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Best Kebab Joints in Delhi

We’re big on food trails. We like to have you spoilt for choice. But, as North Indians, and Delhi residents, we’re all too aware of the popularity of the Kebab and the places that serve them. So, we did this. We asked the expert- Anubhav Sapra behind Delhi Food Walks. Here, they weigh in on their top 11 picks, and exactly what to order.

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Qureshi Kebab Corner

Another hole in the wall establishment, they churn out the best Mutton, Chicken and Buff Seekh Kebabs in the business.

Where: Urdu Bazar, Jama Masjid

Contact: 9717326041

Karim’s

An iconic establishment, rumour has it the Jama Masjid outlet offers the best version if its fare. What we recommend? The mutton Seekh Kebabs. For a more comfortable, convenient and clean experience, try the Karim’s at India Islamic Centre.

Where: House no 16, Gali Kababian, Jama Masjid

Contact: 011 23269880

Majeed’s

Another Kakori hot spot, Majeed’s is a takeaway joint, so you can enjoy their succulent, perfectly spiced, cotton soft, pudina flavoured and the city famous Kakori kebabs in the comfort of your car and/or home.

Where: Shop 8 & 9, B 7, LSP, Vasant Kunj

Contact: 011 33105705

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Bhaijaan Kebabs

This one only opens its doors at 4.30pm, so don’t try and make lunch plans. Affectionately named after the owner’s fathers’s nick name, no one does a mean Shaami Kebab quite like Bhaijaan does. By which we mean, the restaurant.

Where: Shop No 2202, Bazar Chitli Qabar near Jama Masjid

Contact: 9899145777, 9873425298

Kale Baba ke Kebabs

For the uninitiated, they’re popular for their Sutli Kebabs, kebabs so soft, they have to be held together with a twine of thread. You actually have to hold the thread tied over the kebab from one end, and it spreads on your plate, when unfolded. Sutli Kebabs are served on a green leaf, with radish and mint chutney.

Where: Sui Walana, Chitli Qabar, Bazar Matia Mahal, Jama Masjid

Captain’s Kebab

Most definitely a no-frills eatery, it won’t matter after one taste of the Galouti Kebab paired with their Ulte Tawe ke Parantha. They also home deliver, in case hygiene {and the sight of it} is TMTH.

Where: 3778, Autar Bhawan, Netaji Subhash Marg, Kalan Mahal, Darya Ganj

Contact: 09871595054

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Ustad Moinudin Kebabs

For melt in your mouth, buff seekh kebabs, Ustad Moinuddin has magic in his hands, evident by his perfectly spiced, fatted, minced meat. These kebabs are served with onion rings, lemon and chutney.

Where: At the mouth of Gali Qasimjan, Lal Kuan, Ballimaran. This place is also famous by the name Sangam Biryani as Ustad Moinuddin’s son sells biryani in the day time.

Contact: 9891197023

Talib Kebab

Buff seekh kebabs and buff tikka served with onions and chutney. Their tikkas are truly delectable, soft and succulent small pieces, grilled on charcoal wood.

Where: Near the mosque in Zakir Nagar market.

Contact: 9891648787

Al Kakori Al Kauser

Evergreen for their Kakoris, their outdoor seating, and the many imported liquor stores around it, Al Kauser will make it to any and every Kebab list. Blame it on the consistent melt-in-your-mouth feature of the kebab, the perfect amount of spice, and the choice of it as a roll.

Where: 30, Vasant Place Market, Amar Shaheed Premnath Dogra Marg, Near Malai Mandir

Contact: 9810057786

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Al Rashida’s

Tucked away in the by-lanes of Zakir Nagar, famous for its North Indian fare, you won’t know a Galauti until you’ve sampled theirs. Expect it to be a heavy meal, and we suggest a visit on an empty stomach. Don’t be scared by the amount of oil they use; try and look the other way, and just focus on how the kebab will melt in your mouth.

Where: Shop no 2, Main Road, Gali No 12, Zakir Nagar-Jamia Nagar

Contact: 011 66889062

Ghalib Kebab Corner

Equipped to seat but ten people, seems like they utilize all their resources in perfecting the Mutton Shammi Kebab. So much so, that they seem to sell out early in the evening. Also, bear with the staff if they seem hurried and/or rude; we suggest not to rile them up too much. You probably won’t have the time, those Shammi Kebabs are solid.

