City Food - Triloki Kashyap's Aloo Parathas, Palam Vihar

City Food – Triloki Kashyap’s Aloo Parathas, Palam Vihar

Roadside pleasure. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Aloo paratha is no sushi. It’s accessible to all, cherished by many, and tasty and affordable enough to transcend every sort of social and economic divide. It makes for a dream…

City Food - Late Sadia Dehlvi's Cook, Sabir Bhai, is Ready for a New Home

City Food – Late Sadia Dehlvi’s Cook, Sabir Bhai, is Ready for a New Home

A legendary cook’s home cook. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Muhammed Sabir, aka Sabir Bhai, has worked as a cook for more than 25 years in the Delhi house of author and cookbook writer Sadia Dehlvi, who died…

City Obituary - Shabrati Nihari, Shop, Haveli Azam Khan

City Obituary – Shabrati Nihari, Shop, Haveli Azam Khan

Death of a landmark. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Bloggers have blogged about it. Instagrammers have instagrammed about it. Heritage-minded walking tours too would stop by for quick feasts and photo opportunities. And now it is gone. Hazi…

City Food - Chai Stall by the Twin Sufi Shrines, Old Delhi

City Food – Chai Stall by the Twin Sufi Shrines, Old Delhi

A picturesque tea stall. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] A new tea stall has opened. This is a miracle. The globe is in lockdown. The ongoing coronavirus pandemic is forcing big and small businesses to shut down across…

City Food - Mango Nuggets & Recipes

City Food – Mango Nuggets & Recipes

Season’s taste. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It is the time of the year when a Mirza Ghalib devotee could offer at his tomb in Hazrat Nizamuddin Basti a tribute that would have made the poet very happy….

City Food - Lockdown Chefs, Sector 30

City Food – Lockdown Chefs, Sector 30

Kitchen twins. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Is yellow dal channa, masoor or urad? What is dhuli dal? Be honest. Don’t cheat on Google. It’s ok if you don’t know. The thing that can be said about Abhimanyu…

City Food - The Potato Eaters, Heera Nagar

City Food – The Potato Eaters, Heera Nagar

Eating routine in the times of corona. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Auto rickshaw driver Raju Rai has started driving again, after a considerable ease in the corona-driven lockdown. “But there are barely any people wanting to travel……

City Food - Tandoori Chai, Zahra’s Restaurant & Café

City Food – Tandoori Chai, Zahra’s Restaurant & Café

An out-of-the-box tea. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] We all know about tandoori chicken and tandoori roti. But… tandoori chai? That’s more or less what they’re serving at an eatery in that cutely clumsy New Friends Colony Market…

City Food - Salt Lassi, Chandni Chowk

City Food – Salt Lassi, Chandni Chowk

Lassi without sweetness. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Please concede that salted lassi is a lesser-loved cousin among yogurt drinks. You’ll seldom hear friends swearing by it. And frankly speaking, the few places in Delhi serving salted lassi…

City Food - Mrs Balbir Singh's Cooking, City Heritage

City Food – Mrs Balbir Singh’s Cooking, City Heritage

Story of Delhi cuisine. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] In 1973, the Delhi-born award-winning actor Madhur Jaffrey immortalised her name in the world of international cuisine with her debut book. An Invitation to Indian Cooking subtitled Classic Indian…