After long and unforgiving summers, the winter season in Delhi is nothing less than a celebration. The cold months are not just the best time to explore the historical forts, monuments and scenic gardens of the city but also to savour delicious and soul satisfying winter foods. From piping hot pakoras to melt-in-the-mouth gajar ka halwa, there are lip smacking delicacies that are full of taste and flavour and heart-warming, all that you would need in the cold months. If you are in Delhi during this time, read on to know about the yummy winter foods that you must gorge on to make the most of this magical season:
- Nalli Nihari: A delight for all meat lovers, this is a dish worth savouring in the chilly winter months. The succulent pieces of mutton, lamb or chicken are slowly cooked in spices and flour for hours to prepare this tasty delight. The tender bites of mutton and delicious gravy are sure to satiate your taste buds. It is best served with soft khameeri roti or naan. Have it in the morning to give a great start to your day. The best place to savour delicious nalli nihari is old Delhi where you’ll find many restaurants serving lip smacking nihari.
- Tikkas and Kebabs: As the temperature drops, tikkas and kebabs are the go-to indulgences for all food lovers. Malai tikka, chicken tikka and seekh kebab are some of the few varieties that are very popular among people. Whether you are exploring the street markets or shopping in the malls, you’ll find many stalls selling piping hot kebabs and tikkas that are simply irresistible. However, if you want to have these sizzlers in a gourmet setting, heading to one of the best restaurants in Delhi would be a good idea. The Baluchi at LaLiT New Delhi has murgh tikka and mutton chapli kebabs on its menu that are delicious and definitely worth trying.
- Gajar ka halwa: This is certainly the queen of all winter desserts that is loved by all. Cooked using grated carrots, sugars, loads of ghee and dry fruits, this is one dessert that is very popular in north India. The soft, grainy and melt in the mouth halwa will give you a sugar rush and is definitely worth savouring to get the warmth in the winter months. In Delhi, you’ll find it at almost all sweet shops. So if you are craving it right now, simply head to a sweet shop and have a cup of delicious halwa to satiate your sweet cravings.
- Kulhad ka dudh: Another sweet winter delight that you must try in Delhi is Kulhad ka dudh which is easily available in the local markets of the city. The soul satisfying delight is prepared by cooking milk for hours until it is thickened. It would not be wrong to say that it is like a magic potion to survive the Delhi winters. Thickened milk is delicious in its own way but when you have it with jalebi, the combination is simply heavenly. Do try a glass of kulhad ka dudh with jalebi at the Old Famous Jalebi Wala in Chandni Chowk for an ultimate experience.
Now that you know some of the amazing winter delicacies to warm your soul, try them in the capital city and make this winter extra special.