Where: Shop 57, Ghalib Road, Near Lal Mahal, Nizamuddin

Contact: 9810786479

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Anubhav Sapra is an avid foodie! He is a Founder but proudly calls himself a Foodie-in-chief at Delhi Food Walks. He is also a street-food and Indian regional cuisine connoisseur and loves to write about street-food.
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Karim’s

A ROYAL AFFAIR

By Prakriti Bhat

karimsWalking through the serpentine lanes of Old Delhi, one comes across the hustle and bustle of life with people setting up their shops and getting ready for the day. Butchers, hardware shops, stationary stores, etc open their shutters to the world keeping up their promises of quality products at wholesale prices. Cars, rickshaws, autos, scooters, e-rickshaws, all try to squeeze their way through the narrow streets. The shouts of shopkeepers, the jingling of rickshaw bells, the chatter of people; they all have a music of their own and add to the charm of Old Delhi. But a trip to the walled city is simply incomplete without a visit to the famous Karim’s. Known worldwide for its Mughlai food and amiable service, Karim’s boasts of a rich cultural and culinary history.

Rewind to the Mughal era. The Mughal emperors would constantly go out on wars to secure their position in the sultanate. Since years, the royal cook would prepare meals under the aegis of the Mughal queens and kings but with the onset of British rule, the Mughal Empire came to an end. When the last emperor, Bahadur Shah Zafar was exiled, the royal cook (whose descendants are now running Karim’s) had to leave the durbar and look elsewhere for a job. In 1911, at the time of coronation of King George V, Haji Karimuddin moved to Delhi with an idea to open a small dhaba to cater to the guests coming from all over the world. He set up a little stall outside the towering Jama Masjid and his menu only consisted of a humble combination of aloo ghosht and daal served with roti. In 1913, Haji Karimuddin set up the Karim’s Hotel in Gali Kababian, right opposite to Jama Masjid and today it is a prominent eatery in the capital city.

Bringing royal food to the common man’s plate at a nominal rate has been the main objective of Karim’s. The family continues to conjure up delectable dishes, each with a closely guarded secret. It is a 5 minute rickshaw ride from the Chawri Bazaar Metro Station. The rickshaw drops you right in front of Jama Masjid from where you have to enter one of the many alleyways. Meandering through the narrow lane, a whole new world opens up in the form of Karim’s. It’s hard to imagine how such a big place can exist at the end of such a constricted gali. They have 3-4 sections to serve the heavy crowd that starts pouring in from morning itself. The staff is dedicated and affable and the service is quite efficient. Going against the popular notion of Old Delhi being an unhygienic place, the restaurant also scores high on hygiene.

1395857_546954232055129_791945401_nI went to this place with some NRI relatives who had heard a lot about its culinary delights and rich history. The place works at its own rhythm as the cook stirs the steel pots at a steady pace over burning coal and not fire. We ordered Chicken Burra, Mutton Burrah, Chicken Biryani, Mutton Biryani, Mutton Kebabs, Sheermal and Mutton Korma. The Chicken and Mutton Burrah were well marinated and slightly charred on the surface. The Biryani was cooked in a typical Mughlai manner with less spice which worked well for my relatives. The meat was succulent. Mutton Korma was a dish of mutton served with a red curry which satiated our taste buds. This we ate with a flatbread called Sheermal which is a specialty here. The Mutton Kebabs were my favourites. Juicy and delicious, they took ‘yummy’ to another level altogether. Other popular dishes here are Badam Pasanda, Chicken Mughlai and an exclusive entrée called Tandoori Bakra which has to be ordered 24 hours in advance.

Zaeemuddin Ahmed is the restaurant’s director and a representative of the family to have worked here. Numerous generations have come and gone but the standard of their food remains unchanged. Karim’s may have opened numerous branches all over Delhi like Gurgaon, Noida, Nizamuddin and Saket, placed in swanky malls and modern markets. But for the most genuine, best and truest experience one must visit its original branch near Jama Masjid, where the saga began. It has definitely put Old Delhi on the world map by offering a satisfying meal to people from all across the globe. People can experience the richness of Mughal Durbar by digging into their food. At the end of Gali Kababian awaits a magical world of gastronomic delights.

Location- 16, Gali Kababian, Jama Masjid

Cost for two- 850 (approx)

Contact no. – 01123264981

Anubhav Sapra is an avid foodie! He is a Founder but proudly calls himself a Foodie-in-chief at Delhi Food Walks. He is also a street-food and Indian regional cuisine connoisseur and loves to write about street-food.