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20 Stops To Make In Delhi 6 For Completing The Ultimate Old Delhi Food Walk

By Architi Batra

Updated - Aug. 10, 2018 bookmark icon 13 min read

Chandni Chowk of Purani Dilli near Jama Masjid has always been a food lovers' paradise and the cuisines that dominate this part of Delhi are Mughlai and Street Food. What is more commonly known as just 'Chandni Chowk Food or Jama Masjid Food' is a one-stop place to experience it all. The narrow streets of Old Delhi are filled with places that are history in themselves. Each second shop and stall are decades and centuries old and that's what makes the place even more special. Amidst all the everyday hustle and bustle and the chaos of the crowded Old Delhi, there is history, grandeur culture, beautiful artistry and Scrumptious food.
chandni chowk art and culture havelis_imageWith haveli style open houses of the Mughal architecture and great historical pieces of monuments, the place is rich and definitely vibes the roots of royals. And so, a place so beautifully serene and such a rich heritage has equally rich food habits. What's a bonus? You don't even need to travel back in time to taste the best of the medieval time. All of it is still there, with the same taste and in fact a little better after all the modern modifications! So, if you are going for a food walk for the best street food in Delhi to find all the goodness of Jamam masjid food, these are the 20 stop you need to make!
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1. Karim's

If you are looking for the most authentic Mughlai food in Delhi, then one of the oldest and delicious foods serving places that needs to be your first stop is the most popular Karim's which went on to open uncountable chains in and around Delhi in a century. Karim opened in 1913 and each day serves more than 2000 people till now that come from far away places just to try those soft and juicy kebabs and hot and red mutton curries. It is one of the oldest and the best Mughlai restaurants in Delhi without a second thought! And of course, this is the authentic taste of Chandni Chowk Food!
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Must Haves: Mutton Nihari, Chicken Biryani, Afghan Chicken, Butter Chicken, Chicken Korma, Mutton Korma, Tandoori Chicken
Cost For Two: Rs. 800
Where: Meena Bazaar, Jama Masjid, Chandni Chowk (GET DIRECTIONS)

 

2.  Ashok Chat Corner

Indians And Chaat go hand in hand. Delhi is famous all over the country for its street food and there's absolutely no better place to enjoy it than in Old Delhi. In the tightest corners where locating any place can be a tense job, this place is very convenient to find as it is located just outside Gate no. 3 of Chawri Bazar Metro Station. The place is one of the oldest in the place and serves the best street food in Delhi. It is delicious, tangy, mouthwatering and just the best!
ashok chat corner old delhi chandni chowk_image
Must Haves: Chaat, Golgappas, Tikki
Cost For Two: Rs. 220
Where: Shop 3488, Chowk Hauz Qazi, Chawri Bazar, New Delhi (Get Directions)

 

3. Aslam Chicken

A gem of the place serving the best of Mughlai and Jama Masjid Food is this 3-story building which is most famous for one ultimate dish which is far apart from anything any other place serves. BUTTER CHICKEN! No, it's not your regular orange tangy butter chicken, but this is the butteriest, cream chicken you could ever find in any other restaurant. What's more special in that? Their specialty is that their butter chicken doesn't consist of a gravy of onions or tomatoes, just pure butter and chicken pieces which are marinated with over twenty spices further roasted and grilled making it absolutely finger licking!
aslam butter chicken jama masjid food_image
Must Haves: Butter Chicken, Tikka Buttery Chicken, Roasted Chicken, Chicken Seekh, Kebab Chicken, Grill Tandoori, Butter Chicken
Cost For Two: Rs. 450
Where: Jama Masjid, Jama Masjid, New Delhi (Get Directions)

 

4. Lalu Kababee

Mouth melting Mughlai Food & kebabs, YUM! This place absolutely has to be a stop on your food walk searching for the best Jama Masjid Food! The seekhs here simply melts in your mouth and is a real value for your money. At Rs 50 for 4 pieces, what better could you ask for? You must try Buff Kebab with Mint Chutney, this is the best of Chandni Chowk food you can find.
lalu kababee near jama masjid old delhi_image
Must Haves: Buff Kebab, Mutton Seekh Kebab, Dil Boti Tikka, Roomali Rotis, 
Cost For Two: Rs. 200
Where: Opposite Gate 1, Jama Masjid, New Delhi (Get Directions)

 

5. Al Jawahar

Old Delhi, Jama Masjid is the hub of Mughlai cuisine and serves the best of non-vegetarian delights we could ever ask for and thus, it shouldn't actually come across as a surprise that there are so many old and famous food corners dedicated to just authentic Mughali Non-Vegetarian food! A popular restaurant serving Old Delhi food is Al Jawahar. It get's its name from Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru who is believed to have inaugurated the place after India's independence. Yes, it's that old! People travel from far away places and wait in line for their turn to try the most delicious mutton-nihari which is cooked overnight. The secret masalas and desi ghee add to the rich taste of the food making it stand out from its counterparts. 
al jawahar jama masjid_image
Must Haves: Changezi Chicken, Mutton Korma, Mutton Nihari, Paya Soup, Khamiri Roti, Seekh Kebab
Cost For Two: Rs. 650
Where: 8, Matia Mahal Road, Matia Mahal, Opposite Gate 1, Jama Masjid (Get Directions)

