a serving plate of crisp fried spinach with chaaat dressings

spinach chaat

A dish from the street-vendor tradition of Delhi. Palak chaat is made from crispy fried spinach leaves and chaat dressings.

a cup of masala chai, surrounded by spices

masala chai

Masala chai is a spiced tea, made with black tea, a combination of milk and water and slightly sweetened to make the flavours of the spices stand out.

a bowl of chickpea, tomato and onion salad

chickpea, tomato and onion salad

A street food favourite. Chole chaat can be served on it’s own, as a snack, a nourishing lunch or as a side dish to a more complex meal. The flavour combinations from the chickpeas, tomato and onion, the chaat masala and the chutney and the crunch of the sev make this a quite special dish.

a bowl of tamarind and date chutney with some papdi on the side

tamarind and date chutney

Khajur imli ki chutni is one of the most common and instantly recognisable chutneys served throughout India. It has a sweet and sour taste with a bit of chilli heat. The tamarind gives it a tang and the dates give it sweetness.

a serving of egg chaat

egg chaat

Take some boiled eggs, onion, tomato and a few spices and you haveĀ anda chaat, another great street food from Delhi.

a bowl of fig, almond and lettuce salad

fig, almond and lettuce salad

A salad featuring the amazing taste of figs, some subtle spice from the chaat masala, and the flavour of almonds. An amazing, yet simple salad, anjeer ki salat could become one of your favourites, just as it was for my grandmother.

a bowl of fruit chaat

fruit chaat

Fruit chaat, or phala chaat, is a mix of fruits, tossed with potatoes and chaat masala.

a heap of chaat masala powder

chaat masala

This masala is used to sprinkle over snacks, vegetables, fruit and into drinks.

a glass of masala lemonade

masala lemonade

Nimbu pani is the famous traditional and enormously refreshing lemonade from North India and Pakistan.

a serving bowl of dry potato and pea

potato and pea

This sukha aloo matar is a dry vegetable curry, featuring potatoes and fresh peas This is a simple and popular family dish from New Delhi.

a serving bowl of cucumber raita

cucumber raita

The coolness of the cucumber and yoghurt, with a touch of sweetness, makes this kheere ka raita the perfect accompaniment for hot food