Game of Thrones might be gone but winter is coming. Delhi is prepping for winter 2019 and that means one thing and one thing only: winter food. All the foods that are too hot for hot summer are now on the menu! We can’t wait to load up on dry fruits and garma garam chai all winter. Cold winter is perfect for food that warms our hearts. Delhi street food is killer and most of it is winter ready all year. Here’s our top 5 picks from all the street food for winter ’19.
1. Meat-hearted Nihari @ Haji Shabrati Nihari Wale
This is no mortal among famous dishes, it’s a national treasure. Delhi-6 is known for it, and that’s a big deal given everything Old Delhi has to offer. It is a stew for the meat hearted with buff, lamb, mutton, chicken, we can go on. It’s everything wonderful and melts in your mouth and our favourite winter food. Head straight to Haji Shabrati Nihari Wale in Jama Masjid for a filling plate for ₹50. While this place is great, there are a few places in Chandni Chowk which are overrated.
Where: 722, Haveli Azam Khan, Jama Masjid, Kalan Mehal, Chandni Chowk
2. Fat and Crispy Jalebi @ Old Famous Jalebi Wala
These Jalebis are not just considered the best among Delhi’s famous dishes but India’s famous dishes. Everybody knows them and everybody wants them. Somehow by some magical serendipity of textures, they’re fat and crispy at the same time! Do not leave Delhi without gorging on these @ ₹50. Winter food is incomplete without the most sinful item on the menu. Daulat Ki Chaat, is another one of Delhi’s favourite winter desserts that becomes available every winter.
Where: 795, Dariba Kalan Road, Dariba Corner, Chandni Chowk
3. Punjabi Parathas @ Moolchand Flyover
A million kinds of fat stuffed parathas with lots of butter and achaar is the North Indian way to winter food. Paratha stalls under Moolchand flyover have turned the area into a hub of conversation and satiation. It’s a perfect breakfast for ₹100. Their raita comes in a glass and must not be missed even in the winter. The parathas are so hot and heavy that a little curd won’t hurt. They’re covered in a layer of butter running as thick as the paratha itself! Go for a basic aloo pyaaz or go crazy with cheese chili garlic. They have a different flavour for noon to midnight. If you thought you have to go all the way to Chandni Chowk every time you had a craving, think again. Save The Trip & Bite Into Chandni Chowk’s Legendary Aslam Butter Chicken In South Delhi.
Where: Lala Lajpat Rai Marg Moolchand Metro Station, Vikram Vihar, Lajpat Nagar
4. Ghar wali baat with Gajar Ka Halwa @ Giani’s Di Hatti
This is the main dessert for Delhi winter food. Healthy and tasty, gajar ka halwa is a must have item in every home. Delhiites keep their fridge constantly stocked with this light snack. Yes, gajar ka halwa is definitely light and snacky compared to Nihari. You eat and eat and eat, but this loyal friend will never make you feel too heavy to move, the cold will do that instead.
Where: Church Mission Road, Khari Baoli, Chandni Chowk
5. City fuel Tandoori Chai @ Alpha’s
Chai pe charcha is how every winter morning starts. People curl up around a small bonfire, sip chai and exhale fog. It warms our bones from within and keeps us strong and energized all day against the biting cold. This is one of the most famous dishes in all of Delhi and perfect winter food. It’s a bit too heavy for summer for some people but, come winter and sales go up the charts. Piping hot chai is exactly what the doctor ordered this winter.
Where: Shop no. 6, Commercial complex, near batra cinema, Mukherjee Nagar
Winter food is what we live for. Delhi does every season in the best ways. The best ways are always food lanes, at least for us. The whole city is dressed in winter. It’s not just Chandni Chowk that brings the A game. For some unique street food, you can try North Campus too! Dilli ki sardi calls for heart-warming desserts. With winter in our beds, winter food brings warmth our soul. When it comes to seasonal food, seasons always set in earlier than the weather. No need to wait for the temperatures to drop. There’s no harm in eating twice!