Sunday, January 22, 2012

Delhi- A Must Culinary Nirvana Trip!

*Culinary Trip*

Khari Baoli is Asia’s Largest Wholesale Spice Market

Whole Spices like Mountain Grass (Patthar ke Phool), Dry Ginger, Badi Elaichi, Peepal, Fresh & Whole Turmeric (Haldi), Coriander, Jeera, Red Chillies, Makhana etc.

Sadar Bazar is the Wholesale Market for non-branded Consumer Items

Also explore other areas like Chandni Chowk, Dariba Kalan, Nai Sadak, Naya Bazaar, Chawdi Bazaar,  Daryaganj

The world famous Parathe-wali Gali in Old Delhi, a classic, a must visit for a feel of true Purani Dilli style..the less anyone eats before leaving, the more we are bound to be satisfied with each passing plate of varieties of Parantha!
there are 6-7 shops claiming to be the oldest of the lot, some like Pt. since 1872
Parantha Waala since 1875
Aloo, Besan Methi,, Urad Dal, Rabdi, Gur, Green Chilli Parantha, 16 Layer (parat) wala Parantha,

A True Delhi-ite will recommend Karim's Hotel & a visit is a must even for Vegetarians
Originally from the Old Delhi Jama Masjid area, Nihari Gosht tastes best when had with Khameeri Roti (Dough/Atta has Baking Soda), Naan or Phulka

Ashok Chat Bhandar in Chandni Chowk, Old Delhi
Since 70 Years

'Jalebi Wala' is the Popular Sweet Shop at Chandni Chowk, one of the Food Destinations to Visit!

'Kure Mal Mohan Lal Kulfi Wale' in Sitaram Bazar, Delhi for over 168 Kulfi Varieties!

'Vijay Variety Kulfiwale' in Chandni Chowk

Indus Flavour in Kingsway Camp (near Delhi University) discount for students 300/- for 2
Peshawari Naan, Paneer, Dal Makhni

Connaught Place (CP):

Depaul's Janpath Bhavan with items like Paneer Ball 30/-, Flavoured Cold Coffee (not to sweet which is good!) 30/- Chicken Sandwich 30/-

Wenger's Bakery since 1926, 86 Years old a must visit for the Variety, Taste, Creativity & most of all Natural products used!
The Foodie has nominated it for Award 2012

Shake Square New Delhi

'Baujee ka Dhaba' owned by the Mehra's at Garden of Five Senses in South Delhi & Gurgaon Mall
Special for Peshawari Naan, 24 Hours Marinated 'Raan' means a Leg of Baby Lamb

'Smoke House Grill' Greater Kailash New Delhi

'Fast Trax' in Saket Mall New Delhi for affordable Fast Food fa& mous for its Kebab, Chicken Burger etc.

Khandani Pakoda Waala on Outer Ring Road Sarojini Nagar

Pakoras are of many varieties and change with the seasons, Tinda (available during Summer), Kamal Kakdi (in Winter), Baingan, Paneer, Aloo, Capsicum Pakoda (also known as Bomb Pakoda), Pyaaz-Palak, crispy Hari Mirch Pakoda etc. are among the must-haves

Cafe Lota by Rahul Dua
Bel Sharbat Kerala Veg Curry with Ragi Appam
Quinoa Upma
Beetroot Peanuts fried Cutlets

Dilli Haat has a range of Open Air Style Stalls from different Indian States
UP Style Chaat Bhandar serve variety of Chaats

Sitaram Chole Bhature starts at 8 AM at 40/-

Cold Lassi Shop near Metropolis with flavours like Mango, Grape etc.

'Bercos' Thai Restaurant
interestingly no Knives but only Spoons & Forks used here
Vegetarian Starters options like the crispy Chilli Potatoes, fried Vegatable Momos with the Sauces
Main Course options like Garlic Steamed Rice with Thai Red Curry
Desserts & Sweets like Creamy Ice Cream

Zeba Kohli's Fantasie Chocolates (since 1946) are famous & awarded as well
Exquisite shaped kiddy delights (chocolate dinosaurs, puppies and chocolate houses)
Chocolate Tattoos, Chess Sets, Chocolate Baskets, Pandora Boxes, Chocolate Fountains, Fresh Cream Ganache, molten authentic centres of Fresh Fruit, and Chocolate Paints
Sugar-free flavours, Extra dark, smooth, creamy chocolates & Organic chocolates, Zeba’s Bitter Chocolate (60gm Dark Bar, 185/-), Spicy-hot Chocolate, Peanut Buttercups, White Hazelnut, Almond Delight
Fantasie’s Luxor is a premium range of exquisite melt-in-the-mouth chocolates, which includes the aromatic and smooth Milk Truffle, the sugar-free Dark Peanut Chocolate and the Indian Gooseberry Chocolate, which boasts the nutritive contents of Amla

