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….

City Food - Lockdown Chefs, Sector 30

City Food – Lockdown Chefs, Sector 30

Kitchen twins. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Is yellow dal channa, masoor or urad? What is dhuli dal? Be honest. Don’t cheat on Google. It’s ok if you don’t know. The thing that can be said about Abhimanyu…

City Food - The Potato Eaters, Heera Nagar

City Food – The Potato Eaters, Heera Nagar

Eating routine in the times of corona. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Auto rickshaw driver Raju Rai has started driving again, after a considerable ease in the corona-driven lockdown. “But there are barely any people wanting to travel……

City Food - Tandoori Chai, Zahra’s Restaurant & Café

City Food – Tandoori Chai, Zahra’s Restaurant & Café

An out-of-the-box tea. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] We all know about tandoori chicken and tandoori roti. But… tandoori chai? That’s more or less what they’re serving at an eatery in that cutely clumsy New Friends Colony Market…