Breakfast in Delhi: The Famous Five

Food, Travel Tips — By Sanjay Kumar on December 9, 2010 at 9:11 am

Are you the type of tourist who is up and about at the crack of dawn, ready to partake in your destination’s early offerings? Well, what better way to start off the day than a breakfast of champions? If in Delhi, do as the locals do and visit these not-to-be-missed breakfast destinations.

1. Al-Jawahar Restaurant

    Next to Karims, near the Jama Masjid, this is a great place to start off the day with a meat overdose. Try their lovely nihari and the payaa curry.  Nihari comes from the Urdu word “nihar” (“morning”). The mellow taste and the rich creamy feel of this dish come from hours of slow cooking. Served with roti (Indian bread).

    Where: 9-10 Bazaar Matia Mahal, Jama Masjid

    Hours: from 7 am

    Payment: Cash only

    2. Andhra Bhavan Canteen

    Better known for its lunch, Andhra Bhawan’s breakfast shouldn’t be overlooked.  Order the vegetarian platter with a masala dosa, idlis, vada, coconut chutney, and sambhar. Finish it off with coffee in a steel glass.

    Where: 91 Ashoka Road

    Hours: 7.30-10am

    Payment: Cash only

    3. Nagpal’s Choleys

    A little hole in the wall that sells a typical Delhi breakfast: choley bhature. Basically, deep fried bread with chickpea curry. Forget about the calories and health considerations — this dish tastes great, especially in the winter.

    Where: next to Amar Colony furniture market

    Hours: 7.30 am-2.30pm

    Payment: Cash only

    4. Kachories at CP, Hanuman Temple

    A secret recipe, a small handcart, and 35 years of operation help Mr. Anil Sharma’s kachories reach urban legend status. Crisp, crunchy, and very tasty, these are truly next, only to God.

    Where: next to Hanuman Temple, Baba Kharag Singh Marg, CP

    Hours: 8.30 am-10pm

    Payment: Cash only

    5. Saravana Bhavan

    Try the mini-tiffin at Sarvana Bhavan; it is a wholesome breakfast by itself. The pongal and the upma here are also highly recommended. The strong filter coffee they serve is a great way to start the day.

    Where: P-15 Connaught Place, Outer Circle, CP

    Hours: 8.00 am-10am

    Payment: Cash/card

    (Photo courtesy: mswine)

    Tags: breakfast, Food, New delhi