Eid Mubarak! Here’s What You Must Eat in Old Delhi This Bakrid

Here’s the Old Delhi street food list you were looking for.

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(The story was first published on 01/09/17)

From biryani and kebabs to jalebi and daulat ki chaat, Old Delhi is a foodie’s paradise. This Bakra Eid, follow Aditya Kaushal on a food walk to find out what street food you just cannot afford to miss.

Qureshi’s Kebabs

We began the food walk by savouring the flavours of juicy, glossy Oureshi’s mutton kebabs. Right opposite Gate No 1, Jama Masjid, is the well known Qureshi Kebab Corner. The shop is over 200-years-old and has been following the traditional recipe. The mutton, chicken kebabs, smeared with butter, are served with onions and spicy chutney.


Haji Mohd Hussain’s Fried Chicken

Long before Kentucky’s Fried Chicken’s introduction in India, Haji mohd Hussain was selling fried chicken outside Jama Masjid. After years of hard work, Haji Mohd now runs the Haji Mohd Hussain Fried Chicken in Matia Mahal, Jama Masjid.

The chicken is nicely marinated in combination of spices and then half-fried. The chicken is then cut into small pieces to be fried again to achieve maximum crispness. It is served with the septuagenarian's special tangy chutney and rumali roti.

Aslam’s Butter Chicken

Further down the Matia Mahal Road, there is Aslam Chicken Corner. It is famous for it’s unique take on everyone’s favourite butter chicken. The 18-year-old shop serves butter chicken in a white creamy gravy with rumali roti.

After taking the chicken out of the tandoor, they add masalas, cream, curd and generous amount of butter. The melted butter softens the chicken and the curd adds a tangy taste to the dish.


Nawab Qureshi’s Watermelon Shake

Pyaar Mohabbat Mazaa is a popular drink in the walled city. The pink shake is made of milk and Rooh Afza and freshly added watermelon cubes. The watermelon gives it a fresh taste. Nawab Qureshi’s watermelon shake costs only Rs 10 per glass. His shop can be found in Matia Mahal, Jama Masjid.

Sultan Ji’s Mawa Jalebi

Sultan Ji Sweets and Snacks was a great discovery, It wasn’t listed anywhere as a must visit place. But the colour of the mawa or khoya jalebis drew us closer. It is right next to Haji Mohammad in Matia Mahal.

Go and grab the mawa jalebi, jalebi made with khoya inside. These are not your ordinary jalebi. These are deep fried a rich mahogany, soft and dripping with sugar syrup. They also sell gulab jamun.

(This story was first published on 1 September 2017. It has been reposted from The Quint’s archives on the occassion of Eid-ul-Adha.)

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