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A Walk Through North Indian Cuisines in Delhi

In this post we will take you through the cuisines of North India which is still a question on the minds of people. Everyone knows North Indian food, but do they know the vastness of cuisines found in this part of the country? We will take you through each one of them one by one and you will then be able to relate to the last North Indian meal you have had.

Kashmiri – Kashmiri food that we get in restaurants is no way same as Mughlai. Influenced by the traditional food of the Kashmiri Pundits, the cuisine has adapted to the flavors of Afghanistan and Persia. If you can smell saffron in your food, Kashmiri might be one of them. Some of the popular Kashmiri dishes would be gushtaba, dum Aloo, rogan Josh, tabak Maas and rista. The ceremonial feast of Kashmir is known as Wazwan. You can find the authentic taste of Kashmir in Delhi NCR at:

  • Waza – Malviya Nagar
  • Chor Bizarre, Hotel Broadway – Darya Ganj
  • Koul Kashmiri Daawat – Gurgaon
  • Gulfam Kashmiri Wazwan – Nizamuddhin

Himachali – The food of Himachal Pradesh is lip-smacking with an array of spices. You can find a taste of Punjabi and Tibetan influence in this food. The cuisine is prepared with herbs and spices like cinnamon, clove, red chillies, cardamom and coriander leaves. Some of the choicest specialties of Himachali food include sidu, aktori, dham, seppu vadi, badana and babru. The recommended places to try Himachali food in Delhi NCR are:

  • Dogra Himachali – Ambience Mall, Gurgaon

Punjabi – Punjabi food on its own is vast with numerous options including vegetarian and non-vegetarian delights. The spices differ from minimal to pleasant to high. This is one cuisine that is relished by everyone including international tourists. However, the food cooked in the houses tastes different from that served at restaurants. Oil, Butter and Ghee are vital ingredients in this cuisine. The most commonly relished dishes hailing from Punjab are butter chicken, tandoori chicken, tikkas, daal makhni, makke di roti – sarson da saag, chana bhatura, stuffed parathas and sweet lassi. There is a plethora of dining options for Punjabi cuisine, some of the finest ones include:

  • Angeethi – Sri Fort Road, Khel Gaon Marg
  • Punjabi by Nature – Vasant Vihar Delhi, Sector 18 Noida
  • Pind Balluchi – 22 Locations, Delhi NCR
  • Not Just Paranthas – 3 Locations, Delhi
  • Pure Punjab – Khan Market

Awadhi – Awadhi food has originated from the Land of Lucknow in Utter Pradesh. This cuisine has been popular among the Nawabs since decades. It is a delightful cuisine for the non-vegetarians. The perfect and balanced blend of spices and use of aromatic masalas give this food a unique flavor including Saffron, Cinnamon, Red Chilli and Cardamon. The food cooked in simmering pots is what adds to the flavor of the dishes. Some of the widely eaten delicacies of this cuisine are kakori kebabs, galawati kebabs (Tunday Kebabs), shami kebabs, seekh kebabs, ulte tawe ka parantha and boti kebabs. The best places in Delhi NCR to try this food are:

  • Tunday Kababi – Qutab Plaza DLF Phase 1, Gurgaon
  • Alkauser – Chanakya Puri
  • Habibjaan – Dwarka
  • Nawabs – The Taste of Lucknow – Sector 7, Noida

This is an overview of the different North Indian cuisines found in Delhi. You would now be able to relate to the dishes looking at the post. The dishes would make you recall and be aware of the food you are eating. To sum up, we would say North Indian cuisine is not all about Punjabi and Mughlai food.

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