We all know the diversity that India has in its culture and languages which attracts a lot of tourisms. However there is a very quintessential part of this attraction which is directly connected to the cuisine of India. And herein we would like to highlight the food of the capital of the country which is Delhi.
Delhi the capital of India has seen a variety of change in its cuisine which is mostly due to the numerous change of culture its witnessed with the change in the dynasties that has ruled over India and made Delhi its capital.
The change of cuisine that occured in the past in Delhi can be broadly divided into 3 different categories i.e Pre Mughal and Post Mughal.
The Pre Mughal Cuisine.
The Pre-mughal cuisine of Delhi came into existence by the Kayasth and the Marwars who migrated to Delhi from the neighbouring states. A major characteristic of this cuisine was the fact that this cuisine mainly comprised of Vegetarian dishes, almost entirely and has a mixed texture and taste of spicy and salty. This kind of cuisine still exists in Delhi today and has infact spread across the country. The most famous and still in existence dish of this cuisine is the famous DELHI KI CHAAT.
These are some of the places in Delhi that offer the best of this cuisine.
PARATHE WALI GULLY.
The parathe wali gali is famous all over India for having the largest variet of Parathas than any where else in India. Shops here can contain upto more then 30 varieties of Parathas and this street is never seen to be empty as it is always filled up with food lovers from across the country and world. Shops in this gali are in business since as long as more then 150 years.
Chandni Chowk, another widely famous landmark of Delhi is a centre of the city where you have lots to shop and even lots to eat. Street food, Chat Masalas and Seek Kebabs are the best made here. Once in Chandni chowk, the experience of eating these foods and shopping at the same time kind of gives you a glimpse of the good old days when there were no fast food chains like today.
This cuisine was slowly over shadowed by the Mughlai food with the conquer of Mughals over India and them deciding to make Delhi their capital. However in todays world we see both the cuisines equally famous and selling at same place with the same demand for both of them.
THE MUGHAL CUISINE
The mughal cuisine is now the most widely famous cuisine in India is a first choice for most off the family celebrations and weddings. This cuisine was bought in India by the Mughals and since then has been the most loved cuisine due to its spices and grilled foods like Seekhs and Kebabs.
If you are visiting Delhi then it is highly recommended to have a taste of this amazing food by visiting one of the most famous restaurant in Delhi: Kareem Hotel. Situated in the old Delhi opposite the world famous Jama Masjid of Delhi, this hotel has since decades been the epitome of Mughlai food.