An Evening in Dilli Haat
Handicrafts, entertainment, and some great food. And that too all under $30 (for 3 people)*. This is what is so great about places like Dilli Haat (and others like it in India). They are these cultural hubs that are super accessible for all and great way to promote culture and small businesses. Many times when people associate culture to an event, place, or object, it very often comes with a high price tag (I am not saying that art and culture aren't valuable but sometimes it becomes inaccessible and less appreciated since it is only open to such a small audience).
*price depends on what you shop and eat for, this is what we generally spend there. Also, non-Indians may have to pay more.
My mom, brother, and I headed to Dilli Haat for a lit bit of shopping of authentic handicrafts but also to have some of the best food. Every state in India has it's own unique cultural identity and you can really explore that in one place at Dilli Haat. We did this through our meals there.
If you go to Delhi and don't eat Aloo Tikki, I am not sure what you're doing. My mom ordered this aloo tikki and often, it can be too spicy. But this was perfect. It was flavorful but not too spicy and a pretty good portion size.
Chai in Kullad cup is a classic (from Jharkhand stall). The earthy smell of the pot enhances the aroma of the chai. Here is my home version recipe of Chai in Kullad cup.
Rabdi & Jalebi from Rajasthan stall. I am putting this last as I have never quite had jalebi as good as these ones. As I am writing this, I want to take a trip back to Dilli Haat just for these warm jalebis. Watch here its live preparation.
Although not pictured, my brother also ordered chicken tikka & mutton gaulati kebabs from the Uttar Pradesh/Jharkhand stall. Not only did he start eating them before I could take a photo, I could also not attest to their taste as I do not eat mutton and did not eat the chicken. But, if you do enjoy eating meat, those two are good options to choose from.
Oh and once your tummy is full, do check out the live performances as well as several Indian handicrafts stores. #supportsmall
Hi! My name is Vaishnavi and this is a curation of all of my dining experiences. I travel a lot and since an early age, much like both my grandmothers, I have enjoyed cooking, baking, exploring dining options, and experimenting with food. In college, I started @foodbyvivarmaa as a creative outlet for all things food related. And since then, friends and family have asked me for recommendations and recipes and I thought why not make a traditional blog? Growing up in India and UAE and now living in NYC and my parents giving us the opportunity to travel all over, I have been honored to be introduced to all sorts of food. Although I don't put a label on it, 90% of my diet is vegetarian. In India, cooking and eating food is a community ritual. Most of my favorite memories revolve around having a good meal with those who I love. To continue that tradition, I hope to curate my own community as I travel and continue building my life in different parts of the world & hopefully and or inspire and give others the same feeling of community brought together by food.