City Food – Raw Vegetables, Around Town

City Food – Raw Vegetables, Around Town

Heat relief. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Delhi food is laden with butter gravies and tandoori meats offering no respite to the digestion. Relief is to be found in cut vegetables, served raw with a sprinkle of masala…

City Food – Egg Dosa, North Campus

City Food – Egg Dosa, North Campus

A strange dish. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Really, it oughtn’t to be allowed, to make dosa like that. The South Indian staple is a crepelike pancake of fermented lentil-rice flour batter stuffed with mustard seed-flecked potato mush….

City Food – Litti Chokha, Around Town

City Food – Litti Chokha, Around Town

Delhi’s best-kept secret. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] If Bihar were a country, Delhi should be its capital and litti chokha its national dish. The capital is home to a large migrant population from Bihar, but… ‘Just what…

City Food – Gular Leaves, Around Town

City Food – Gular Leaves, Around Town

The secret of the mutton. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] If you love mutton curry, you cannot ignore gular. The leaves of this tree are the food of goats. Gular, the common fig (Ficus carica) native to West…

City Food - Paan, Around Town

City Food – Paan, Around Town

The magic leaf. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] A foreign art critic visiting Delhi’s Connaught Place may be forgiven for thinking its red-splattered corridors are a form of abstract expression. Although the dirty white pillars of the colonial-era…

City Food – Julia Child Makes Chana Dal Gosht in Civil Lines

City Food – Julia Child Makes Chana Dal Gosht in Civil Lines

The great chef’s life in Delhi. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] Meet the Julia Child of Civil Lines, a genteel neighbourhood of bungalows and apartments in north Delhi. Passionate about writers like Oscar Wilde, Mark Twain, George Bernard…

City Food - Roadside Chai, Around Town

City Food – Roadside Chai, Around Town

King of brews. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] As Delhi acquires the trappings of a modern metropolis, the carts dedicated exclusively to serving tea are becoming fewer. But it is still possible to stop in the middle of…

City Food - Gol Gappa, Around Town

City Food – Gol Gappa, Around Town

Taste explosion. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] It is more felt than tasted. The shell cracks open, the cold, intense spiciness washes around your mouth. Before you know what is happening it is gone. Made of whole-wheat or…

City Food - Delhi Belly, Around Town

City Food – Delhi Belly, Around Town

The capital shame. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] Messy, smelly and non-stop, Jane Austen would have described it as a continual state of inelegance. Delhi’s biggest embarrassment, it is also the title of a Bollywood film. The phrase…

City Food – Haleem, Meena Bazaar

City Food – Haleem, Meena Bazaar

The one-dish meal. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] This is hearty food, different from the subtle confections of traditional Mughlai cuisine, like koftas and pulaos. Yellow and with paste-like consistency, haleem is a one-dish meal of wheat, lentils…