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Food walk through Dilli Haat

Dilli Haat is perhaps the only place in Delhi that serves authentic cuisine from all over India under one roof. From Kashmiri wazwan to Maharashtrian pau bhaji, to idiyappam from Kerela, you can taste excellent regional fare here at fairly decent price.

india Updated: Apr 08, 2011 01:01 IST
Aakriti Sawhney

Dilli Haat is perhaps the only place in Delhi that serves authentic cuisine from all over India under one roof. From Kashmiri wazwan to Maharashtrian pau bhaji, to idiyappam from Kerela, you can taste excellent regional fare here at fairly decent price. There are 17 state food stalls here that are functional and are overseen by the respective state tourism authorities. We still tried sampling as many food items as we could so that we could suggest what to order while you are here. Most meals are pocket friendly, so carry about Rs 300-700, unless of course you plan to shop!

Odisha food
It’s a place for sea-food lovers. “We have a lot of variety in sea-food, but our best-selling items are prawns and crab,” says Deepam, the stall-owner. You can go for their prawn masala — a dry and spicy dish for Rs 200. For crab-lovers, they can opt for crab sizzlers, served with rice (Rs 350). Vegetarians can order katak chaat, made of special Katak spices, curd and various chutneys.

We recommend: Chena poda, sweet and baked cottage cheese cake. You can buy 100 grams for just Rs 30!
Stall No: 13
Tel: 011-24109086

Uttrakhand food
Try authentic Uttrakhand thali, which consists Kafli — a dish prepared with palak and rai and chaunsa, pahari urad dal, nicely chopped and cooked with lot of onions. This huge platter also includes mandura roti, rice and raita. Priced at Rs 150, the thali also serves Jhangari kheer as dessert. Non-vegetarians can go for meat bhat, a spicy mutton dish in thick gravy, served with rice.

We recommend: Rhododendron, an organic flower juice for Rs 30. A bottle in flavours, such as, Lichi and Mint is available at Rs 90.
Stall No: 1
Tel: 9899196015

Hyderadabi cuisine
Special Handi Biryani is what you must try at this stall. Priced at Rs 300, it is available in three varieties —chicken, mutton and
vegetable. One platter is sufficient for three people. Another must-try dish out here is Chicken Changazi — chicken cooked in thick gravy with lots of spices. End you meal with their sweet dish, Double ka meetha. With bread as its base, this dessert is made of milk and dry fruits.

We recommend: Baghar-e-baigan, a vegetable dish made of brinjals — it is first soaked in spices and then deep-fried.
Stall No: 16

While here, try the authentic Litti Choka from Bihar. Made of gram flour, whole wheat garlic, ginger, mustard and onion, a plate is available for R60. You can also try their deluxe thali that includes rice, rotis, dal, mix veg, salad, pickle and kheer. The menu is heavier on the snacks side like gol gappe, Aloo tikki, papri chat than on authentic dishes from Bihar.

We recommend: Madua roti saag available for Ra 70
Stall No: 8

The original wazwan has more than a dozen variety of non-veg dishes but there is no such thing available here. What you can try here is a mini wazwan thali that has four authentic kashmiri dishes — gushtaba (mutton cooked in curd), rista (meat balls made in red chilli gravy), rogan josh (red lamb) and mutton kababs, for Rs 300. For vegetarians, there is Hak saag, priced at R60 and Jammu Rajma. During winters, they serve kahwa, a kashmiri herbal drink made with saffron and dry fruits.

We recommend: Gushtaba — mutton balls cooked in curd, available for Rs 105
Stall No: 3

Maharashtra stall
If you are in a mood for some quick snack, then this is the stall you should stop by. You can pick their famous marathi Pao Bhaji, priced at just Rs 60. You could try their bhel puri, that comes for Rs 40 and the masala bhel is prepared with three different chutneys and around five masalas. Also try their sabutdana khirchi and gur ki roti.

We recommend: Vada pao — it’s a little spicy but worth a try. It’s available at Rs 45
Stall No: 20

Nagaland stall
The USP of this place is the various chutneys that they offer. While here, definitely try the Akhuni chutney, which is made of fermented soya beans and garlic. Another chutney, a hot favourite among the regular visitors here is, Raja mircha chutney. You can try these chutneys with fried prawns, fish or pork.

We recommend: Prawn sizzlers, prepared in white sauce and green vegetables. Available for Rs 350
Stall No: 19
Tel: 011-24679835

Manipur stall
There are quite a lot of food to try out in this stall. Start with Eromba — spicy chilly bamboo shoots chutney with fish. Also try their Ooti, mutter dal cooked in soda bicarbonate and can be paired well with veg or prawn pakora. For main course, you can go for Tarai Thong, which stall-owner tells us, is snail curry and is very famous with the people from Manipur, who come here to have their favourite food.
We recommend: Ngou Thong, a fish dish cooked with hot spices.
Stall No: 12

West Bengal
For starters, order a prawn cutlet with a masala coke. For the main course, there is a special Bengali thali. Priced at Rs 310, it serves plain rice, dal, bhaji, fish steamed in banana leaf, mutton curry and two chutneys — mango and dates. After this wholesome meal, you can choose between a rosogulla or a sandesh for your dessert.

