Food in Old Delhi: Ramzan

October 05, 2018

Food in Old Delhi Ramzan
Street of Bazar Matia Mahal decorated for Ramazan

During Ramzan, the food in Old Delhi is celebrated and there's nothing quite like it anywhere else. Food is on display everywhere you look. The ambience is something quite extraordinary. The experience of it surreal. Imagine walking down a crowded street, streamers hanging overhead, filled with people rushing about, the smell of food wafting through the air and vendors calling out to you to try their food. It is unlike anything you will ever come across. Everything about this experience will hit your senses; sight, sound and smell. It's just amazing. I've lived in this country for 10 years now, and I have not seen anything like this anywhere else.

In the month long fasting period before ramzan, a part of old delhi comes alive. Opposite the Jama Masjid, along the lanes of the Bazar Matia Mahal, an entire street is lit up and food is put on show. Every evening, people head out, braving the heat and pollution, just to eat.

Food in Old Delhi Ramzan
Main Street across Jama Masjid filled with shops selling food

You'll find that the street across Jama Masjid in Old Delhi will be filled with people and shops selling all kinds of food. Some shops like Qureshi and Karim's have been around forever. Others are temporarily set up for the Ramazan period. You'll also find that Jama Masjid will be lit up during this month. On a good day without any haze, you'll get some pretty views of the place.

Food in Old Delhi Ramzan
Food stalls along Bazar Matia Mahal

Food in Old Delhi Ramzan
Food stalls selling dried fruits and nuts along with kebabs and chicken tikka along the street of Bazar Matia Mahal

Food in Old Delhi Ramzan
Dried fruits and nuts seller during Ramazan

Food in Old Delhi Ramzan
A paan seller preparing paan for his customers

Besides food, you'll get to see and experience other things like watching a paan seller preparing paan for his customers. You'll also come across people setting up make shift stalls to sell food. The picture below shows how Roomali Roti (handkerchief like thin roti) is made. It is generally used to make rolls.

Food in Old Delhi Ramzan
Making of roomali roti

Karim's Old Delhi food ramzan
Karim's Old Delhi

Karim's has been around for a long time, since 1913 and their food hasn't quite changed over the years. It's history talks about the founder being the son of a cook who worked as a cook for the Mughal Emperor. Karim's is known for its kebabs and rolls. Karim's is definitely worth a visit when you're in Old Delhi. You'll find that they get pretty crowded during the Ramzan period. We did have to wait for about 15 minutes for our table but the crowd is usually pretty fast moving here.

Al-Jawahar, another popular restaurant, has been around since the 1940s. They are known for their mutton korma. Worth a visit when you're in the area. My personal preference is that Karim's is still far tastier than Al-Jawahar especially so when you compare their dishes to one another.

Qureshi Kebabs ramzan food old delhi
Qureshi Kebab

Qureshi kebab Corner has some pretty amazing kebabs. You'll also find a huge crowd in front of their shop all the time. They are a family run business with recipes that have been handed down generations. They are also known for preparing and cooking their kebabs from scratch, even down to grinding their own spices for their kebabs. You can't leave Jama Masjid area of Old Delhi without popping in to get a few kebabs into your belly.

Food in Old Delhi Ramzan Indian Sweets
Sweets on display

To end the food experience in Old Delhi, sweets are a necessity. My personal favourite, Badam Milk (Almond Milk), is a concoction of almonds, saffron and sweet milk. It's just the way I like to end a night of over indulgence of food.




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14 Comments

  1. Wow!!! This all looks so amazing. That sounds like such a fun trip to go on. We LOVE food and especially trying new foods, so this sounds like something right up our alley!

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    1. Hey Kaylin, the food on display was amazing. If you're ever in India, Ramazan is great time to be here especially if you're a foodie.

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  2. This sounds like the most amazing foodie experience! I love experiencing new foods whenever I travel somewhere new and I bet this is the perfect place to do this! www.imjustagirl16.co.uk

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    1. Hey Chloe, Ramazan in India is such an experience. If you're ever in India, Ramazan is great time to be here especially if you're a foodie. Best part.. no food poisoning - aka delhi belly. lol. The food is fresh and fast moving.

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  3. Oh wow this looks amazing!! I love trying new, yummy, things. :)

    Kasey Ma
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    1. Hey Kasey, it was really yummy food.... and quite a experience too.

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  4. Seems like it is perfect for all foodies including us. I would to visit one day, looks amazing!

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    1. Hi Evelyn, Ramzan at Old Delhi is the perfect place for any foodie. I do hope you get a chance to make it to Delhi.

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  5. Wow, I was salivating as you described the Badam Milk! Your photos and vivid descriptions really capture the feel of the event. I would love to go if I ever make it out to New Delhi!

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    1. Hi Kate, Badam Milk has that effect on many people.. lol, including myself. I hope you get a chance to visit New Delhi, hopefully soon.. and if you do, please don't forget to reach out. Will love to guide you on what to do and see.

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  6. The food sounds so good, this must have been an amazing experience!

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    1. Hi Kim, it truly is an amazing experience. Especially so if you're a foodie.

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  7. Hi Kelly,
    Thank you for such an extensive review. The goodies displayed using myriad of colors is very tempting and I am certain it would be delicious too. I will definitely visit this place during the month of Ramadan.I am looking forward to your next blog.Keep up the good work.

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    1. Hi Sharan, thanks for reading the blog and reaching out. Come back and visit us during Ramzan, we'll take you for a day filled with food.. lol..

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