History of Food Facts–“Zaika”

1. Chandni Chowk and its Halwais’




2. Taste the Mughlai Chaat of Shahjahanabad

Chaat has a tongue tingling zaika – a mixture of fruits and the genuine flavour of a mixture of potato pieces, firm seared bread, Dahi Bhalla, gram and tangy-salty flavors. The mixture is decorated with acrid home-made Indian crisp and saunth (dried ginger and tamarind sauce), natural green coriander leaves and yoghurt.


3. Notwithstanding, there are numerous other in vogue variants now-taste the Aloo Tikki in vogue variants.

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4. Visit the famous the chaat shops. Shree Balaji Chaat Bhandar maybe the best and most well known chaatwallah in Chandni Chowk. Be absolotely spellbound by the Papdi Chaat with its liberal consideration of Kachaalu Chutney, Khasta Papdis and saunth.

5. Bishan Swaroop is one of the aforementioned jewels tucked away in the clamorous by-paths of Chandni Chowk which keeps the magic of a different time, a different taste.

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Since 1923, this small small stall has relegated only three things: unbelievable Aloo Chaat, remarkable 6. Aloo ke Kulle and mouth-watering 7. Fruit Chaat.

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Taste the bonafide chaat at Lala Babu Chaat Bhandar (Chandni Chowk,) with sublime and lip smacking 8. Gol Gappe presented with a sort of Jal Jeera that is pressed with harad (a digestive), kachoris loaded down with potato and peas, Gobhi-Matar Samosas, Dahi Bhalla and Matar Paneer Tikki are the quickest-advertising things here.

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Jugal Kishor Ramji Lal (23, Dujana House, Chawri Bazaar, Chandni Chowk) is best known for the 9. Fruit Chaat that has a quintessential part of the intonations and sights of Chandni Chowk.

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10. Get the feel of The Moghuls who imported temperate fruits unavailable in Delhi’s climate such as peaches, plums, apricots, apples, grapes and pears from Kashmir.

Despite the fact that they do offer an adaptation of 11. Pao Bhaji and 12. Aloo Tikki, its the Fruit Chaat that is the champ here.

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13. Dahi Bhalla need not dependably be a part of chaat; it might be served as a chief dish as you will find at Natraj Dahi Bhalla. The delicacy called Dahi Bhalla is a rotisserie-urad dal dumpling covered in whipped curd. Frequently, it is streaked with chocolatebrown bands of sweet-acrid tamarind chutney. Pink pomegranate seeds sparkle in the folds of the curd. Natraj is near Bhai Mati Das Chowk at the turning to Chandni Chowk metro station.

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14. Kachori, for the most part loaded down with beats and presented with potato curry, is a different delicacy that makes your mouth water. Jung Bahadur Kachori Wala (1104, Chhatta Madan Gopal, Chandni Chowk) is maybe the most extremely popular for its Urad Dal Kachori, which is presented with Aloo Subzi. This spot is doubtlessly worth the enterprise.

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On the sweeter side, 15. Rabdi Faluda is an unquestionable requirement. Besides the spot to have it is Giani di Hatti close to the Fatehpuri Mosque. It has now come to be a frozen yogurt parlour spend significant time in colorful flavours like Litchi and Bubblegum. Separated from standard desserts, they moreover serve milkshakes, apples and oranges shakes, frozen yogurt shakes and sundaes.

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16. Go Mughlai like the Moghuls who planted formal gardens of fruit trees over conquered territories and drank juices flavoured with essences.

17. From the mountains, they brought down ice to keep their sherbets and desserts cool and palatable.

18. They say that when Babur, India’s first Mughal Emperor, looked about his newly conquered northern territories, he did not like it. Coming from a food-loving culture, Hindustan seemed to him a land stripped of romance.

19. He writes in The Baburnama, “There are no grapes, quality fruits, musk melons, candles”.


The formal gardens of the Mughal Empire were planted with fruit trees.

20. Emperor Jahangir introduced Mango it to the courtly tables. “Of all the fruits,” he says, “I am particularly fond of mango.”

Provided that you are intrigued by 21. Kulfi -a flavoured solidified pastry made of milk -step towards the Ajmeri Gate. The prominent name here is Siya Ram Nannumal Kulfiwale (629, Gali Lodan, Ajmeri Gate).

What you get here is kulfi as kulfi ought to be – evil, heavenly and wow-so-amazing! Request any flavour -Kesar, Pista, Rose, Kewra, Banana, Mango, or Pomegranate.


One of Old Delhi’s most tightly-guarded secrets, is 22. Daulat ki Chaat-According to Old Delhi legend, Daulat (which means ‘wealth’) ki Chaat is made only during the cold winter nights (preferably by the light of a full moon) when gallons of sweetened milk are whisked for hours into a cloud which is then set by the dawn dew.  The top layer is touched with saffron and decorated with vark (silver leaf) and  by morning the Daulat ki Chaat is just solid enough to be spooned into plates and sprinkled with  chopped pistachio nuts, khoya (condensed milk) and bhoora (unrefined sugar) before gradually collapsing in the heat of the day.

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23. Taste Biryani of the ‘Dum Pukht’ style like Shah Jahan did, having his diners on rich carpets.

The centre piece of the imperial spread was a dish of rice cooked with ghee, spices and meat. After their meals, they rinsed their hands with perfumed water poured from jugs held by servants.

Biryani is one such dish that was polished in the royal kitchens of the Mughal Emperors. The word biryani comes from the Persian birian. It is basically a dish of rice and meat, not unlike the pilaf.

Taste the same flavours of yore that were enhanced using exotic spices. The curry was made rich and smooth with cream and yogurt. Imperial cooks threw in spices like cloves, cinnamon and cardamom, and nuts such as cashews and almonds. The result was a fragrant, heady and flavourful dish fit for royalty.



An example of biryani cooked in the Mughal dum pukht style

24. Eat at a Dastarkhan 

Begin the meals like the Mughals meals with pickles, freshly sliced ginger and lime.

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Then behave like Mughal Emperors, with a dish of rice cooked with ghee, spices and meat: the pilaf.

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This would be accompanied by a huge variety of game bird, fish, lamb, venison and beef cooked in different styles.

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After their meals, they rinsed their hands with perfumed water poured from jugs held by servants.

Finally eat traditional of desserts, at the end of the meal.

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25. Some excerpts on Mughal “Zaika”



A compiled article from various sources-Books and Articles-food-culture-mughal-empire

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