City Food - White Carrot Halwa, Sheeren Bhawan

City Food – White Carrot Halwa, Sheeren Bhawan

An unusual version of the same dish. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Winter means carrot halwa, means colour red. Not always. There is at least one place in Delhi that sells carrot halwa, which is not red. It…

City Food - Butter Chhole Kulche, Outside Humayun's Tomb

City Food – Butter Chhole Kulche, Outside Humayun’s Tomb

Delhi’s best chhole kulche. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The whole world comes to see Humayun’s Tomb. The monument must be beautiful. You ought to head to Humayun’s Tomb for another beautiful reason, too. Just outside the gate…

City Food - Mohammed Moinuddin’s Butter Coffee, Chitli Qabar Chowk

City Food – Mohammed Moinuddin’s Butter Coffee, Chitli Qabar Chowk

It was all acacia. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Some cities never sleep. Like New York. Like Old Delhi. Any person living in, say, the Walled City’s Chitli Qabar Chowk will tell you that the sounds of their…

City Food - Masala Dosa, Sadar Bazar

City Food – Masala Dosa, Sadar Bazar

New in town. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Small and unpretentious. If it were to be in Paris, it would have been thought of as a neighbourhood bistro. But here in Gurgaon, it is simply Meenakshi Dosa Café….

City Food - Radhe Radhe Karhi Chawal Wale, Anand Vihar

City Food – Radhe Radhe Karhi Chawal Wale, Anand Vihar

Cabbie’s meal. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] He gave up his career as a cab driver. But his white cab remains a necessary element of his new career. Vikas Sharma started his pavement lunch stall two weeks ago….

City Food - Randeep's Carrot Halwa, Civil Lines

City Food – Randeep’s Carrot Halwa, Civil Lines

A farmer’s cold season offering. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] December arrives this week. The chill is set to intensify. To a certain generation, the winter would be invested with sun-drenched courtyards. In these smoggy times, one hardly…

City Food - Deepak Kumar's Rasgulla-Bread, Nehru Place

City Food – Deepak Kumar’s Rasgulla-Bread, Nehru Place

Double treat. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] He is standing motionless, like a statue – his arm resting on his cycle’s handlebar, his face exuding calmness. Every now and then, he glances about, as if to signal to…

City Food - Piyush's Chhole Kulche, Ghaziabad

City Food – Piyush’s Chhole Kulche, Ghaziabad

The taste of the new world. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] A full modular kitchen. Designer bathroom. Unique private theatre. Steam and sauna. Bowling alley. A luxurious lifestyle. These words, accompanied with supporting photos, make up a large…

City Food - Daulat ki Chaat 2021, Chawri Bazar

City Food – Daulat ki Chaat 2021, Chawri Bazar

The delicatest delicacy. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It’s just another tiresome evening in the Walled City’s Chawri Bazar. The entire road from the rear of the Jama Masjid to Ashok Chaat Corner is blocked by a massive…

City Food - Dilli 6 Chaat Bhandar, Outside Siri Fort Auditorium

City Food – Dilli 6 Chaat Bhandar, Outside Siri Fort Auditorium

The mother of all snack stalls. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Without doubt, this has to be the naani of all the roadside snack stalls. The unusually huge counter is filled with multitudinous dishes—aloo chaat, dahi bhalle, papri…