 


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6. Jugal Kishore Ramji Lal Chaat Wale

Places like Jugal Kishore Ramji Lal Chaat Wale make the Old Delhi food more special and even more unique. Jugal Kishore Ramji Lal Chaat Wale is another famous chat corner, that sells some signature chaats that are only available here and nowhere else in Delhi. They serve chaats such as the 'Kuliya Di Chaat'. It’s deliciously tangy and healthy, as it is made out of various vegetables & fruits.
Must Haves: Kuliya Di Chaat, Bhel
Cost For Two: Rs. 150
Where: Dujana House, 13, Chawri Bazar Rd, Chandni Chowk (GET DIRECTIONS)

 

7. Haaji Sharbati Nihari Wale

In Sadar Bazaars' Bhaji Gali, Noora Nihari is a place where you get a fool meal at a cost of Rs 100 and as the name suggests, the rich nihari here is delicious. One of the most popular dishes that originated from the Mughal cuisine is the Nihari. It is basically a slow cooked beef stew eaten for either breakfast or lunch and this Nihari is worth the efforts. It is spicy, heavy and everything you want your Nihari to be. The rotis to go along with it are crisp and fluffy at the same time. 

Must Haves: Paya Nihari, Bheja Nihari, Nalli Nihari.
Cost For Two: Rs. 220
Where: Shop 722, Haveli Azam Khan, Chitli Qabar, Jama Masjid, New Delhi (Get Directions)

 

8. Phelwan Biryani Wala

Your food trail is not over until you’ve tried some biryani from Pehelwan Miya’s. With a mastery of Mughlai cuisine, this place is always in a hustle-bustle and the name is rightly famous as their Biryanis which are filled with juicy meat chunks priced at Rs 50 only and are literally to die for.

Must Haves: Spicy Biryani, Khameeri Roti, Special Nihari, Bheja
Cost For Two: Rs. 150
Where: 701, Haveli Azam Khan, Chitli Qabar Chowk, Jama Masjid (Get Directions)

 

9. Kuremal Mohan Lal Kulfi Wale

After all that spiciness and heavy Mughali cuisine and street chats, you need a break to get something cold in your system. You might think, Kulfis? That's an easy choice to make, but nothing is just simple when it comes to the Old Delhi food. Your mind will definitely get boggled at this place noticing the huge variety of options available. Every kulfi is juicy and luscious with fine quality and it's going to be your best Kulfi experience!

Must Haves: Jamun Kulfi, Imli Kulfi, Mango Kulfi, Paan Kulfi, Kulfi Rabri, Fruit Cream Kulfi, Anar Kulfi, Fruit Ice Cream
Cost For Two: Rs. 250
Where: 1165-1166, Kucha Pati Ram, Sitaram Bazar, Chandni Chowk (Get Directions)

 

10. Jung Bahadur Kachori Wale

A place that sell-out all its products very soon after it opens in the day, you need to hurry and reach there to get a taste of something so rightly hyped about. This place right in the Paranthe Wali Gali is one of the best example of the best street food in Delhi. Kachori with Aloo ki Sabji, with small properly cut pieces of Kachalu and Chatni, and sprinkled with chilies is just delicious!

Must Haves: Aloo Sabji, Kachori Sabzi, Crispy Kachori, Daal Kachori, Khasta Kachori, Spicy Aloo
Cost For Two: Rs. 110
Where: 1104, Maliwara, Jogiwari, Chandni Chowk (Get Directions)

 

11. Bade Mian Ki Kheer- Old Kheer Shop

An old and trusted sweet shop, the place serves finger licking kheer because, after all the heaviness, this is all you need as the lightest and sweetest relief. So, it's very clear that the old Delhi food is a full delight offering every kind of meal you are in a mood to eat that day. Also, the best part is the enormous quantity of food it serves.

Must Haves: Badam Kheer
Cost For Two: Rs. 100
Where: 2867, Bazar Sirkiwalan, Hauz Qazi, Chandni Chowk (Get Directions)

 


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12. Haji Mohd. Hussain

The place is famous for the best thing ever - Fried Chicken! Good quality, scrumptious Fried Chicken, and Fried Fish, at extremely budget-friendly prices. So yeah, you don't always need a KFC nearby to fulfill your fried chicken cravings. Jama Masjid food does that well for you! Our work here is finished! You can start your vehicle and leave for your food walk right now!

Must Haves: Fried Chest Piece, Fried Leg Piece, Fried Fish.
Cost For Two: Rs. 300
Where: 113, Matia Mahal Road, Bazaar Matia Mahal, Jama Masjid (Get Directions)

 

13. Sultan Ji Sweets & Snacks

Mawa Jalebi or more commonly known as the 'Black Jalebi' is a unique creation of this place. Apart from that, their big juicy Gulab Jamuns are to die for! Head to the place for the sweet dishes after the heavy dinner and you won't be disappointed. No doubt the Chandni Chowk food is craved by masses to such an extent.

