Your Guide To The Best Places To Enjoy Parsi Cuisine In Delhi
- Jasmine Kaur
Updated : May 23, 2022 06:05 IST
From Boti Ni Akuri to Chicken Farcha, you will be spoilt for choice at these Parsi eateries in Delhi.
- Nooshe Joon
- Soda Bottle Opener Wala
- Cafe Lota
- Bagli's Kitchen
- Rustom's Bhonu
With the rich diversity of cultures and customs in India, there is no dearth in variety in terms of languages, rituals, religions, attires and food. A small community from present-day Iran that settled in India to flee from the Arab Muslims, Parsis are have carved a niche for themselves in the country. We find Parsis across sectors, right from Hindi cinema actors like Boman Irani to culinary maestros like Chef Anahita Dhondy with a Parsi origin. Their culture is quite distinct from the other religions in the country and they are basically believers of Zoroastrianism. Apart from their unique language and customs, if there’s anything else that captures the limelight, it is the Parsi cuisine.
The rustic fare is a combination of a mélange of flavours that are brought together on the table in a delicious way. If you dig deeper into the Parsi fare, you’ll notice that they have a strong penchant for potatoes, eggs and meat. Be it a simply vegetable dish or a curry, meat is often paired with it to give it a luscious taste. Irani chai is also quite popular in their cuisine as are desserts like lagan nu custard. While the Parsi culture is quite prominent in Mumbai, where you will find scores of Parsi cafes serving the most authentic food.
Best Places To Eat Parsi Food In Delhi
However, if you think only Mumbai can offer good Parsi food, you’re mistaken. Delhi is also brings some of their best Parsi delicacies on the table with this selection of eateries.
1. Nooshe Joon
If you happen to stroll in the busy market of Lajpat Nagar, you might come across this humble eatery tucked away in a corner. Climb up the stairs and what you witness next is the jharokha-styled tables with cushioned seating and a great view. Pick their jujeh kebabs or mutton choppan kebab or if you’re too indulgent, the one-metre long kebab platter should be your order. They have a mix of Iranian, Afghani and Awadhi dishes.
Where: I-83, 1st Floor, Block I, Lajpat Nagar 2, New Delhi
Timings: 11 am-11 pm
Cost For Two: ₹1,000
Cuisines Offered: Awadhi, Iranian, Afghani
2. Soda Bottle Opener Wala
Giving you all the right Parsi vibes, this is a typical Mumbai-style Parsi café. From the seating, wall hangings to the music, everything transports you to the old Parsi era. Their best offerings include the berry pulao, keema pav and chicken farcha. For desserts, do not skip the wedding special, lagan nu custard.
Where: 73, Khan Market, New Delhi (Multiple Outlets)
Timings: 12 pm-11:30 am
Cost For Two: ₹1,300
Cuisines Offered: North Indian, Parsi, Street Food
3. Café Lota
Been to Pragati Maidan for all the trade fairs and book fairs still didn’t explore Café Lota? We suggest that you turn around and take a trip to the National Crafts Museum there. You’ll find this small, breezy café inside the museum, bubbling with nature on the outside and fresh food on the inside. If you’re early, try the Akuri or Parsi scrambled eggs for breakfast. For lunch, we would want you to not miss out on the Salli Boti and other curries.
Where: National Crafts Museum, Gate 2, Bhairon Marg, Pragati Maidan, New Delhi
Timings: 10 am-9 pm
Cost For Two: ₹1,200
Cuisines Offered: South Indian, North Indian
4. Bagli’s Kitchen
A very simple yet rustic place in the NCR region, Bagli’s is an authentic Parsi Kitchen which is well-known for its own spices. The combination of Salli boti with Pav or some Dhansak is a delectable treat to the taste buds.
Where: Near Malibu Town, Sohna Road, Gurgaon
Timings: 12:30 pm-10 pm
Cost For Two: ₹500
Cuisines Offered: Parsi
5. Rustom’s Bhonu
Once a standalone restaurant in Adchini and now housed inside the Delhi Parsi Dharamshala, Rustom’s Bhonu offers a range of authentic Parsi dishes like berry pulao, salli edu and more. They have a homely ambience and serve the best Patra Ni Macchi in town.
Where: Near Maulana Azad Medical College Campus, Delhi Parsi Anjuman, LNJP Colony, Bahadur Shah Zafar Road, ITO, New Delhi
Timings: 12 pm-10 pm
Cost For Two: ₹2100
Cuisines Offered: Parsi