City Food - Jane Austen's Chai Stall, Bharat Ram Road

City Food – Jane Austen’s Chai Stall, Bharat Ram Road

The love of pavement tea. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] If British writer Jane Austen was still alive and happened to stumble across this unusual tea stall she’d probably express ardent admiration for its owner. Mahaveer runs this…

City Food - Mango Pickle Walla, Around Town

City Food – Mango Pickle Walla, Around Town

A pickle vendor. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It’s hardly a secret that Delhi abounds with hawkers selling just about everything imaginable. Such as toothbrushes made from Neem twigs. Then we have Raju’s homemade pickles packed in a…

City Food - Gol Paape, Farash Khana

City Food – Gol Paape, Farash Khana

The tea-time tradition. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The Walled City is changing furiously. The old is speedily giving way to the new. But the historic district’s traditional bakeries have somehow been allowed to survive. For now. Unlike…

City Food - Delhi's Best Jalebis, Mehak Food, Kalkaji

City Food – Delhi’s Best Jalebis, Mehak Food, Kalkaji

The king of jalebis. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] “These are Delhi’s best jalebis,” he declares. “And believe me, I’ve tried them all.” The young man, a secretive street food connoisseur, insists that his name should not be…

City Food - Chicken Samosa, Maxim's Bakery, Kailash Colony

City Food – Chicken Samosa, Maxim’s Bakery, Kailash Colony

Samosa with a difference. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] We all know that the samosa is the ideal graveyard for the potato. But there have been experimental rebellions now and then. A few eateries in Chandni Chowk serve…

City Food - The Best Cocktail Samosas, Scindia Lane

City Food – The Best Cocktail Samosas, Scindia Lane

Taste of the street. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Who doesn’t go greedy for those yummy greasy finger foods doled out in glamorous Delhi cocktail get-togethers. While waiters in bow tie mill around in these swish gatherings carrying…

City Food - Best Rusk, Diamond Bakery

City Food – Best Rusk, Diamond Bakery

The best tea-time dip. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Just about any Old Delhi resident will pronounce the same verdict. The very best rusk, or ‘paapey’ as it is popularly known, have always been created at the family-owned…

City Food - Bel Sherbet, Connaught Lane and Around Town

City Food – Bel Sherbet, Connaught Lane and Around Town

The summer comfort. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It’s time to acknowledge the walker-friendly Connaught Lane linking Kasturba Gandhi Marg to Barakhamba Road in Connaught Place as a spoilt-for-choice food street. The alley is lined with stalls hawking…

City Food - Guptaji's Poetry Kulfis, Bhogal and Nearby Areas

City Food – Guptaji’s Poetry Kulfis, Bhogal and Nearby Areas

Summer’s treat. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Amar Singh Gupta not only makes delicious milky kulfis—such well-controlled sweetness—but also pens thoughtful verses emblazoned on his cart. Although forever on the move, you’re likely to catch up with him…

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…