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Traditional Indian Food in New Delhi, India

Traditional Indian Food in New Delhi, India

by George Black

Within the National Capital Territory of Delhi lies a municipality called New Delhi. Tourists, business partners, diplomats, and cultural researchers alike can enjoy various landmarks like the Viceroy's House at one end with Paharganj, the Safdarjung's Tomb, Gandhi Smriti ( the resting place where Mahatma Gandhi spent the last 144 days of his life), and many other destinations.

Dehli, also known as the food capital of India, is the ideal place to indulge in the rich flavors of traditional Indian cuisine. From the best chicken curry you will ever taste to biryani, tikka, and tandoori, here is the ultimate guide to the best dishes and must-try Indian restaurants in New Delhi.

1. Сhicken curry is the best in the world
Сhicken curry is the best in the world
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Chicken curry is a ubiquitous dish today that originated in India. Its distinctive creamy sauce, tender chicken, and an array of herbs and spices make it a dish loved by many. If you are a lover of chicken curry, it is essential that you try traditional chicken curry whilst in Delhi.

Be careful if you are sensitive to spicy foods, but if you wish to be daring, try Dragonfly Experience. This restaurant, with its terrific décor and great location, is a favorite among many. They serve butter chicken, spring rolls, tasty creamy cheesecakes, and numerous other dishes, making this restaurant the perfect choice if you are in the mood for Indian cuisine.

2. Chicken biryani is a gift from Old Delhi
Chicken biryani is a gift from Old Delhi
#956 of 26693 restaurants in New Delhi
Indian
Shop A, 76/9, New Delhi, Delhi, India
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Chicken biryani is a traditional savory Indian cuisine. It is made up of layers of chicken, rice, and aromatics that are steamed together. As the dish cooks, the rice absorbs the chicken juices giving the dish a tender texture and a rich flavor. The chicken is bursting with flavor from the array of spices, herbs, and aromatics that it is marinated in.

If you want to learn what authentic traditional chicken biryani is, check out what Biryani Central has to offer. It serves a range of traditional Indian cuisine, including dal makhani, chicken biryani, and butter chicken.

3. Chicken tikka is a marvel of tradition
Chicken tikka is a marvel of tradition
Chicken tikka

It's one of the most aromatic Indian appetizers, small pieces of chicken are marinated in spices and yogurt and chargrilled using skewers. Tikka means "pieces" in Hindi.

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This famous Indian cuisine originated in India during the Mughal era. It has a similar taste to tandoori chicken and is a celebratory dish often prepared for special occasions. Tikka is a Persian word for "bits and pieces," which describes the preparation of this delicious cuisine. Like most Indian food, chicken tikka has a rich, complimentary blend of spices. Traditionally boneless chicken pieces are marinated and put on skewers. These skewers are baked in hot, tandoori clay ovens, giving them a unique barbecued taste.

Indian Accent is a beautiful place with a very interesting tikka. It also serves a range of Indian cuisine, including butter chicken and cheese naans, chocolate pie, and treacle tarts, among many other marvelous traditional dishes.

4. Paneer tikka is a vegetarian alternative
Paneer tikka is a vegetarian alternative
Paneer tikka

It's a delicious tandoori snack coming from India. Paneer tikka is cottage cheese chunks marinated in yogurt curd and local spices, grilled in a tandoor and served hot with chaat masala and lemon juice. It's a vegetarian alternative to chicken tikka.

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Paneer tikka originating from India is a vegetarian alternative to chicken tikka. It consists of cottage cheese chunks marinated in yogurt curd and local spices, grilled in a tandoor, and served hot with chaat masala and lemon juice.

One of the best places to try paneer tikka in New Delhi is Te Amo Restaurant. It has a beautiful name and offers a beautiful experience, including excellent paneer tikka. You can also enjoy live music performed by musicians in the evenings.

5. Butter chicken is a lucky invention
Butter chicken is a lucky invention
Butter chicken

Butter chicken is also known as Murg Makhani, it's a common Indian dish made of tandoori chicken marinated in a spiced tomato gravy. This sauce is rich in cream and butter and it consists of lemon juice, salt, ginger garlic paste, dahi yogurt and garam masala.

