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Where to Get Best Street Food in Delhi, India?

Updated on May 25, 2011

Delhi, the culinary capital of India, in spite of having some of the best restaurants in country, the real magic lies in small well known eateries that lie in the streets of Delhi. Whether it is Evening Time Snacks or Paranthe Wali Gali in Chandni Chowk or Chachas Chole Bhature at Knags (Kamla Nagar) or Moolchand’s famous paranthe wala, Rajinder Kebabs near Bheekaji Kama Place, Roshan Di Kulfi at Karol Bagh or small dhabas outside IIFT, these outlets weave their own magic through simple yet delightful dishes for us Delhites. Now I will write down my own experiences of these small eateries and also direction to them with interactive maps, so that my fellow delhites and foreign visitors to Delhi if they want to try street food of Delhi can find them easily:

Chachas Chole Bhature behind Kirori Mal College in Kamla Nagar

Chacha provides the best chole bhature in Delhi. You need to be there early as he sets up his shop by 10 a.m. and by 2 p.m. everything thing gets over. You just have to stand and eat out there. Price, last time I had it was 25 rupees for a plate

Directions to reach this place: Move inside Kamla Nagar Main Market from Kirori Mal College’s back gate (if you are at back gate go straight). It is on First Street to right.

Om Ji Ke Chole Bhature in Rohini

If you want to try more chole bhature in Delhi, then there is OM chole bhature in Rohini, somewhere around sector 9. I have eaten out at Chachas Bhature in Kamla Nagar many times and also at Om’s. Both are simply amazing.

If Chachas is 10/10, then Om is 9/10.

Chachas Chole Bhature
Chachas Chole Bhature

Secret Kitchen tastes Delhi's street food, high food

Famous Rajma Wala is located in Shankar Market CP
Famous Rajma Wala is located in Shankar Market CP
Famous Market near Chanakya Cinema
Famous Market near Chanakya Cinema
Rajinder da dhaba Near Ring Road
Rajinder da dhaba Near Ring Road

Rajma Rice in Connaught PlaceDelhi

There is a rajma chawal wala at CP at the Shankar Market Lane. It serves not only rajma chawal but also shahi paneer, choley chawal, and lots of pother stuff. All dishes are awesome and after your meals, don’t forget to drink lassi.

Bun and Butter At Chanakya Cinema Along With Tea

When we were just 14, we used to bunk school to watch mornings shows at Chanakya Cinema in Chankyapuri. At it was very early around 7:30 in the morning when we used to reach there, there was a bun and butter stall right behind the Chanakya Cinema complex which is still there till now. Their bun butter combined with tea taste deliciously yummy.

Anand Restaurant CP

Try out this eatery located at the lane adjoining JeewanPrakashBuilding at Kasturbha Gandhi Marg. The Hyderabadi biryani and chicken curry are just amazing.

Rajinder Kebabs near Bheeka Ji Kama place

Rajinder Da Dhaba has been a famous spot for having tandoori chicken and mutton kebabs. Other tasty non-vegetarian street food you can try here is malai tikka, tagdi kebab, butter chicken, and seekh kebab. All the snacks are really delicious and you will love to eat here.

Driving Directions to Reach Rajinder Da Dhaba: If you are coming from AIIMS and going towards Dhaula Kuan, cross the AIIMS flyover, then don’t go on Safdarjung flyover, instead take a left turn below the flyover and move ahead and there will be a right turn just after 200 meters or so. On that corner, there is a market complex in which you can find Rajinder Da Dhaba.

If you are coming from IIT, move towards Bhikaji Kama Place from IIT hostel red light and just when you reach Bhikaji Cama Place, there is a red light before Ring Road flyover. Take the right turn from there and at the end of road is the market complex where you will find the best kebabs in Delhi.

Some more options are:

  1. Best gol gappas and chaat at Shah Jahan Road (Near Khan Market)
  2. Best South Indian fare opposite Jantar Mantar/ close to the park in CP.
  3. Khan Chacha’s for amazing kathi rolls (Khan Market in one of the bye lanes)
  4. Alfina Restaurant in Khan Market for melt in the mouth tikkas and kebabs.
  5. Channa bhaturas of Sita Ram in Paharganj Delhi.
  6. Karims at Jama Masjid, Nizamuddin, RajouriGarden, and Gurgaon
  7. Momos at GreenPark Market. a guy sells them on his bike.
  8. Paranthas under the IIT flyover after 10 pm.
  9. Ganesh Restaurant in Karol Bagh for absolutely melt in the mouth tandoori fish.

