Delhi is a megacity bustling with people. It is overwhelming: the heat, dust, noise and crowds can make the most seasoned traveler wary. But India’s capital is also a melting pot of history and culture, filled with exciting things to do and see, including markets, museums and cafés all influenced by the steady influx of traders and immigrants that have shaped the city for centuries.
Delhi’s culinary epicenter has undoubtedly been affected by the diversity as well. Food here is a mix of many styles, cuisines, cultures and communities: Middle Eastern recipes brought by the Mughals are married to Punjabi and Sindhi ones originating in Pakistan and Iran. Tibetan and North-East Indian flavours meanwhile add interesting twists. The result is a mind-boggling, tongue-tickling array of offerings that one can only find in Delhi.
Feeding millions of immigrant workers, shoppers, office goers, students and housewives, the Delhi street food served in these stalls is woven into the fabric of the city like its air and water. There is no way you can experience the real Delhi without sampling its street treats, so get going.