If there was ever a reason needed to live in Delhi, it would be for its food. For all its vivacious, hotchpotch energy and people, the city’s diverse food scene is what ties it all together. The eateries here bring authentic, local cuisine from different parts of the country and make it their own. Here are five flavourful thalis in Delhi whose influences come from regions across the country.
When we crave the tantalising flavours of Kerala, we head to Mahabelly for their enormous thali. They dish out a dramatic fare of curries, stews, vegetables with chapatis, rice and parottas. Word to the wise: do not forget to try their mango prawn curry.
Where: Mandir Marg, Saket District Centre, District Centre, Sector 6, Saket, New Delhi
One is always in for a surprise when visiting Ghoomar. Serving delicious Rajasthani food, Ghoomar’s thali menu changes frequently, offering a mix of curries, vegetables and other delicacies (for instance, their baati-churma or Marwadi khichda). Their portions are more than generous so do bring a king-sized appetite.
Where: K18 & K22, Block K, Connaught Place, New Delhi
Potbelly Rooftop Cafe
If there is a destination for Bihari food in Delhi, it is this. The thalis (yes there are multiple options to pick from) are the most authentic part of Potbelly Rooftop Cafe. You must try the Dana Jhamarua Thali that features a preparation of eggplant and potato in a mustard gravy that comes with rice flour rotis and spicy poppy seeds. We also recommend the Tarkari Thali with channa dal, pumpkin, stuffed dal kachori and aloo pudina raita.
Where: 116-C, 4th Floor, Shahpur Jat, New Delhi
Love the lure of authentic Kashmiri flavours served in mighty portions? The best of it is found in Chor Bizarre. Order their Wazwan with Roganjosh, goshtaba, tabak maaz and Kashmiri kukkad served with rice. They also do a vegetarian version with beans, dum aloo, khatte baingan and nadru yakhni.
Where: Bikaner House, Pandara Road, India Gate, New Delhi
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Yeti, the Himalayan Kitchen
While the Tibetan food here is to die for, we especially love their Nepali Thali or Thakali. The platter may sound basic but cooked in mustard oil with fresh ingredients, it is a true treat. Look out for the gundruk sadeko achar (a fermented spinach pickle). The simple dal and rice are complemented well with a hoard of veggies like paneer, sarso ka saag, fried korela bhuteko and piro aloo.
Where: 30, Hauz Khas Rd, near Deer Park, Hauz Khas Village, Deer Park, Hauz Khas, New Delhi