Breakfast Story Through Old Delhi Lanes
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Delhiites' morning eating habits differ significantly, especially for those used to eating idli, dosa and idiyappam. In Delhi, there are numerous restaurants that serve samosa, pakoda, mathi, and poori in the morning. It's fascinating to note that the national capital city lacks a particular culinary tradition because so many foods and delicacies came to Delhi via various culinary channels. Some flavours have been around for millennia, while others are only a few years old. 

The heritage of Old Delhi is slumbering in every crevice. When you think about Old Delhi, mouthwatering non-vegetarian dishes like biriyani, kebab, and nihari (a type of stew) will come to mind. But Old Delhi's twisty lanes have much more to offer. Delhi was introduced to a variety of vegetarian dishes by visitors to the city. However, this fact is frequently overlooked, along with the countless mouthwatering treats that Jains, Baniyas, and other communities added to the Delhi menu. 

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Every morning, Old Delhi is generally awakened with a cup of steaming hot sweet tea and a slice of rusk. Additionally, having this combination first thing in the morning is customary during the winter. Rusk is known as papey by Delhiites, and the basic dry bread is available in a variety of flavours and shapes. 

Everyone will be excitedly awaiting to get their hands on a plate of delectable bedmi poori (a deep-fried bread) and Nagori halwa when they arrive at the humble Ram Swaroop Halwai shop in Sitaram Bazar, where a bunch of interested food lovers is a permanent presence.  

The popular Ram Swaroop Halwai shop is a 2-minute walk from the Chawri Bazar metro station. For about Rs 20, you may enjoy a scrumptious breakfast that includes two pooris, a serving of potato and vegetable curry, and carrot pickle. The fact that the pooris are served on little teak leaves imported from Hyderabad is remarkable. Your taste buds will be begging for more as the semolina (rava) Nagori pooris loaded with the sweet halwa offer an unique culinary experience. For about Rs 15, you may get two nagoris and a serving of halwa. 

In Old Delhi, there are numerous restaurants that serve mathi, a delicacy with Rajasthani origins. Go to some of the eateries close to the Chawri Bazar metro station if you want to have some of the tastiest chole and kulcha. You'll discover how nicely white peas may be used in meals once you get to north India. While strolling through the crowded streets of Sitaram Bazar, you will be overwhelmed by the mouthwatering aroma of freshly fried potatoes that have been packed with a variety of spices. This mouthwatering treat is typically eaten for breakfast by many folks who are racing to work. 

Gourmets can find more in the Old Delhi's winding streets, and the entire ancient city has a tale to tell about its illustrious culinary past.