Come winter and food lovers in Delhi are delighted that their plate is getting a makeover to suit the season. Be it Butter Chai and coffee, Sarson ka Saag with Makki ki Roti or Gajar ka Halwa – there are plenty of options to pamper yourself to get the most out of the cool weather. And we’ll tell you where to try them in the capital.
There is nothing more soothing than a smoky hot soup on a cold winter evening. And the shop called Pishori Chicken and Veg Soup at Hari Nagar is simply the best place to grab one! Be it chicken soup or tomato soup or our winter special Kharodhe ka soup, they are all very popular. Log dur-dur se ate hain yahan soup peene ke liye, ”says Yoginder Pal Sapra, owner of the store, who speaks without pausing to refill several glasses of soup at once. A splash of lemon and a sprinkle of masalas on top, and voila!
Kharodhe ka soup: ₹130 for a glass
Tomato soup: ₹60 for a glass
Chicken soup: ₹80 for a glass
Sarson ka Saag med Makki ki Roti
What is winter in northern India without the legendary regional combination – Sarson ka Saag and Makki ki Roti? Well, if you are looking for an absolutely delicious dish, take one on Dhaniya Da Dhaba in Lajpat Nagar IV. “It is very difficult to find authentic Punjabi Sarso da Saag and Makki di Roti in Delhi, but it has become my favorite since I had it at this place in southern Delhi. Punjabi ghar jaisa preparation aur swaad aata hai yahan,” says Prabhjot Singh from a Delhi-based food group.
Price: ₹110, – / plate
Jalebi is truly a favorite through all time, but when winter comes and what gives it a unique company is the warm milk. Dipped in thick milk and topped with cream, this is the true desi breakfast! “Hum ye 7.30 am banana shuru kar dete hain. Aur sardiyon mein sale itni badh jati hai ki hum raat ke 10.30 tak banate hi rehte hain. Pehle jalebi banti hai; doodh aalag kadhte hain. Phir hum glass mein dono ko mix karke dete hain, ”says Dishant from Makhal Lal Tika Ram in Bara Bazar, Kashmere Gate.
Price: ₹90 for a glass
There is clearly no competition to make the best Shahi Tukda when tasting the version available at Cool Point near Jama Masjid. The sticky pieces of sweetened bread topped with delicious rhubarb have been a favorite among residents since ages. “For me, Delhi winter is the best time for comfort food aur Jama Masjid ki baat karen toh do cheezein ekdum relate hoti hain, ek wahan ki galiyan aur dusra Shahi Tukda! Your visit is incomplete if you do not try this famous mughlai dessert, ”says food blogger Palak Kapoor.
Price: ₹40 per plate and ₹200, – for half a kg
Gajar and Halwa
Gajrela alias Gajar ka Halwa is the taste that every Delhiit longs for in winter. And a small stall near the Liberty Cinema in Karol Bagh is the place to pick it up from! Popular for their kulfi faluda in the summer, the kiosk named Gopal Di Kulfi turns into a winter delight with the scent of its Gajar ka Halwa filling the entire market. Vikas Ghai, a salesman from Paschim Vihar, who was seen trying some of this sweet delicacy here, says: “We dropped someone off at the train station with the plan to have this delicious Gajar ka Halwa here. This is our favorite place to stay in the winter “and we always get it packed or enjoy it ourselves. The best thing is that it is neither too sweet nor topped with too much khoya unlike many other places!”
Price: ₹70 for 100 gm; ₹350, – for half a kg
Daulat ki Chaat
No, this is not a chat! It’s a dessert. If there is one winter specialty that is loved despite being cold, it is Daulat ki Chaat. Milk is whipped to foam for endless hours and then topped with saffron, khoya and nuts to make the most mysterious dessert available in the city streets of Old Delhi. Jaspal Sunil Kumar, who drives a wagon named Daulat ki Chaat Wale in Dariba Kalan, says: “Mere parivar mein sab yahi banate hain. Hum sab roz do baje se banana shuru karte hain aur phir sab nikal padhte hain dilli ki galiyon mein. Sab kuchh shaam tak bik jaata hai. ”
Price: ₹50-80 / plate (depending on size)
A walk in the interior of Old Delhi’s Kinari Bazaar will take you to a small shop called Pandit Subedar & Sons, which offers close to 20 varieties of gajaks and chikkis along with other winter sweets. Yashi Sharma, a teacher from Malviya Nagar, says: “Come winter and we are starting to fill up with chikki and gajak. Our favorite place to buy them is this shop in Kinari. We love Shalimar Gajak and even Khajur ki Burfi who is available there. The exciting thing is that this store also delivers home through an app. ”
Shalimar Gajak: ₹600 / kg
Khajur ki Barfi: ₹600 / kg
Butter Chai or Butter Coffee?
Who does not love a hot cup of tea or coffee on a winter day or night? Now imagine it being topped with a dollop of butter! “I’m a theme person, so I love the Butter Chai version of it more than Butter Coffee (chuckles),” says Manas Swaroop, a law student from Model Town, adding: “My family and I often go to Chandni Chowk for “To have the popular Butter Chai and Butter Coffee there. It’s become a winter ritual for us.
Butter Chai: ₹15 per cup
Butter coffee: ₹20 per cup
Kadhai and Doodh
A glass of warm milk with saffron flavor is a must have in the winter! Try it at Doodh Bhawan, near the Old Delhi Jama Masjid. “It is a delicacy that people enjoy in the winter. Kadhai mein doodh ko subah se shaam tak koge karte hain aur phir isme chuhare aur dusre dry fruits add karte hai until it gets rich and thick at night, ”says Ramit Mitra, a Delhi-based food tour operator.
Price: ₹35 for 250 ml
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