Delhi Cuisine is a blend of many Indian Cuisines which is prevailing in the capital city of Delhi. Delhi has been ruled by many rulers and dynasties giving it a wide range of food menu along with the influence of surrounding area cuisines. Due to this, various cuisines like Mughlai Cuisine, Rajasthani Cuisine, Punjabi Cuisine, Awadhi Cuisine, Haryana Cuisine, Gujarati Cuisine, Kashmiri Cuisine and Bihari Cuisine have formed a large base for Delhi Cuisine. Along with this Indo-Chinese Cuisine, North-East Cuisine, Andhra Cuisine, Tamil Cuisine, Kannada Cuisine, Kerala Cuisine and Marathi Cuisine have also got their own influence on the food of Delhi Cuisine. Surrounding countries like Nepal, Bhutan and Tibet also make a remarkable influence on Delhi Cuisine. All these cuisines are prevailing collectively due to cosmopolitan culture of Delhi and also the vast population of the Delhi region which is a mix of all the traditions and culture of India. Among these the most popular food spread is chat (snacks) and street food of Delhi. In these context, Delhi can also be called as the food capital of India where one can relish all the flavors of the country at one place and yet get the best of all. Food in Delhi is very vibrant in terms of colors, taste and flavors, where it is served across the sects like food stall, mid level restaurants to star hotels and all with authentic menu and relevant cooking techniques.
The most famous spot for mouth watering food is the area of Chandni Chowk in Delhi. This area is home for many snack dishes, paranthas, namkeens and halwa’s. The lane famous for parantha’s is called as paranthe wali gali which has been a favorite food joint since ages which is catering to celebrities and high profile customer base. Some of the shops here are running for more than 100 years and are still on the top priority list of famous joints. Here the parantha’s are deep fried in ghee in a iron pan / kadai with various stuffing’s filled inside. The vast list of this parantha’s include aloo parantha, gobi parantha, matar parantha, methi parantha, muli parantha, papad ka parantha, gaajar ka parantha, paneer parantha, pudina parantha, nimbu parantha, mirchi prantha, dry fruit parantha, rabdi parantha, kurchan paratha, kela parantha, karela parantha, bhendi parantha and tomato parantha. All these parantha’s are served with mint chutney, achaar, pyaaz, aloo subzi and imli ki chutney.
The next famous section of the street food in Delhi Cuisine is Chat (snacks). This comprises of many varieties like aloo tikki, aloo ke kulle, dahi papdi, dahi bhalle, paani puri, bhel puri, sev puri, pav bhaji, cutlet, papdi chat, fruit chat, kachori’s and samosa’s. These are often served along with the tangy imli chutney and some of these also include kachaalu chutney. Then comes the turn for desserts section in this street food mania. Here in this dessert section jalebi’s, halwa papdi, pista samosa, badam barfi, rabdi faluda, kulfi’s and ice creams of many varieties are popular among the most. They also include milkshakes, smoothies, sundaes and fresh fruit shakes for many dessert varieties.
In the mid level restaurant segments mughlai dishes like kababs, chicken, mutton, soya chunks / chaps, dal makhni and other dal’s, kofta’s, rumali roti’s, kulcha’s, naan’s and tandoori items take a major share of menu and are widely popular. A few more popular non vegetarian dishes in this segment are nihari, paaya, butter chicken, tandoori chicken, mutton korma, shammi kabab, shahjahani korma and many varieties of tikka’s.
Apart from all these foods and local dishes, Delhi Cuisine also caters to International Cuisines like Italian Cuisine, Thai Cuisine, European Cuisine, Afghani Cuisine and many others due to presence of international tourist traffic and local people’s craze for new segments in food menu.