1. Guru Ka Langar
If the Golden Temple is number one on your list, we strongly suggest you partake in the Guru Ka Langar.
2. Bharawan Da Dhaba
If being in Punjab makes you crave those stereotypical Punjabi delights, you’ve come to the right place. Makki ki roti with sarson da saag, stuffed kulchas (potatoes or paneer) with chhole are just some things that they do better than any place in Delhi or London.
3. Paya at Pal Da Dhaba
Probably not something you would get used to, but hooves are a delicacy and we know just the place. Located near the Hathi Gate, the Dhaba is run by its proprietor who is also the iron chef in the kitchen.
4. Chicken Tikka Tandoori, Beera Chicken Corner
Featured on the popular television series Highway On My Plate, Beera’s isn’t fancy but the food is divine! Seating is limited, so if you plan to enjoy it in your car, your hosts would be most obliged to serve you.
5. Mutton Chaap, Adarsh Meat Shop
Finding this place might a be bit of a challenge, but if you get to C-Block Market Complex near Rose Garden, the locals will know what you’re looking for. Your frustration might double as you’ll have to queue up to make an order. But seriously, it is worth the wait.
6. Ahuja Lassi
These guys are the benchmark for, you guessed it, Lassi (duh).
Situated near the Hindu College and Durgiana Temple, every autowallah knows how to get here so you’re not alone.
7. Bheja Fry, Mame Da Dhaba
Two words. Goat brains. Ewww for some, yum for many. The proprietor, who calls himself ‘mama’, will chop the brain and fry it with spices and herbs. There’s no curry and the dish retains an original colour. It melts in the mouth with a hint of spice. Paired with naan and dollops of butter, you’ll down this combo in no time!
8. Jalebi, Sharma Sweet Shop
Gigantic and not-so-syrupy, the crunchiness makes their jalebis all the more fun to eat.
9. Fruit cream and Kulfa, Hall Bazaar
The former is a shaved ice-like concoction of fruit, cream and dry fruit. It is served in a huge portion but no one can have enough. Kulfa is the Amritsari cousin of the more familiar Kulfi, which is an ice cream of sorts, topped with spaghetti-like falooda.
10. Gajar Ka Halwa, Novelty Sweets
Bluntly chopped and not as pretty as you’d imagine, this Gajar ka halwa caught my surprise. It wasn’t too sweet nor was it dripping with ghee, the carrots had a sweet and tangy taste that most halwasare generally deprived off due to khoya.
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