Things That Will Make Every Delhiite Nostalgic About Delhi

A shout out to the big brother and “Baap” of all cities, the home to people with big hearts and sharp tongues,  the city, where who you know matters more than who you are! The Dilwaalon ki Dilli, the magic land of history and mystery. Nothing is black and white, for there are colours that one would not even find normally in a Vogue magazine.The music of the qawwali musicians reverberates in the air as you observe old and young alike, slurping delicious golgappas, sweets and chaats near streets strewn with vivid graffiti and artwork.


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Delhi is the plot twist to the folk tales you hear constantly. It has the zing of different fusions of culture and traditions and ranks amongst the top few cities that has the coolest, most straightforward and tough citizens ever.  The best way to a Delhiite’s heart is through their stomach, especially if the menu card of choices holds these choices.Treat them to the below cuisines and you know you have made a lifelong friend!

  1. Butter chicken with extra butter please!


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    The street food of Delhi is something that even the most hygiene conscious freaks will swear by. Taste, tanginess and a delicious memory of the most yummy food ever eaten is a given with the experience! Famous for its chaats, Delhi will simply bowl you over and spoil you for days to come! There is music in the air as the sound of plates, spoons, merry conversations with friends and the loudcacophonic exclamations at the sheer deliciousness of the food make for a musical orchestra that you can enjoy for free. You will remember sharing momos with your friends; you will wait during peak hours outside the Andhra Bhawan mess and you will of course, demand a tad extra butter on your butter chicken.

  2. GolGappe


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    Call it Panipuri,Puchka or Gupchup, no one can work magic on these delicious snacks like the way Delhiites do. Tangy, sweet and sour water filled inside puffed Puris of Maida, stuffed with potato and gram Dal….mmmhh!! The thought alone is enough to make your mouth water!

  3. Khan Chacha

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    A rag to riches kind of story in its own right, Khan Chacha was a small establishment that served only rolls i.e. Maida roti, rolled with Chicken, veggies or Paneer or all mixed up together. Slowly the word grew and the place started gaining word of mouth publicity and proliferated into a multi-million establishment that it is today.

  4. ParathewaaliGali


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    The Indian flatbreads stuffed with veggies, Paneer, grams, chicken, mince meats or eggs served up with Curd, butter and sour lime or mango pickle. Be it breakfast, lunch, dinner, brunch or supper, Parathas here satisfy the soul.

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  5. Karims restaurant


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    Located near Jama Masjid, hidden away in the unknown nook of the streets is Karims restaurant, a favourite of the Delhiites appetite. The kebabs and the delicious mouth watering mutton korma in this place will have you running for it while sitting at work in any part of the city. It’s unique flavours and spices cannot be imitated in any other part of the country.

  6. Dilli Haat

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    This open air food plaza pays homage to the several unique cuisines offered in different parts of India. Delhi folks flock to this place to get a bite of the mouth watering dishes offered in various styles and tastes. The bazaar around also offers you the shopping experience that is unique in Delhi whilst you munch on the delicious food here.

    There are lifelong relations formed with the magicians who make these mouth watering delights and the utterly loyal Delhi crowd, who are famous nationwide. Whether it is the friendly Chacha who makes delicious chole bhature or Tom Uncle’s Maggi that reminds you of the month end hunger solutions – a language that everyone understands in Delhi.

    Apart from a very unique and rich palette, what also makes Delhi stand out are the different slangs used by people all over the city and perhaps would make no sense if used in any other part of India! Its Delhi copyrighted!

  7. Oye Bhai!!!

    The guide to speaking in Delhi is to act like you are the king of the World! (NOT! Like Leonardo Di Caprio from Titanic) Pure Hindustani mixed with Urdu, laced with the punch of Punjabi spiced up with in your face Haryanvi, makes Delhi an interesting potluck of languages and cultures.




    There is a reason you don’t mess with Delhiites; because probably you may not know what to say back to them. They have the final say in any argument and we could learn a thing or two about survival from these tough skinned humans. For the hard core Delhiite living outside Delhi, incorporating their slang into other cultures may be difficult and so, meeting a fellow Delhiite in an alien city makes up for instant bonding, rendezvous and nostalgic conversations about the city.

    Good food, a quirky language style and to cap it all, the delhiite has great places to be in the weekend. Road trips with friends and family make for some memories which Delhiites remember with a feeling like no other

  8. Chalo Dilli!

    The city is great, and so are its neighbors. Its proximity to all the major mountainous regions in India makes Delhi a get off point for all trips and treks to the Himalayas. If you lived in Delhi, then you know that the weekend never looked bleak and drab. There are amazing places to visit on a road trip with friends and create evergreen memories. Out of these, a few popular ones are:

    – Kasauli


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    Love it or hate it, you cannot ignore it! The hippie vibe of Kasauli along with its churches and sunset points has enticed many an adventurous Delhiite to partake in the feeling of ultimate, chilled out freedom far away from the din of the city.

    – Manali


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    Bollywood’s best mate for songs and every Delhiites cooler in times of extreme heat in their dear city. The closest abode of the snowy mountains is famous for its quaint architectures, flora and fauna and a general chilled out atmosphere.

    – Chandigarh


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    A place that literally vibrates with energy! Chandigarh is the most well planned city in India and worth going to for numerous authentic Dhabas, Pal Dhaba being the most famous,  that open up along the way, the rich wafting smell of butter, ghee and authentic spices is enough to pierce even the fullest stomachs to take just a little bite! Morni, Kasauli hills are the few places around here which are a favourite amongst youngsters. The Geddi route in sector 11 and every shopper’s paradise sector 17 is the Bollywood version of fun for those who come here!

    – Dehradun


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    Friends pile up on the Scorpio and head to this beautiful place near Delhi nestled amongst hills and make their way to the lovely Musoorie afterwards. Located about 250 km from Delhi, this place has amazing sights for the nature enthusiasts and makes for evergreen memories for friends and family. The Kempty falls, the Mall road make for some nostalgic spots for those who have visited this place.

You got to admire the Delhiite’s love for adventure and thrill. It is etched in their blood, and their stories are written all over the high mountains of the beautiful surrounding areas of Delhi where nature’s best work is on display for the travel loving Delhi citizen! The places, the cuisine, the love for Delhi metro and the language are the four things that makes for the Delhiite to stand apart from the rest of his peers and make him/her want to re visit the city again and again, for the memories and to relive the joy of the city.

Chethna Menon

A sly writer, unapologetic foodie and aspiring space traveler.

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