City Food - The World of Gur, Sadar Bazar, Gurgaon

City Food – The World of Gur, Sadar Bazar, Gurgaon

The other sweet. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] There are people who can identify a great number of birds by their names. Some have an encyclopedic insight on butterflies. Others are big on flowers. An environmentalist in Delhi…

City Food - Mr Gupta's Carrot Halwa, M Block, Connaught Place

City Food – Mr Gupta’s Carrot Halwa, M Block, Connaught Place

Winter treat. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It’s easy to sense the shift of seasons in Delhi. Summer starts when Amaltas trees bloom with golden yellow flowers. While the arrival of the winter in the city is registered…

City Food - Anoj's Ram Laddu, Naya Bazar, Gurgaon

City Food – Anoj’s Ram Laddu, Naya Bazar, Gurgaon

A winter tale. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The snack vendor walks along a pavement, carrying a wicker basket of ram laddus on the head and a bamboo stand under the arm. This is a common sight in…

City Food - Zina Tea Stall, Chitli Qabar Bazar

City Food – Zina Tea Stall, Chitli Qabar Bazar

An unusual chai stall. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The staircase is not always only an architectural utility. Sometimes it can be a tea stall. That’s true for one place in Old Delhi. Indeed, the little establishment in…

City Food - Chhole Cart, Outside Ambience Mall, Gurgaon

City Food – Chhole Cart, Outside Ambience Mall, Gurgaon

Roadside gourmet. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] There’s an eatery in Paharganj, a heritage restaurant in Connaught Place, a mithai shop in South Extension I, and a roadside shack in Amar Colony. All these spots in Delhi are…

City Food - Kalonji Miracles, Old Delhi

City Food – Kalonji Miracles, Old Delhi

Tales of nigella seeds. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Some written works just must be cherished because they’re flavoured with the nuances of everyday life, and dyed with the hyperlocal shades of a particular place. Such as Kalonji…

City Food - Dal Makhani, Cosy Restaurant

City Food – Dal Makhani, Cosy Restaurant

A lentil excursion. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] You must agree: the universally loved dal makhani is as critical for the survival of Delhi’s food and beverage service industry as India’s middle class is for its automobile economy….

City Food - Netra-Geeta's Stuffed Paratha, Sadar Bazar, Gurgaon

City Food – Netra-Geeta’s Stuffed Paratha, Sadar Bazar, Gurgaon

A couple’s offering. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The temptation is irresistible. This entire lane in Gurgaon’s Sadar Bazar in the Greater Delhi Region is infused with the scent of steaming parathas. And not just any paratha, but…

City Food - Wenger's Veg Patty, Connaught Place

City Food – Wenger’s Veg Patty, Connaught Place

Old taste. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The magic unfolds in three steps. First, the crisp flaky shell crumbles inside the mouth. Second, the mouth gets all buttery. Third, the filling lets loose its gentle spiciness. Such are…

City Food - Mahadev-Parvati Chai Stall, Civil Lines, Gurgaon

City Food – Mahadev-Parvati Chai Stall, Civil Lines, Gurgaon

Portrait of a partnership. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Just another roadside tea stall, you might say. But it has a picturesque setting. Under a leafy khirni tree. Outside a deliciously decrepit bungalow. Across the road from a…