Delhi 6 - Paradise For Foodies
For food, my favourite place in India is Delhi-6 or Dilli-6 in Hindi. For those who donât know, the â6â in Delhi-6 denotes the pincode/zipcode of the area. Itâs actually, Delhi â 110006. No other part of the city is referred to like this. There is no Delhi-1 or Delhi-36 in common lingo, and thatâs because this part of the city (also called âThe Walled Cityâ) has a life and culture of its own.
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The walled city has Chandni Chowk (right opposite is the Lal Qila or the Red Fort), Jama Masjid or Mosque, Ram Lila Grounds, Balli Maran (Mirza Ghalibâs residence), and for food lovers, thereâs Parathe Wali Gali (a whole street selling only parathas)- legend has it that Bollywoodâs first superstar, Rajesh Khanna, would at times, on a film set in Mumbai, insist on parathas from Parathe Wali Gali. The crew would have someone fly down from Delhi to deliver his meal! Talk about home delivery!
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Chandni Chowk has the best vegetarian street food (snack) in India. Chhole Bhature, Gol Gappa, Dahi Bhalla, Chaat, Tikki and even Pav Bhaji (a Mumbai special) â go anywhere in the world, they usually donât get better than this. Incidentally, a portion of the film, Delhi-6, has almost the same footage as that in my blog and video.
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Watch video at http://www.ifood.tv/video/food_court_delhi_ramlila_grounds
The lane opposite Jama Masjid has the legendary Karimâs that has won several awards down the years â I havenât had better Tandoori Roti or Mutton Barra or Tandoori Raan ANYWHERE ELSE, and scores of restaurants/dhabas/stalls, where you can gorge on all kinds of kababs, tikkas, biryanis, nihari and all that there is to authentic Mughlai cuisine. A couple of shops ahead of Karimâs is an outlet that sells the best fried chicken in the worldâ¦especially for the chutney and masala that they sprinkle on top. For sweets, there is Phirni & Shahi Tukda, to name a few.
Youâll also see sights that you may not have witnessed anywhere else like a man selling chilled milk from a tub, and almost 800 kachauris being deep fried together in a huge kadhai! Â Â Â
Youâll also see sights that you may not have witnessed anywhere else like a man selling chilled milk from a tub, and almost 800 kachauris being deep fried together in a huge kadhai!
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Bollywood actress Sonam Kapoor is a self confessed foodie. While shooting for her film Delhi-6, she treated herself to Chhole Bhature, Dahi Bhalla and Gol Gappe from the streets, and non-vegetarian fare at Kareemâs. A suggestion for Sonam, and for anyone else living in Mumbai, if you want to get a glimpse of Jama Masjid in Mumbai, you could visit Mohammed Ali Road.
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