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A new man in the city walks down the streets of Delhi and ends up enjoying a fair of entire Indian culture in one go. Isn’t it amazing that being the capital of India, Delhi harbours all people from various places belonging to various cultures and ethnicity? It is the place where you can find a glimpse of grand Indian and cross-border diversity at a single place. When we talk about a particular culture or community, we must not forget about the FOOD and specially the desserts and sweets of Delhi as it is where everything starts.

Street culture of Old Delhi

Delhi has been prominently popular for its opulent food culture since very old time. Not to forget, even Mughals and Britishers had a separate personal love related to this charming city the way they brought everything from their native to this city to make it more colourful. Such is a thing like aliveness of Delhi and its streets that made even Delhiites helpless to live off for what is presented. This is why everyone calls it “Dilvalo Ki Delhi” since anyone who puts his leg in this city wants to get involved in the amazing lifestyle Delhi offers.

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What embodies the streets of Delhi is vibrant food and related different world. Delhi’s food-life is incomplete without mentioning the Desserts or Sweets of Delhi whose taste is still being remembered across national and international borders with a reason. The variety of Desserts found in Delhi is directly related to huge cultural diversity dragged along, and one should acknowledge it. Delhi is full of authentic sweet shops tracing back their opening stories along with the historical happening we read in books.

We, The Hosteller, being always ready to inject adrenaline in the veins of wanderers, have decided to take you on a virtual food walk through the streets of Delhi. Are you ready to have some of the unexplored culinary experiences with some unknown Delhi sweets and desserts of Delhi? Tighten the seatbelts of your spirit, and be anonymously excited, my dear friend!

Halwa Parantha 

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How about a giant Parantha with added colourful sweets and dry fruits on it? Believe me, this is really more tempting than how it seems to be. Halwa Parantha is such a scrumptious delicacy finds its origin from Mughal era. This is the gem most people even from Delhi don’t know about. Mohammed Salami, the owner of a small roadside eatery, first makes Indian styled Nan-like Parantha with his own style. This big parantha then gets adorned by homemade halva, dry fruits and other alike items. This is how it’s ready to be tasted! Go and have it as its completely different item falls in the category of Delhi sweets.

Where to find?

  • Halwa Paratha, Baoli gate, Nizamuddin Basti, New Delhi.
  • Owner- Mohammed Salami, No- 9717289133.

Sheermal 

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Have you ever heard of this sweet in your life?  I am sure most of you haven’t heard of this since not many people encounter it on a daily basis. Originated from Great Iran, this saffron-flavoured milk flat-bread got its appearance as a delicacy of Lucknow, Hyderabad and Awadh after entry of Persian Mughal emperors in India. The word itself denotes the savoury meaning of this delicious dessert, rubbed milk. The naan made up of maida gets its perfect shape, look and taste when saffron+ cardamom are sprinkled over it. This is how your can manage with your drooling system witnessing or imagining this dessert of Delhi.

Where to find?

  • Mughlai Sheermal, Shop no-58/A, Ghalib road, Basti Hajrat Nijjamuddin, New Delhi.
  • Contact no- 9990536364

Fresh Fruit Flavoured Ice-cream

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Who on earth doesn’t like to have ice-cream? But when it comes to choosing a particular flavour, we always try to avoid cheesy and milky one. But what if you are given a ice-cream made up of fresh fruit flavour with utter delicious taste? I know that excitement is real then! NATURALS has its many branches in Delhi that offers a wide range of variety in fresh fruit flavoured ice-creams. The most famous flavours of Naturals are Sitafal-Sarifa and custard apple. Mango, Kala-Jamun and Watermelon are another must-to-have flavours to plunge you with adrenaline. 

Where to find?

  • G1, Ground Floor, Opp. Aurobindo Market, Hauz Khas, New Delhi.
  • Also at- Greater Kailash, CP, Rajouri Garden, Lajpat Nagar 2.

Black Jalebi

If you will explore the lanes of Old Delhi, mainly near Jama Masjid, don’t forget to stop at Sultanji Sweet & Snacks. This very same place offers “Black Mawa Jalebi”, which has a dark sweet taste as same as its different look. Their mastery on this delicacy is something worthy the way their chain is getting spread from Madhya Pradesh to various places of India including this. Whenever you visit this place, explore this rare sweet found there. 

Where to find?

  • Shop no-112, Bajar Matia Mahal, Jama Masjid.

Mango Gol Gappa

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Gol-gappa is typical national fast-food of India consumed by Indians like there is no tomorrow to have it. Every part of India has this item present in their territory with a different name and taste. Apart from general way, there is a place in Delhi that serves Gol-gappa with a pure mango topping. There couldn’t be anything better than this to die for as your fantasies are presented in a blended-tempting form. Isn’t it?

Where to find?

  • National Crafts Museum, Gate 2, Bhairon Marg, Pragati Maidan, New Delhi.

Karachi Halva

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A century old shop of Chaina Ram in the mid of Chandni Chowk has been spreading the magic by the aroma of this sweet delicacy. This vintage item is made up of corn flour, sugar, pure ghee and water. Once it’s made, it leaves charismatic colour and fragrance, which is enough to make you helpless for having a bite of it. Karachi Halva is simply pure delight to seeking tongues. 

Where to find?

  • 6499, Chaina Ram, Fathepuri Chowk, Chandi Chowk.

Stuffed Kulfi

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Imagine your fantasy with the love for fruits, then let it meet your favourite dessert KULFI. Foodgasm is really existing, now you know.  Yes, the Kulfi stuffed with various fresh fruit flavours is heavenly appetizing. The Kuramel family have been making these stuffed Kulfis since 1906. Now their outlet Mohanlal Kuramel Kulfiwale is extremely popular in Delhi. They have countless options according to your choice, but don’t forget to have Sharbat Kulfi with the extra-added masala. The most loved fruit flavours are Mango, Anar, Orange and Apple. Pomegranate and Rose too find their surreal mentions by many! 

Where to find?

  • Mohanlala Kuramel Kulfiwale, G1, Arabindo Marg, Hauz Khas, New Delhi

Macarons

A French confection made up of egg white, icing and granulated sugar, almond powder is so much tasty present in our own Delhi. Choose your favourite colour, and pick up your desired piece of Macaron once you go to Cravity in Hauz Khas village. I am sure once you start, you won’t stop after one or two as it has to be a long-time craving at Cravity. 

Where to find?

  • Cravity, A-15A/1, Hauz Khas, New Delhi.

Khurchan 

This tempting sweet made with milk, sugar and dry-fruits is another must-to-have item when you put your leg in Chandni Chowk. Hajari Lal Khurchan Vale has been prominently famous for this specific item made by them only. They have been selling it for five decades now with the same charismatic flavour. 

Where to find?

  • 2225, Kinari Bazar Rd, Dharam Pura, Old Delhi

Gur sandesh or Mishti Doi

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Kamla sweet is a small shop, famous for its authentic Bengali sweets. Sweets and Bengali are synonymous, so ultimately one has to visit this place for the highly-palatable sweets they serve. The most famous among many is Gur Sandesh, which is so devoured and revered in Bengal that one name is enough to make them crazy. They have different flavours of Sandesh like Pineapple, Mango, Litchi. Try them off, but don’t forget to have typical Bengali Mishti Doi at the end.

Khub Bhalo dada!!

Where to find?

  • Kamla sweet shop, Block K 1, Chittaranjan, New Delhi, Delhi 110019

What should I do next:

1. To read about markets in Delhi, click here.
2. To check out our hostel in Delhi, click here.
3. To take a trip with us, click here. 

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