City Food - Kebab Stalls, Urdu Bazaar

City Food – Kebab Stalls, Urdu Bazaar

Delhi’s cheapest kebab destination. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] In pre-Partition Delhi, when the Walled City was home to educated and wealthy Muslims (who later went to Pakistan), Urdu Bazaar was a street lined with Urdu-language bookstores. By…

City Food - Julia Child Makes Rumali Roti in Nizamuddin Basti

City Food – Julia Child Makes Rumali Roti in Nizamuddin Basti

The great chef’s life in Delhi. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] Meet the Julia Child of Nizamuddin Basti, a congested village in central Delhi. A cheery 28-year-old, Child hails from the state of Uttar Pradesh and has been…

Photo Essay - Fast Food City, McDonald's Delhi

Photo Essay – Fast Food City, McDonald’s Delhi

The world of McDonald’s. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] It’s easy to say why you think a McDonald’s burger is bad. It is unhealthy, fattening and industrial. But then all of Delhi’s traditional food too is fattening. Tell…

City Food – Bhutta, Delhi Streets

City Food – Bhutta, Delhi Streets

Soul snack for the monsoon. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] It’s a monsoon thing. As the air gets humid, the respite is in the dry, crackling, slightly burnt ears of corn, the bhutta in Delhi lingo. Street vendors…

City Food - Julia Child Makes Badaam Pasanda in I.P. Extension

City Food – Julia Child Makes Badaam Pasanda in I.P. Extension

The great chef’s life in Delhi. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] Meet the Julia Child of I.P. Extension, a neighbourhood in east Delhi. Ms Child organizes culinary festivals in a city’s 5-star hotel, but when she has a…

City Food - Butter Chicken, Moti Mahal Restaurant

City Food – Butter Chicken, Moti Mahal Restaurant

The made-in-Delhi dish. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] If Delhiites are sometimes called fat, aggressive and lascivious, then butter chicken must share a part of the blame. It originated in the 1950s at the Moti Mahal restaurant in…

City Food – Julia Child Makes Moongphali Cheewra in Vasundhara

City Food – Julia Child Makes Moongphali Cheewra in Vasundhara

The great chef’s life in Delhi. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] Meet the Julia Child of Vasundhara, a suburban neighbourhood beyond the borders of east Delhi. As a girl, Ms Child was a javelin throw star in her…

City Food – Jalebi, Old & Famous Jalebi Wala

City Food – Jalebi, Old & Famous Jalebi Wala

Delhi’s best jalebi. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] Thick and juicy, it is food porn at its best. Jalebis, the golden-coloured rings of deep-fried maida batter, soaked in sugar syrup, fill the mouth with a warm liquid of…

City Food – Ram Laddoo, Around Town

Simple and honest. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] Nobody knows how the deep fried balls of moong dal came to be known as Ram laddoo. It might have followed the Hindu belief that something with no name can…

City Food – Lassi, Chandni Chowk

The cool yoghurt drink. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] Delhi has no copyright over the sweet-tart lassi. The cool, creamy, frothy yoghurt drink is delicious nourishment across India, especially during the summer. It is simple to make –…