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…

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….