Food Walk in Chandni Chowk, Old Delhi with Delhipedia

By Mridula Dwivedi September 16, 2015 38 Comments , , , , , , ,
khari-baoli-spice-market

In spite of living for a long time in NCR I have hardly explored Old Delhi. So when I saw an invitation from Delhipedia for a food walk in Chandni Chowk I accepted it without hesitation. It was an afternoon walk. I was so excited about it that I didn’t even consider the weather. But the weather cooperated with us. The day was not so hot. So without any further delay let me take you on the food trail in Old Delhi that I did. We had 5 food stops- Natraj Dhai Bhalla Corner, Amritsai Lassi Wala, Gole Hatti, JB Kachori Wala and Old Famous Jalebi Wala. We also stopped at the famous spice market in the Khari Baoli area, considered to be the Asia’s largest spice market. You can see it all in the video by the Delhipedia team.

Our first stop was Natraj Dhai Bhalla Corner. As soon as we climbed up the stairs, the place felt familiar to me. I actually went to Old Delhi once with Chhavi and just to escape the crowd we climbed up the stairs of this shop and had food there. I didn’t know then that it was a famous shop.

chaat-chandni-chowk-food-walk
Aloo Tikki at Natraj Dhai Bhalla Corner

We had Dhai Bhalla and Aloo Tikki at this place. I liked the Dhai Bhalla a lot. It was lip smacking good, the dhai (curd) was quite creamy and the overall taste wonderful. The Aloo Tikki was good too but the inner filling was too spicy for me. In the end I had to leave a small portion of the inner filling in the plate. I felt guilty but I could not finish it. This shop is quite close to the Chandni Chowk Metro Station.

mango-lassi-food-walk-chandni-chowk
Mango Lassi with Amritsari Lassi Wala

After having the chaat most of us protested that ordering one plate for each person was just too much. At other stops we would share food. That was a good idea except at Amritsari Lassi Wala. I had a Mango Lassi and I had it all to myself. It was full of malai and I enjoyed eating it the most. The Lassi was delicious too. When I go back to Chandni Chowk again, I am going there for sure. Amritsari Lassi Wala is right across the Odeion Sweets.

khari-baoli-spice-market-chandni-chowk
A Display at Khari Baoli Spice Market

After having such rich foodstuff we decided to walk to the spice market at Khari Baoli. This was my first visit to the spice market and it was a revelation to me. The place has such a unique smell of various spices floating in the air. The smell of dry chili predominates, making everyone sneeze liberally.

khari-baoli
The Streets of Khari Baoli

The colors then catch your attention, yellow of the haldi (turmeric), red of the chilies, green of the cardamom and much more. The streets were full of carts and sacks taking the produce to its destination!

seth-lakshmi-narayan-garodia-market
Seth Lakshmi Narayan Garodia Market

There is Seth Lakshmi Narayan Garodia Market right next to the Fatehpuri Mosque. It is an old crumbling complex with many levels all full of spices. We climbed the stairs into the complex and explored it a bit. It was like entering another era!

khari-baoli-roof-top
With Ambica and Pallavee

I do not have much imagination but even I was left wondering about the place and its history. I am sure it would have been a grand place in its heydays!

food-gole-hatti-chandni-chowk
Rice Chole Palak at Gole Hatti

We left the market sneezing and coughing. Our next stop was Gole Hatti which is famous for its rice with chole palak. I loved the pickled carrot that came with the main dish. I also enjoyed the imli (tamarind) ki chatani. This time I shared food. There was no way I could eat a plate all by myself.

food-chandni-chowk-jb-khchori-wala
JB Kachoriwala at Kinari Bazaar

Our next food stop was JB Kachori Wala. They are on FB and Twitter too. Once again we shared food. The kachoris were absolutely khasta (crisp) but once again way too spicy for me. I could eat only a little. Don’t go by my definition of spicy though, I am known as the European in the family! The gentleman at the shop was extremely courteous and happy to pose for me more than once! Right across it is Kedarnath Premchand Halwai who makes excellent Nagori Halwa. I tried them on my previous visit to Chandni Chowk.

jalebi-with-rabri-food-old-delhi
Jalebi with Rabri, My Number Dish 1 on the List

Our final stop was the Old Famous Jalebi Wala. Now I have a big sweet tooth and this was my favorite stop! I loved the jalebi with rabri. They were perfectly sweet, not too much and not too little. This shop takes the top spot in my list closely followed by the Amritsari Lassi Wala.

chandni-chowk-food-walk
Kinari Bazaar

I had been on Chandni Chowk Food Walk for about four hours and I was worried about hitting the peak traffic on my way back home. I just barely missed it in the metro.

Over all it was a delightful food walk that was organized by Delhipedia.

Share

38 thoughts on “Food Walk in Chandni Chowk, Old Delhi with Delhipedia”

  1. Oh this is lovely Mridula. I wanted to do this tour the last time I was in Delhi. Unfortunately I wasnt able to muster the time for it. It sounds so tempting. Esp for a foodie like me, I am kicking myself for missing this one out. I have heard a lot about Delhi By cycle as well. Apparently they do a pretty good job 🙂

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

I am Mridula Dwivedi, I love to travel! I started my travel blog in 2005. I have been going places since! For more details do check out my media kit! In another life I did a Ph.D. from IIT Kanpur. I was a professor when I quit my job in 2015.

Recent Blog

Category

Archive

Gonomads Blogs

Have a look