City Food - Malik Naan House, Turkman Gate

City Food – Malik Naan House, Turkman Gate

In the world of authentic cuisine. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The sky has lost its blue. The pollution has covered it in a haze. But there is still one place in the city where you can find…

City Food - Daulat ki Chaat, Walled City

City Food – Daulat ki Chaat, Walled City

Taste of winter. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It’s just another smoggy morning in the Walled City’s Galli Chooriwallan street. Some people are in masks, many are not. Lazy dogs are snoozing under vegetable carts, and greedy cats…

City Food - Aloo Bhaaji, Cotton Market

City Food – Aloo Bhaaji, Cotton Market

Dish for the home-sick. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] There they are, lying in heaps — these shallow-fried potatoes in the shape of fingers. It’s only 8 in the morning but Muhammed Ali Khan’s footpath cart, in Old…

City Food - Chai ki Dukan Tea Stall, Mohalla Qabristan

City Food – Chai ki Dukan Tea Stall, Mohalla Qabristan

Museum of tea kettles. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] So many tea kettles in such a tiny shack. One is stuck between a mug and a jar. Another one perched by the gas range. And then there is…

City Food - COVID-Era Imarti, Mehboob-e-Ilahi Mithai Shop, Hazrat Nizamuddin Basti

City Food – COVID-Era Imarti, Mehboob-e-Ilahi Mithai Shop, Hazrat Nizamuddin Basti

Finding old taste. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] It has finally reopened. Mehboob-e-Ilahi mithai shop (open from 6 am to 10 pm) is to be found again in central Delhi’s historic 14th century Hazrat Nizamuddin Basti. Adjacent to…

City Food - Triloki Kashyap's Aloo Parathas, Palam Vihar

City Food – Triloki Kashyap’s Aloo Parathas, Palam Vihar

Roadside pleasure. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Aloo paratha is no sushi. It’s accessible to all, cherished by many, and tasty and affordable enough to transcend every sort of social and economic divide. It makes for a dream…

City Food - Late Sadia Dehlvi's Cook, Sabir Bhai, is Ready for a New Home

City Food – Late Sadia Dehlvi’s Cook, Sabir Bhai, is Ready for a New Home

A legendary cook’s home cook. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Muhammed Sabir, aka Sabir Bhai, has worked as a cook for more than 25 years in the Delhi house of author and cookbook writer Sadia Dehlvi, who died…

City Obituary - Shabrati Nihari, Shop, Haveli Azam Khan

City Obituary – Shabrati Nihari, Shop, Haveli Azam Khan

Death of a landmark. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Bloggers have blogged about it. Instagrammers have instagrammed about it. Heritage-minded walking tours too would stop by for quick feasts and photo opportunities. And now it is gone. Hazi…

City Food - Chai Stall by the Twin Sufi Shrines, Old Delhi

City Food – Chai Stall by the Twin Sufi Shrines, Old Delhi

A picturesque tea stall. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] A new tea stall has opened. This is a miracle. The globe is in lockdown. The ongoing coronavirus pandemic is forcing big and small businesses to shut down across…

City Food - Mango Nuggets & Recipes

City Food – Mango Nuggets & Recipes

Season’s taste. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It is the time of the year when a Mirza Ghalib devotee could offer at his tomb in Hazrat Nizamuddin Basti a tribute that would have made the poet very happy….