We booked this as part of my husband's birthday present. He is an avid fan of Indian food, and we like to think we're pretty adventurous with food, keen to try authentic dishes, but unsure of how to go about trying street food on our own.
This was the perfect solution. We were picked up from our hotel by our host for the tour, Jaidev Jamwal, and taken on an unforgettable food journey through Old and New Delhi, taking in the amazing tourist sights and smells that bombard you.
We were taken down side alleys in Old Delhi, visiting street vendors who specialize in specific dishes, many of whom are continuing a family business established in the late 1800's, so known for their dishes - not that you'd ever know this as mainstream tourist. Along the way, we visited the spice market, got a behind the scenes view of an area where spices are sold wholesale around India. We also visited behind the scenes of a Sikh temple that feeds 10-12,000 people daily.
Day culminated in a meal at a restaurant frequented by locals.
Some of the food we tried (provided by the tour operator) included:
1)Kachori, samosa (2 types each), Puuri, Aaloo sabzi (potato curry) , gulab jamun, lassi,
2) Daualt ki Chaat (white fluffy snack),
3) Aalo chaat, Paav Bhaaji,
4) Aaloo Tikki,
5) Kulfi (mango, pomegranate),
6) Cholay (chick peas), kulcha, Chole bhatura,
7) Dahi chaat,
8) Mushroom patty,
9) Keema matar, Saag Chicken, Kofta curry, Naan, Rumali roti,
10) Naan Khatai (cookie).
Establishments visited included:
1) Lakshmi Misthaan Bhandaar (for Rajasthani Thali ), sweets (doodh bundi ke laddoo),
2) Salty/sweet Lassi in walled city, M.I Road (early morning),
3) Sanjay omelette (for egg dishes),
4) Rawat Misthaan Bhandar (Pyaaz ki kachori),
5) Tea Shop - Tapri Cafe,
6) Handi Resturant for dinner at M.I Road.
A great day if you love food but aren't brave enough to "go it alone" - with the added bonus of seeing the sights.