City Food - Seasame Platter, Sonu Gajak & Namkeen

City Food – Seasame Platter, Sonu Gajak & Namkeen

Taste for winter. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] There are many ways of telling the same story. Same goes for til. The seasame seed exists in many meetha adaptations. The sweet teeth-sticking gajak is the most common. Many…

City Food - Jaiveer Singh’s Tea and Bahikhata, Jacobpura

City Food – Jaiveer Singh’s Tea and Bahikhata, Jacobpura

The world of a chai place. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] That book is back. One of the most noteworthy chai stalls in the entire Delhi region is in Gurgaon. Not because of its super-cool chai. Plenty of…

City Food - Shravan Kumar's Tea Stall & Shiv Temple, Bhogal

City Food – Shravan Kumar’s Tea Stall & Shiv Temple, Bhogal

A spot of refuge. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Such a soothing place, feeling so drowsy here. The elderly man in white kurta pajama is indeed nodding off. Can it be because of the easy winter light streaming…

City Food - Daulat ki Chaat, Around Town

City Food – Daulat ki Chaat, Around Town

The CP spirit. [Text and photo by Mayank Austen Soofi] It looks exactly like Old Delhi’s daulat ki chaat. But young Lokesh in Gurgaon’s Sadar Bazar, wheeling his cart about the post office building, insists it is makhan malai. To…

City Food - Mukhtar's Cold Season Tea, Hazrat Nizamuddin Basti

City Food – Mukhtar’s Cold Season Tea, Hazrat Nizamuddin Basti

The sip of winter. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Here are some of the sure signs of the arrival of winter season in Delhi, besides the obvious one of a nip in the air: opening of Lodhi Gardens…

City Food - Master Sherbet Walla, Meena Bazar

City Food – Master Sherbet Walla, Meena Bazar

Summer’s legend [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The sun is setting, and the cart is surrounded by a great number of thirsty folks. The large vessel on it is filled with icy roohafza sherbet. A young man is…

City Food - Afghan Tandoor, Bhogal

City Food – Afghan Tandoor, Bhogal

Rotis of Kabul. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The cave is dug out at the heart of the hearth — but it actually is a very special tandoor. An Afghani tandoor. An Afghani tandoor made from the mitti…

City Food - Pandit Vaishno Dhaba, Sadar Bazar, Gurgaon

City Food – Pandit Vaishno Dhaba, Sadar Bazar, Gurgaon

A veggie affair. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] A passerby on the crowded market street abruptly freezes in mid-motion. The head turns, the nose sniffs the air aggressively. Can that be desi ghee? Where’s the smell coming from?…

City Food - Kulhar Chai, Juhi's Tea

City Food – Kulhar Chai, Juhi’s Tea

Tea while lounging. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Poor Paris. That city has many sidewalk cafés, with awnings sheltering the patrons from rain and sunshine. But not one serving chai in earthen kulhar. Delhi, be proud. Here’s a…

City Food - Kallan Bawarchi, Matia Mahal

City Food – Kallan Bawarchi, Matia Mahal

Landmark kitchen. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The potbellied cauldrons. The long metal ladles. The platters with chopped green chillies. The smoke-blackened walls. Air smelling of elaichi, laung, mirchi, pyaz, adrak, lehsun. Here is the timeless world of…