We recommend: Fish thali that includes rice, fish curry, dal, veg, fish chop, papad, salad and chutneys.
Stall No: 17

Kebab is what this stall specialises in. The various types available here are Galauti, Shami, Tangri and Boti. A plate would cost you Rs 100 for four pieces. Another item you can’t miss at this stall is Dum Biryani, available in chicken (Rs 170), mutton (Rs 180) and veg (Rs 135). It’s made with authentic Lucknowi masala and a plate will serve two people. You can end your delicious meal with phirni or kheer, which is made of milk, rice and dry fruits.

We recommend: Darbar-e-Awadh special chicken korma with Awadhi parantha. A full platter is available for Rs 450.
Stall No: 7
Tel: 011-24102022

Rajasthan stall
You can start your eating marathon here with Onion Kachori; a plate with two portions is available for Rs 50. After this, you can order a Rajasthani thali, which includes bajra roti, five types of vegetarian dishes, dal, kadhi, besan gatta curry, rice and garlic chutney. For sweet dish, go for matka pista kulfi served in earthen cups.

We recommend: Khoya Kachori — very similar to Onion Kachori in look, but totally different in taste. It is dipped in sugar syrup and is filled with dry fruits.
Stall No: 9
Tel: 011- 24109427

Meghalaya stall
The best-selling dish here is Doh Syiar Khleh — a chicken salad. Priced at Rs 125, it is prepared with boneless chicken pieces, egg, ginger, green chillies, salt, pepper and is garnished with vegetables. For pork lovers, there is Wak Bijak, boiled pork with bamboo shoot and Dohshianey Salieh, fried pork served with red chilli and mint sauce. Both are priced at Rs 125.

We recommend: Doh Neiiong, pork cooked in black sesame sauce. Priced at Rs 125.
Stall No: 5
Tel: 9971642031

Momo mia
As the name suggests, the stall from Arunachal Pradesh specialises in momos. A plate of momo is served with hot and spicy momo sauce and clear soup. Their thukpa — a Tibetan dish that contains soup with noodles and vegetable (Rs 65) — is another popular item here. Go for the chicken thupka, that comes for Rs 90.

We recommend: Lime beer, a version of the fruit beer, available only at this stall for Rs 30.
Stall No: 6
Tel: 9999912593

Tamil Nadu
The stall would be really incomplete if they don't serve idli, dosas and vada. But mind you, there is no rasam available at this stall. “We don’t serve rasam," says the attendant at the stall. But besides the common south Indian food, you could try their Aloo bonda, which they claim is a hot favourite. Don’t miss the coconut-flavoured samosa. You could also try the Veg thali, which includes sambar, dosa with poori and bhaji.

We recommend: Payasam kheer, a traditional south Indian sweet dish made of rice and milk. Priced at Rs 30.
Stall No: 15

Assam stall
While here, don’t miss the fish thali, which is loaded with fish curry, dal and rice. But the most unexpected thing on the menu is Luci Bhaji — puri and potato curry in Assamese style. The stall also serves Chinese fare —chowmein, fried rice, manchurian, chilly chicken and vegetables. Their iced tea is definitely refreshing!

We recommend: Narikol pitha, a coconut ladoo available at R5 per piece. Sweet with strong coconut flavour, it will be the right thing to end you spicy meal with.
Stall No: 23

The stall from Kerala serves authentic dishes from down south. Out of many things available here, you can go for Aapam, a steamed dosa roti available for Rs 10. Another thing that you should try here is idiyappam, made of rice flour; it looks like noodles turned into an idli. It is generally served as the main course in breakfast or dinner, together with a curry (potato, egg, fish or meat curry) and coconut chutney.
We recommend: Fish curry with rice, priced at Rs 120
Stall No: 14

You can try their fish tikka for starters — grilled fish, served with mint chutney. The attendant of the stall tells us, “Earlier, we used to import fish from Lakshadweep. But now, we buy it from INA market (it’s located right opposite Dilli Haat).” For your main course, opt for the fish thali, which consists fish curry, fish tikka, rice, papad and salad, priced R200. You can club your treat with a chilled nariyal pani for Rs 30.

We recommend: Fish pakoda — finely chopped pieces of fish, dipped in a thick paste of besan and then deep-fried. Priced at Rs 150, it’s served with red chilli sauce.
Stall No: 2
Tel: 9830518250