What typifies ‘authentic’ Delhi cuisine? A three-day festival beginning today aims to answer just that. Called Dilli Ka Khana, the festival is an attempt at reviving flavours of Delhi that have remained unchanged over the ages, by bringing delicacies from the bylanes of Purani Dilli to Dilli Haat. “I feel bad when the new generation doesn’t know what their forefathers ate. I realised our city’s food was dying a natural death... I just wanted to somehow revive the old food culture of Delhi,” says Gunjan Goela, the event organizer, who began this “movement” in 2002.
Twenty four renowned establishments from the Walled City will be putting up stalls at Dilli Haat this year, including Giani, Moti Mahal, and shops from Paranthewali Gali. Visitors will be treated to a range of sweet and savoury dishes, from Old Delhi’s inimitable chaat, paranthas, rabri faloodi and nihari to the lesser known halwa nagori, badam pasanda and roller kulfi.
“A pre-requisite for stall owners is that they should have been established for the last 50 years. I’ve also ensured that the food is pocket friendly,” says Goela.New Delhi residents are lapping up the chance to savour what Old Delhi has to offer; last year, over 35,000 visitors showed up over the course of the fest.
Dilli Ka Khana kicks off today at Dilli Haat and continues till April 18.