In the winter months there’s some extra special treats to be found on Delhi’s streets. Yes, it’s cold but get out there and get eating. You won’t regret it.
If walking down Delhi’s streets watching the world go by isn’t entertaining enough, then let these three winter street foods loose on your taste buds.
Daulat ki Chaat
During the winter months Daulat ki Chaat can found in Shahjahanabad (Old Delhi).There’s no other place in the city where you can get you hands on this delightful dish.
Outside of the capital it’s available in a couple of places, but under different names. In Varanasi it’s called malayo, whilst in Lucknow it takes on the title of Nimish.
If you happen to be in these cities during the winter months, you’re in luck. This is a dish that has to be tried.
Pravinder Kumar, my Daulat ki Chaat walah who hangs around Chawri Bizaar, tells me it’s made of milk and suger that’s been whipped furiously for 3 hours. It’s then topped off with some saffron and served with khoya and (more) sugar.
The result, a really delicate, light and fluffy heaven sent sweet, disintegerates as soon as touches the tongue.
Make sure you’re in the lanes of Old Delhi in the mornings or you might be disappointed.
Served on plates for 30 and 40 INR, it’s also possible to take some Daulat ki Chaat away in a tub. But be warned, this is a dish that doesn’t travel and needs to be eaten quick smart.
Shakarkandi ki Chaat
This treat arrives in the autumn and supports Dilliwalahs through the long winter months.
Coming in snack sized portions, it’s an mid afternoon meal of cubed sweet potato, squeezed fresh lime and mixed masala that dilliwalahs just love.
Combined expertly by the walah with a few tosses of a spoon and placed in hand for 20 to 30 rupees a plate. If you feeling flush add in a few slices of kamrakh, starfruit, to the combo.
What’s in the massala is a mystery (or is it a family secret?). Cumin, chilli, coriander and the unmistakable tang of black salt abound, but there’s a lot more to the masala than that.
Reminiscent of a baked potato from a British High Street (but without the massala magic).
It’s healthy too. No ghee. No oil. And to make it even more entertaining the street stall gets picked up by the walah and placed on his head (complete with hot coals) so he can walk off when no customers are in sight.
We love Chikki. We love Chikki. We love Chikki
We all love Chikki, don’t we? Or is it called Gujjak? Whatever the name, we all want more of it
This traditional Indian sweets has been in the shops for a couple of months now and will be here for a few more.
Jaggery combined with nuts and seeds such as peanuts, sesame seeds, almonds, pistachios and coconut are to be found in chikki. But, it’s a sweet that comes in many different varieties and styles. There’s always the chance of a surprise when searching through the chikki stalls.
Chikki doesn’t like the warm weather, so when it starts to get hot it will be gone for another year. Eat it while you can.
NASVI Street food festival is coming this Christmas
It’s time to get out and get eating. And remember the NASVI street food festival is coming to the capital over Christmas. I love this time of year. Yum.