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Mouthful of happiness

 Zenia Khurshid |  2015-06-24 22:00:49.0  |  New Delhi

Mouthful of happiness

Known for its rich Mughal history, Old Delhi or Dilli-6 as they call it, never  disappoints when it comes to food. The symbolic heart of Delhi has a variety of  options to explore, be it Fatehpuri Masjid, Chandni Chowk, Sisganj Gurudwara,  Ghalib Ki Haveli, Jama Masjid or the popular Karim’s, each part of Old Delhi  represents a mesmerising blend of culture and traditions. 

It is that time of the year  again when the rich festive delicacies adorn the Dastarkhan of the Roze-<g data-gr-id="65">daar</g>. The  Holy month of Ramzan got underway this Friday and the Walled City is most magical during the month of fasting and feasting. Old Delhiites are of the view that the true essence of Iftar is best savoured on the narrow street corners with great company. And that is exactly what inspired Anubhav Sapra, to come up with a novel idea — Delhi Food Walks, four years back to celebrate the festivities of Ramzan.

With the advent of Ramzan, Delhi Food Walks is back with the most awaited food walks of the year. The Food Walk in question is the Ramzan Food Walk which started on June 20, and will stay till July 12. Almost a month long, this food extravaganza is divided into — a dawn walk at the time of Sehri (11pm to 5am) and a dusk walk at the Iftar time (6pm to 9pm). You can book your attendance by registering online, and choosing any date and time of your convenience.

Attendees from different walks of life come together to relish the exotic offerings of Purani Dilli, delicacies like hot and dripping jalebis, aloo chaat: crisp fried potato cutlets dipped in chutneys with onions and spices adding to the flavour; paranthas stuffed with a variety of fillings like potato, onion, cottage cheese, cauliflower, radish, dry fruits and <g data-gr-id="62">khoya</g>. Coupling up biryani and <g data-gr-id="63">roomali</g> rotis with the most succulent and softest of kebabs, fried chicken and butter chicken is an <g data-gr-id="64">all time</g> hit amongst the non-vegetarians. 

There's a lot of options in desserts too. Try out the chilled, creamy <g data-gr-id="59">phirni</g> served in earthen pots to conclude the sumptuous meal. Kulfi is also available in blackberry, pomegranate, mango, litchee, and guava flavours which is served to fulfil your crave for some sweets. For the one who are used to treat themselves with varieties of delicacies and are open to socialise over food, this Food Walk is the place to be. 

While enjoying the food, do not miss the opportunity to explore the great corridors and the enchanting bylanes of Old Delhi accompanied by an interesting heterogeneous mix of people. It can’t get any better! The offerings are sure to leave your taste buds satiated with food that might be new for most of us. With the spirit of Ramzan around, it is bound to be an experience of a lifetime, <g data-gr-id="66">atleast</g> for a few, if not all.

“The idea is to explore the authentic food of Old Delhi and understanding the food culture of the locals”, said Anubhav <g data-gr-id="58">Sapra</g>, the Foodie-In-Chief of Delhi Food Walks. He rightly chose food to promote inter-faith understanding and to show solidarity with the fellow beings. 

Coming together for a feast especially for Ramzan, promotes the feeling of bonhomie amongst the varied cultures.

“The <g data-gr-id="55">Sehri</g> Walk is the most popular one, as the shops in the narrow by-lanes of Old Delhi are opened throughout the night only during the month of Ramzan” <g data-gr-id="56">Sapra</g> added.

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