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…

City Food - Pappu's Popcorn, Subhash Chander Bose Garden, Gurgaon

City Food – Pappu’s Popcorn, Subhash Chander Bose Garden, Gurgaon

Taste of a life. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Popcorns are addictive. You eat one, and then you go on to eat all. The super-pricey popcorns you get in multiplex snack counters are truly delicious but please don’t…

City Food - White Carrot Halwa, Shereen Bhawan

City Food – White Carrot Halwa, Shereen Bhawan

Beyond red. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Many citizens regard carrot halwa as the No. 1 winter dessert. No debate on that. But not everybody knows that carrot halwa is not only available in red—thanks to red carrots—but…

City Food - Winter Season Gajak, Jacobpura

City Food – Winter Season Gajak, Jacobpura

Hands of Bhind. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] They say that a great number of Siberian birds migrate to north India during the winter. It’s also the time of the year when scores of folks from parts of…

City Food - Bread Pakora, Sadar Bazar, Gurgaon

City Food – Bread Pakora, Sadar Bazar, Gurgaon

Frying for decades. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Samosas. Pakoras. Aloo tikkis. There is no lack of places that are famous for producing excellent versions of at least one of these crispy tea time snacks. Break pakora is…

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…