After that, chunky pistachios, khoya, and powdered sugar are sprinkled on top. Daulat ki chaat is a delicacy that should not be overlooked. With only a few days till the season ends, it’s even more important to get to the congested streets of Old Delhi as soon as possible.
Location: Jain Temple Kinari Bazar, Gali Prathe Wali Naughara, Old Delhi, Delhi 110006
- Shakarkandi Chaat
This delectable street meal is one of Delhi’s most well-known winter dishes. During this season, Shakarkandi or sweet potato chaat vendors may be found in practically every marketplace. Sweet potatoes are boiled until tender, then skinned and sliced into bite-size pieces. The dealer then adds a variety of spices and a generous amount of lemon juice and stirs it all together. As a consequence, you’ll get the most delectable sweet and sour snack that’s also really healthful. This isn’t a snack you’ll have to second-guess!
Location: Local Market, all across the city
There’s a reason that Old Delhi is also known as the country’s gastronomic capital. The gastronomy of Old Delhi has been influenced by several generations of Mughal monarchs, the Jain and Kyastha trading community, and Punjabi refugee settlements. Nihari is a descendant of the Mughal dynasty. The meaty, buttery breakfast classic is supposed to have originated in Delhi during the 17th or 18th centuries. The Arabic word “Nahar,” which means “dawn,” is the source of the name “Nihari.” Nihari was traditionally made in big pots overnight for working-class labourers involved in the construction of Mughal forts and palaces. It was given to labourers for free first thing in the morning. Nihari can be found all throughout the city, yet people still flock to Old Delhi in search of the ideal Nihari.
Location- Haji Shabrati Nihariwale and Kallu Nihariwale
- Paranthe with butter- Paranthe Wali Gali
The Paranthe Wali Gali is another Old Delhi treasure. This gali is brimming with old shops offering paranthas of all sizes and fillings, and it’s a great place to satisfy your winter food needs in Delhi. A packed dough pancake that is either roasted or cooked in oil is known as a parantha. Potato, peas, beef, cauliflower, radish, cottage cheese, and egg are common fillings for paranthas. The Paranthe Wali Gali, on the other hand, offers a wide range of alternatives such as khoya parantha, rabri parantha, green chili parantha, Manchurian parantha, and so on.
Indira Gandhi, Amitabh Bachchan, Jawaharlal Nehru, Lola Kutty, and Cyrus Broacha are just a few of the renowned people who have eaten their fill of paranthas here. A nice and toasty piece of parantha with a delicious potato curry may really brighten your day in the winter.
- Dilli ke Momos
Delhi adores its momos, whether they’re steamed, pan-fried, fried, tandoori, or gravy. And a taste of Delhi’s winter foods isn’t complete without these delectable delights. Momos are an Asian specialty, but they have taken on a life of their own in Delhi. But, no matter how you like it, there’s nothing like a beautiful winter afternoon spent with a plate of oozy, delectable momos. Momos are dough balls packed with delectable ingredients such as cheese, potato and beans, mutton mince, pork shavings, cabbage, carrots, and other vegetables. Both the vegetarian and meat-based alternatives are delicious. This dish is a clear winter staple across the state, served with a side of mayonnaise or a hot and spicy red chutney.
- Gajar Ka Halwa
Didn’t you see this one coming? One bowl of this comforting winter delight may brighten even the darkest of days. This grated carrot delicacy, drenched in ghee, milk, khoya, and copious amounts of sugar, has transcended the Indian subcontinent and become a global craze. In Delhi, it’s a popular custom to eagerly await the arrival of winter and the right batch of carrots in order to prepare this delicacy. Gajar ka halwa has a sizable fan base. You may find it in numerous sweetmeat shops throughout the city while it’s still in season.
Location: Giani Di Hatti, 651/52 Church Mission Road, Fatehpuri, Chandni Chowk, New Delhi
I think it can be confidently declared that winter has arrived! It may be more difficult to get up and go to work in the morning. However, it is unquestionably the best time to taste Delhi’s winter food cuisine.
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