The bylanes of Chandni Chowk has a lot of hidden gems. From architectural marvels to some of the best markets for shopping, there is something for everyone. But more than anything Chandni Chowk is known for some ravishing lip smacking, mouth-watering dishes. Here’s a virtual tour of the best places to eat in Chandni Chowk. And if you are drooling after reading the article, don’t worry. The person writing this had a hard time finishing it too. Chandni Chowk is calling!
Natraj Dahi Bhalle
Natraj Dahi Bhalle is a mecca for all Dahi Bhalla lovers. You are likely to find long queues here during peak hours, and don’t get surprised to know that the menu has only two items – dahi bhalla and aloo tikki, both divine. The bhalla melts in your mouth and the tikki Is so crispy that it is hard to describe. And don’t forget the tasty chutneys which are a burst of flavor in your mouth. The shop was started in 1940 and has been creating magic ever since.
Location: 1396, Main Road near Central Bank
Cost for two: INR 100
Jung Bahadur Kachori Wala
This roadside stand has been handing out lip smacking kachories for almost 40 years now. The shop is situated in the insides of the world renowned Parathe Wali Gali. You will discover different encircled daily paper articles on the mass of this little shop highlighting the gestures of recognition of its kachori sabzi. They serve a variety like dal kachori, pyaaz kachori, matar kachori, dry fruit kachori and others. But it is the aloo sabzi that will leave you wanting for more.
Location: 1104, Maliwara, Jogiwari, Chandni Chowk
Cost for two: INR 110
Your trip to Chandni chowk will be incomplete without paying a visit to Jama Masjid and the area around it. The place is swarming with numerous diners and is a paradise for all meat lovers. Al Jawahar stands out in the middle of all these joints. It gets its name from Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru who is believed to have inaugurated the place after India’s independence. The place has been serving delicious and rich Mughali cuisine for decades. From their mutton delicacies like Gurda Kaleji, Biryani and Korma to Chicken Changazi, you will be spoilt for choice. Their mutton-nihari is extremely popular. It is cooked overnight with some secret masala and desi ghee that add to the rich taste. At Al Jawahar, you will eat like a king!
Location: 8, Jama Masjid Matia Mahal Road, Opposite Gate No.1
Cost for two: INR 500 (approx.)
Khemchand Adesh Kumar’s Daulat ki Chaat
Creamy, thick milk is churned, and the froth that forms is kept in a bowl. On this some foams of saffron-infused milk are added for light colouring and flavour. Before serving, a pinch of powdered sugar is added to it. Legend had it that the sweet could only be prepared in moonlit nights. Adding some moonlight to the dish are we? One more thing is that this chaat is available only during the winter months because it collapses and loses its texture and taste in hot weather. You will find many stalls selling this frothy concoction and Khemchand Adesh Kumar is one of the best in the area. Apart from sugar, almonds and crushed chenna will be added to your bowl for the ultimate crunchy soft taste you’ll keep going back for.
Location: Nai Sadak, Chawri Bazar
Cost for two: INR 100
Old Famous Jalebi Wala
Talking about dessert in Chandni Chowk, you can’t leave without gorging a plate full of jalebis from very old and extremely famous “Old Famous jalebi Wala”. This jalebi shop has been running since 1884 (so old) and is famous for its jalebis that are fried in desi ghee and then dipped in Khandsari sugar syrup which is made from the raw and unprocessed sugar. You will also get an option of having jalebi with rabdi (this is definately for people with a sweet-tooth). Come prepared though as there’s no seating options and you will always face a mad rush. But a little bit of hustle is nothing in compared to the sinful jalebis you will get to eat here. You can also pair the jalebis with some crunchy samosas and down them with a glass of lassi. This is what we call a complete meal.
Location: Dariba Kalan
Cost for two: 250 (approx.)