West Delhi is the tandoori zone of Delhi and you will find something on every road.

Rajinder da Dhaba in near Bhikaji Kama Place New Delhi
Rajinder da Dhaba in near Bhikaji Kama Place New Delhi
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A markerChache Di Hatti Near Kirori Mal College Kamal Nagar Market -
Kirori Mal College, North Campus, University of, Malkaganj Marg, Kamla Nagar, New Delhi, Delhi 11000
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B markerOm Chole Bhature in Sector 9 Rohini -
Rohini Sector 9, Rohini, New Delhi, Delhi, India
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C markerRajmah Rice in Shankar Maret Connaught Place -
Shankar Market, Connaught Place, New Delhi, Delhi, India
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D markerBun and Butter At Chanakya Cinema Chanakyapuri Delhi -
Chanakyapuri, New Delhi, Delhi, India
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E markerAnand Restaurant Kasturba Gandhi Marg, CP -
Kasturba Gandhi Marg, Connaught Place, New Delhi, Delhi, India
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F markerRajinder Da Dhaba -
Rajinder Da Dhaba, AB-14,safdarjung Enclave Mkt, Nauroji Nagar Marg, Safdarjung Enclave, New Delhi,
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      Rajinder Soni 6 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Hi Mannu, you have put an excellent guide for best pocket-friendly non-veg eateries in Delhi. I love non-veg and one of my big brother also so we will start giving it a try one by one. I have been to Paramjeet out of all of them and I will try others. Thanks for the update.

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      Mannu 7 years ago

      Top 5 pocket friendly non-veg eateries of Delhi along with their famous dishes and location:-

      1) Chicken Planet for famous Changezi Chicken ( try Tandoori / Friend chicken too )

      2) Haji Mohd. friend chicken opp: gate no 1 , Jama masjid for the best friend chicken

      3) Khalsa Dhaba near DD Motors , Maya Puri ( before Khajan Basti) for Tandoori Mutton Barra

      4) Paramjeet Maccli wala near Natraj Cinema , Moti Nagar for Chikni Macchi ( fried fish pakoras)

      5) Ashok Meat wala near Sadar Thana road , Sadar Bazaar for desi ghee mutton curry only served on Wednesday & Sat from 1:pm to 2:pm .

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      Rajinder Soni 7 years ago from New Delhi, India

      @SimoneSmith, Sally's Trove, quicksand, and purple perl, thanks for your visit and comments. I was really busy with the September contest and therefore had no time to write replies. I wish we have another great contest like Marks the Spot.

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      Purple Perl 7 years ago from Bangalore,India

      Dilli ka Gol gappas and Chole Batura,here I come!

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      quicksand 7 years ago

      A good reason to visit Delhi! :)

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      Sherri 7 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      I don't see myself traveling to Delhi in the near future, but when I do, this Hub is going along with me. You painted such a tantalizing picture of Delhi's eating experiences...wish I were there now!

      Visitors to another country often don't try "street" food because they are cautious. Instead, they tend to rely on published reviews and the recommendations of hoteliers.

      I hope you keep this Hub updated through experiences will come and go, things change...but this idea of featuring street food in Delhi is worth keeping current. Maybe other Hubbers will pick up on your trend and feature street food in their cities.

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      Simone Haruko Smith 7 years ago from San Francisco

      Street food is often the BEST food a place can offer- it's just so fresh and flavorful and delicious- plus it's cheap, and you get to enjoy it in the thick of all the street life!

      These places all look great- I with the right kind of luck, I'll be nomming at each and every one someday!

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      Rajinder Soni 7 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you so much agusfanani and fetty for your motivational comments.

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      fetty 7 years ago from South Jersey

      Excellent hub. Well researched with a beautiful presentation. Well done.

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      agusfanani 7 years ago from Indonesia

      Wow, those are nice places to eat !