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City food: Kebab stalls, Urdu Bazaar

india Updated: Oct 08, 2010 00:14 IST
Mayank Austen Soofi
Mayank Austen Soofi
Hindustan Times
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In pre-Partition Delhi, when the Walled City was home to educated and wealthy Muslims (who later went to Pakistan), Urdu Bazaar was a street lined with Urdu-language bookstores.

By 2010, most of them have given way to butcheries, chai-khanas and kebab stalls.

Fearing that they may give way to other kinds of establishments in the coming decades, The Delhi Walla made a record of the market's roadside kebab stands – for posterity's sake.

I wanted to find out what kebabs are on sale? What's the price? Who were the founders? I ate at every stall.

Urdu Bazaar faces Jama Masjid's gate number one.

I started from the stall next to Rizwan Book Depot and followed the direction of Kasturba Gandhi Hospital.

With bare hands, the kebabwallas were casually fiddling with their red-hot iron rods, used for skewering the meat.

One young man held a smouldering coal on his palm.

Every stand had a tables fan, which quickens the roasting time.

The kebabs were spicy, smoky, greasy and delicious. The stalls are open daily from 7 pm to 2 am.

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