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6, Pandara Road, Market, near India Gate, New Delhi, Delhi, India
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Butter chicken, also known as Murg Makhani, is a popular Indian dish made of tandoori chicken marinated in spiced tomato gravy. The sauce is rich in cream and butter, containing salt, lemon juice, ginger, garlic, Dahi yogurt, and Garma masala.

Gulati Restaurant is a safe option if you want to try the spiced tomato invention. Located next to the National Gallery of Modern Art, this restaurant is the perfect place to stop after a day of sightseeing for a rest and a beautiful traditional Indian meal.

6. Murgh musallam is a royal treat
Murgh musallam is a royal treat
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Mughlai
Shop No. G, 76, 9, New Delhi, Delhi, India, 9
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Murgh Musallam is a popular Indian dish that was favoured by the royal families of Awadh, now the state of Uttar Pradesh in India. The dish consists of a whole chicken marinated in a garlic-ginger paste, stuffed with boiled eggs, and seasoned with an array of spices, including saffron, cinnamon, cloves, poppy seeds, cardamom, and chili. The chicken for murgh musallam can be cooked dry or in a sauce.

You can check out murgh musallam and other classic Indian options at Irfan Bhai.

7. Haleem is an artifact from Arab cookbooks
Haleem is an artifact from Arab cookbooks
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Haleem is a widely consumed dish in India. It is a form of stew traditionally containing wheat or barley, meat, and lentils. The dish is prepared by blending or mashing the meat in the curry and can be served with flatbreads or on its own.

Cafe On 3 is an exciting venue to try for haleem. It is known for its delicious Italian cuisine, fancy décor, and optimal location is a good stop to try haleem. The café also serves a delightful array of orange brownies, chocolate cakes, and cheesecakes.

8. Jalebi is sweet and crisp
Jalebi is sweet and crisp
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Jalebi is a popular sweet snack made by deep-frying flour batter in pretzel or circular shapes. The batter is then soaked in sugar syrup and can be eaten with curd or rabri.

Cafe Lota has great apple jalebi. On top of its must-try apple, Café Lota serves a range of tasty Indian cuisine at low prices. So why not start with their chicken stew or fish tikka and finish it off with delicious apple jalebi?

9. Falooda is an old Iranian dessert
Falooda is an old Iranian dessert
Falooda

It's an Indian ice cream layered dessert made of vermicelli, rose syrup and sweet basil seeds. That mixture is topped with delicious ice cream and chilled milk.

#207 of 26693 restaurants in New Delhi
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Church Mission Rd, New Delhi, Delhi, India
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Falooda is an ice cream layered dessert made of vermicelli, rose syrup, and sweet basil seeds. The mixture is topped with delicious ice cream and chilled milk. This dessert is a major part of Indian cuisine and is served at weddings and other special occasions.

Giani's offers Rabri falooda, famous across the city. Giani's confectionary restaurant is the perfect place to try this sweet dish. The restaurant is also a good place to try Vegetarian cuisine and offers tasty chole bhature, rajma, and broth, along with its famous Rabri falooda, kulfi, and sundaes.

10. Baklava is a layered pastry
Baklava is a layered pastry
Baklava

Baklava is a star of a rich sweet pastry. Delicate pieces of the dough and nuts are filled with honey. The baklava is very nutritious. The dessert first appeared in the Ottoman Empire and was presented to the elite infantry units every 15th of the month of Ramadan.

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A Baklava is a traditional sweet, layered pastry dessert known for its sweet, rich flavor and flaky texture.

Baklava recipes can vary, but they are traditionally made by brushing thin pastry sheets with butter and layering them with nuts, sugar, and spices. They are then topped with a sweet- honey-based syrup that soaks into the stacked layers.

One of the best places to try delicious Baklava in New Delhi is Baris. It has a diverse selection of dishes, including baklava, biscuits, and ice cream. The beautifully decorated restaurant also serves Lebanese and Mediterranean cuisines, including kebabs and tasty lamb pizza.

Conclusion

The restaurants of New Delhi combine modern comfort with the traditional excellence of Indian cuisine. Due to the increasing popularity of these restaurants in New Delhi, reserve your seat when planning to dine in to ensure you don't miss out! Enjoy visiting the city that has become the heart of modern India, and be sure to taste all the delicious flavors New Delhi has to offer.

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