A culinary guide to New Delhi, India

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India has many attractions that draw visitors from abroad to its shores, as it contains temples, beaches, mountains and modern attractions of all types. From Mumbai in the south, to Leh in the far north, you’ll find yourself occupied almost every moment you spend in this country.

But perhaps no city is as captivating as the one where you’ll you likely begin your Indian adventure. New Delhi is an unforgettable city, filled with all sorts of sights that will have you doing double and triple takes.

However, being the federal capital has endowed it with a wealth of food and drink that make it the perfect place to sample all the cuisine that India has to offer.

Here’s what you need to try during your time in New Delhi, and where you can go to find it…

1) Tandoori Chicken (Karim’s)

One the most distinctive dishes to those visiting India from the West is Tandoori Chicken, as its slightly spicy and sweet red hue makes it one of the most recognizable meals in this culinary tradition.

There are many places across New Delhi where you can find the ubiquitous clay pots in which this meal is slow cooked, but the one spot we recommend is Karim’s, a restaurant so popular that it has spawned multiple franchises across the city.

The original location is the best though, as it is located within a short stroll from the Jama Masjid.

2) Galawati Kebabs (Indian Accent)

Created for a king that had lost his teeth, but not his appetite for gourmet food, trying out a Galawati Kebab is a must for visitors to Delhi.

Crafted from lamb, mutton, veal or beef, and using papaya and a bewildering amount of spices (the royal recipe from which the current one is descended reportedly used up to 150) to make the meat melt-in-your-mouth tender, you may find yourself ordering seconds.

Indian Accent is the restaurant in New Delhi that really nails this recipe in our humble opinion, as its kitchen staff are deeply skilled in the culinary arts.

This achievement has been validated by being named a top 50 restaurant in the world in 2015 by the website, “The World’s 50 Best Restaurants”, which is a web property run by Diner’s Club, which has established a great deal of authority in the culinary niche over its decades of existence.

3) Aloo Tikki (Natraj)

Seeking out fare that is a bit more modest, but no less satisfying? Aloo Tikki is a favorite of Indians rich or poor, and is a popular street dish that draws crowds around carts that make the best version of this potato based snack.

Served with mint, tamarind sauce and yoghurt, the most popular vendor of this meal in New Delhi is Natraj, which is a food cart that has built up a solid clientele over 75 years of business.

The Aloo Tikki they dish up has a crispness that will have you understanding the lines that form in front of its cart from the moment you take your first bite of it.