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Intriguing culture blended with magnificent metropolitan mixture makes Delhi an incredible city to visit. Delicious cuisine of Delhi attracts millions of tourists from around the world. The city is home to top rated restaurants, however, for budget travellers, these restaurants may not be a viable option. If you want to save money on food while holidaying in Delhi, you can choose from roadside food stands or dishes that are easily available all over the city. Following are few food items that are not only known for their deliciousness but also for their low price.
Parantha is a flatbread which can be found in most of the subcontinent areas. Two to four paranthas are usually enough to satiate an adult. Vendors in the city serve delicious varieties of paranthas with vegetable pickle, tamarind chutney and onions although the flatbread is available with several fillings. Listed below are the most popular ones:
- Aloo Parantha (stuffed with mashed potatoes)
- Gobhi Parantha (stuffed with crushed cauliflower)
- Anda Parantha (stuffed with egg/omelette)
- Aloo-Pyaaz Parantha (stuffed with potato and onion)
- Paneer Parantha (stuffed with South Asian cheese)
If you are dining at a roadside counter, the price range of paranthas lies between Rs. 15 to Rs. 40. However, if you are looking for better hygiene, head towards Connaught Place, the central part of New Delhi. If you are commuting via metro, get off at Rajiv Chowk Metro Station, exit from Gate A and walk up to Shivaji Stadium where you’ll find one of the most popular parantha vendors in the city. Here the price range for a parantha varies between Rs. 35 to Rs. 60. Drink curd or tea with the flatbread for an exquisite experience.
The dish is a combination of spicy chick peas known as chole and fried bread made from maida flour. Chole Bhature counters can be seen at almost every corner of the city. You can find a plate of chole bhature for as low as Rs 15. If you don’t want to compromise on food quality, take your pick from vendors located in popular markets such as Rajouri Garden, Sarojini Nagar, Kamla Nagar and Cannaught Place where you’ll still be able to grab a bite for pennies.
Chaat is an integral part of Delhi’s street food, a trip to the city would be incomplete without having Chaat. The Indian fast food consists of tempting mixture of tangy-salt pieces, crispy fried bread, potato pieces, dahi bhalla and curd, the price chaat ranges between Rs. 30 and Rs. 80. In recent time many vendors have started adding fruits to add variety to this classic Delhi street dish. Chandni Chowk in Old Delhi is known for its chaat vendors. Most popular vendors are Shree Balaji Chaat Bhandar, Bishan Swaroop and Jugal Kishoe Ramji Lal. Along with fruit chaat, you should also try Aloo Tikki and Pao Bhaaji. Aloo Tikki is made from boiled potatoes mixed with several spices and served with youghurt, chick peas and tamarind chutney. Pao Bhaaji is a fast food dish that consists of thick potato based curry known as bhaaji and a small loaf of bread.
Desserts complete the cheap menu of Delhi. Kulfi Faluda, Rabri Faluda and variety of milkshakes, fruit shakes and kulfis amongst other are the most popular. Kulfi is a kind of ice-cream made from milk and butter. The best desserts are available at Giani’s and Giani di Hatti. Giani’s has outlets all over the city and Giani di Hatti can be found in old Delhi. The price for an ice-cream is around Rs. 40 to Rs. 80.
For budget travelers flying to Delhi, the dining experience will be one of its kinds as there are numerous options to enjoy delicious food without spending much.