Food Walk in Old Delhi
“Agar Firdaus bar rōy-e zamin ast, hamin ast-o hamin ast-o hamin ast” - Amir Khusrau
The lanes of Old Delhi are full of aroma of spices, food stalls and a variety of cuisines. Kashmiri Kebabs and Wazwan are among the little-known gastronomical wonders in the capital. Every year wazas from the Valley set-up temporary hole in the wall eateries near Jama Masjid and prepare meat and buff seekh kebabs. The kebabs are coarsely grounded and prepared with Kashmiri spices, making them different from the Awadhi kebabs and the other varieties common in Delhi.
We conducted a walk with Sahapedia on March 2, 2019 to explore the presence of Kashmiri Cuisine in Delhi. Along with the kebabs, the participants also tasted other delicacies prepared by wazas from the valley. From dishes that are a part of Wazwan o some unheard vegetarian dishes that belong to the lesser known Kashmiri Pandit cuisine. The walk involved relishing Kashmiri cuisine and listening to some local stories that the makers told over cups of sheer kehwa, served with lavasa.