Know Your Kashmiri Food & Get Your Hands On Some In Delhi

Marryam posted on 27 July

If you are a member of one of Delhi’s Facebook food groups, you will have seen a question sooner or later in one or all of them: “Where is the best place to find Kashmiri food in Delhi?” The good news is that there are plenty of places, on an axis from Jama Masjid, south Delhi to Gurgaon. 

Ahad Sons

The oldest and the most permanent restaurant, is Ahad Sons of Masjid Moth, Behind Uday Park. The three brothers, themselves wazas and they sell from a small menu of ten or so preparations in individual portions, cater for parties and even supply to restaurants. For individual portions you do have to go to their commissery {no seating} in Masjid Moth to pick up your order; they will deliver to your doorstep for party catering. 

Mirchi Qorma and Seekh Kebabs are my favourite picks. Their canned wazwan is available at Masjid Moth and online at Kashmirbox

Delivery Services

3-A, Behind Mother Dairy, Uday Park, New Delhi

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Chor Bizarre

Chor Bizarre is the restaurant or catering service that serves the food of both the Muslim and Pandit cuisines. The years have been less than kind to the food, however, but as a venue for dinner with overseas guests, the quirky memorabilia, film music of yesteryears and the very location, midway between Old and New Delhi, is hard to match.

Casual Dining

Hotel Broadway, 4/15A, Asaf Ali Road, Daryaganj, New Delhi

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Daawat-E-Kashmir

23-year-old Vivek Dhar believes in going against the grain. He can well afford to, because Daawat-e-Kashmir is a subsidiary business for him. His is a takeaway serving Mughlai and Kashmiri food, and though his focus is Pandit cuisine {do not miss the crunchy nadru churma and the khetchar- khichri- with meat, called Kashmiri biryani on the menu}, he employs a cook from Jammu who does very creditable ristas and gushtabas, so that the lines between the cuisines are intentionally blurred. 

Follow them on Facebook here.

Delivery Services

Navkriti Building, Golf Course Road, Gurgaon

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The Pavilion- ITC Maurya

ITC Maurya’s Pavilion has two weekly buffets by housewife turned chef, Suman Kaul in which at least 15 constantly varying preparations are showcased. Kaul is a passionate hobby cook and has an unending repertoire of uncommon dishes like guchchi ver and apple pakora. Her Wednesday lunch and Friday dinner buffets are highly recommended for being a rare occasion to find home-cooked food in a five-star setting, that too, steering clear of cliches.

Hotels

ITC Maurya, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi

Matamaal

Nalini Moti Sadhu of Matamaal in DLF City Court, Sikandrapur, owns a diminutive little eatery which nevertheless manages not to be cramped. The dozen or so seats in Matamaal {which means maternal grandma’s home} are usually occupied by friends and friends of friends. The menu is modest, not surprisingly, and consists of Pandit dishes cooked with a home-style flair. The soft music is straight from the Kashmir Valley. Do try their Shufta, a sweet dish that I have only seen here.

Follow them on Facebook here.

Casual Dining

203, DLF City Court, Sector 24, Sikandarpur, Gurgaon

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Mealability

Sanjay Raina, of Mealability, operates out of Gurgaon. His team cooks a range of items that are listed on his Facebook page. You have to order {minimum order applies} any time from Monday to Friday and the food will be delivered to you on the weekend. Raina’s speciality is Pandit food with its trademark touch of asafoetida and his Dum Aloo is very good. No order is too large for him, and with enough advance notice, he can even make a delivery on a weekday.

Follow them on Facebook here.

Khyen Chyen

Khyen Chyen is on the ground floor of Cross Point Mall. Another small eatery {15 seater}, this one serves wazwan in settings that call to mind a Kashmiri household, complete with copper tableware gleaming on a wooden sideboard, including a tasht naar that a server brings around to wash your hands before and after eating. There’s a tendency to cater to the local palate which demands mirchi qorma without too much mirchi and rista with extra gravy!

Follow them on Facebook here.

Casual Dining

DLF Cross Point Mall, G-11, DLF Phase 4, Gurgaon

Kashmiri Kitchen

Kashmiri Kitchen is located off the main road behind Cross Point Mall, right opposite the Hamilton Court gate, the entrance to the residential compound is dark and not well-marked at night. Owned by a mother and a daughter from the Kashmir Valley, the kitchen is on the ground floor and is manned by wazas from outside Srinagar. However, Mrs Khan is always at hand to monitor the cooking and service and all the semolina kheer is made by her.

Whether you try the shammi kebabs, the ristas or the mild yakhni, you will have a great meal.

Casual Dining

Shop 5, Opp. Metro Pillar 141, DLF Phase 4, Gurgaon

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Samavar

The other Kashmiri restaurant of note is Samavar on the angle between Greater Kailash and Pamposh Enclave. This is the only restaurant on this list that serves Indian and Chinese as well, but the Kashmiri food, cooked by a person from Kishtwar, the elongated meatballs of the Pandit community, is the speciality here, followed by Haakh and Dum Aloo. Do not miss the Nadru Churm here. The large barn-like space effortlessly caters to club members, first timers, seekers of Kashmiri food and drinkers of the spirits at unbelievably low prices, so this is the one space in the NCR that has the vibe of a restaurant in Kashmir.

Casual Dining

B-36, Pamposh Enclave, Greater Kailash - 1, New Delhi

Lastly, there are two restaurants in Urdu Bazar, close to the Jama Masjid. Hygiene is not a strong suit here and the gargantuan menu bears little resemblance to the dishes actually available at any given time! They operate during the winter when the floating Kashmiri population in the area is at its maximum, and shut shop at the beginning of summer.

This post was originally published on marryamhreshii.com here.

Pubs

Shop 18, 2nd Floor, Inner Lane, Khan Market, New Delhi