City Food – Bedmi Poori, Shyam Sweets

City Food – Bedmi Poori, Shyam Sweets

The classic Old Delhi breakfast dish. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] Deep-fried, crisp and very puffy, bedmi poori is a bread made of wheat flour and ground urad lentil. Served with aloo subzi (potato gravy), it is heavier…

City Food - Muhammed Rafi's 40-Year-Old Rooh Afza Drink Stall, Turkman Gate

City Food – Muhammed Rafi’s 40-Year-Old Rooh Afza Drink Stall, Turkman Gate

Summer’s great hero. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The arrival of Delhi summer can be ascertained in a number of ways. A poetic way is to look for the yellow flowers of Amaltas trees. The Delhi Walla’s summer…

City Food - Kashmiri 'Noon' Chai, Around Jama Masjid

City Food – Kashmiri ‘Noon’ Chai, Around Jama Masjid

The pink tea. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] A freezing morning certainly, but no snow, no mountain, and no valley. Yet, you see people of Kashmir snugly absorbed in their traditional breakfast of the noon chai and lavassa…

City Food - Daulat ki Chaat, Walled City

City Food – Daulat ki Chaat, Walled City

The snow of Delhi. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] An abstraction, Daulat ki Chaat is more an idea than a dessert. A white froth, pop a spoonful of it into the mouth and it disappears. The lingering sweetness…

City Food - Daal Chaat, Around Town

City Food – Daal Chaat, Around Town

The zesty health punch. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Shocking. It is not deep-fried and yet it is a popular and cheap street food of Delhi. What’s the appeal? Served in a leaf bowl, daal chaat is sprouted…

City Food - The Morally Appalling Carrot Cake, The Big Chill Cakery, Khan Market

City Food – The Morally Appalling Carrot Cake, The Big Chill Cakery, Khan Market

Disgracefully delicious. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It is morally appalling. The carrot cake at The Big Chill Cakery bakery in Delhi’s Khan Market has to be the most politically incorrect dish in this city of vast disparities….

City Food – Budiya ke Baal, Green Park

City Food – Budiya ke Baal, Green Park

Sweet magic. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Spun out of sugar, ‘Budiya ke baal’–the old woman’s hair–is also known as cotton candy and candyfloss. The Delhi Walla met vendor Rajpal Singh near Green Park. All day long the…

City Food - Laura Marzano's Spritz, Venice

City Food – Laura Marzano’s Spritz, Venice

Local but not local. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] There is nothing purely local in the world. Not even spritz, the local drink of watery Venice, a touristy city without virtually any nightlife leaving its endangered locals with…

City Food – Papdi Chaat, Around Town

City Food – Papdi Chaat, Around Town

Spheres of delight. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] In a time when divisive leaders such as Donald Trump become mainstream politicians and the idea of a multi-religious, multi-racial society seems like a nightmare to many people, one option…

City Food – Dal Makhani, Cosy Restaurant

City Food – Dal Makhani, Cosy Restaurant

The physiology of taste. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Dal makhani is as critical for the survival of Delhi’s food & beverage service industry as India’s aspirational middle class is for its capitalist economy. Not a single North…