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Delhi, the capital of India is that state where the present pulsates vibrantly with ever flowing life! Delhi being a conglomerate of different cultures, can serve people with Bengali preparations of rasogollas, sandesh, north Indian sweets phirni, kheer, peda, laddoo or the Punjabi delicacy pinni.

Half of the Delhi population consists of Punjabis, owing to the vicinity of Punjab. Thus the abundance of Punjabi food, which is a mixture of vegetarian and non-vegetarian preparations! Delhi is famous for chaat and kulche, bhalle etc. Delhi is proud of the roadside dhabas and restaurants. Old Delhi boasts of food joints almost a century old like the 'Karims'. For gourmets, Delhi is synonymous with Mughlai cuisine, Frontier cuisines and tandoori chicken. Cooking medium in the North is pure ghee (clarified butter). Bread is more commonly eaten than rice. The omnipresent chapati is the common man’s fare, naan is kind of a luxury that does go rather well with tandoori food. Another variety of bread is parantha, a rich bread of wheat flour made with clarified butter. It is tasty and soft. There is also a choice of paneer (cheese), which has variations such as palak paneer, matar paneer, paneer bhurji. Also worth mentioning is bharta, a delicious vegetable made from egg plant and several other curry dishes combining cauliflower, potatoes and other vegetables. The desserts most often made are rice puddings such as kheer and phirni and the wheat based rich halwa. Delhi is also popular for kebabs, they come in many varieties like Boti Kabab, Reshmi Kabab, Pasinda Kabab, Seekh Kabab and Shammi Kabab.

There are many popular roadside eateries around Jama Masjid where kebabs, rotis and biryani are order of the day. For the more adventurous, eateries such as those at Paranthewali gali, or chaat at Bengali Market and Sunder Nagar, bhelpuri at Greater Kailash and sweetmeats from Annapoorna are a treat.

For you, we too have a delightful Delhi spread which you can enjoy for weeks to come! 

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MasterChef Sanjeev Kapoor

Chef Sanjeev Kapoor is the most celebrated face of Indian cuisine. He is Chef extraordinaire, runs a successful TV Channel FoodFood, hosted Khana Khazana cookery show on television for more than 17 years, author of 150+ best selling cookbooks, restaurateur and winner of several culinary awards. He is living his dream of making Indian cuisine the number one in the world and empowering women through power of cooking to become self sufficient. His recipe portal is a complete cookery manual with a compendium of more than 10,000 tried & tested recipes, videos, articles, tips & trivia and a wealth of information on the art and craft of cooking in both English and Hindi.