City Food - Homely Punjabi Khana, Rajauri Garden

City Food – Homely Punjabi Khana, Rajauri Garden

The taste of home… on the street. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] If you’re feeling so homesick, why don’t you try Sardarni Manjeet Kaur Dehal’s pavement food stall? Aptly named “Ghar ka Punjabi Khanna”, this pavement eatery in…

City Food - Rishabh Bhai's Veg Biryani, Anand Vihar

City Food – Rishabh Bhai’s Veg Biryani, Anand Vihar

An unusual adaptation. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Over The Delhi Walla‘s many expeditions into Delhi drawing rooms, not an evening passes without having to witness yet another heated debate on the relative merits of Delhi biryani versus…

City Food - Shambhu Nath's Oriya Snacks, Hauz Khas Road

City Food – Shambhu Nath’s Oriya Snacks, Hauz Khas Road

The faraway flavour. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Even if you choose the superfast Purushottam Express it’ll take you a good two nights and one day from Delhi to reach the great Jagannath Temple of Puri in Odisha….

City Food - Chandelier Tea, United Coffee House

City Food – Chandelier Tea, United Coffee House

Reflected taste. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] There’s something about chandeliers. They evoke a kind of nostalgia for past grandeur even if that grandeur never existed. It is to soak in such a feeling that The Delhi Walla…

City Food - Dalbir Singh's Egg Stall, Outside Pragati Maidan Metro Station

City Food – Dalbir Singh’s Egg Stall, Outside Pragati Maidan Metro Station

The magic-realism of leaves. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Though The Delhi Walla loves lounging around this omelette stall I was hesitant to talk about it. For one thing, the owner, Dalbir Singh, isn’t very keen. “Sorry, I…

City Food - Ghar Ka Khana Platter, India International Center

City Food – Ghar Ka Khana Platter, India International Center

Homely khana for the elite. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Why would anybody anybody go to a restaurant just to eat home cooking? But that’s exactly one of the items listed in the menu at the elite India…

City Food - The Potent Black Halwa, Haneef Doodhwalla Mithai Shop, Ballimaran

City Food – The Potent Black Halwa, Haneef Doodhwalla Mithai Shop, Ballimaran

The winter sweet. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] This delicious and supremely rich halwa from deep inside the bylanes of Old Delhi actually looks dark brown to The Delhi Walla‘s uncertain eyes but that doesn’t matter — it…

City Food - Gyan's Pakoras, Jangpura Extension

City Food – Gyan’s Pakoras, Jangpura Extension

Old-time love. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] At first glance it’s nothing more than a cement platform beneath a tin shed in Jangpura Extension. But customers turn up at this shed in droves as Gyan deep-fries his famous…

City Food - Black Jalebis, Sultanji Sweets & Snacks

City Food – Black Jalebis, Sultanji Sweets & Snacks

Classic with a twist. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] You’ve probably heard that story about Emperor Shahjahan wanting to build another Taj Mahal — this one in black. Some historians say it’s a myth. Fair enough. But black…

City Food - Butter Coffee, Chitli Qabar Chowk

City Food – Butter Coffee, Chitli Qabar Chowk

The winter drink. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Are you still a butter coffee newbie? You can have one right here in Old Delhi. The quiet, unassuming Mohammed Moinuddin, in his 40s, has been serving butter coffee to…