Burning lips, watery eyes, but you still can’t stop eating? If you like your food to be (extra) spicy, you’re going to be spoilt for choice in Delhi. After all, the national capital is popular for its freshly ground spices, liberally used in almost every preparation at street side stalls as well as dine-in restaurants.
From tongue-tickling chaats to pizza, biryani, and even beer, there’s so much to choose from!
These are our top picks:
1. Lotan Choley Kulche, Chandni Chowk
This humble street stall is located in the heart of Old Delhi, Chandni Chowk. They’re known for their yummy, super spicy choley kulche, which is sold out within hours. Psst… you don’t want to ask for it be any spicier than it already is!
Did you know? The locals take a swig of their special chilli water as a hangover cure.
2. Jung Bahadur Kachori, Kinari Bazaar
The spiciest way to have ‘kachodi’ in Delhi is JB style! This little takeaway joint at Kinari Bazaar in Old Delhi isn’t easy to locate, but don’t hesitate to ask for directions.
The kachodi is crisp, non-oily and delicious, and the two red chillies on top make it a serious contender for our list.
3. Death Wings, Hauz Khas Social
Social challenges you to finish a plateful of chicken wings completely drowned in chilli sauce: extremely hot, but also very tasty. Dare to eat it all alone? If yes, the lemonade will be on the house (and not just as a reward — we bet you’ll need it).
4. Bhut Jolakia Chutney, Nagaland’s Kitchen
Bhut jolokia, also known as the red naga, is a sharp red chilli pepper cultivated in the Northeast. It’s said to be 400 times hotter than tabasco, and was once used as a weapon by the Indian Army — wow!
Dare to try it out? Then head over to Nagaland’s Kitchen or Dzukou Tribal Kitchen. Their bhut jolokia chutney (served with pork or fish) will set your mouth on fire. [email protected] also does a version of bhut jolokia chicken tikka.
5. Hyderabadi Biryani, Bikkgane
Want to experience Hyderabad in Delhi? Then head to Bikkgane and savour their authentic Hyderabadi biryani. True to its recipe, it is full of spice, and served with two big pieces of chicken to satisfy your tummy and soul.
6. Dadu Cutlet Shop, CR Park
Finger-licking mutton cutlets, chicken cutlets, and chops are the signature dishes at this humble takeaway joint. The regulars swear by its authentic Bong offerings that use generous amounts of spice.
7. Laal Maas Pizza, Tossin
A spicy melt-in-the-mouth mutton preparation, laal maas is perhaps the most unusual pizza topping we’ve come across. Add tabasco and chilli flakes, and you’ll have beads of sweat all over your face!
8. Vindaloo, Viva O’ Viva
The fiery Goan curry is done with pork or chicken, and mixed with cubed potatoes. Authentic Goan/seafood restaurant Viva O’ Viva makes it extra spicy and we’re sure it will leave you asking for more.
9. Andhra Chilli Chicken, Andhra Bhavan
Andhra food is spicy as it is. Now, this particular dish is full of dried red chillies and fresh green chillies; even the paste used for marination is made with green chillies. So if you’re up for a real spicy fix, check in to Andhra Bhavan.
10. Spicy Beer, The Vintage Avenue
After all that spicy binging, you’ll want to cool your burning mouth with some beer. But wait — The Vintage Avenue has decided to add spice to your beer too! Try this beer cocktail spiced with tabasco and chilli sauce, and if you manage to finish it in 20 seconds, you’ll win a free meal.
Always up for a chilled beer with friends? We have a greater deal for you. At our carnival, drink a glass of beer with chilli and tabasco sauce. The one who drinks it in 20 or less seconds gets free meals and exciting vouchers from The Vintage Avenue. Ever thought a glass of beer could help you win a free meal, Try it with some spice and get the deal. ••• #TheVintageAvenue #BAR #CAFE #bollywoodnight #livemusic #hudsonlane #modeltown #northdelhi #northcampus #justdelhiing #delhiuniversity #delhigram #sodelhi #lbbdelhi #silentdisco #headphonesloungedelhi #headphonelounge
What’s your favourite spicy delicacy? Tell us in the comments below.