You will be taken to old Delhi which is where Delhi’s street food can best be experienced. You will visit various food stalls (and sample their fares), most of which have been selling the same specialities for many generations without any change in the recipes. At each stop you will learn about the traditions and stories behind the specialities - which will range from paranthas, chat papdi, jalebis, kachoris and samosas.
What to eat and where to go
Chandni Chowk Area
When you are in Old Delhi, you just can't miss the food there. The streets buzz with activity and are filled with the aroma of food. For the connoisseurs, there are restaurants like Karim's. For the food historians, there's a chance to taste Butter Chicken at Moti Mahal.
Food tasting in Delhi starts with a visit to Chandni Chowk. Chandni Chowk is called the food capital of India. It offers variety of food (especially snacks/chaats) to please every taste bud there is. The moment you step onto the streets, you might feel as though you are in the most crowded and a dense place, take a few paces forward, look around. Small eatery establishments catches your eyes, and then, the aroma of masala, namkeen, chaat, jalebies just hits your senses. This feeling is absolute paradise. The streets are lined with halwais (sweet-sellers), namkeenwallahs (sellers of savouries) and paranthewallahs (sellers of rich, flaky breads soaked in ghee).
The magnificent aspect of food makers in the old Delhi establishment is that most of them have been cooking century old recepies and improving or improvising to meet the tastes of the current generation. There are eateries which go back over a 100 years. These places never see the modern establishments such as McDonalds as competition at all. Cause, Old Delhi food vendors offer varieties and tastes no multi-million fast food joint can accomplish.
The oldest among these is Pt Gaya Prasad Shiv Charan, established in 1872. Others include Pandit Devi Dayal's (1886) and Kanhaiya Lal Durga Prasad's Parantha Shop (1875). The paranthas are fried in pure ghee in cast-iron pans. They are served with Mint Chutney, Banana - Tamarind Chutney, vegetable pickle and Aloo Subzi.
50 years ago, the variety of paranthas available were fewer. Such as Aloo Parantha, Gobhi Parantha and Matar Parantha, stuffed with potato, cauliflower and peas respectively.
We at Xenia particularly recommend the Papdi Chaat with its liberal inclusion of Kachaalu Chutney, Khasta Papdis and saunth. Bishan Swaroop (1421, Chandni Chowk; 10am to 10pm) is one of those gems tucked away in the chaotic by-lanes of Chandni Chowk which keep alive the magic of another time, another taste.
Google map of the tour
What is included in the tour
- A private air-conditioned vehicle
- Service of an English speaking guide on private basis
- Complimentary mineral water for consumption during the tour
- All foods sampled during the tour
What is not included in the tour
- Entrance Fee
- Camera Fee
- Any other item not mentioned under ‘Inclusions’
Cost of the tour
INR 4770 (Adult - 12+ year olds)
INR 2385 (Children between the ages of 5 and 11 years)
Things to know about the guided tour
- You will be collected from and dropped off at your hotel (within 15km radius of Connaught Palace in the heart of Delhi) .
- Duration of the trip is 3-4 hours (from pickup to drop off)
- Best time to do this experience is between 10AM and 6PM