Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Delicious or Delhicious

Delhicious! This is how a display of CWG2010 read while describing one of the numerous hues of the electrifying city.                                                                            

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photo credits: the sports mirror
One of the characteristic features of Delhi is its rich culinary heritage. Touted as a haven for luscious cuisine typical of North India, a trip down the lanes of gastronomy can be mind boggling for anyone. Be it street food, gourmet or local kitchen, ‘exotic’ is a mean word when you describe Delhi food. A wide variety of non-vegetarian and vegetarian dishes embellish the palates of Delhiites. A quintessential destination for food lovers, Delhi can tease your taste buds with an ensemble of never tasted cuisine. Delhi celebrates food and all festivals are greeted with discernible finger licking savories.

India cooks its food with a combination of 36 masalas (spices) [chattis masale ki misran as we say in Hindi]. Irresistibly aromatic, a mere sniff of the food is enough to go weak at the knees, let alone the titillating appearance. Delhi features in the top rung of the pyramid when it comes to Indian food. Dingy lanes of Old Delhi and Chandni Chowk dotted with smoke emanating eateries, the famed Paranthe Wale Gali, the choked streets near Jama Masjid, the burgeoning tikki wallas, grilled chicken wallas, chole kulche/bhature, various stuffed paranthas [allo_gobi_paneer_ the list is endless], momos (Dim Sum) wallas, Papdi, Pav Bhaji, Kulfi Faluda, Dal Pakoda, Gol gappas, dot dot dot dot dot #@$ #$@# am running out of names.
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Moolchand flyover
Right from the age of the mughals through the British Raj to the present times, Delhi is known for its flair for good food, whipping out lip smacking delicacies to the world. I have heard that many celebrities visiting the city prolong their stay just to dig on their palates with Delhi food. There is a Delhi beyond the elite hotels and restaurants, very much affordable by the common man. Such is the influence of eateries that many food stalls have turned into landmarks and addresses throughout the city. A certain Bittu making tikki for customers became Bittu Tikki Walla popularly known as BTW or a paranthe walla below the Moolchand flyover growing bigger in stature than the bridge- these are but just a tip of the iceberg. This enchanting city of Delhi has countless of such instances where the food has become the symbol of the locality.

This may not at all be intriguing for the locals (who are already in sync with the developments), but for those who come to the city to visit iconic landmarks, I would like to inform that there is a Delhi beyond the Qutub Minar and Red Fort which you must explore and discover, the under belly and all the ghettoes of Delhi. So, if you are here in Delhi just let your hair down and ENJOY to the hilt!    

1 comment:

  1. Well said. Unfortunately fast modernisation is throwing all of the great eateries out of the way. Some iconic old dhabas no longer exist :(