Yes, Delhi has amazing restaurants. Yes, they will make you feel things you have never felt before in pristine ambience with fine food. Yet, Dilliwale continue to relish street side, hand sized, eat-while-standing kind of experiences. Ever wondered why? You would too if you knew where to go. Delhi’s most famous dishes delight under ₹50. Come, we’ll take you!
1. Spicy Aloo Kachori @ Jung Bahadur Kachori Wala
The Rajasthani influence has made its way to Delhi’s most famous dishes. Aloo kachori is a city favourite outside the iconic Hanuman Temple in Connaught Place. In north India we eat our kachoris with aloo ki sabzi and we wouldn’t have it any other way. Make sure you can handle the spice @ ₹30.
Where: 1104, Gali Bhojpura Rd, Kinari Bazar, Chandni Chowk
2. Street Style Burgers @ Gupta Burger
This little cart is a fast food chain all over the city’s streets. They do a smashing aloo tikki burger with the crispiest potato you’ve ever had. It’s kind of like a modern twist to a vada pao or you can call it a desi burger to fine dining burgers. What’s important is they’re delicious @ ₹15.
Where: Gupta Burger Centre at CR Park Main Rd, Pocket 52, Govindpuri Extension
3. Outrageous Fruit Sandwiches @ Jain Coffee House
Fruit doesn’t go on bread you thought? Amateurs! Delhi will teach you the right way to live (eating is living, isn’t it?) With the right mix of fruit and carbs, you could have your food fantasy. This special treat deserves to be one of Delhi’s famous dishes because who would have thought of it at all? Have this one of a kind meal @ ₹50.
Where: Jain Coffee House, 4013, Raghuganj, Near PNB ATM, Chawri Bazar
4. Intoxicating Bhaang Kulfi @ Dulichand Naresh Gupta
Uttar Pradesh is not too far away, and neither is IIT Kanpur’s bhaang kulfi. Delhi has its own intoxicating dessert. Tread lightly over this bhaang kulfi. You might not want to let go of the cold deliciousness but don’t worry, it’s not the bhaang talking. The kulfi really is that good @ ₹50.
Where: Dhulichand Naresh Gupta Kulfi Wale, 934, Kucha Pati Ram, Sitaram Bazar, Chawri Bazar
5. 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. It is our Diwali and our Christmas all year round @ ₹50.
Where: 180, Chhatta Lal Mian, Behind Delite Cinema, Daryaganj
6. Mughlai Seekh Kebabs @ Babu Bhai Kebab Wale
Delhi is all about kebabs. Mutton kebabs, chicken kebabs, galouti kebabs kakori kebabs, the motto is to just seek kebabs. One of the most famous dishes in Delhi is kebabs but this one is the shining star. You’ve been tricked is you were sent elsewhere for the best kebabs in the capital. Find what you’re looking for here @ ₹10.
Where: 1465-B, Near Masjid Sayed Rafai, Bazar Chitli Qabar, Jama Masjid
7. Lighter-than-air Daulat ki Chaat @ Khemchand Adesh Kumar
We don’t know if we can do justice to this experience in words but for you, we’ll try. Can you imagine what clouds taste like? Mix that up with some sugar and you have this chaat. That’s the closest you can get to feeling this without eating it. Very few places would even attempt to recreate this masterpiece. Ride the sky on a cloud @ ₹50.
Where: Khemchand Adesh Kumar – Nai Sadak, Chawri Bazar
8. Insanely Indulgent Shahi Tukda
One of Delhi’s most famous dishes is this one of a kind sweet delectable. It’s made with milk, bread and dry fruits in shahi purani Dilli style. It might sound like a light snack but it’s insanely heavy. The texture is airy too but it’s insanely indulgent @ ₹40. It’s got a unique taste that only comes through at the OG shahi tukda place.
Where: Opposite Karim’s, Jama Masjid, Old Delhi
9. 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.
Where: 795, Dariba Kalan Road, Dariba Corner, Chandni Chowk
10. Creamy Malai Lassi @ Amritsari Lassi Wala
This huge glass of creamy buttermilk will leave you gasping for air, if you ever come out of it that is. Among Delhi’s famous dishes, this one is perhaps the biggest challenge. So, plan to share one glass between two people. It comes in a number of surprising flavours, let loose and try the one that sounds most outrageous to you @ ₹50.
Where: Shop 295, Fatehpuri Chowk, Chandni Chowk
Fine dining has nothing on these famous dishes that can keep you going for years on end. In fact, they do. For most of the city, street food is not just for cheat days, it’s their staple diet. If you want the local Dilli wali feel, we suggest you get started on this list!