Must Haves: Mawa Jalebi, Dahi Bhalle, Gulab Jamun
Cost For Two: Rs. 200
Where: Gate 1, Meena Bazaar, Bazar Matia Mahal, Jama Masjid, New Delhi (Get Directions)

 

14. Qureshi Kebab Corner

Better known as Guddu Bhai ki Dukaan by commoners, the shop has a long list of fame claims to it, especially its iconic kebabs. The Sultan Kebabs are slender and juicy & are served hot off the griddle and put you in the mood of wanting for more! This place serves the most sinful Jama Masjid food i.e. the Kebabs. Everything here is smoked on site on a charcoal grill and served sizzling hot!

Must Haves: Seekh Kebab, Kathi Roll, Mutton Burra
Cost For Two: Rs. 200
Where: Opposite Gate 1, Jama Masjid, New Delhi (Get Directions)

 

15. Nawab Qureshi

Your eyes would not miss this food cart if you pass by. The cart belongs to Nawab Qureshi who hails from Uttar Pradesh & sells refreshing drinks during the hot summer months. His Watermelon Shake more popularly known as, 'Pyaar Mohabbat Mazaa' costs just Rs 10 per glass. This pink drink is made from fresh Amul milk, Rooh Afza & freshly cut watermelon cubes for crunch and a fresh taste. This is the real taste of the best street food in Delhi as you don't know what to expect and what you'll end up getting, EVER!

Must Haves: Watermelon Shake, Rose Milk
Cost For Two: Rs. 20
Where: 1149, Matia Mahal, near Jama Masjid (GET DIRECTIONS)

 

16. Cool Point

With two outlets at the very same location near Jama Masjid, Cool Point is the most famous spot for desserts and beverages in Old Delhi. What started as a small shop on the Matia Mahal road near Jama Masjid is now a huge one selling some royal delicacies like Shahi Tukda and some regular classics like vanilla and mango ice creams. The place has been running well since past 20 years and doesn't seem to be stopping anytime soon!
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Must Haves: Shahi Tukda, Rabri, Mango Ice Cream, Phirni Kheer, Kulfi Faluda, Lassi
Cost For Two: Rs. 100
Where: 933, Jama Masjid (Get Directions)

 

17. Ameer Sweet House

The world famous Keema samosa or Khoya samosa is a thing you won't be disappointed by. Ameer Sweet house is one such place that you must visit for the best of Chandni Chowk Food. This shop also sells the iconic paneer jalebi that you will definitely never want to miss. 

Must Haves: Keema Samosa, Khoya Samosa, Paneer Jalebi, Gulab Jamun, Kachoris
Cost For Two: Rs. 150
Where: 958, Haveli Azam Khan, Chitli Qabar, Jama Masjid (Get Directions)

 


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18. Rehmatullah Hotel

This quality of mouth-watering food at such cheap prices is difficult to find even in Chandni Chowk! The place feeds the hungry throughout the year and has packets at a price of just Rs. 20 for anyone willing to help the needy. Each packet contains two large rotis and a bowl of Buff Meat Korma which is absolutely delicious. All the food lovers must certainly visit this place for the complete experience of food in Old Delhi.
rehmatullah hotel chandni chowk old delhi_imageMust Haves:  Chicken Biryani, Nahati, Shrimp, Buff Korma, Kebabs
Cost For Two: Rs. 100
Where: 105-110, Bazar Matia Mahal, Opposite Jama Masjid Gate 1 (Get Directions)

 

19. Kallan Sweets

This tiny sweet shop opened back in 1939 and since then has been running successfully! Service starts at 7 am in the morning, so professionals if you want a quick bite, it's good news for you. The place is famous for its bright orange and thick Paneer Ki Jalebi which is extremely popular. It usually sells out by lunchtime and a new batch has to be made to keep the service running till midnight. That's crazy!
kallan sweets jama masjid_image
Must Haves:  Shahi Tukda, Rabri, Keema Samosa, Gulab Jamun, Phirni Kheer, Lassi, Paneer Samosa, Paneer Jalebi
Cost For Two: Rs. 100
Where: Shop 4-5, Bazaar Matia Mahal, Jama Masjid (Get Directions)

 

20. Mohalla Pahadi Imli

Something you might have never heard of before is the perfect stop marking an end of your food walks across Delhi 6 looking for the best street food in Delhi. A small shop in the corner of Moholla Pahadi Imli sells a novel and refreshing drink: Gur ka sharbat. The price has gone up from up from 1 paisa to Rs 5 a glass since 1947. A drink you wouldn't find anywhere else except here at Mohalla Pahadi Imli is something you should not miss when in Chandni Chowk.

Must Haves:  Gur Ka Sharbat
Cost For Two: Rs. 10
Where: Corner of Pahadi Imli, Chitli Qabar, Bazar Matia Mahal

 

And now that you know where to stop, what to eat and drink and you are definitely drooling by now, take out time to go on your food walk and taste the best flavors of Delhi in Delhi 6!

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