Karnataka Bhavan Food Centre
Winter special Kashaya
Mysore Masala Dosa
Pancha Uttapam

Café Qahva in SDA Market, Hauz KhasContinental Breakfast with Pancakes (with Ice Cream!), Eggs, Brown Bread, Mushroom Corn Toast, Chai Latte, Apple Cinnamon Coffee

Papillon near DND Flyover
authentic food like Italian Village style Pizza 150/-, Poha, Sambar, Vada Pav, Pav Bhaji run by a Gujarati couple

Good Food Cafe in Pitampura

must try for its Fresh Salad (Seasonal Veggies Carrot, Peas in Winter, Capsicum, Lettuce in Italian dressing), Garlic Bread 4 pieces (100/-), Pasta (160/-), Veg (Paneer, Capsicum, Onions in Mayyonaise etc.) & Non Veg Wraps overall 500/- price to pay

The Mix Restaurant by Brewmaster Multi Cuisine Restaurant Continental, Oriental. Mughlai in Kirti Nagar's Moment's Mall
Lunch Veg Buffet 199/- Dinner Veg 499/- or Non Veg 699/-
Starters like Tangy Hung Curd (Dahi) Kebab in Breadcrumbs or Non Veg Mutton Seekh Capsium, Onion in Egg, Chicken dipped in Cornstarch served with Zucchini

Main Course like Deep Fried Paneer in Mildly sweet Noorjahan Gravy, Non Veg Mild Healthy Chicken Curry, Veg Pasta Ravioli Sauce, Tender Fish in white Alfredo Sauce Olives, Mashed Potatoes, Veggies,
Desserts like the Italian Custard with Bread base, Creme Caramel, Hung Curd with Black Pepper

NCR especially Gurgaon has its own famous places to visit:

Musical play like Zangoora is a must watch with Family

*Spiritual Trip*

Lotus Temple Bahai Faith

Laxmi Narayan Temple

Nizamuddin Dargah- Every Evening

Ferozshah Kotla- make a wish on paper & they are granted

Laatwaale Baba- Came from Meerut

City Tour:

In Kinari Bazaar especially for Bollywood Style Ghagras 'Divasa' Store is a must visit, also the Raw Material is available here with which the Designer Clothes are prepared with

Dilli Haat has a Open Bazaar featuring Clothes, Handicrafts from all over India

Most Top Fashion Designers make it a point to be in Delhi Fashion Week with Delhi being the Nation's fashion Capital, check some of the best out for example Designer Duo Ashima-Leena Singh can be contacted for a private Viewing for their Label

Delhi is aptly called the 'Living Museum' with all the Red Fort, Gandhi Tomb, Humayun Tomb, Freedom Fighter's Statues & which True Delhi-ite can not mention the Hidden Agrasen ki Baoli a must visit get away just to witness its Sheer presence right in the middle of the Hustle & Bustle of a busy place like CP!!

October to March is the best time to explore the Cultural Events like Dance & Music, Art Exhibitions, Events at places like the Indian Habitat World etc.

*Unique Places to Visit*

Poster Wala Vijay has made Bollywood Film posters since long but now it seems this Art form is gradually fading away due to the Digitalization
-Courtesy: It Happens Only in India (Host Malishka)

Razia Sultan Makbara along with Sister Sazia or Security Yakul

Mirza Ghalib ki Haveli in Gali Kuppe Waali Chandni Chowk
Mahatta & Co started in Kashmir as Mahatta Art Studio

Mayank Austen Soofi’s

Dwarka's International Toilet Museum

Feel free to share your views as on how this Trip turned out & do let us know of any Quality Bakeries/Cafe/Restaurants in your area :)


  1. Can you share the exact location of Poster Wala Vijay? Also any clue what he charges for one poster?

    1. Hi Shekar,

      As the host Malishka had mentioned on the show, Poster Wala Vijay's location was a bit tricky for her as well but she didn't give out details..even with this mystery around him, we really hope to meet this artist one day..

      - Deepti